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¡Aprenda Español en Málaga!

An April 2001 trip to Malaga by viajera67

El Pimpi Photo, Malaga, Spain More Photos
Quote: For my first solo vacation, I decided to sign up for a Spanish course in Málaga. Not only was it an economical choice, it was great fun, too! In IgoUgo language: Highly Recommended!

¡Aprenda Español en Málaga!

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Overview

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I've often heard Málaga mentioned as a stop on the way to Marbella or other more famous points along the Costa del Sol. Most people just see the airport, then hop a bus to more fashionable locations. Well, I haven't been to Marbella, but I liked Málaga just fine! It has a beautiful Alcazaba (Fortress) perched up on a hill overlooking the sea, a compact and pretty downtown shopping area and a lovely boulevard - Paseo del Parque - running parallel to the sea. And yes, miles of beaches. I stayed two nights downtown and then moved to the suburb of El Palo, about a mile or two from the center of town, where I attended Spanish courses offered by Institu...Read More

La Palma

Hotel

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Since class started on a Monday (and I never waste vacation days at home) I decided to spend two nights in town before joining the class. Now, this was the very first vacation I had ever taken on my own, and wouldn''t you know it, my flight was delayed so that it didn''t arrive until late into the night. I was so worried that I might not be able to get into the hotel when I arrived (I told them I was arriving at 7 or 8 PM)! When I got off the bus in town at midnight and (proudly) found my way to the hotel (two blocks from where the airport bus leaves you.) Fortunately, when I rang the bell, a friendly (though non-English-speaking man opened the door for me. He showed me my room, which did ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 30, 2001

La Palma
Calle Martínez 3
Malaga, Spain

El Pimpi

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Restaurant | "El Pimpi (Florida)"

El Pimpi Photo, Malaga, Spain
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While the staff doesn't speak English, you don't need to know any Spanish other than Cerveza y Vino to eat in this delicious hole-in-the-wall joint in El Palo. Fresh seafood caught that day are displayed on the bar - just point to what you want. Some of the best seafood I've ever had was from here. Don't miss the Gambas al Pimpi, which is prawns in spicy (red) garlic sauce, served with a plate overflowing with bread for dipping! Gambas a la plancha (Grilled Prawns), and Calamari are also delightful. And the bill is almost as wonderfully digestible as the food - you won't spend much as all, even if the friendly staff keep filling your beer or wine glass. From the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2001

El Pimpi
Avenida Juan Sebastian Elcano
Malaga, Spain

Malaga Beach

Attraction | "Beach in Málaga"

Malaga Beach Photo, Malaga, Spain
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You are going to have to head out to the suburbs of Pedregalejo and El Palo to hit the beach, but fortunately, it's a short ride. From the center, take a stroll (or bus #11) down Paseo del Parque and you'll find yourself at the beginning of the seafront paseo - or promenade. At first, you can walk street-level on a beautiful raised promenade, or head down to walk on the sand, if that's your thing. Further on into Pedregalejo, street and beach level meet, and small seafood restaurants, cafes and a few bars pop up.

I was there in May when the weather was nice (around 70F or 19 C), but the water was not warm enough for swimming….well, once maybe…just to say I did it!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2001

Malaga Beach
El Palo and Pedregalejo
Malaga, Spain

Biking

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Attraction | "Get on your bike and ride!"

Biking Photo, Malaga, Spain
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Málaga is a great place for a bicycle, if just for getting around. I was able to rent one (a junky one at that) for a ridiculously low weekly rate from the school, but I know there are also some bike shops in town that rent (better) bicycles as well. It was great to be able to ride (though walking was fun, too.) the approximately 1.5 km distance from my apartment to school in the morning. It meant that I could be the last one to take a shower in the morning and still make it to class on time, and also that I was the first one home. The beachfront promenade was great for biking, and I could ride all the way into the Center of town without riding on the street. From the promenade in El Palo ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2001

Biking
Málaga
Malaga, Spain

Instituto Alhambra

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Farewell party Photo, Malaga, Spain
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Besides learning Spanish, enrolling in a course is a great way to meet people when traveling alone. I signed up for lessons through Instituto Alambra ( web site), which turned out to be economical as well as fun! At that time, the price for a two week course, including lodging in my own room in one of the institute's apartments, was about $350. At first, I signed up for intensive courses, but when I realized how much fun I could have in the afternoon when the sun was shining, I switched to mornings-only. The apartment I shared with four-seven other students was great, and included maid service, had a washing machine, and a terrace for drying cl...Read More