The travel gurus at Spanish Elle have turned their gaze on Málaga, and they're liking our city a lot. A brief article in the online magazine raves about new galleries, a 'radiant' marina, beaches with buzz and endless tapas options.
Málaga used to be on the way to somewhere else, usually somewhere along the Costa del Sol. But over the past few years it's become a leisure and culture destination in its own right. With the recent addition of the Carmen-Thyssen gallery and the shiny new Automobile Museum, there's plenty to seduce you away from the beach and marina playground at Muelle Uno.
In fact, winter (though most sunny days the temperature tops 20ºC) is a good time to see the great indoors in this city, and to visit its very own 'Alhambra', the palace-fortress of the Alcazaba, set on the hill above the Roman ruins (enter through ticket office to one side).
We went early in January on a brilliant sunny morning, clambering up old stone steps to be surprised by patio courtyards with exuberant fountains or silent ponds, towers with arches carved like lace, and sudden, breathtaking views of the city and the glittering sea.
At this time of year, you can even find yourself for a few moments quite alone, dreaming yourself back into that mythic past when the sea touched the very walls and whispers of passion and ambition were captured in the listening shadows...
Thanks as ever to Fred for the photos - I hope you'll visit and tell me what you think of the citadel - and the city!