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Location - Western Europe; Capital - Madrid; Population - 46 million; Currency - Euro MORE SPAIN

From La Linea on the Gibraltar border it's a 2 hour coach ride to the beach resort of Fuengirola, where I spent a year working back in the 90s. Then it was to Madrid via Malaga, an underrated city on the Costa del Sol - October 2011.

 

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spain300Heading for the bus station at La Linea, the Spanish town on the border with Gibraltar

 

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spain302Fuengirola beach on the Costa del Sol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain309 The resort has a pedestrian-only street full of restaurants which gets busy in the evening - Fuengirola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain310The church at Plaza Constitucion - Fuengirola

 

 

spain311Boats at the small marina in Fuengirola

 

 

 

spain362A café on Puerta del Mar, a street in the old town - Malaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain365The old town's Plaza de la Merced - Malaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain366The birthplace of artist Pablo Picasso is on the corner of Plaza de la Merced - Malaga

 

 

spain367The old town is a picturesque area full of shops, galleries, museums, bars, restaurants and nightclubs - Malaga

 

 

spain369In the heart of the old town is the cathedral - Malaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain374Plaza del Obispo, in front of the cathedral, has a few outdoor bars from which to admire the view - Malaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain376More bars and cafés in the old town - Malaga

 

 

spain391The pedestrian shopping street of Calle Marques de Larios - Malaga

 

 

spain379 The street expands into Plaza de la Constitucion - Malaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain380More nightlife in Malaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain390A German-style beer festival had come to town for a few days; this is the main tent - Malaga

 

 

spain397To get to the city beach head along Parque de los Curas - Malaga

 

 

spain400..Or along Paseo del Parque. The Alcalde Pedro Ruiz Alonso Gardens lie between the two walkways - Malaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain398Playa Malagueta is only a few minutes from the centre - Malaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain326It's well worth taking the trail up to Gibralfaro Castle - Malaga

 

 

spain319Take in Malaga Port and the city from the trail - Malaga

 

 

spain316..And a brilliant view of the bull ring, Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta - Malaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain340There's not much left of Gibralfaro Castle except for the ramparts - Malaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain332Malaga is the gateway to the Costa del Sol but merits a visit in itself

 

 

spain330The yellow(ish) Ayuntamiento (Town Hall, front left) and Malaga Cathedral (back right) as seen from the castle walls - Malaga

 

 

spain334Malaga Cathedral - Malaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain338Mountainous scenery lies away from the city - Malaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain336A bird's eye view of the old town's Plaza de la Merced - Malaga

 

 

spain355Down from the castle, and linked to it, is the Alcazaba - Malaga

 

 

spain343The 11th century Alcazaba was a Moorish fortress - Malaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain346The gardens of the Alcazaba are substantial - Malaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain347Reflections of the Alcazaba's Palacio Nazari - Malaga

 

 

spain358Below the Alcazaba are the remains of a Roman theatre - Malaga

 

 

spain403 A lively place of an evening in Madrid are the streets off Plaza Santa Ana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain401The ME Madrid Reina Victoria Hotel on Plaza Santa Ana - Madrid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain404The Gran Via is a major boulevard in the city centre. The clock face belongs to the Telefonica building - Madrid

 

 

spain409Further along the Gran Via is the Metropolis building, topped by a winged statue - Madrid

 

 

spain405Opposite the Metropolis building and overlooking the Plaza de la Cibeles, is the Palacio de Communicaciones (Post Office) - Madrid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain411Head south from the plaza, down Paseo del Prado, to Madrid's famous art museums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain413The Museo del Prado is Madrid's premier tourist attraction and one of the top art galleries in the world. Apparently. I didn't go in.

 

 

spain415When it was built the 18th century Puerta de Alcala was Europe's biggest city gate - Madrid

 

 

spain417Boating on Parque del Buen Retiro's lake - Madrid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain418330-acre Parque del Buen Retiro was created in the 17th century - Madrid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain420The Crystal Palace at Parque del Buen Retiro - Madrid

 

 

spain422Peaking through a waterfall - Madrid

 

 

spain425Plaza de la Puerta del Sol, where Madrilenos mass to see in the new year.
Recently it's also been the scene of protests in 2011 - Madrid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain426Some demonstrators against education cuts congregate in the Plaza Mayor - Madrid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain429Plaza Mayor originally dates back to the 17th century, though it has been reconstructed since. It's the tourist centre of Madrid and packed with bars and restaurants

 

 

spain430Calle de Toledo leads off the Plaza Mayor - Madrid

 

 

spain433Mercado de San Miguel is an indoor market behind the Plaza Mayor - Madrid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain435The 17th century former Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) is on Plaza de la Villa - Madrid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain437Calle del Arenal is a pedestrian shopping street leading off the Plaza de la Puerta del Sol. It opens into the Plaza de Isabel II, site of the Teatro Real, Madrid's opera house

 

 

spain439The opera house also looks on to the Plaza de Oriente, shown here with the statue of King Felipe IV - Madrid

 

 

spain443This street musician was quite spooky. He played guitar but his head and torso were packed away somewhere, replaced with a mask - Madrid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain444The 18th century Palacio Real (Royal Palace) - Madrid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain441Next to the Royal Palace are Jardines de Sabatini - Madrid

 

 

spain445The Nuestra Senora de la Almudena Cathedral - Madrid

 

 

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LINKS

www.spain.info - Spanish tourist board

http://spainguides.com

www.visitaspain.com

 

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