Do people really enjoy Malaga?

Jul 24th, 2010, 02:43 PM
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hi comfy,

how are the shoes these days?

you have obviously been lurking here for a while!
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Jul 25th, 2010, 07:43 AM
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I have never understood how Malaga (the city) has translated into the Costa del Sol (like it or loathe it), but clearly there is still the misunderstanding.
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Jul 25th, 2010, 08:25 AM
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Hello, Annhig!!, Hope you are well The shoes are still comfy but I am getting older (bought my first-ever reading glasses last week!! Most people need it sooner or later but I have to say it is such an humbling feeling!). BTW, I have not been reading fodors much as I access fodors only occasionally and through my phone which makes posting responses a little painful. This thread's title just happened to catch my attention. I do plan to develop an itinerary for a trip next spring soon so will likely be back in a few months.

Be well!
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Jul 25th, 2010, 09:21 AM
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Costa del Sol = artificial
Malaga = authentic
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Jul 25th, 2010, 10:57 AM
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i agree that picasso's malaga is a nice city. i am an expert on things that we britons have ruined and we have not ruined malaga like we have ruined the dordogne or much of the rest of the costa del sol.

of course everyone has their own tastes but i too have a hard time believing that someone who actually visited malaga would come away saying that they 'absolutely hated it', unless they had a very unfortunate visit, a bad day, didn't know where they were going, and/or had such a bad attitude that they didn't even try to find something they would like.

i can understand liking other cities more or really not being a favourite city but...'absolutely hating it!!?!?!' and to make such a very extreme comment without explanation is bizarre. perhaps if the reasons would be somewhat obvious to many people it would be understandable, but to just make a comment like that is very unhelpful and misleading to the OP. kind of like just saying nice, france or marseille is absolute rubbish without any further explanation.
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Jul 25th, 2010, 11:00 AM
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Sounds like all the British had their properties foreclosed on. Too bad, they were a big part of the local economy
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Jul 25th, 2010, 12:43 PM
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gosh, malaga has a nice little Picasso museum, a castle, a fine market, great shopping and good restaurants. Not a bad base for a few days
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Jul 25th, 2010, 01:17 PM
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Yes, I'm going tomorrow. Can't wait!
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Sep 30th, 2010, 09:27 PM
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Wow, lots of strong feelings about areas Britons haves ruined.....rubbish. ;-) I am fortunate to get a last minute trip booked from Texas through London to Malaga at a great price. It is the 2nd week of November and I'll be staying for 5 nights with a friend. I see a mix of comments on staying in Malaga-the city being good or bad. I want to relax, see the beach, castle maybe art... I saw that there is a film festival in Malaga the week I'm there.

Suggestions on staying in nearby town? Grenada? City of Malaga? Possibly 3 nights in 1 city and 2 in another? Really could use some guidance please. I'd like to book in next couple of days.

Thanks, Cajuncook
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Oct 1st, 2010, 12:57 AM
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Málaga city is fabulous, you should definitely stay there at least for some two-three days. Genuine Andalusian atmosphere, excellent tapas bars, cafés, nightlife and perhaps the most easy-going people in all of Andalucía. Within three hundred metres in the center, you'll find the recently excavated Roman theater, the 8-11th century Moorish Alcazaba, the great 16th century Cathedral and both Picasso's birth-place and the new Picasso museum (2003).

These are two great hotel options in different price categories in the middle of everything:
Hotel Molina Larios:
Hotel Don Curro:

The coastal areas around are mostly a different world, highly developed tourist destinations. Granada is two hours away by car. I can recommend Nerja (pop. 20 000), some 35 miles (30 mins by car) east along the coast. Has got everything that makes it popular with tourist, but has retained much of its charm and character. Great food, beaches etc. I've had two of my best holidays the past ten years in Nerja in November.

If you go to Nerja, I can recommend bustling La Marina or La Puntilla to get a feel of the local flavour. Especially La Marina in Plaza la Marina is in my opinion as good as you get a seafood freiduria in all of Andalucía.

Top tapas grilled on the spot (conchas finas, mussels, clams, prawns, monkfish, whitebait, baby-squid, sausages, pinchos morunos, mini-burgers etc.) and great atmosphere at El Pulguilla in C/Cristo, just off Balcón de Europa. Free tapas to choose with every drink in the bar area (as in almost all tapas bars in Nerja).

Cafetería Cavana, on Plaza Cavana behind the church, is an excellent place to relax and have a heavenly Carlos I (primero) brandy. One of the oldest bars in Nerja.

Some ten beaches in and around town. Quiet El Salón is my favourite:

The spectacular prehistoric Nerja caves are just outside town:

You should live in the centre/old town close to the sea, the best bars, restaurants etc (some of the tourist apartment areas are 20-30 mins walking from the center). These are all excellent options ranging from upscale to basic and good value:
Hotel Carabeo:
Hotel Plaza Cavana:
Hostal Mena:
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Bookmarking for future reference
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Oct 1st, 2010, 11:48 AM
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Hi, this is curiousaboutit..My husband and I are flying from Los Angeles to Madrid 24 May out Madrid 22 June. Your info is rewarding since we have not gotten any organization for our trip. Do you think several days in Malaga City would a good base for a 4 day stay with side trips? We love the Med Sea and seafood. On my thread.."first trip to Spain" I asked if anyone has divided Spain into quadrants and explored that way? My husband and I did France and Italy that way and found it sumptuously wonderful; each trip was 4-5 weeks with several weeks spent in gites or apartments. Suggestions of all types welcome to guide our trip design. We enjoy driving, eating, and away from tourists and we have yet to have any regional preferences. Pensions, casa rural, or tiny hotel to paradors..100€ would be a max since today the Euro is worth $1.376
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Oct 2nd, 2010, 05:05 AM
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If you love the Mediterranean and seafood, Málaga is as good as it gets. Go to one of the many high quality beach restaurants in Pedregalejo, just east of the city center, for a seafood splurge. Very popular with locals.

I would have concentrated on Andalucía for this trip. Lots of villages and small towns full of Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Christian history and culture way off the tourist trail. You should read yourself into this. Michael Jacobs' book Andalucía is the perfect introduction, but I would suggest to take a closer look at places like Ardales, Antequera, Archidona, Priego de Córdoba and Montefrío for a start. The Axarquía region east of Málaga is beautiful, and you must not miss the spectacular Alpujarras mountain region "South from Granada" (Gerald Brenan's classic from 1957 about his life in this region in the 1920's).

About Axarquía, rural lodging etc.:

Alpujarras, south of Granada towards the Meditteranean:

You should go from the Med to Granada - or perhaps even better, vice-versa - along the spectacular A-4050 road known as the Moor's Sigh. The name comes from the legenedary sigh of Boabdil, the last emir of Granada, when he at the mountain pass known as Puerto del Suspiro del Moro, for a last time had a look back upon the now lost city. His mother shall then have said: "You cry like a woman over a city you couldn't defend as a man".

If you want something completely different for a week, go to San Sebastián in the Basque country. My favourite city on the planet. The gastronomical capital of Spain if not all of Europe. According to the world's most famous chef, Ferran Adrià at El Bulli, San Sebastián is the best place to eat in the world "in terms of the average quality of the food, in terms of what you can get at any place you happen to walk into".

The article "A different kind of Spain" gives you an idea of San Sebastián and the region:

75 min by bus from the airport in Bilbao, but you might want to leave the fantastic "green Spain" (Basque Country, Asturias, Galicia) for your next journey...
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Oct 5th, 2010, 07:39 AM
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hi kimhe,

having driven from Granada to the med on a not so spectacular road, i was interested try to find the one you mention, but couldn't find it!

we took the following one on our way back to Malaga:
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Oct 5th, 2010, 08:03 AM
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If you zoom the map close you'll see that the highway A-44 overlaps the old road A-4133/ A-346, which crosses Orgiva and Lanjaron.
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Oct 5th, 2010, 08:21 AM
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Cowboy1968 has given a good description:

"The "hardest" thing is to find the starting point of A-4050 in Almuñécar as it has no direct connection to the coastal highway N-340.

Use Google maps and request a routing from Nerja to Jete, a little village north of Almuñécar.

Zoom into Almuñécar to the location where you leave N-340 in Almuñécar for Jete, through an old style roundabout (with the main road N-340 cutting thru the roundabout with priority).
You take the exit to the right, but keep left to stay in the roundabout lane, cross both lanes of N-340 (careful, lots of traffic), enter the roundabout section on the other side of N-340, and take a right after a few meters. So you made *almost* a full 360° turn. Follow the one-way street for appr. 200m. At the yield signs make a right onto A-4050."
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Oct 6th, 2010, 06:03 PM
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Hi kimhe, and thank you cheapboxofwine for allowing the inter-subject conversation to further all of our knowledge. Kimhe, I am just reading about Granada, Malaga, and Cadiz (Puerto de Santa Maria beach area). The road less travelled is what we leaves room for adventure. Your addition of history adds to the construction of the trip thanks.
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Oct 7th, 2010, 04:18 AM
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found it, I think. thanks, josele and kimhe.

now to find an opportunity to drive along it!
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Jan 10th, 2011, 06:38 PM
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All of these posts were very helpful. My husband and I will be in Malaga Mar 4th from 8 am to 7PM off a cruise ship. I am wondering if we need a car to get around in. Is there any public transportation. I definitely want to visit Picasso's museam and the Allcazaba and even the market. Any suggestions of other "must see" places. Thanks.
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You shall not need a car. The cruise ships moorings are a bit far from the main harbour entrance as to walk, so I recommend you take the complimentary shuttle bus (there are taxis too). Once at the entrance, Plaza de la Marina, go to the tourist office right there for directions. Everything, including the Picasso Museum, is walking distance.
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