Mary Jo Gordon is a student at the University of Louisville and ISA Featured Blogger. Mary studied with ISA in Málaga, Spain.
1. The Alcazaba
A well-preserved fort built by the Hammudid Dynasty in the 11th century, The Alcazaba is nothing short of breathtaking. It’s conveniently located on a hill in the center of the city, allowing for an amazing view over Málaga. A hike up is not only a great workout, but a rewarding experience. There’s so much beauty and attention to detail throughout the entire trek up. I feel spoiled, having the luxury to live in Málaga and experience The Alcazaba is incredible.
2. El Pimpi
I had heard raves about this restaurant/bar, and everyone is right. El Pimpi is the place to be in Málaga, no matter what day of the week. You really feel like a malagueño when you dine here. The walls adorned with pictures of famous people, especially Antonio Banderas, who have visited the restaurant. The atmosphere combined with the location truly make it a great experience. You have the option to sit outside with a view of the Old Roman Theatre next to The Alcazaba. Not to mention, the food was delicious. Could Málaga be anymore perfect?
I think it’s a crime to live in Spain and fail to see at least one fútbol match–the sport is a religion here. I had the opportunity to watch Málaga play Granada at La Rosaleda Stadium, and the entire place was buzzing. It was just how one would expect it to be, a packed stadium filled with fans that had Málaga pride running through their veins. My expectations were filled, and then some. Bonus, Málaga won 2-1!
4. Calle Marqués de Larios
Yes, it is the most touristy destination in Málaga, but a 10 minute walk off to the narrow, winding streets connected to Calle Larios will lead you to some intersting and unique shops and restaurants. This area is packed with stores, apart from the commercial H&M and Claire’s, spend a little more time venturing off and you can stumble across many treasures. There’s an amazing, but tiny, ice cream dig close to El Pimpi that only chance would bring you to, seeing as it’s not in the touristy part of the center. It’s shops like these that make venturing off the beaten path completely worth it.
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Malaga is such a wonderful part of Spain. I’m yet to discover a place that is so friendly and welcoming to outsiders.
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