malaga is one of those cities that people fly into, but never properly visit – its the airport that serves the costa del sol – but it has increasingly become one of my favourite cities in spain.  I still haven’t found it all and each time I come, there seems to be something new to see or visit.  we always try a different hotel each time in the hope to find something atmospheric, comfortable and affordable – this time we stayed at the  new Hotel Palacete de Alamos – very designer, very new, centrally placed, but it was lacking in character – but it did its job, and was affordable and clean, very comfortable bed and good breakfast included.  we booked on as they seem to have offers that some hotels don’t show on their websites.    not sure that I would stay again though, so my eternal search continues……

the fruit and fish market is a thriving bustle of high quality produce and worth a visit;  close by is the antique sherry bar, Antigua cash de Guardia – bob’s favourite where there is a long counter and lots of barrels of sherry – they still chalk your tab on the counter  – its just near the market.

as well as the Picasso museum, and the house he was born in, the Thyssen museum, there are lots of other galleries and the latest addition is the vast Pompidou museum – situated right on the port, amidst trendy bars and cruise ships coming in.  its a beautiful gallery that is much bigger than it first appears, as its mainly underground,  not at all basementy, but lofty and spacious.  there is a big selection of art, from well known artists such as Picasso to more recent contemporary artists;  there are a lot of art films and the coloured installation piece by Daniel Buren  is the emblem that you see form afar.  walk along the harbour under the skeletal structure that spans for many metres and feels like the backbone of a dinosaur.   malaga is definitely a culture spot to start or end your beach holiday!

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