Where is it?
El Palo is well known by its 'chiringuitos'. Beach bars where you can taste the best fried fish, the gilled sardines 'espetos' or order a wonderfull 'paella'! If you feel a bit more international, you can also try the variety of restaurants from all over the world: from Mexico to India.
You can sit with a watermelon mojito looking at the deep blue Mediterranean see and listening to some flamenco chill out music. What else? The local beers, the cocktails and the juices made with the local fruits can make your day!
You can't fail to escape the energy, and whether you are looking for a quiet wine bar or preparing to dance till dawn, you are guaranteed to find the place to suit your desire. El Palo is a lovely seaside area full of typicall Spanish cafés where you can taste the real Spanish Breakfast: churros con chocolate or the wonderfull 'pueblo' bread with ham and tomato.
Shopping in Málaga is a fascinating mix of the old and the new. Years ago shopping for the malagueños was a fairly parochial, low-key affair but economic booms and the increase in tourism, has resulted in more contemporary and chic shopping options, including international chains and shopping malls. If this all sounds worryingly anonymous, don't worry. Málaga is still home to plenty of small idiosyncratic shops, many of which have been in the same family for several generations and seem to charmingly thrive on selling just one or two specialties. It is this diversity in era and style that is one of the great aspects of shopping here; the fact that right next to a cutting-edge designer boutique you can still find a stuck-in-a-time warp haberdashery buzzing with elderly ladies scouring racks of buttons, bobbins and bows. In addition there is an increase in enterprising individuals opening interesting and unusual new shops that would be quite at home in New York or London.
Bit of culture
Malaga is the city of museums. With more than 30. Whether you like wine, archaeology or cars; you’re interested in glass, contemporary art or 19th century painting, you’re sure to find at least one museum which will interest you in the city. Most visitors to Malaga go to the Picasso museum and his house, as the painter is the most famous son of the city, but there’s a new art museum now which focuses on Andalucian art – the Museo Carmen Thyssen. Other recent openings include the Wine Museum, where you can learn about Malaga’s own vintages, while two private collections offer the quirkiest experiences: the Automobile Museum, with an ingenious fashion section for non-car fans, and the Glass and Crystal Museum, which also features antique furniture and paintings, all arranged by period. Contemporary art lovers mustn’t miss the CAC (Centro de Arte Contemporaneo), Andalucia’s foremost cutting-edge space. Heading back a few millennia, the archaeology museum has pieces from prehistoric through to Roman and Moorish times.
Walks in the park
Pretty family beach with soft, fine sand. The major sport here is angling. There are also small fishing boats that add a touch of colour to the area. Last but not least, the breathtaking views it affords of the entire coast deserve a mention.
Spot of exercise
At 5 minutes walk, you can find the stunning Malaga promenade. A 7 km seafront walk and cycle route to the city centre.
Located in the historic region of La Axarquía, at 54 km from the flat, 35 min (motorway), Nerja is bright town on the Málaga coast which has a beautiful sea front formed by beaches, coves and cliffs. Its historic quarter has fine examples of popular architecture, with lovely walks and emblematic spots such as the Balcón de Europa, a splendid viewpoint over the sea. The area has been populated since prehistoric times, as the cave paintings found in the famous caves of Nerja, known as the “prehistoric cathedral”, reveal. Its busy calendar of festivals, as well as the tasty dishes which make up the local cuisine, make the attractions of Nerja complete. A trip inland takes you to Vélez-Málaga, dominated by the castle which gives the city its name. From the capital of the region, you can discover villages with a clear Arab legacy, such as Árchez, Comares, Alcaucín or Viñuela. You can get to Granada in 1.30 minutes from the flat gate by the amazing coastal road.