Castillo Gibralfaro y la Alcazaba

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Thursday 7th December

  

Waking up to beautiful sunshine across the bay, we decided to spend the day in Málaga exploring the hilltop castle ruins and the Arabic style gardens.

Our first stop was the amazing Castillo de Gibralfaro, situated high on the hill, overlooking the city. We walked along the walls, up and down steps, in and out of courtyards and viewing areas. Looking inland were many white-walled, terracotta-roofed houses with the mountains in the distance. Towards the coast was the bull ring, municipal offices, cathedral, the marina, and the busy port. We stopped at the top for coffee and cake, then drove down back into the old town.

Again, parking seems to be problematic, so we ended up in an underground parking lot, not too far from a busy square filled with cafés, bars and street entertainers.

We made our way to the Alcazaba which is a medieval, Moorish castle set amidst spectacular gardens, with patios, pools and paths meandering up the hillside. Inside are splendid multifoil arches, columns, decorated ceilings and walls tiles.

Suitably amazed by the breathtaking views and architecture, it was time for a bite to eat. The old part of the city is a maze of roads, alleyways and walkways, many overlooked by wrought iron balconies and ochre coloured walls.

We had been recommended an eatery by the name of Los Gatos, and ordered a variety of different tapas and beers, perching on stools, sitting outside on the pavement. Our waiter kindly ended our meal with free glasses of Prosecco.

From here we continued our meanderings, taking in the relaxed, easy atmosphere. As the sun was beginning to go down, we decided to end the day watching the sunset at a beach bar, or chiringuito. More beers, coffee, a fabulous langoustine risotto, and buckets of hot coals set beneath the table, kept us warm as the temperature dropped.

Thinking of you.

Sweetheart Angel son.

With me always.

xxxxxx

This morning’s view

The castle walls

Your brother

Down a set of narrow, uneven steps

The view looking inland

The Pompidou Centre and marina

Frankie Angel Bear at the top of the Castillo

Yes, we found a Starbucks….

Balconies and blue skies

Street graffiti

The walk up to the Alcazaba

Ancient gateway

Orange trees line the entranceway

The Town Hall

Outdoor pool

Fabulous carved archways

Trefoil arches

Dad

Your brother and his girlfriend

Me

Silly billy 😜

Side entrance to the cathedral

Cathedral from the front

Beautiful colours

Narrow streets

Making our way to the beach bar

Your brother

Bucket of hot coals beneath the table

Golden glow on the horizon

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