Travel: Malaga and Tangier for double destination delight

Malaga
I’m planning on visiting some family in Malaga this spring with my boyfriend but we really want to make the most of our time there as it’s the only holiday we’re taking this year. Any recommendations on what we should see and do would be fantastic and we’re open to travelling while we’re there. We’re going for eight days.

I’m planning on visiting some family in Malaga this spring with my boyfriend but we really want to make the most of our time there as it’s the only holiday we’re taking this year. Any recommendations on what we should see and do would be fantastic and we’re open to travelling while we’re there. We’re going for eight days.

Famed for its rich architectural history, delicious Mediterranean cuisine, local wines and beautiful sandy beaches, Malaga is a very popular tourist city on the Costa del Sol. There is so much to see and do in Malaga that it’s worth dedicating a couple of days of your trip to exploring this seaport.

Malaga is the birthplace of the famous artist Pablo Picasso and although he left at a young age, never to return, there are reminders of his legacy throughout the city. The Casa Natal de Picasso is the house where Picasso was born in 1881 and now acts as a study foundation. The house features a replica of the artist’s studio alongside exhibitions of his work and personal memorabilia. Casa Natal de Picasso is located on Plaza de la Merced, a cosmopolitan square bursting with cafés and exhibitions of other famous Spanish painters. The Musée Picasso Málaga at Buenavista Palace is also a must-see for Picasso lovers. This museum is a great place to spend an afternoon admiring works donated by members of Picasso’s family.

Malaga is also known for its sweet wines and visitors can go on wonderful tours of the area’s wine region. The tours will take you to some of the oldest taverns in the province. such as the Bodega Antigua Casa de La Guardia, where you can enjoy wine tastings accompanied by some of Malaga’s famous tapas dishes.

While Malaga is filled with a rich history and offers many activities for holidaymakers, I would recommend a three-day trip to Morocco to really make the most of your holiday. Located just a couple of hours from the city, accessible by bus and ferry, Tangier at the northern tip of Morocco is the ideal holiday-within-a-holiday destination.

Although it is situated just across the Mediterranean Sea from Spain, Tangier feels like a totally different world. The city is divided in two; the new city - Ville Nouvelle - and the old walled city, or Medina, that includes the Kasbah; the walled fortress of the Sultan and the city’s legendary souks. The city’s top attraction, the Medina, is a labyrinth of alleyways contained by the walls of a 15th century Portuguese fortress. The Medina is full of treasures to uncover and is the ideal place to explore for a couple of hours. The best way to see Tangier in a short timeframe is to go on a guided tour, but beware of free or ‘faux guides’ as they are illegal. Booking via the local tourist office is the best option.

For food, the Populaire Saveur de Poisson is a charming seafood restaurant that offers excellent dining in a rustic setting. Delicious fresh seafood options washed down with a cocktail made of 15 different fruits makes this more of an experience than a meal. Hamadi is another dining experience not to be missed; with local cuisine, live music and even some belly dancing, this bright and lively restaurant offers great food at a great price.

By including an adventure to Morocco in your Spanish holiday, you will have an unforgettable experience and will return home with a wealth of happy memories from two different cultures.

Where to stay:

Palais du Calife Riad & Spa (*****)

Prices start from €147 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time

For a true taste of Morocco, stay in the Palais du Calife Riad & Spa. This stunning 5-star Riad is a five minute walk from Malabata beach and features a spa and outdoor swimming pool.

El Minzah Hotel (*****)

Prices start from €119 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time

El Minzah Hotel was built in a Spanish Moorish style and is located in the heart of the mystical city of Tangier. The hotel features views of the old Medina and the Mediterranean Sea.

Atlas les Almohades Tanger (****)

Prices start from €49 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time

The Atlas Almohades Tanger overlooks the beautiful Bay of Tangier and faces the beach. A peaceful hotel, it has two restaurants serving both international and Moroccan cuisine.

For more information and travel tips on planning your holiday visit www.Hotels.com or call 1800 55 3338 to wake up happy on your holiday!