Monday, 9 November 2015

Malaga in the Sunshine.

Fish Market..

Malaga in the sunshine.

Malaga Cathedral.

First impressions many years ago.

Malaga is full of artistic and cultural experiences. My first impression of Malaga many years ago was not inspiring.  This was a short visit when taking the train from Fuengirola into the city. Since then there has been much development and a complete change of face. 

The beautiful city of Malaga has many faces.

Some years ago, when on a winter break in Nerja, (Costa del Sol), we had the opportunity to see the Christmas lights in Malaga. Apart from the stupendous light display and the life-sized Nativity scenes - with costumes made from real flowers - in the middle of roundabouts down the main street. From our seats in the coach we could see how modern the city had become. Huge wide pedestrianised boulevards were complemented with  modern shop fronts. We had the opportunity to stroll around in the bustling crowds of shoppers and soak up the atmosphere as lights twinkled from above, the pavements below, and shop windows. The harbour had been deepened to accommodate cruise liners and the subsequent improved city experience was part of this development.

I completely changed my impressions.

Malaga can be unexpectedly cold in November.  See:

Huddling into our coats, we sat in a sheltered spot near the Cathedral while we waited for the pick-up time.

But - Malaga in the sunshine is a complete contrast. The glorious buildings along the harbour glisten in the sunshine, while flags of many colours adorn the Town Hall. The city has many museums housed in ancient buildings. There is now a Ferris wheel (like the London Eye). Above all, there is the bustling sense of things good when strolling along the

wide, pedestrianised streets

Previously, due to the cold wind, we had only seen the back of the Cathedral as we sheltered from the cold. The front is a complete contrast. The beautiful pink and white stonework  has to be seen to be believed. In front, at the tables in the plaza, people gather to enjoy the food, drink and conversations with friends. A signpost tells you how far you have to travel to get home.

Another interesting place to visit is the Mercado - the central market - which is actually the fish market. Every stall is fish of all kinds.

At one end is a beautiful stained glass window in vibrant colours depicting elements of the fisherman's life.