Day 7 of our Spanish cruise brought us back to Spain and to the beautiful Costa del Sol city of Málaga. Truth be told, we had no intention of staying in Málaga for the day. We were hoping to take a tour to Granada to visit the Alhambra…but somehow the Alhambra tour overbooked and we ended up having to tweak our plans a bit. Turns out, Màlaga was an absolute dream and we hardly missed our original plans!
We started the day with a birds-eye of Málaga from the commanding Castilla de Gibralfaro (Gilbralfaro Castle). The sun was shining, skies were blue, and the air was incredibly warm for the first day of November! It was such a clear morning that we could see all the way to the Málaga mountains in the distance. After touring around the castle and marveling in its majestic vistas, we made our way down to the Plaza de la Merced, one of Málaga's most popular squares, to see Casa Natal where the famed artist Pablo Picasso was born. Aside from the plethora of history that resided in just that square, there were gobs of al fresco cafés, beautiful palm trees, and some of the most colorful Spanish architecture I'd ever laid eyes on. The quaint alleyways lining the plaza were almost too much cuteness to take! We strolled leisurely while our tour guide told stories of Picasso's early days and how Andalusia became such a thriving part of Spanish history and tourism. We were so thrilled to touring with such wonderful weather…I could have wandered for hours! Before our half-day tour ended, our guide led us by the Alcazaba fortress to the Málaga Cathedral. Photos coming soon! :)