Our departure time was supposed to be 15:50 from Málaga but the storm currently bringing down torrential rain, is also having heavy gusts of wind – preventing any aircrafts from taking off. Currently we are expecting a start-up permission about 1 hour late from the original time of departure, which in turn makes our transit in Frankfurt shorter. Continue reading “02.03.2018 /3: Off to Helsinki, Finland”
It’s the last day in Málaga and the heavens have opened! It’s been raining since the wee hours of morning and the rain didn’t stop by the time of our check-out. We had planned to head out with our luggage and explore a bit more before heading to the train station and then to the airport.
Instead we take a taxi from our place in the Old Town to the Málaga Maria Zambrano station. The cost is roughly 6.50€, which is quite cheap at least to Finnish standards. We chose the Maria Zambrano station because it has a shopping centre built in the station building with various food establishments as well.
We are only taking the train to the airport from here, but Maria Zambrano station is also the place to take your trains to other cities in Spain and also buses as the bus terminal is just next door.
This time we didn’t book our accommodation through AirBnB, but found a good deal from hotels.com! When we book accommodations we tend to take a bit more time to see different options, and myself I haven’t yet learned how to use trivago.
So this time we stayed at Sea & Wave Dos Aceras, an apartment quite conveniently located near the heart of the old town. At first we were a bit apprehensive as the apartment we got was on the ground floor – fantastic for luggage, not so fantastic if you are not properly dressed and want to keep the curtains open. However, the main windows are not on that kind of level where it would be easy to peer in, so we wouldn’t have needed to worry about anyone peeping.
The apartment has a fully functional kitchen, which we hardly used, nicely finished bathroom and a shower, living room area and bedroom area. As it was a bit chilly at this time of the year, we used the air conditioner to give us a bit of a heat during the nights.
Next time we are going to stay here we do need to remember to get something to get rid of the mosquitoes!
Our rating: ****
The raining is based on the location, convenience of food shopping, and eating. Also during check-in, the lady checking us in gave us a ton of valuable tips, some of which you have seen realised in our blog texts!
When one conjures up images of a touristy hotspot at the Costa del Sol, maybe posh dining isn’t something that springs to mind first and foremost. Enter La Galería, a food and drinks court in Fuengirola that is fresh and fairly decently priced. Continue reading “01.03.2018 /3: La Galeria @ Fuengirola”
One of the reasons we decided to pay a visit to areas surrounding Fuengirola was to try and find a British bar that we saw on a TV program. Have to say that luckily we didn’t find it. Instead we found this quaint churreria which is located just next to the Los Boliches train station! Continue reading “01.03.2018 /2: Churros @ Hermanos Florez Churrería”
As the weather wasn’t exactly giving it’s best for a walking tour around the city this morning, we decided to have a lazy morning for a change. Later on, as the weather seemed to clear a little bit, we decided to head to see a proper touristy spot on the Costa del Sol – Fuengirola! Continue reading “01.03.2018 /1: Day In Fuengirola”
We had planned to arrive back to Málaga earlier (remember, we had a bus tickets booked at 18:00), but as our visit to the Alhambra’s famous Nasrid Palaces made us change plans, we arrived instead quite late (21:45) feeling hungry. After a brisk 30 minutes walk home from the bus station, we quickly freshened up and headed out to find some food! Good thing about Spain is that people tend to eat relatively late so restaurants, even at this time of year, stay open to late.
For some days now we have been planning to go test Pepa y Pepe II restaurant, as it is relatively close to our accommodation. There are actually two Pepa y Pepe restaurants in Málaga and apparently the one near our pad is not the original one. But foodwise, the quality seems to be as good in both the places.
We decided to test their tapas by ordering different portions and that is actually a much better idea than just stuffing ourselves full with one type of food. Even though the tapas is mostly meant to be a snack or something to have prior to your main meal, they can be combined to fill up your stomach as well. Besides, ordering several plates makes it a bit more social event as everyone at the table can share the food.
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After carefully scouring the tapas menu, we ended up with: Patatas con tres salsas, gambas pil-pil, pimientos verdes fritas, and pulpo fritas. The three sauces with the potatoes were Roquefort cheese sauce, hot sauce (the patatas bravas style), and garlic sauce.
The quality of the dishes was good, even though it was obvious that we were the kitchen’s last customers of the evening at 23:30, and the dishes arrived in a quick succession, which was also a nice thing – it allowed us to actually taste each dish on its own before moving onto the next one.
The only let-down, at least for us, were the potatoes. Having travelled a lot to the Canary Islands, I expected more than French fries. But my expectations might rely on the Canary potatoes, and I think that messes up my mind a bit when it comes to foods like patatas bravas. And obviously, if you went to a more high-end tapas restaurant, the potato experience might be completely different.
We give this restaurant a whopping **** based on the quality of the food, the quickness of the service, the quality of the service, and the price level.
The service didn’t seem to be rushed even though we entered quite late and it was obvious that we were the last customers for the kitchen. Also, the lateness didn’t affect the quality of the food, which was pleasant as well.
For us, there was plenty of seats to choose from, but come summertime the place might be packed with people.
It was raining cats and dogs when we arrived to the Gate of Justice, through which we entered the Alhambra. Having earlier been at the Alcazaba in Malaga, we thought we had an inkling what to expect here. Well, we were wrong.
There was nothing that could have forewarned us about this place – we have seen the Alcazaba, we have seen videos in YouTube… even the first steps through the gate made us gasp. The artistry, the level of perfection of the architecture and the decoration – even in a meager gatehouse! Astonishing! Continue reading “28.02.2018 /3: The Alhambra”
As part of our tour package from Play, a tour of historic quarters of Albaicin and Sacromonte was included. We could have chosen a segway tour, but opted instead for a walking tour. It was perhaps for the best as both of the quarters were quite hilly so we were left wondering if the segway tourers actually get as much from the tour as the walkers.
As we have been tourists in Málaga city for few days now, we decided to be a bit more spontaneous, and make a day trip to Granada, as we have wanted to see the Alhambra for the longest time. By now you might have gathered that we both are a bit interested in architecture, and I am also a history freak. And Spain has a really colourful history when it comes for different eras; there are signs of Romans, and Moors to be seen, and also the Reconquista and its footprint on everything that came before.
When it comes to Alhambra, one of my all-time favourite artists, Loreena McKennitt, has performed there, and I recently found a video from YouTube where a young Muslim guy performs the Azan (a Muslim call to prayer) in the Alhambra for the first time since the Reconquista in the 15th Century! This gave me goosebumps all over and brought tears to my eyes! One does not have to be Muslim to appreciate the beauty of Azan.
So, early on the morning we checked the bus times and prices, and now we are sitting in a comfortable bus filled with tourists and Spaniards, heading towards another city about 1h 45min drive away from the coastal Málaga.
Obviously less than one day isn’t nearly enough to see Granada and everything there is to offer, as there are such sights as the Cathedral, the Alhambra, the Generalife… just to name a few! Whilst sitting in the bus and enjoying the drive, it is good to google the place we are heading to and it just seems to be giving and giving. Seeing all the places we should visit, it becomes clear that we really shouldn’t have booked a return bus at 18:00!
Get Your Tickets Beforehand!
When planning a trip to the Alhambra, make sure to purchase your tickets beforehand! We didn’t and that caused a bit of a hassle when we arrived to Granada Bus Station. Luckily for us there was a desk of Play at the bus terminal, who were able to sell us a packaged tour of Albaicin Quarter and the Alhambra. The price for this package was a bit steep, 45€ per person, but as this included a walking tour of the old Arabic neighbourhood in addition to the entrance to Alhambra’s Nasrid Palaces and of course the whole of Alhambra we were willing to pay the cost – not to mention that this was also the whole reason we made the trip to Granada this time.
If you are just interested in the Alhambra, you might want to check granadainfo.com for the availability of the tickets and how to purchase the tickets just for the Alhambra.
If you are taking a bus from Málaga, it will leave you at the bus station, which is a short distance away from the actual city centre, so you might consider taking a local bus, SN1, from the bus terminal to the city centre (by the Cathedral). This is a convenient way of heading to see the sights, and it costs only 1.40€ per person! Remember to have as close to the exact change as possible! Travel time is about 20 minutes, so if you are in a rush, you might want to consider taking a taxi instead.