christmas lunch in málaga

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The traditional Málaga Christmas lunch has taken place at many different locations and with different people over the years, but the one constant has always been these two, my lovely friends Arpy & Fred. This year it was just the three of us and we managed to get an early table at the fabulous Mesón Mariano, which was new to A & F. The place has been booked solid for holiday meals for over a month, but we got there right at opening time (expecting to sit at the bar) and were told we could have a table if we left before the booking came in. Which gave us an hour and a half, which was plenty of time to enjoy the following…

Garlicky clams, braised artichokes “montillana”, albondigón in almond sauce, and baby goat chops al ajillo. Because we had started lunch early I realised that I could probably comfortably catch the earlier train home, so I would arrive at 8 pm instead of 11 pm, and so that’s what I ended up doing. But we still had time for a penúlitima outside on the terrace of Mesón Cofradia. It all worked out perfectly and was a great way to finish my short-but-sweet Málaga getaway.

it didn’t rain!

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For the past week the forecast for Friday in Málaga was for RAIN. So l dutifully packed my umbrella but then faced a dilemma. Should l pack the book I’m presently reading (in case it rained) or an extra pair of shoes (in case it rained). There was only room in the suitcase for one (don’t ask) and in the end l opted to bring the book.

But then it didn’t rain. In fact it was a gloriously sunny and warm day. At first l was a bit unsure about what to do since l had nobody to go out and play with. All l knew is that l wanted my day to include a quick trip to Atarazanas market and a post-lunch drink on the terrace of the Gibralfaro Parador Hotel. And so first things first. I got to Atarazanas at 12.00, perfect for a quick beer and “brunch” snack (a grilled skewer of prawns and monkfish). Then l headed to the port with the idea of getting in a bit of a beach walk before lunch.

It’s been awhile since l actually walked along the port. Usually l either take the park or the Paseo de las Sorpresas to get to Malagueta beach. But today l also wanted to walk to the lighthouse so that meant venturing further along the quay. My god, what a mess (so no quay pics). I hear they are planning to put in a massive Hard Rock Café next to the Pompidou (guess they’re not expecting that contract to be renewed). What was initially an attempt at offering high end shopping with diverse dining options is now a sad array of cheap sunglasses and casual clothing shops along with the usual fast food suspects: Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, KFC, 100 Montaditos. So Hard Rock will fit in just fine. But really, what a sad mess.

Anyhow, l continued my walk down to the lighthouse and then along the beach until l reached the iconic Malagueta sign. By then it was time for lunch.

Luckily l had a recommendation from my friend Ania, and somewhere l had never been to – La Odisea. Unfortunately the dish l HAD to try (according to both Ania and Joanna) didn’t come as a tapa. So l ordered a media ración of the presa with peanut sauce and mushrooms, and it really was delicious. But after that l couldn’t eat anything else, so l headed out to catch the bus up to the Parador.

I was lucky to find the one table with this lovely view free, so l spent a pleasant hour enjoying a glass of wine in the sun. Then l walked back to the centre. Got there just before sunset and almost went to the Marriott AC rooftop bar to watch the sun go down but was told l had to buy an 8€ ticket to go up, which included a drink. WTF? So l headed home instead and relaxed there for a couple of hours before l took a final evening stroll to enjoy the lights. What a perfect day.

first day in málaga

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I’m here! And what a great first day it was. After l got to town l met Victor at the apartment (Casa de los Principes) and, after dropping off my bag, we headed out for lunch to somewhere I’d never been before – Los Mellizos. I was surprised to discover that Victor had never been there either! But as it’s one of Thane’s favourite places it was high time we checked it out. And well, it was fabulous. Old school, awful plastic menus with photos, but excellent food. We were having such a great time that l forgot to take a photo of Victor and had to get a screen grab from a short vid I’d made.

After lunch l met up with Ania who was briefly back from Poland to attend a seminar in Sevilla. She had also decided to take a day trip to Málaga while here so she could see the Christmas lights – and also see her friend Joanna. So we met at La Reserva 12 for a couple of penúltimas. By the time we poured Ania into a taxi to catch her train home l was ready to get back to my cosy apartment. But before l did that l went to Victor’s strategic location to try and get THAT shot of the lights from that unique vantage point. Victor was right, you really do have to climb between the clothes racks!

christmas málaga getaway 2017

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One more sleep until the annual Christmas Málaga Getaway. As always, looking forward to seeing the fabulous lights again. This incredible photo was taken by my friend Victor @welovemalaga last week, from a very strategic location.

This will actually be a mini-getaway, just two nights instead of the usual week away, but I plan on making the most of it, with a couple of Christmas lunches planned, visiting friends, etc. Yay!

best. lights. ever.

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Absolutely the best decorations Sevilla has ever come up with. Love the giant baubles in Plaza San Francisco, as well as the tastefully coordinated silver and gold lights along Avda de la Constitución, calles Sierpes & Tetuan, and in Plaza Nueva. Simply beautiful. Hoping this classy trend will continue and we will no longer be subjected to garish pinks and purples, with the Avenida looking like a cheap Vegas strip. Also minimal blue lights in the trees this year – another bonus!