I realise I uploaded my Madrid City Guide a matter of weeks ago but you really never can have too many recommendations when it comes to travelling, right?
Next on the list – Malaga. We only visited the city centre for a day trip but if you’re thinking of doing the same or you’re flying into the airport and have a few hours to spare, here are some of my recommendations.
Brunch at Byoko
Our brunch destination was far less ‘Spanish’ than I usually like to go for but yummy nonetheless. I had guacamole, eggs and smoked salmon on toast (very millennial) and it was both tasty and beautifully presented. The place itself is ideally located just off the main shopping street and decorated with houseplants too so obviously it was a winner in my book.
I’m a history nerd so if you’re more into beaches and swimming pools than cultural attractions, apologies in advance for the next two recommendations.
Alcazaba de Malaga is a fortress dating back to Medieval times and is really worth a visit even if it’s the only thing you do. It’s made up of stunningly intricate architecture and fountain-filled gardens and it’s available to visit as part a combined ticket with Castillo Gibralfaro. Both were a great insight into the city’s past.
Climb to Castillo Gibralfaro
Speaking of the castle…The attraction itself isn’t quite as well preserved but is well-known for its views which, I’ll warn you, you’re going to have to climb a long, steep hill if you want to see.
It’s well worth it though and there is a little exhibition into wartime Spain at the top. The botanical gardens on the way back down are a pleasant change of scenery too.
Lunch at La Tranca
Traditional, backstreet tapas restaurants are my happy place and La Tranca is exactly that. There are no more than a few stools and a handful of classic Spanish dishes to choose from.
There’s no such thing as a bill either – just whatever the waiter writes in chalk on the bar when you order that for us amounted to less than 10 euros for four dishes and two beers. The atmosphere was buzzing, even in what was siesta time for the rest of the city, and I’d definitely go back if I’m ever in Malaga in the future.
There you have it. Granted, not the longest list of recommendations you’ve ever read but hopefully a useful one if you’re heading to Malaga for the day like we did.