What do you know about Malaga?
I knew nothing before we went last summer. We went to discover it. It was Coronavirus time.
We ended up buying a little house in the Malaga mountains, which is about a 15-minute drive to the centre of Malaga. No, it wasn’t an impulse buy. It was a well-researched buy. It was the beginning of Covid-19 too. We had the time to research things.
Malaga is in Al-Andalus. It’s the fourth largest city in the region after Seville. Malaga is not a show-off city either.
It’s a city for the cool dudes who understand the beat of the soul.
The weather is great. It’s got the sea breeze and it’s got the heat. It’s never too hot but hot enough to feel the summer on your face.
Malaga is in the Andalusia region in Spain. What’s Andalusia? It’s a magical place. Where the shade of the pomegranate trees would tell you the most beautiful and harshest history ever. The true history. Not the one you hear in the tour guides today. Not the non-existent fairytales of Christian versus the Moors. No, the real hidden and true history.
Where you find out that Andalusia was the brightest part of dark Europe. Where you learn that in Al-Andalus the most advanced medicine was used to treat the ill. In Al-Andalus, they had the most libraries in the whole of Europe. Yep, this history. Not the nonsense one.
Malaga is undiscovered. Have you heard much about Malaga? I certainly haven’t. When you get to Malaga you get a cool relaxed vibe. The food is great. The people are friendly. Friendlier than in Barcelona! The region of Al-Andalus is the real Spain; where the food is amazing, the people are friendly, and where the life is filled with flamenco dance and music.
I haven’t seen Malaga with tourists. I’ve only discovered Malaga in coronavirus time. Therefore, I don’t know what’s it like when the tourists come back. I can only imagine as I know what’s it like in Barcelona when the tourists are around. Life in Malaga right now is really nice. I know today German tourists are allowed in.
Life in Coronavirus time
Lunch in Spain is important or as others know call it siesta. Some shops/business close from 14:00 until 16:30 or 17:00. During this time it’s a ‘sacred time’. Lunch in Spain is important. Spanish people love to go out. Restaurants are full for lunch. Many restaurants will offer ‘menu al dia’ which costs you anything between 8 to 19 euros depending on which part of Spain you are in and the restaurant.
People are all dressed up. The girls will wear all stylish dresses and heels and big earrings. It’s great to see people all dressed up and ready to go out. Right now, Malaga has restrictions that allow restaurants to be open until 10.30 in the evening. If you go for wonder at around 6 pm the town is buzzing. People are all beautiful as spring.
It’s Spain like it was before. Before coronavirus, Spanish people would start their night at 10 pm or even later. Right now going out time is 7 pm. It’s great! I love earlier nights. I’ve never managed to keep up. Malaga isn’t overcrowded which is fantastic. I am sure it will change when coronavirus restrictions ease. In Spain, you cannot leave your municipality unless you have a justification.
I’ve grown to love a quiet Malaga i.e. no tourists the vibe in town is a grown-up version of Barcelona. It’s a really cool place but not in a conventional way. Everything is calm. The real businesses are surviving the coronavirus hit. The real restaurants stay open and still produce the best plates of food.
People make themselves pretty when they go out. The late-night bar clubs are open earlier and you’ll see weirdly dressed-up people outside smoking. I sometimes wonder did I land here at the wrong time only to be reminded it’s coronavirus time.
People still have fun. People still go out. Life goes on despite coronavirus. Although, the restrictions and having to wear the face masks keep everyone in check. What’s Malaga like as a city at the time of the pandemic? It’s still a living, pulsating heart of Al Andalus with lots of life.
Malaga is a great city. Would I recommend travelling right now? Check with your government's travel restrictions. If you are allowed to leave and come back then I highly recommend it; if not wait until you can travel and the world is back to some kind of normality.
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