We decided to take a day off the boat and go into Malaga itself.
It was a taxi to the train station and then a nice new local service into Malaga Central. A very cheap and frequent service. Charlie just kept saying "That's another first, that's another first!!"
The boys on their first spanish train together..... Has Marky been in the company of a 9 yr old for too long. Hmmmmm
Once in Malaga, the weather was hot and stunning. Just blue skies and no clouds with a beautiful 28 degrees. We walked some beautiful walkways and came across an outdoors stage with ~12 piece brass band playing all sorts to groups of school children. I think it was supposed to be a music lesson as they went around the band introducing each instrument, he says as if he understands the language!!!!! But it was free music and we sat for about 30 mins listening. Really enjoyable.
The trees and flowers were simply gorgeous and Malaga obviously works hard to keep the city centre looking it's best. We saw quite a number of gardeners working around the parks.
The Swifts walking the Malaga park's.. Hmmm, was Charlie tempted to do a mooney???? What do you all think?
Charlie presenting his mum with some "I love you mum." flowers!!
Mrs Swift in this years summer fashions. WHITE........
After the parks and a coffee break it was my turn to get high and find some pictures of Malaga. The Swifts decided it was far to hot to go climbing so I left them at the bottom with the rucksack and the drinks and went off upwards for half an hour. There were some great views from the top around the fort area;
Looking south down the Costa Del Sol towards Benalmadena and Watermark IV's mooring.
We came across the Bull Ring which Charlie was very interested in. There was lots of chat about what happened and what went on inside. At the end of the day he was somewhat taken aback at the ending so we don't think he'll be asking to go and actually see one, which suits us. However, the building was very traditional and very grand as you can see below. It did look well cared for.
View of the Bull Ring from the top of the fort.
Charlie contemplating what to do with the BIG Bull!!!
(Think we know what the BIG Bull can do with Charlie - answers by email please??)
From here it was to the city cathedral and the main shopping/street centre. When the windows have no prices and the bouncers are on the door then we know we need to keep moving on!!!!
The cathedral was stunning. Especially against the clear blue skies and fresh green plants and trees. We walked around the grounds where there were a number of weird modern art pieces and looked inside as far as we could without incurring the €5 charge. I know, tight fisted.......
Eastern side of Malaga Cathedral.
It was then time for one more look at the gardens etc as the day was now very hot and then back to the trains and to the boat. A beautiful city that was well worth a day to take a look.
Gardens next to Malaga Town Hall looking up at the old city walls and fort.