On holiday in Torremolinos last November, we enjoyed a day trip out, taking the train from the central station in Torremolinos town to Zambrano station in Malaga city. Only a 30 minute journey on the efficient Spanish rail network and at around 4 euros each, a bargain.
It was a spur of the moment thing, so naturally we didn’t have a map, nor do we have one of those clever phones with sat nav, so we followed the crowd from the station to see where we ended up and of course got lost! After a wasted 30 mins trying to find the town centre, we bought a map (which was incidentally rubbish) and set off for the Alcazaba.
The Alcazaba is a Moorish fortress which in its time was a palace, home to a number of rulers. It doesn’t have the fame of the Alhambra in Granada, but it is exquisitely beautiful in its own right. I loved the cool courtyards and Moorish décor. Especially beautiful are the Patio de los Naranjos (courtyard of the orange trees) and Patio de la Alberca (patio of the pool). You can climb up high to get fabulous views of the city and the port. Queen Victoria was docked there that day, and no doubt there is usually a cruise ship to see most days of the week. There is a small admission fee of a couple of Euros and I really do recommend a visit.
We took refreshment in the square outside Malaga’s central cathedral where I ordered a chocolate caliente, so thick you could stand a spoon in it. Then it was off for a spot of shopping. The central pedestrianized area has the usual Spanish chains that I enjoy a browse in; Zara and Mango plus lots of places selling fashion and jewellery. The main thoroughfare reminds me of Las Ramblas in Barcelona with its flower stalls and tabac booths.
Lunch was a random selection of tapas that we took in the old town. Whilst there we spotted lots of little places we fancied for a future visit and have booked one of them for later in the year so that we can experience the city at night.
We found our way back to the station across the Triana bridge which is famous for its padlocks. You can swear undying love here by leaving a padlock and throwing the key away.
We were really impressed with Malaga and when we come back later in the year, will be able to report on some restaurants and nightlife.