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Report 2007: Rambling through Southern Andalucia

By kathyk from Michigan, Spring 2012

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Page 11 of 11: Malaga and Good-bye to all That

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From Setenil to Malaga, our choice in routes was back along the one we came in by, A397, and on through Torremolinos to Malaga - not appetizing. Left to my own devices, I would have taken the road that goes through Coin. Luckily I did not just go by my own devices. I asked the morning duty hotel desk person the best way to get to Malaga. She strongly advised me to take a slightly more Northern route, the A367.

This route goes along the valley of the Rio Guadalteba and eventually at the cross roads, veering South, onto the A357 along the Rio Guadalhorce. It is a wonderful route, through wide open fertile valleys. This is a road where even the driver can lollygag.

We stopped for lunch in Cartama, at a restaurant/bar. It was very normal, not pretty inside but excellent food and filled with Spaniards coming in for their big mid-day meal. Then back on the freeway, from this point on traffic increases but it is a good divided highway into Malaga and to the outskirts. Malaga airport was where our little group would split and go separate ways, two on to Ireland and two back to Barcelona. We had flight reservations to leave the same day around the same time. So, we wanted to stage ourselves in Malaga the night before flight departures. We had reservations at Hotel Picasso, outside of Malaga, not far from the airport.

We took a city bus into the old Malaga city center in the evening but those details are already recorded in the section that reviews our hotel (link in resources).

I cannot say that on this trip, we had any memorable meals, but rather many very good ones and it would be hard to recommend the exact places because many were off the cuff, just going in by the menu boards. But we did seem to eat a lot of rabo de toro - bull tail soup. We took it upon ourselves that when on the menu, one of us always ordered it and we all tried it. No mater what region we were in, it was always good.

The next morning we drove our rental car to the airport, dropped it off and got our flights. We started out as friends, and came home as friends. Shared experiences naturally deepen a friendship. So, one more trip within the Iberian peninsula, which only brought desire to explore more ... next year.

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Hotel Review - Don Miguel

Hotel Review - Hotel Restaurante El Castillo

Hotel Review - Malaga Picasso

Hotel Review - Marques de Terresoto

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Vacation Rental Review - Barcelona Apartment

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