For our final day in Malaga we decided to visit the Museo Carmen Thyssen, the Alcazaba, Castillo de Gibralfaro, Malaga Harbour and Playa la Malagueta.
We decided to have a late breakfast after a long but enjoyable day in Granada yesterday.
Museo Carmen Thyssen
About five minutes walk from our hotel was Museo Carmen Thyssen. This art gallery features Spanish and Andalucían art from the 19th century.
It was definitely worth the €6 entry to see the three floors of artwork here. Our favourites were pieces by Enrique Martinez Cubells, Guillermo Gomez Gil and Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida.
Unfortunately the fourth floor which features temporary exhibitions was closed for our visit.
We then weaved our way through the old town of Malaga towards the Alcazaba.
This Moorish Palace was built in the 11th century and features colourful flowers, trees and impressive looking courtyards.
Whilst we thought it was not on the level of Granada’s Alhambra, it was still an amazing place to for us to see.
Just in front of the Alcazaba is a Roman Amphitheatre. This was built in the 1st century BC, whilst under the rule of Emperor Augustus. It stayed in use until the 3rd century AD.
The steep walk up to the castle
To get some exercise we decided to walk up to the castle.
We followed a steep and curvy path right up to the top. It was tough going at times but I managed to coax a tired Hayley to the top with a promise of a cold drink. To be fair it was 35°C at this point.
On the way up there was a viewing platform which gave the best views of Malaga I have seen so far. Whilst looking below us there seemed to be a peaceful protest in the square.
Castillo de Gibralfaro
After reaching the summit and having a cold beer we arrived at Castillo de Gibralfaro.
This castle was originally built in the 8th century and then rebuilt in the 14th century. It looks imposingly over Malaga and the Alcazaba.
We particularly enjoyed walking along the castle walls and seeing the original gateway.
Malaga Harbour and Playa la Malagueta
With a light lunch digested we then walked down towards the harbour area. There are a number of restaurants here, one even offering a mix of Indian and Mexican cuisine. Interesting!
Just before this stretch of restaurants is Centre Pompidou Málaga. This is an extension of the contemporary art gallery in Paris.
On the other side of the harbour is Playa la Malagueta. Against my will the wife made me stay at this beach for a while and listen to the sea.
After experiencing another Swansea City loss we headed out for a drink and evening meal. We decided on Batik, a roof top bar/restaurant which overlooks the Alcazaba. When we were waiting for food we enjoyed a beer while watching the sunset over Malaga.
Once our table was ready we ordered aubergine hummus with papadum and spicy tuna and ginger roll for starters. For main we decided on bacon and king prawns with sesame wok and for Hayley – duck with celery.
The food was tremendous, we thoroughly enjoyed. It was the perfect end to our trip to Malaga.