so to make our visit to vejer slightly different we flew into malaga for a change, booked a night in the old town and spent a whole day exploring the beautiful and authentic old parts of what is recognised as the most tourist destination of spain. like many others, malaga is the airport for commencing your sunny holiday- you fly in, you drive out. we stayed at the hotel Molina Lario, which was perfectly situated, in the old town, by the cathedral and near the sea – there is a little swimming pool on the roof terrace too. all these hotels look pretty much the same, but the rooms are very clean, the beds comfortable and the price affordable, especially just for one night. august is feria time in spain and malaga’s feria is unusual in that its held within the old town – in the many squares, streets and bars – so it was music, dancing and much laughter in the air. malaga still has beautiful old shops and bars, including the wonderful antigua casa de guardia which is 175 years old and still serves its wine from the barrells. eat lunch or dinner at restaurant los melizos, just around the corner from the hotel – very good seafood and best salad that i have had in spain. they have several restaurants in malaga. we visited the museo picasso and also the house where he was born, again a short walk from the hotel. i would definitely choose malaga as a starting point to our holiday in vejer – not only is it authentically spanish and cultural, but only 2 and half hours from our house. there is so much more to explore!