- Málaga is this town in Andalucía where I always want to come back to for the past 30 years. Let's explain first that I prefer to reside in a nearby town, Torremolinos, which has a metro-style small train that travels continuously to Málaga in less than half an hour for only a few euros. It allows me to visit Málaga as many times as I like. Especially these last years, Málaga has grown into a place that seems to attract more and more city-trippers and other tourists... I heard Málaga many times being called "Little Barcelona", and that is so true! Málaga is not exactly a small town with its 570.000 souls. Just like Barcelona, it also has an old town center, newer vibrant areas like Muelle Uno in the harbour area, and of course the ever present food and wine culture and that easy-going life-style that appeals so much to me and a lot more people.

Left and right from this main street, you enter the older town parts with numerous restaurants and tapa bars. A good long walk away from the town center, in the Huelin area, is a large indoor food-market. I visited it and all I can say is that there is not one tourist in sight but it's well worth to spend some time in it as a foodie.

However, here in the center of town there's this other small indoor food market where I took a few pictures. Not exactly the same size market as Barcelona's Boquería, but certainly equally full of fresh top-products. Give me half an hour shopping time and I will make a variety of stunning dishes and tapas. Let's take a look;


The old town center

I love to explore the small streets of any town and a walk through Málaga always includes nosing around in parts where little or no people is to be found. And of course, you will come into those areas where one tapa bar is next to another.

There are many lists of the best ones, that I will promptly throw aside and do my own search and discovery as usual. My eyes and nose hardly ever send me wrong information when it comes to food. One thing you absolutely need to do, is to switch to Spanish eating times. That means that restaurants and tapa bars are to be visited from 14-16 h. Otherwise you will be in an empty place, if it's open at all.

Just in case you want to know; El Pimpi is high up on the ranking of best tapa bars.

Best discovery was a place called "D'gustation", a wine and tapa bar serving excellent modern versions of tapas. Sadly enough I did not have my camera with me. Another discovery was "Noviembre" where I had this stunning burger made with veal and a lot of unusual spices. That was a giant jump into the unknown as I have to add that I truly dispise junk hamburgers à la Mac, King and the rest of those horrible places!

Other than that, the Málaga tapa menu items are endless, going from a nice plate of jamón (cured ham), which is always an absolute must, preferably consumed with a glass of good Spanish wine. Or, try things like deepfried fresh boquerones (ansjovis) or simply a dozen of freshly boiled shrimp. I was taken by surprise on a tapa called "callos con garbanzos". I knew that garbanzos were chickpeas but had no idea what those tasty callos were; intestines! I can hardly believe I ate intestines and liked them!

Somewhere halfway august, Malaga has its feast where the whole town dances traditional flamenco, all dressed up in traditional clothing. The shop in the next upper right sells anything you need. The red store in the other picture sells all kinds of religious attributes.

Another valid religious reason to go to Málaga; they need your money to build the still missing second tower of the cathedral.

Can't wait to go back, I adore Málaga!

November 2013.