On the last day of our trip, we returned to Malaga. We arrived very early in the morning to port. We watched the sunrise over the mountains from our balcony.
We said a bittersweet good-bye to the cruise ship and headed into town. We were hopeful that our room might be ready early to settle in, but with the feria in town, I think we were simply lucky that our room was ready at all!
Since we had time, we decided to get our sight seeing done early. Of course, we forgot that Spaniards would still be sleeping at this early hour and breakfast was a little challenging to find.
We meandered through the streets and saw several churches.
Our favorite stop of the morning was the Museo Picasso Malaga. This is just a treasure of a little museum. Neither of us are fond of the super huge museums. Musee d’Orsay is much more our size than the Louvre, so this small museum was just perfect.
They have done an exquisite job of presenting the pieces. We were surprised by some of Picasso’s earlier work that we were not familiar with.
After the sight seeing, we moved onto people watching as the Feria was nothing if not entertaining. The crowds were endless!
We were thankfully able to get into our room early. From our balcony, we had a great view to watch the parade of the Feria.
We decided to escape the crowds and head back to the beach from our first day. We walked along the waterfront again and were amazed by the architecture.
On the beach, we tried the sardines on an espeto. We had wanted to try them on the first day, but the cafe was full by the time we decided to try them. We figured it would be a risk to try them, but they seemed to be a local delicacy.
From the remains of the sardine in the photo below, you can see that we did not like them at all. 🙂
We headed back to the hotel to change for dinner before a pit stop at El Cortes Ingles, my old stomping grounds from Madrid. We were in search of a football jersey and I ended up with a Christmas present too.
Then we headed back to the action to grab dinner. Our hotel had mentioned a few streets with many restaurants. We stopped at Meson La Cepa.
Their special for the evening was a whole fish, butterflied with a side salad and dessert. It was a lot of food for the money.
And finally it was time to say good night to Malaga and a bientot to Europe – we will be back soon.