Malaga here I come!

Sep 25th, 2009, 08:46 PM
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Malaga here I come!

I leave for Malaga City in just a few days. Normally I spent weeks and months researching my destination, but my life has gotten a little crazy as of late and here I am with the basics covered, but not much else. And on top of that it's my first solo trip. Wondering if anyone can help me out with a few things. I'll be in Malaga from Wednesday Sept 30 to Monday Oct 5.

Where's a good spot for Paella?

Any recommendations on where to experience flamenco?

Looking forward to the tapas scene - any recommendations?

I'm hoping to take a day trip by bus to Nerja. I understand the bus station in Malaga is located at Paseo de los Tilos. I'm staying at Hotel Don Curro near Calle Marques de Larios. Is there a city bus that I could take to the bus station? Or am I better off walking?

I appreciate any info you can provide!
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Sep 25th, 2009, 09:15 PM
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Oh, I have another question. How do you pay to get on a city bus? Do you buy tickets beforehand and get them validated on the bus? Or do you just pay to get on?
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Sep 26th, 2009, 09:51 AM
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We had great seafood one block from the Malagueta beach sign, called Marisqueria de los Delfines. It was packed with locals so we figured it would be good. Also good food at la Casona near calle Larios, specialty is Pulpo gallego I believe. I'm sure locals will give you some better suggestions.
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Sep 26th, 2009, 12:42 PM
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Great - thanks Egbert! I'll look for those spots.
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Sep 26th, 2009, 01:23 PM
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Can you change your hotel reservations?

Do you have any interest in Granada or any other part of Andalucia?

I flew in and out of Malaga to visit Granada, Cordoba and Seville.

It is really a charmless place from the brief look I had this afternoon. However, I didn't get to the beach because it's overcast tonight.

I did get a bit lost so I boarded one of the buses. It's 1.10 Euro and you can buy the ticket from the driver.
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Sep 26th, 2009, 03:56 PM
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I think I'll stick with Malaga. I did quite a bit of research back when I first booked the trip, and Malaga seems a good choice given my budget and the short amount of time I have.

Thanks for the bus info - I really appreciate it.
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Sep 26th, 2009, 07:51 PM
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Sep 27th, 2009, 01:01 AM
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Paella is not a speciality in Malaga. You can find a paella in many places to serve tapas from, and they can be more or less correct. A place specialised in Paellas which I recomend is Socarrat, in Playas de Pedregalejo, corner with Arroyo de los Pilones, in the east and by the beach, not in the city center.

Tapas bars: I'll focus on those along Larios street, which is the city center proper. Follow directions with a map. From Hotel Larios door cross to calle Moreno Monroy, the ORELLANA (for me the best), and a short walk via calle Fresca to the Cathedral, Plaza del Obispo, to sit and have a drink in our best square. Several options there, including a Cheers, but there is as well a Cañas and Tapas. Another is walking Larios street towards the harbour, on the right, calle Marin Garcia you’ll find LO GÜENO and LA TASCA.
From Plaza Constitucion, take calle Santa Maria, and on the first corner on the left (calle Sanchez Pastor) there is QUITAPENAS, another trad. bar-tavern (TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS-there is another in Calle Granada corner with Echegaray). It was located nearby, in an old building that fell down, so they had to build a new place. They serve mostly fried fish, squids, shrimps.
In the narrow part of Calle Granada, to the right, (past corner with San Agustin and the Picasso Museum) there is BODEGA EL PIMPI, a must. It is a big place, with another door to Alcazabilla and the Roman Theatre.
In the Alameda Principal you have CASA DEL GUARDIA, a traditional tavern you simply cannot miss, for a drink of our local sweet wines. Beware, it goes fast to the head. Only food there are cold shellfish. Open all day long.

The Bus station is a short to moderate walk, let's say 10 to 15 minutes from Don Curro, alomng the Alameda and crossing the river. Anybody can point you. Cannot tell you any bus line. About the Bus to Nerja, your line is ALSINA-GRAELLS, bus are painted red. Here's the info:
http://www.estabus.emtsam.es/lista_viajes.asp
You can go to the Alsina booking office or straight to the bus if you are in a hurry (anden =platform).


For city buses, in any tobacconist or where you see advertised "Tarjetas Bus" you can buy a plastic card with as many travels as you want ( 10, 15...), and re-chargeable, you show the driver on the bus to cancel every time you get into the bus. You can always buy your ticket in the bus, but it is about 60% cheaper with the card. Cannot tell you about day-cards or tourist card. The Tourist Office is in the very Plaza de la Marina, in front of Don Curro. Ask there and get maps.
Last but not least, Malaga is a charming place in many ways, but you'd have to visit before judging, no?
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Sep 27th, 2009, 01:43 AM
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When I see quesrions such as those by the OP, I wonder if they want to see the coutnry that exists or the country they think exists. There are many other such posters.

They often list some of the stereotypes of Spain such as paella, sangria, flamenco, and white towns. There was the much discussed poster of the past who did not like Barcelona because it did not seem very Spanish, even though it was the person's first visit to Spain. And it is common for one time visitors to direct others to the south. And then you have the phenomenon of the Spanish offering activities and foods to satisfy the preconceptions. Of course that happens in many countries who rely and encouage tourism.

The questions for any part of Spain should be, what are the regional food specialties? What are the cultural activities amd sights of the area? How do the people of this area differ from the rest of Spain?

Of all the areas of Spain, I have spent the least amount of time in the south but when you learn that Spain is many countries unde one fictional geography, it becomes a much more interesting nation.
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Sep 27th, 2009, 04:39 AM
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Aduchamp....Nice posting, and greetings from a celtic Galicia
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Sep 27th, 2009, 09:53 AM
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I think you will find Malaga charmfull!
I am off again to Malaga at the end of next week and these are the ones that I will be visiting:
Fish places at Calle Comisario – Alameda Principal
Tintero – Playa del Dedo, El Palo
El Rescoldo – C La Bolsa
*Antigua Casa Guardia Alameda 18 C Pastora

Let me know how you get on ... and good luck.
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Sep 27th, 2009, 09:56 AM
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By the way, hope you are not getting there too soon - the weather forecast is crap!!!
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Sep 27th, 2009, 09:57 AM
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josele - thank you so much for your invaluable input. When I was trying to decide what part of Spain to visit, you were very helpful in my choice of Malaga.

Aduchamp1 - you make some good points. Back when I first booked this trip I did do some research on the regional specialties and where to try them, such as pescaíto frito, boquerones victorianos, espeto de sardinas, and conchas finas. As well as the sweet wines.

I know paella and flamenco do not originate in this region, so if I want to truly experience them I would have to go elsewhere in Spain, but on this quick first trip that is not an option for me. I love flamenco, and would love to see a flamenco performance in Spain, even if Malaga is not the best place to see it. Same goes for paella. When it comes to being a traveller vs a "tourist" I like to think I fall into the traveller category most often than not, but I'm not ashamed to admit that a lot of the time I'm a full-on tourist Whatever makes you happy, right?
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Sep 27th, 2009, 10:01 AM
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Thanks stevelyon - I will put those spots on my list!

I arrive Wednesday night, so it looks like the weather for the following few days is warm but a little cloudy. I can live with that!
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Sep 27th, 2009, 10:11 AM
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Forgot about the flamenco, cannot be of much help as I am not familiar. A restaurant I am a local and where you can see a performance is www.restaurantevinimio.com in "eventos". You can have wine by the glass (2-3 eurs) and tapas while watching the performance.
There is flamenco also on ocassions at El Pimpi, but you'll have to check there.
Sorry about the weather, mild rain today and overcast, but still hot. I'm in shorts now.
Do not eat sardines, the season is over and those you'll find are low-quality.
stevelyon, the places in Calle Comisario (El Puerto, El Triunfo...) are so popular, I recall them for all of my life. My mother, who gets sick of the smell, would not cross that street for her life!
The Tintero is a typical and funny place, but if you want good fish and more tranquility, try Victoria, a short walk.
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Sep 28th, 2009, 07:41 AM
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(sorry to hijack the message, lifeofmytime) Is the Victoria near to the Tintero? Pity about the sardines, we adore them.
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Sep 28th, 2009, 09:09 AM
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a 50 meters walk towards Malaga from Tintero.
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Sep 28th, 2009, 09:21 AM
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Thanks again josele - you've been so helpful. And yes - it is a pity about the sardines, but I'm glad I know now not to try them this trip.

No worries about hijacking stevelyon. Any question you have would probably be something I'm interested to know anyway! Hijack away.
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Sep 28th, 2009, 09:33 AM
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Aduchamp

When faced with such pompous, patronising response it's a wonder anyone posts on here.

Your point about the cultural diversity in any country is fairly obvious. I for one would dread to think that we were culturally trown in with the custard tarts of the south of England. Every country is diverse - try visiting the Abacos - of the four main islands - you will find Cape Cod, England, Carribean and Texas all within 15 miles of each other.

Spain is no different
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Sep 28th, 2009, 06:15 PM
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It is interesting that the Spaniards on the board were in agreement and that you are intimidated by the obvious.

One of my tenets of traveling is that is about the country I am visitng, not about me. It is not my preconceived notions, but what I find. IF anything it is the oppsoite of being pretenious.
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