We were last here in 2007 with the Celebrity Century. That time we took a tour to the incredible caves in Nerja. This time we wandered the city instead.
Malaga is a 10 minute walk from the cruise terminal but we used the shuttle bus to save effort, expecting to do a lot of walking. Besides looking for good photo ops we were looking for 3 wool shops provided by port lecturer Claudia. The first one was actual a yarn and regalia shop so we set off for the next one.
The downtown is mostly pedestrian only and is a maze of lane ways, alleys and wide streets at all angles to each other. Large and small squares show up suddenly as you walk. We head up Molina Lario and pass a huge Cathedral. The yard next door has orange trees and old bell hangers on display. We kept walking north until we reached Plaza del Siglo. A lovely view awaited us there as well as a wonderful array of cafes, leather and clothing shops. Pat visited a few but even with good prices nothing sprung out to say Buy Me.
We turned left and arrived at Plaza de La Constitucion. A large plaza, there is a lovely fountain there. The Marques de Larios feeds into here, a wide pedestrian street. Nearby is wool shop #2 in a lane (Cinco Bolas) off Nueva. And Pat hits the mother lode! Lanas Cinco Bolas is a small shop, she takes a number (91) and waits from #70. In the meantime Pat has time to peruse the wide selection. Gerrit meets several husbands who are also waiting. One older gentleman points at my Pentax and gives a thumbs up €65 later and Pat has a large shopping bag full of wool.
We wander to a small plaza at San Juan church and take a look at a shop that sells only slippers. More wandering and we end up on Marques de Larios again to eat some baguettes with cappuccino while people watching. We decide to go through a few alleys and find even more cafes as well as shops selling religious figurines, e.g. for nativity scenes. A pastry shop beckons and we succumb to buying some to eat on the ship.
We go past the Catedral again and end up at the Roman Theatre on Alcaza Billa. Nearby is an old fort as well. It is time to head back to the bus stop along the gorgeous Paseo del Parque. The parks along that street took 20+ years to create. It is full of fountains, large variety of trees and plants and statues. Well worth a peaceful wander.
The winds are extremely strong and so the ship needs help from a tug boat to turn around to leave the harbour. Fishing boats come in from the sea with a scary number of sea gulls buzzing them.
Tonight Mark Oberon, the only Englishman who took gold in magic competition performed for us. He is a truly amazing and gifted artist. He guessed the card Pat was thinking off and also the colour of the ball in her hand.
A wonderful day, lots of walking and a good stash of wool and great entertainment to top it all off. What else can one ask for.