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Trip Recap: The City Picasso Was Born In – Malaga, Spain

When my brother and I flew from Paris to Malaga, we didn’t have any expectations. We had about 6-8 hours to spare before taking a bus to Seville, Spain. I mean, even in our guidebook, there was barely anything written about this city.

The moment we landed at the airport, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of surrounding mountains and the endless Mediterranean sea. I knew that the day ahead was promising!

Our commute to the bus station was super easy and fast: All we had to do was to take a train from the airport. Not even 15 minutes later, we were there. I got changed into lighter clothes *it was +31 Celsius compared to +8 in Paris* and checked in my luggage into a locker. Conveniently, all major attractions were within a walking distance from the bus terminal. Without any hesitation, my brother and I picked up a map and headed to the nearby port.

port

*It was soooo refreshing to wear a dress for the first time this year!!!*

There was quite a bit of people trying to get us to sign up for a boat ride, but they weren’t too pushy. I definitely appreciated it. Right next to the port, we discovered Playa de la Malagueta.

Malagueta

The water was very cold, but this didn’t stand in my brother’s way to jump in for a short swim *a very bad choice in retrospective*. As he was showing off/taking videos of himself swimming on his GoPro *I love you nevertheless!!! Haha!* , I took in beautiful surroundings while sitting on the warm sand.

beach

I must assure you that it didn’t take too long for me to feel the burn. Thankfully, my brother was pretty cooperative, and we went into the city in search of a sunscreen. *Silly, silly me for not bringing it with me. A long Canadian winter definitely messed with my head! Haha!*

flowers

By the time we found it and walked around some more, we were REALLY hungry! Without giving it too much thought, we turned into the first street. It turns out, it one of the best decisions we made that day. The entrance to the Alcazaba of Malaga was right there! We rested a bit while consuming a big amount of food which was very welcome and went to explore the citadel that was built in the early eleventh  century by the Hammudid dynasty.

architecture

The Moorish architecture is very different from what I’d ever seen. That being said, the Alcazaba is very well preserved, and it was super interesting to explore because it was almost like a labyrinth. All we wanted to do was to reach the top, but kept on getting lost. *Which was lots of FUN too!*

bath at Alcazaba

I also appreciated the amount of detail. Look at the floors! I can’t even imagine the amount of time and number of people it took to finish this project. *They were like this EVERYWHERE!*

kids

 

The fortification overlooks the port and I consider myself lucky to have witnessed this view.

view from Alcazaba

We were short on time and had to go back to the bus station but wouldn’t give up on this adventure. So it took some sprinting up hill to make it to the top. Needless to say, I was super happy to see this canon. *It was super comfy too! Haha!*

canon

When I looked around, I was in love.

view from the top of Alcazaba

Let me tell you this. When later on I found out that Picasso was born in Malaga, I wasn’t a bit surprised that he grew to be a genius. There is so much beauty around, it’s unbelievable!

– Trip Recap: Paris Is Always A Good Idea (Part 1)
– Trip Recap: Paris Is Always A Good Idea (Part 2)

Have you ever stopped by a city you didn’t plan on loving just to be completely smitten by its charm?

xoxo
Olena

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