Why would I go to Spain in the hot season? I would not! But Julie and Kaveh had a party and invited me. The catch was: “We get married” which turned out not to be true! And since I wanted to visit Roberta for a few years now why not do that as well? On top of that Laureen and Daniel were in Spain for a few weeks and wanted to come to the Olive Farm. So I booked a ticket to Málaga, another one to Barcelona and finally a flight from Barcelona back to Stuttgart.
Stuttgart Airport – Last good beer and some junk food. The new bakery they have at the lower level is not as good as the old one. More expensive on top of that. But the beer selection is amazing for an airport supermarket. They have lots of little breweries, Craft Beer as well as all the usual suspects. And they are open 7 days a week.
Air Berlin to Málaga
Not too much space
As long as nobody moves the seat its ok
No frills – the flight was operated by NIKI Air. Since the weather was good it was very smooth and lots to see on the way.
The Albtrauf in the back
Bodensee or Lake Constance
Somewhere over Spain – it is dry!
Nice view from the plane
Somewhere else over Spain
As long as you have water things are good down there
Not too much water in the lake
Malaga Top Hostel
Booked a night at the Malaga Top Hostel in Málaga. The place is close to public transport and close to the centre of the city. The room, bed and bathroom were super clean and so was the kitchen.
My bed at the Malaga Top Hostel
8 Bed Doorm with AC and private lockers
Looks new and was clean every time I used it
Breakfast room. You can heat your food and boil your water for tea or coffee
A fridge and a coffee machine
Went for a beer and a snack – the moon and artificial light
Málaga was founded over 2800 years ago by the Phoenicians – this makes it one of the oldest cities on the planet. It was ruled by Ancient Carthage, the Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire. After that, it was under Islamic rule for 800 years and finally, in 1487 the Crown of Castille gained control over the city.
Started my day with the “Pack the Bag” game – left that bag at the hostel and walked down to the harbour. On the way, I had some breakfast. You can see the Greenpeace Esperanza in the back.
The Radiant in the back – Built for Boris Berezovsky for EUR 148 million. When he ran into financial difficulties the yacht was sold to Abdulla al Futtaim for EUR 240 million. Hmm, this looks like a nice biz to do. You order a yacht and can not pay so you sell it to somebody for 92 million more…
Málaga Cathedral was constructed between 1528 and 1782
The north tower is 84 metres (276 ft) high, making this building the second-highest cathedral in Andalusia, after the Giralda of Seville.
Detail from above the main door of the Málaga Cathedral
The tower of the Málaga Cathedral from the back of the cathedral
Episcopal Palace – one of the most important buildings of late baroque architecture in the city.
Iglesia de Los Santos Mártires
Tower of the Iglesia de Los Santos Mártires
San Ciriaco and Santa Paula, the patron saints of Malaga.
Iglesia de Los Santos Mártires or The Church of the Holy Martyrs
This church can take on every church in Italy. You can wander for an hour and still miss details here. Most of the artwork centres around Maria and Jesus.
Lots of paintings on the ceiling as well
Maria with Jesus
The famous last supper
Maria watches over the last supper
Enough for this post – more to come in a few days.
I sit in my bungalow in Pai and look over the garlic fields into the mountains. Today is a foggy morning and the sun is working hard to burn a big hole into the mist. Happy for another day in PAIradiese!
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