Our lovely family-owned Hotel California with its a rooftop patio view of the sea, short walk to the beach and strolling distance from the busy old was the perfect locale for a week.
Like my home town Edmonton, Canada, Malaga has grown at an alarming rate. For example, there was photo of our hotel building circa 1904 in the lobby. We were told that up until around 2000 Hotel California was the edge of the city.
To keep up, the city has invested in modernizations such the Malagueta beach walkway and a wide stretch of patios and parks along the port.
At the other end of Malaga’s many charms are its historical sites. For example, there is a Roman theatre built in the first century BC, under Emperor Augustus. It was surreal to sit there listening to a street performer singing a not-bad rendition of Leonard Cohen’s hallelujah.
The theatre and other ruins lie at the foot of the exquisite Alcazaba fortress castle, built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century. Furthermore, above that palace is Castillo Gilbrafaro, built in the 10th century by the Caliph of Cordoba. There’s no question that the gentle hike up the hill to see these sites is a type of time travel.
As well the ruins, the Malaga city is home to at least a dozen museums and art galleries. The Museo de Malaga, and houses 2,000 works in the fine arts section and 15,000 pieces in the archaeology rooms. Others arenarrower in scope such as the two Picasso museums we visited, a glass museum and a piano museum. It would be easy to spend more time in this seaside city.