Tips from a Travel Writer: Malaga

Posted on June 12, 2013 by Fiona Hilliard

 

A visit to Malaga doesn’t have to mean just sun, sand and sea.  As travel writer Julie McNamee finds out, there are a lot more adventures to be had in the Costa del Sol and beyond… 

 

There’s plenty to see and do in Malaga itself, but if you’d like a two centre holiday, or just want to take a day trip or two-day trip away from the city, here are a few ideas for you.

Luxury Boot Camp Spain

 

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Boot Camp Spain is for those of us who don’t relish the thought of lying around on the beach putting on even more weight than we arrived with. There’s a luxury branch in Marbella itself if you can’t do without your king size beds, wet rooms and Fendi designer furniture, or a more down to earth version nestling in the hills an hour north of Marbella at Lake Iznajar. In an action-packed week, you’ll be coached by military physical training personnel: expect …

“Physical Training, functional training, Boxing, Circuit Training, Games, Aquacise, Personal Time (siesta, swim, sunbathe…it’s your choice), Interval Training, Hill Walking, Pool Exercises… “

The food is good local produce in tiny little portions. If this is your sort of thing, this part of the world is a great place to do it in, with long hours of sunshine and little rain.

Take a trip to Morocco

 

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It’s possible to travel from Malaga directly to Morocco, but for a more relaxing trip, head west to Tarifa and pick up the morning ferry the next day – the journey takes up to an hour. (Important tip: make sure you have the customs person on board fill out your papers – you’ll have trouble at the other end if you don’t). Tangier is the nearest city from Malaga if you’re visiting for a short time, and the ferry takes you right into the city dock.

Wander the narrow streets of the medina, experiencing the sights and sounds of a culture a world away from Spanish Malaga, dodging the local “tour guides”. (There are proper guides who it may be worth considering spending the day with: get recommendations and book before you go). If haggling’s your thing, visit the bazaar.

For a few moments’ peace and quiet, pay a visit to the Museum of Moroccan Arts, a small gallery in a restored villa with some beautiful artifacts and quiet gardens to chillax in. There’s a great range of restaurants in Tangier for lunch, with some beautifully spiced food and a French culinary influence apparent. Take an evening ferry back to Tarifa and travel from there back to Malaga (two hours drive).

Drive to Ronda

 

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The mountainous Ronda region and the spectacular town of Ronda are well worth a journey out of Malaga. Ronda town is sat on a high gorge and go for no other reason than to see the Puenta Nuevo (an enormous bridge) that spans it. The bridge also serves as a route between the old and new sections of town.

There’s a fifteenth century church and the oldest bullring in town – go and wave a flag in protest against animal cruelty (bullfighting is a sport that attracts passionate arguments on both sides, and although full fights were banned on national tv a few years back, a change of government has resulted in them being shown again). The journey between Ronda and Malaga by car is around 1hr 45 minutes.

I hope that’s given you some inspiration for your trip to Malaga.

Fiona Hilliard

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