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A Fascinating Holiday in the Old Moorish Town of

Álora

Only £290 to £390 per week all year

 

Malaga

"Not yet completely overrun by tourist tack, this is one very Spanish port city. Málaga is a vibrant, Spanish city with a real southern port atmosphere and a burgeoning cultural scene. The second largest city in Andalucía, it boasts pretty streets, leafy boulevards, lush gardens and a breezy ambience." - Lonely Planet Guide

Malaga is probably not the highest on your list of cities to visit in Spain and what you see from the motorway as you came from the airport will probably not change your opinion. However, you are in for a surprise, this lively and historic city is well worth a look. It's only half an hour by car and there are also frequent trains from Álora, so it's easy to dip into for shopping, sight-seeing and nightlife and is a good source of entertainment for children.

                                                 

Malaga is a city steeped in more than 3,000 years of history, excavations have discovered evidence of the Carthaginians, the Romans and the Moors. Each have left their mark so there are a fair number of historical monuments in this city. You need a guide book to appreciate everything but you should make sure you see the cathedral, La Manquita - “the little one armed lady”, which reflects Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-classical styles - due to the time it took to build!

Also of note, close to
the cathedral is the Alcazabar, a fifteenth century Moorish fort and one of the most important in the region. Further on is the castle, which stands on Monte del Faro (Lighthouse Mountain) and at the foot of the hill Malaga’s magnificant ayuntamiento (town hall) is located, next to the city museum in the Palacio de la Aduana - and don't forget the Picasso Museum. The best way the see the city is by open top bus, of which there are many but don't forget to enjoy a stroll around the Old Quarter and Calle Marques de Larios. The latter is now pedestrianised with glossy marble and wide pavements and is where the "malaquefinos" promenade in their finery. This is also one of the best shopping areas in the city.

         
                              
Malaga is well worth a visit during one of its festivals, which are numerous - each one celebrated with the vigour that is synonymous with Andalucia. The main fiesta is the Feria, which takes place in the middle of August. There is also a splendid Three Kings Festival each year at the beginning of January, which children will love and as everywhere in Spain, Easter is fabulous!