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What to do in Malaga and what to see in Malage.

Review of Kaleido Restaurant Malaga

When I was in the Spanish city of Malaga, I decided to treat myself to lunch at the Kaleido Restaurant, which is situated on the prom at the port.

I’m usually on the lookout for a menu of the day for around 10 Euro. At Kaleido, the lunch set menu was more expensive at 17 Euro. But I reckoned that I was paying for the location. Plus, Kaleido did look a bit more upmarket.

I sat at an outside table.

I started with the Russian Salad, which topped with some large prawns, Bologna (a cold meat, which I think was made of pork and some type of fish roe), served with bread. The ensemble was tasty and very filling.

My main course consisted of perfectly cooked courgettes and slices of grilled pork. The accompanying sauce was delicious.

Normally on set menus, the dessert is not great, but at Kaleido it was a very chocolatey cheesecake.

The 17 Euro price for the set lunch at Kaleido included a drink. As I’m a teetoller, I had water, but you could have wine or beer.

I really enjoyed my lunch at the Kaleido restaurant at Malaga Port. The food was really good quality and the location attractive.


Centre Pompildou Malaga Spain

As I ascended towards Gibralfaro Castle in Malaga, I was curious about the coloured glass cube that I could see near the port. The following day, I decided to investigate. It turned out that it was an installation at the Centre Pompidou Malaga.

I found seat in the shade to do some research on the Centre Pompidou Malaga. It opened in 2015 and is the only branch of the Pompldou outside France. I reckoned that it was worth paying the 7 Euro entry fee to see the permanent exhibition, housed in the basement, which focuses on art from 1905 to the present day.

Below is a selection of my favourite pieces.

Stavinsky by Erro (an Icelander based in Paris)

Dora Maar by Antonia Saura

Chapeau a fluers by Pablo Picasso (born in Malaga)

Architecture and Morality by Glenn Brown

I Saw a Woman Crying by Rineke Dijkstra (video of Liverpudlian school kids giving possible reasons for the tears)

The Frame by Frida Kahlo

Self Portrait by Francis Bacon (he looks miserable)

Dimanche by Marc Chagall

El Caballero Espanol by Eduardo Arroyo

Le Mannequin by Alain Sechas

Incubated by Daniel Burden (looking up a the cube from the basement)

Barbed Hula by Sigalit Landau (suffering for art?)

The Girls of My Life by Zush

Femme objet by Peter Klasen

Souvenir de Voyage by Rene Magritte

Formatrice by Victor Brauner

Ghost by Kader Attia (131 foil figures)

Couple by Pablo Picasso

The Irish Jig by Jean Dubuffet

I really enjoyed my visit to the Centre Pompidou Malaga. If you’re into modern art, I recommend that you visit.

Caminos de Exilio Outdoor Photo Exhibition in Malaga, Spain

The Caminos del Exilio (Paths of Exile) outdoor photography exhibition is located in muelleuno shopping centre, close to Centre Pompidou Malaga.

The exhibition was organised by the French Institute of Spain.

The photo above, depicting migrants wrapped in foil, was hauntingly similar to the Ghosts installation by Kader Attica (photo below) on display at the Centre Pompidou Malaga. which I had visited the previous day.

I found the Caminos de Exilio photography exhibition in Malaga very moving. It made me appreciate my comfortable, settled life in the UK all the more.

Visiting Gibralfaro Castle in Malaga

It’s a steep walk up to Gibralfaro Castle in Malaga. I decided to visit one morning when it was forecast to be cooler. The downside to that was that it the weather was windy and cloudy.

There’s a viewing point a few hundred metres below the Castle, which offered great views of Malaga Bullring.

On your right after the viewing platform, you’ll see the Parador de Malaga hotel.

The entrance fee  to Gibralfaro Caste was 2.20 Euro (in April 2017). You need to make sure that you have cash, as the ticket machines don’t accept cards. You can buy a joint admission ticket for Gibralfaro Castle and the nearby Alcazaba for 3.55 Euro. The joint ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase.

There are 360 degree panoramic views from Gibralfaro Castle.

I advise you to wear shoes with a good grip when visiting Gibralfaro Castle. Both the paths up to, and around the Castle grounds and walls, are uneven and slippery.

Gibralfaro Castle was pretty busy during my visit on a Friday morning. There was a large party of school kids and several coach loads of tourists of various nationalities.

If my time in Malaga were limited, I’d choose to visit the Alcazaba rather than Gibralfaro Castle. This is because it is easier to access the Alcazaba; there is a lift up. Despite the Alcazaba not being in such an elevated position, it still offers great views over Malaga. Plus, the gardens are much prettier at the Alcazaba.

Peter Doig’s studiofilmclub at CAC Malaga

When visiting the Centre for Contemporary Art (CAC) in Malaga, I thought that the artist Peter Doig sounded familiar.

Sure enough, I checked my Instagram stream, and found the Scottish artist Doig’s ”Milky Way’ ,which was one of the pieces in the Now 1 exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.

The studiofilmclub exhibition, Doig’s first in Spain, features 166 movie posters.

How many of the films have you seen?

I’m not much of a film buff, so I only reached into the teens out of the 166 films portrayed.

The studiofilmclub exhibition by Peter Doig runs at CAC until 25 June 2017.

Jia Aili at CAC Malaga

A major exhibition by Chinese artist Jia Aili runs until 18 June 2017 at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CAC) in Malaga.

The paintings portray bleak apocalyptic landscapes.

Several pieces feature rather forlorn solitary figures.

Some of the paintings are enormous.

One of the artist’s aims is for visitors to the exhibition to think about the role played by humans on the planet.

CAC Malaga is located close to Malaga Centro-Alameda railway station and it’s free to enter.

Las Vegas Hotel Malaga: Budget hotel with outdoor pool and very close to beach

The Las Vegas Hotel didn’t quite make it into my “Seven Best Cheap Hotels in Malaga“, as it receives a guest rating of 76% from 190 verified reviews and I had set a minimum guest rating of 80% for inclusion in that blog post.  However, as the hotel offers double rooms with breakfast for under £50 a night in low season and 76% is still a respectable score from guests, I think it’s worth looking at if you want a budget hotel situated very close to Malagueta Beach and with a swimming pool.

Pool at Las Vegas Hotel Malaga

The pool is pretty close to the busy road which runs along the seafront.  The public areas are a bit old fashioned and dingy. The hotels charges for wifi.

The room which I was shown was on the top floor with a balcony with a sea view and plenty of space for two people. The bedroom and bathroom were a good size. The room was a little dated with dark wood furniture.

Although the room was set quite far back from the road, there was still a lot of traffic noise audible when I was out on the balcony. Once inside the room with the French doors closed, I couldn’t hear much traffic noise.

View from top floor room balcony at Las Vegas Hotel Malaga

The Las Vegas Hotel is good value for money but if you pay a bit more and aren’t too bothered about not having a pool, the family run Hotel California Malaga, also close to Malagueta Beach, offers rooms with much more charm.

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Hotel Los Naranjos Malaga: Budget Hotel Close to Malagueta Beach with Free Wifi

Hotel Los Naranjos in Malaga featured in our Seven of the Best Cheap Hotels in Malaga.  It offers a winning combination of  reasonably priced rooms, with double rooms from under £50 a night in low season, an average guest rating of 84% in 98 verified reviews and a location close to Malagueta Beach. The hotel is situated in a street one block up from the prom and it’s less than a 5 minute walk to the beach. The Malaga bull ring, a  selection of cafes, restaurants and supermarkets are all within a 5 minute walk, heading toward the city centre.  You can walk to Malaga Park in ten minutes and the old town in around 20 minutes. There is a bus stop close to the hotel. The hotel has a car park with a daily charge of 12 Euro.

Exterior of Los Naranjos Malaga

The oranges theme continues in the interior with ceramic displays of the fruit adorning the lobby walls.  Most of the reception staff speak a little English. There’s free wifi throughout which guests report as having a decent signal.

Lobby at Hotel Los Naranjos Malaga

The bedrooms get good guest ratings for cleanliness and being well maintained.  The rooms on higher floors at the front of the hotel have sea views and balconies but there is some traffic noise from the street below.  Some guests say that sound insulation between rooms isn’t great.

Room at Hotel Los Naranjos Malaga

So if you’re looking for a cheap Malaga hotel with high guest ratings close to the beach, the Hotel Los Naranjos is worth a look.

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Podcast 18 December 2010: Why Malaga is a great European city break destination

In the Europe a la Carte Podcast of 18 December 2010, I talk about why Malaga in Andalucia, southern Spain is such a great European city break destination, covering the following Blog posts:

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Where to Stay in Malaga

Malaga makes a great city break destination I’ve researched the best cheap hotels in Malaga. I also recommend the family run, characterful Hotel California, which cost a little above the £50 a night limit I sent for inclusion in budget hotels.

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Photo Tour of Centre for Contemporary Art (CAC): A Free Malaga Attraction

The Centre for Contemporary Art (CAC) in Malaga opened in 2003 as a showcase for international modern art.  It’s a free Malaga attraction.

CAC Malaga - Free Malaga attraction

Sculpture at entrance to CAC Malaga

The CAC website says it’s a free wifi zone but there was no wifi available during my visit in late September 2010. As I can’t speak Spanish, I don’t know if this was just a glitch that day or an ongoing issue.CAC  is in Malaga city centre so easy to reach by train or bus. There’s a trendy cafe with outdoor seating. Below is a photo tour of my visit to CAC Malaga but the exhibits regularly change.

CAC Malaga - Free Malaga attraction

CAC Malaga - Free Malaga attraction

CAC Malaga - Free Malaga attraction

CAC Malaga - Free Malaga attraction

CAC Malaga - Free Malaga attraction

CAC Malaga - Free Malaga attraction

CAC Malaga - Free Malaga attraction

Do check the opening hours at CAC Malaga before you visit, as in Summer it’s open from 10am-8pm but in low season it’s closed between 2pm-5pm, re-opening in the evening. It’s closed on Mondays all year around.

Other Malaga Attractions

You can find out about other Malaga attractions such as the Alcazaba, Malaga Park and Malagueta Beach.

Where to Stay in Malaga

Malaga makes a great city break destination I’ve researched the 7 of the best cheap hotels in Malaga. I also recommend the family run, characterful Hotel California, which cost a little above the £50 a night limit I sent for inclusion in budget hotels.

Click here to find the lowest prices on Malaga hotels