Spain, my precious country, with very kind and welcoming people, with a very interesting history behind, with that hidden charm on streaked streets, with balconies decorated with flags and flamenco rhythms!
I fell in love with Spain 5 years ago when I was Erasmus. I fell in love with its breathtaking landscapes, with its lovely language, with its cheerfulness, with the long conversations with loud locals (did you notice that the Spanish people talk so loud?), with its imposing cathedrals, with long and relaxing walks through the city centers. Since then, I have dreamed of coming back and visiting again all the lovely places that I have seen during my Erasmus. For me, Spain is not just a country, but a feeling!
Malaga was a real surprise for me from the moment I have visited it for the first time. It has so many to offer! Its history dates back in 770 BC when the Phoenicians founded a colony there, which makes Malaga one of the oldest city in the world. The Moorish domination (approximately 718 to 1487) left behind some precious citadels, in which the mudejar style triumphs. But not only that…you can get to the beach (Malagueta is the most famous one), enjoy Malaga from the sightseeing boats, hike up to mount Gibralfaro and enjoy Malaga from above, have a walk through the modern city center, visit for free the Roman theater, visit Picasso museum, etc, etc. Do you still need reasons for visiting it?
How to get to Malaga from the airport
The airport is located at 10 km from the city. There are 2 options: bus or train. We have chosen the train.
The train station is right next to Terminal 3 (next to Departures). There are some tickets` machines (when we bought the tickets, the only option available was cash so be prepared with coins. One way is 1,80 euros and the journey will take approx. 10 minutes. The train departs every 20 minutes and you can stop either near the city center (Centro Alameda) or in the train station (Malaga Maria Zambrano).
If your accommodation is near the city center, the best option is to stop at Centro Alameda. Malaga Maria Zambrano is not far away, but you will save 10 minutes.
Tips! They have a luggage service at the central station. The price is only 3,60 euros.
Curiosity! At least for me, the security check (scanning the luggage) just like in an airport was surprising. This happens in all of Spain, in the important train stations.
Getting to know Malaga
It was also a good moment to taste some Spanish food. We tried tortilla (my favorite Spanish food), sangria and enjoyed tapas.
The next day, we booked a free city tour. The guide was awesome, it showed us the surroundings, explained to us the history of each place and other interesting things.
After the guided tour, we went to Alcazaba and Gibralfaro.
The entrance (including Gibralfaro) is 3,50 euros/person.
Right from the entrance, you will be amazed! There are lots of gates, medieval Moorish walls, gardens with perfect symmetry and a fountain in the middle and mudejar style everywhere.
Then, you can continue your visit with Gibralfaro (warning: a bit of effort required!) but the view from the hill will totally worth! There is an overlooking point over Malaga that will enchant you! (guaranteed) Gibralfaro is nice but for me, Alcazaba is better. We`ve moved around the Gibralfaro citadel, admiring the beautiful views through the citadel`s walls.
Tips! You can get to that overlooking point over Malaga for free, just following the road near Alcazaba.