As always I ate very well in Málaga, visiting old favourite spots and trying out a couple of new ones. This was a fabulous feast we had on my last night in town, revisiting El Refectorium Catedral. Great food, wonderful wine, fun conversation with dear friends. And of course a couple “penultimas” afterwards. A lovely send off.
It’s been a long-time dream of mine (and still is) to visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, in part because I’ve always wanted to see the famous Louise Bourgeois spider there “in person”. But I got a chance to see a slightly smaller version in Málaga at the Picasso Museum (something I’d forgotten to do on my last Málaga Getaway). Luckily the I’ve Been To Hell and Back exhibition was still on (until the end of September) and so off I went. To be honest, for me the spider was the best part. A lot of Bourgeois’ work is the stuff of nightmares, and some of it I actually wish I could unsee. But I did get to see the spider and it was magnificent.
After a long and lazy lunch yesterday we were given a brief tour of barrio Lagunilla by the fabulous Victor @welovemalaga. Still very much a neglected part of town, the locals are trying to create an authentic “soho” area that will perhaps attract attention and much needed funds to breathe new life into the barrio. Really liked a lot of the street art, though I wouldn’t feel very safe walking around there on my own. Maybe this will change.
On the final day of my Vejer Getaway I got to fulfill two long desired wishes… to visit the market in Barbate and eat at El Campero (aka Tuna Heaven). Annie @cookinginspain very generously drove us down from Vejer and we spent a pleasant time in the market before heading over to El Campero for lunch. Which was spectacular. Two of those photos down there (top left and centre) actually belonged to our bar neighbours, who didn’t mind me snapping a couple of photos. But truly, the very best tuna Almadraba (morrillo and ventresca) I have ever tasted. It was a great afternoon and a perfect way to finish the getaway.
It was a great day. First all the Foodie Hub experts had a tapas tour in Málaga, visiting four amazing bars. After that we were whisked off to Marbella for the presentation of the first Essential Tapas Guide and the first annual awards for Best Tapa in Spain. And I was thrilled that one of my choices (the pringá montadito at Bodeguita Romero) won for best traditional tapa. Lots more to say about this, for now this is just a quick update.
Download the guide here… Essential Guide to Spain’s Best Tapas