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It was great staying with Liz. Would definitely stay again in the future
I met Liz at New Year 2014 when I was staying with her and her family as I am her sister's friend. Now I am her friend too as she is an incredibly welcoming friendly person who makes you feel one of the group as soon as you step through the front door, or round the house and into the delightful garden with swimming pool overlooking the golf course and that wonderful, relaxing sea. There are views of the sea, in fact from the whole house and in the morning you can simply wander downstairs into the kitchen and then out onto the sunny terrace for your breakfast.
The house is quiet, and very private in the residential area of El Candado, but it is easy to get into the centre of the city from here too, on a regular bus route, with a stop literally 2 minutes away from the house. Liz, being a very sociable person has a whole group of interesting friends, and I had a lovely time with all of them over the holiday, socializing, walking round town and just talking and relaxing. The sea front, by the way, is five minutes leisurely walls away from the house, and you can walk along it for miles, people watching, stopping to have a coffee or chocolate con churros perhaps, and there is a host of wonderful, very reasonably priced restaurants down there too.
I had a lovely time in Malaga and I'm sure you will too.
As a friend of Liz, I have been fortunate enough to have been a house guest at her property a number of times. The house has an elevated position, in a tranquil residential area, with views over a golf course and down to the Mediterranean. It’s about 10 minutes’ drive east of Malaga’s city centre.
Staying at the house offers the best of both worlds - as it is a quick bus or taxi ride into the centre of town with all the city’s attractions, whilst being located in a quiet area where you can relax, sleep easily and wake to the sound of birdsong. The kitchen has a south east facing terrace if you feel like breakfast in the Andalusian sun, and in the garden is a swimming pool, for a morning or evening dip.
The property is large on three levels, so as a guest you certainly feel as if you have your own space and privacy. Liz is a smart, relaxed and friendly host, with a good sense of humour. She has lived in Spain for many years and is a fluent Spanish speaker too, and always able to offer insights into what to see and do in Malaga and the surrounding area.
I really love Malaga, a city that is finally being recognised for its rounded offering for visitors. There are the world-class museums, including the Picasso Museum and Carmen Thyssen Collection, and contemporary galleries such as the Centre of Contemporary Art. There are some superb tapas bars including eateries by Michelin starred chef Dani Garcia (from Malaga province) and fine dining restaurants – new places are opening all the time. It’s a city with regular cultural events from Carnival; Easter Parades, the summer Feria, autumn food festivals and the Christmas and New Year lights.
The city is has a vibrant, pedestrianized old town, spreading out from the Cathedral; an ancient Arab fort, as well as lots of interesting period neighbourhoods including one of Spain’s oldest English Cemeteries. The new port area, with its stunning palm avenue, where the Pompidou foundation will soon be opening an arts centre, is the trendy place to enjoy a coffee and people watch. There city runs along the shore of the Mediterranean, so there are plenty of traditional as well as contemporary beach bar restaurants for long lazy lunches.
I really recommend Liz’s property and Malaga as a destination.