Travel Nook: Malaga, Spain

Oh crap! We didn’t do our push-ups on Friday. Better squeeze them in before our day in Malaga!
9am Pushups in a dress, nice huh! Luckily little bug only took an elbow once.

If you were to fly to Spain to see me, you’d fly into Malaga. Although I’ve been to the airport dozens of times, this was my first proper visit to the city where Picasso was born and also the center of the Costa del Sol. Here are some highlights!

The second I saw this place, I knew I wanted to go in! And besides, you can’t start your day without a coffee/cup of tea and a little pastry!

Or you could have chocolate for breakfast!? I don’t know why, but I can’t resist taking a pic of these goodies! I was a good girl and stuck with coffee!

There was a great vibe in this cafe. The waiters wore bow-ties and served “proper tea” as my mother-in-law says.

Before we went to the Picasso museum, we walked by the Malaga Cathedral.

It’s a shame that even the large photo doesn’t show the amazing attention to detail in this archway.

Across from the Cathedral…where everybody knows your name.

After the museum. Cathedral from a distance. (This is the only photo I appear in…I’m at the bottom left in the navy dress.)

It was about 12:30 and the streets were getting busier. All around there were performers, artists and musicians entertaining tourists and shoppers.

Those red decorations on the balcony are hung in preparation for the traditional Easter processions.  Although I have yet to see, this part of Spain has some of the largest Easter processions around.

And lucky for me there was one going on today!

Don’t freak out, this is actually a traditional dress for some that take part in the processions.

Raised up on that float are Jesus and Mother Mary. The floats are carried by men who are traditionally wearing long robes and hoods. With the dramatic band music blaring and the float slowly proceeding down the street with hundreds following, these floats are quite a site to see.

We continued to walk around until it was time to meet the rest of the fam. This was the entrance into the Roman ruins.

Waiting by the Cathedral.

Now onto the food! Spanish tapas: cold salads shown above. A typical Spanish lunch is  2 pm. Everyone orders a few large tapas (raciones) and shares. It’s the perfect way to try a bit of everything!

Berenjenas con miel: Which is lightly battered eggplant with honey drizzled on top. A sweet treat and a favorite of mine.

Chorizo con huevos y patatas: Chorizo with eggs and fries. Sounds gross but again a favorite of mine. The runny, gooey egg yolk combined with the salty and greasy fries and chorizo is Spanish Food Nirvana for me! Worth every calorie and gram of fat!

I took this picture then asked my sister-in-law (who is Spanish): What is that? Answer: local Malaga wine! An order was put in asap! I never met a wine I couldn’t handle 😉

Until now! This was about 2 or 2.5 ounces of sweet, potent gasoline. Don’t order one of these if you’re in a hurry, this is made for baby-sippin’ only!

Speaking of baby…she joined in the food festivities with some rice crackers. Today we had to break out the sunscreen. Just look at those little rosy cheeks!

After lunch we drove down to the beach for a nice walk. The sea and beach restaurants were swarming with Malaga locals. The beaches weren’t as glamorous as Benalmadena or Puerto Banus but I felt calmer and more relaxed here. Instead of plastic fantastic bodies posing and drinking expensive cocktails, I saw Spaniards of every shape and size wearing comfy beach clothes getting wet and getting dirty and simply having a genuine good time.

You didn’t see fancy, shiny restaurants and extortionate prices but instead family owned places where the chairs didn’t always match but the food was homemade, the drinks were flowin’, the conversations were endless, the prices were just right and you left with a full, happy belly.

And you have to order seafood!!! It’s great seeing the fish cooked in one of these! Each restaurant has their own little hut with these sand-filled boats to cook all that lovely Mediterranean seafood.

Forget your workout? No problem! Beaches all over have these “little beach gyms” as I call them. Pullups, torso twists, butterfly, inner and outer thigh…you can get it all done on these babies!

Hubby and brother-in-law grunting it out.

This day was a great day out! With our days running out here we are trying to plan as many family outings as possible. Which brings me to my Wishlist.

Kristen’s Wishlist of things to do before we move (phew that’s a long title)
Visit the Buddhist Temple in Benalmadena
Eat homemade churros with chocolate
Learn how to make Spanish tortilla
Visit Portugal again
Revisit Rhonda
Hit up as many ferias in the area during the summer (Spanish fairs)
Head up to the International Food Festival in Mijas
Take little bug to the Zoo
Actually eat the pastries I take so many pictures of
Find a Spanish antique store and buy some treasures to bring back to America
Have lunch in Old Marbella in Orange Square
Drink lots of Spanish wine
Eat even more Spanish cheese
Take as many photos as possible
…and that’s off the top of my head!

Mijas

COMING SOON: 5 Minute Workout: Upper Body with the Resistance Band

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3 responses to “Travel Nook: Malaga, Spain

  1. These are just amazing pictures,felt ALMOST as I was there!

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