Alcazaba of Malaga

July 31, 2013

After walking around the waterfront, we decided to hike up the hill to visit the Alcazaba of Malaga. It was a weekday so it was not crowded at all. It felt like we had the whole place for us to explore.
Malaga city centre behind me
love the gardens
i love the little details even on the floor
love the courtyards as well
This is definitely a must visit if you are visiting Malaga!

View from the top & Roman Theatre

July 26, 2013

From the waterfront, we climbed all the way up the hill to visit the Alcazaba of Malaga. We went to the wrong entrance but it was blessing since we saw the magnificent view of the waterfront from the top of the hill. We were so lucky to have the best weather that day because the couple of days after was mostly rain.
When we finally found the right entrance, we ended up at the Roman Theatre at the base of the Alcazaba.
Wishing you all a very happy and fun weekend! Hope you are all enjoying your summer so far. Next week, I will post the pictures from the Alcazaba!

Malaga waterfront

July 23, 2013

We continued exploring Malaga by walking to the waterfront. Sooo stunning! Lots of restaurants with patios and shops!!
Stunning view of Malaga! You can spot the Cathedral
Wish I own one of those boats ;)
We ended up stopping by the beach and having a drink. The owner was cooking sardines and I had to try it. He was grilling the sardine on the boat with coal. It was awesome! Sorry no picture of the sardines, I ate it too fast.
Love the beach but was too cold in February to swim.

At home in Malaga

July 18, 2013

Spain is absolutely my favourite country! I was so excited to explore the Andalusia region this time around having been to Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia in the past. 
We wanted to explore the region but have a home base from all our day trips. We picked Malaga as our base and we rented an apartment through Airbnb.
From Faro, we drove all the way to Malaga. It was about a 6 hour drive by car.  I enjoyed the scenery and passing through mountains and a whole lot of bridges. It was an easy drive even without using a GPS. We just relied on our map to get to Spain.
But once in Malaga, we got lost looking for our street with all the one way streets and barely there signs. Thankfully, we found our apartment after half an hour. Parking on the other hand was a nightmare but it all worked out in the end. 

Our Airbnb host was amazing. He gave us tips on where to go around the region and where to go in Malaga. It was a perfect start to our trip plus we had a great apartment as well!
One of the things I enjoy when I go on vacation and renting an apartment is grocery shopping. We had an Eroski close to our apartment so our first order of business was to get groceries. It was so much fun looking at different produce and drooling over jamon and chorizo.
Our first day in Spain was spent making food and relaxing in our apartment. The next day, it was a nice sunny day so we went out to explore the city. We browsed through different shops but ended up at Paseo del Parque. It felt like heaven with the beautiful flowers and trees. 
 beautiful fountains

Sagres Part III

July 15, 2013

We couldn't leave Algarve without driving to the very end of Sagres. After leaving the beach, we drove further to reach the lighthouse. I highly recommend renting a car while staying here to fully explore the coast.

We loved having the freedom to stop wherever we wanted and to explore at our own pace. Two days in the Algarve was not enough but we know that we will be back someday and it will be in the summer to fully take advantage of the beautiful beaches and weather.
Looking at all my photos from Sagres makes me want to jump into that blue ocean! It's been scorching hot here in Toronto. I want the breeze from the sea already!

Next up, Spain! Definitely my favourite country!

Sagres Part II

July 9, 2013

Toronto had a record breaking rainfall yesterday that caused flooding at some parts of the city and crippling our subway system and highway. Thankfully, I was not affected by the flooding and some friends only lost power for a couple of hours.

Now let's get back to Sagres...
It was now time to go down the winding road to reach the sea. It was a dizzying ride down from above but it was worth it. We had the entire place to us as it was off-season. The weather was a perfect blend of sun and wind.
The ocean breeze was a nice welcome as well as the strong waves battering the rocks. I had so much fun climbing the rocks and just listening to the sound of the ocean.

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