How to spend the perfect weekend in Málaga!
By Susanne Bloecher
I have been living in Málaga for 3 months now and every day the city surprises me with its beauty. The golden light of dusk, the bustling old town, the smell of freshly grilled sardines on the beach…
Being really busy during my 4-week Trinity CertTESOL course, I only got a glimpse of it all (although I did drag my laptop to the beach to complete my Learner Profile!). Now that I have a bit more time to explore, and with my boyfriend visiting, I decided just to be a tourist for a full weekend.
Here is how we spent a wonderful 48 hours – maybe you get inspired!
Day 1 -Saturday
Is there a better way to start your day than with the typical Andalusian breakfast of Churros dipped in chocolate? The best place to try it is “Los Valle”, just around the corner from TEFL-in-Spain academy!
Then we’re off to Atarazanas, the Central Market. On a Saturday, the atmosphere is truly special: the light-flooded building is full of locals doing their weekly shopping, haggling for the price for a kilo of fresh figs, and fish vendors shouting out the catch of the day. Make sure to try the delicious olives and roasted almonds!
All prepared for a picnic with lots of fresh fruit and Manchego Cheese, we now need to find a scenic spot. For me, the best view over the city is half way up the Gibralfaro castle. You can also visit the ruins of the old fort (entrance is free on a Sunday afternoon!).
We then decide to wander towards the port and watch the tourist boats, yachts and cruise ships come in and out. There is a lovely pedestrian walkway all along the marina!
My favourite time of the day in Málaga is definitely sunset – the light is just spectacular! What better place to watch it from than from one of the city’s many rooftop bars? We chose the highest one on top of the AC Marriott Hotel. I also love the atmosphere on Roommate Valeria’s and Alcazaba Premium’s bars, so there’s plenty of choice for you!
A long day comes to an end with a cocktail in our hand overlooking the whole city… I can’t wait for tomorrow!
Day 2 –Sunday
Sunday is beach day.
Lots of Spanish families spend the whole day on the beach, either bringing along their own picnic or sharing paella in one of the many “Chiringuitos”, beachside restaurants!
The most traditional beach for this is Pedregalejo. This area is located just 15min by bus from the city centre, but has the feel of a tiny, relaxed fishing village. There are some palm trees for shade, or you just rent a sunbed and umbrella for the day.
The morning passes quickly and we have some lovely fresh seafood, sitting with our feet in the sand, for lunch.
Feeling like we need some culture after this, we head back into the city centre and visit the Picasso Museum! Like mentioned before, many attractions are completely free of charge on Sunday afternoons to make art accessible for everyone. There might be a short queue, but it’s definitely worth the wait.
If after the museum you still feel like finding out more about Picasso, I recommend taking a photo next to his statue on Plaza de la Merced, or visiting his birth house in the city centre.
Now all that is left for us to do is find a nice little tapas place for dinner in the narrow old town… Casa Lola seems like the perfect choice!