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Malaga, what a (nice) surprise!

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Despite being packed by tourists and travellers (especially during summer) Malaga is well organized, safe and nice to visit. There aren’t many sights, compared to other andalusian and spanish cities, and historically is not that interesting, however the pleasant weather, a city beach at walking distance from the centre and a big number of bars, restaurants and shops, make the time spent here as enjoyable.

Malaga is the birthplace of the famous painter and artist, Pablo Picasso. Museum and other attractions are related to him.

-Where to stay? Oasis Hostel is the house of all party animals gathered in Malaga! Centrally located, all bars and clubs are very close, not far from the beach. Several activities available to have fun and socialize with other travellers

mal6-Beach. Malaga has a long beach not far from the centre, it’s called Malagueta. It’s not that nice like the ones in Valencia, Cadiz, Tarifa, Barcelona … however it offers a pleasent benefit for tourists and travellers visiting the city. WC and showers are available for free. Restaurants, bar, shops are in a good number

-When you arrive at the airport, the cheapest and fastest option is to catch a metro train (C1 line) to the centre-Alameda (it’s the last stop). It costs 1,70€ (keep the ticket until you get out the station) and the ride takes only 10 minutes, while the city bus would cost 3€

-Always prefer blablacar rather than a bus or a train. A ride with blablacar will save you money (from Seville I paid 10€, by train it would have been 23€…) and time (a car doesn’t make stops), plus it’s a funny experience to meet local and nice people. Try it!

mal4-Roman theatre and Alcazaba are free on sunday

-If you want to save some money during your stay, my advise is to prepare your meals at the hostel. There is a nice and picturesque city market where you can buy veggies, fruits, meat and fresh fish. Supermarkets (Dia, Supersol, Mercadona, while ‘el corte ingles‘ is a bit more expensive) are also available in a good number. There are many bakery shops that offer special deals. Also, due to the high number of restaurants and bars, it’s very possible to find special prices for meals. Avoid tourist traps!

Beer (cerveza) is served in small glass, called caña, I rather prefer to order a small bottle (bottellin) as the draft beer quality is, usually, poor and I have the impression that it’s mixed with water …

 

-Ready to have ‘fiesta‘?! Spanishs are great party animals and the spanish nightlife satisfies everyone. Start your long night by buying beer, alcool and soft drinks at the supermarket, then bring your bag and friends in an open space (park, big square, river, seaside). There is where everyone starts the night. It’s called bottellòn and you are going to love it! Clubs will be empty before 1am

mal10Free walking tour. Twice a day, at 11 and 18. In front of Teatro Cervantes (calle Ramos Marín)

 

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Flamenco!

2014-01-21 19.13.18By Staying one month in Sevilla, the main city of Andalusian region, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to see a flamenco show.

Flamenco is a symbol of Spain but actually its history is related to this region, especially to this city and to be even more precise, to a small minority, the roma one (called gitanos in Spain).

Funny thing is that currently in Japan there are more flamenco music academies than in Spain…

Anyway, thanks the hostel I stayed in (Sevilla Inn backpackers), I had a help in booking an incredible show at the ‘Museo del baile flamenco’ (museum of the flamenco dance), where you can assist at a top-level show with famous artists.

This post is dedicated to Paco de Lucia, the most famous flamenco artist who passed away 2 days ago. RIP!

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Granada

15 Granada is, so far, the most beautiful and interesting city I have visited in Spain.

Unfortunately I spent only 2 (half) days there and the weather wasn’t good at my arrival day, which means I’ll have to visit again this beautiful city.

‘La Alhambra’ (a fortress/palace in arabic style) is certainly its symbol (during peak season it’s better to book your ticket).

However the city has many other interesting  that can be visited for free (there is a very good daily free walking tour), especially in Albayzín (UNESCO site), the ancient Muslim neighborhood, nowadays very popular with visitors:

1 Old palaces with patio

2 Hamman El Bañuelo, ruins of perhaps the most well-preserved Arabic bath house in Spain

17 Carrera del Darro

7 Sacromonte, a gypsy (Roma) district situated east of the Albazin, it’s noted for its many cave where now artists and alternative people live.

6The district is also famous for its flamenco shows popular with tourists and the amazing views of the Alhambra.

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5 Drink tap water, probably the best in spain, coming from the nearest mountains of Sierra Nevada

10 When you visit Granda enjoy the last place where you can get a ‘tapas’ for each drink you have!

Close (external) view of Alhambra

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