September 2022 also included a visit to my beloved Spain , this trip included Malaga , Granada, Madrid as well as Toledo .I have visited Malaga before and just loved the area I decided to revisit it. Granada was the site of my last unscheduled escape from Spain in 2020 due to the pandemic. I don’t think I ever chronicled here on my blog about that eventful last time in Spain but this time it was it was fabulous!
We flew from Munich to Malaga Airport and took an Uber to our weeklong vacation rental home just a short walk from Bil Bil Beach which is really the Alboran Sea. This Ocean is located between Spain and Morocco.and is viewed as. The gateway to the Mediterranean. The Malaga region is made up of many different towns along the beach, our rental was in Benalmedena , centrally located with many stores ,restaurants and beach activities. There is a tourist pass for the local train that costs about 10 euros and will last for about 90 days. We were able go from town to town for eateries and fun for the whole week there.
Granada is a short train ride away via Renfe trains, we took the local train on our tourist pass from Benalmeda to Maria Zambrano Estacion to board Renfe . We had been in Granada for only one night in 2020 when all U.S citizens were summoned home because of Covid. So this trip was a resumption and for a visit to the famed Alhambra. The Alhambra located in Andalusia was built by the Moores in the 13th century and was taken over by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1492. The Nasir’s Palace and Alhambra Gardens make up the main area and draws thousands of tourist each year to gaze at it’s beauty and architectural finesse .Definitely should be a place to visit if you are in this area of Spain.
The train pass we had for Malaga afforded us to stop in many town along it’s route like Fuengirola , Tormelinos ,Estepona and Mejas. There are loads of activity in each town are but my favorite was Tormelinos which had a lovely beach front for sauntering, great restaurants and nightlife.
Renfe was our train from Malaga into Madrid which took approx three hours or so for the journey. Madrid was abuzz with a big city feel , Museums and architecture to interest even the most skeptical of persons. It was safe and walkable in the center area from Madrid Palace to Prada Museum area. Our hotel was in between those two locations. Nightime walking to restaurants, and shops was enjoyable and we found lovely eateries and pubs with ambience that we had to visit more than once .
Toledo was a short way from Madrid and we did a bus tour there for the day. Lovely small city with cultural highlights and the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo. We toured this Catholic church which was founded in 1493 and is home to incredible architecture and splendor . A must see if you are in this area of Spain.. As always go see everything if you can and until then see my words through pictures below. Thanks for allowing me to share my travels and insights with you!