Moving from on high to on the ground in Malaga

I just loved the AC Marriott Palacio Malaga for many reasons, not least of all the amazing views. Eighth floor balconys overlooking the water and the vibrant heart of a city tend to spoil you quickly. I lingered for an hour after check out Monday afternoon, savoring an appetizer and glass of wine on the Terraza as I stared out over the harbor.

So I was also prepared for a letdown as I moved to a HomeStay rental studio apartment about four blocks away, even as I was looking forward to being “on the ground.”

And as things turned out, I landed a pretty damn nice location. The studio apartment itself doesn’t appear to be anything special, but it’s not bad inside for the cost. It’s not fancy, but quite comfortable, with everything I needed for the next five days.

What’s absolutely great is its location.

As in less than a block from the very popular Plaza Merced and it’s many restaurants, grocery, and other attractions. Three blocks up Calle de la Victoria to a laundermat.

Ok, it’s not the 8th floor looking out at the Malaga Harbor, but over yonder is the entrance to Plaza Merced and a wealth of restaurants, the Picasso museum and other attractions.

And up the paved hill to the entrance of the historic Castillo de Gibralfaro, which offers views of the city rivaling the Palacio hotel.

I need only step across the road outside my rental and there looming across the boulevard below is a section of the nearly 1,000 year old Castillo de Gibralfaro.

Simply walk out the front door and thought the security gate, and you’re in the center of much of what makes Malaga special.

One side of the amazing Plaza Merced a block away from my rental. Nearly a dozen restaurants grace this side of the plaza, and another 15 to 20 ring the two other sides. Thousands of people stroll about or sit about eating and lounging every day. The yellow building with green shutters on the left houses the Picasso Foundation.

I could live here. I won’t, of course. But I really could. This place is worth learning Spanish for.


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