One of the worst things that can happen while backpacking is having to rush to catch your train, bus, or plane. Unfortunately, this was how I started my trip to Málaga. I left Cat’s Hostel in Madrid about 35 mins before my train departed to Málaga. The main train station, Puerta de Atocha, is only a 15 min walk (downhill) from the hostel. But due to the weight of my backpack and my groggy morning, II nearly missed it!
Upon leaving the station in Madrid, the train service began. My two hour high speed ride to Málaga included a free lunch! I sat back, enjoyed the meal and in no time was welcomed by the bright, warm Málaga sun. For convenience, I took a taxi to Oasis Backpackers Hostel Málaga. 7€ well spent!
Juan welcomed me, set me up for my stay, and gave some recommendations of things to do. I set off to bask in the sun and explore the city centre. Málaga gave me a sense of what the south of Spain was like – the city was bright and the people were as warm as the sun.
I strolled down the main avenue, peeked into some shops, and people watched by the port. It was lovely to see people out and about enjoying the weather. I walked along the Malagueta beach and watched everyone sport big smiles on their faces as they splashed around the water, chatted with friends, and played in the sand.
After some time in the sun, I grabbed some dinner and made my way back to the hostel. I wanted to do some work but I wanted to find an outdoor spot. So, to the rooftop I went! And it was so fancy! The ambient music in the background was perfect to keep me in work mode!
I started my morning with a classic hostel breakfast, similar to Cat’s Hostel! Breakfast tickets are 3,50 EUR and are available at reception. After fuelling up I went on a Free Walking Tour with Sun Tours. We met at Plaza de la Constitución and did a complete tour of the city in under 3 hours!
Susanna was our tour guide, and told us everything from history, to politics, and her personal love for the city. We visited many spots, including Iglesia de la Concepción, Mercado Central de Atarazanas, and Antonio Banderas’ apartment building! The tour ended at Pablo Picasso’s birthplace.
I started off the evening at a tavern called Antigua Casa de Guardia. As we walked in we could clearly see this wasn’t a “touristy” spot. We tried Susana’s recommendation of Moscatel and Pajarete. They were both very sweet and strong. A must visit spot while in Málaga
We then made our way to Mirador de Gibralfaro, rumoured to have the best views in the city! And it was true. The fantastic view of Malaga included the famous bull ring I tried to find the day before, but somehow managed to miss it! We ventured behind Gibralfaro to catch a glimpse of the sunset. Before calling it a night, I got a beer and tapas. The perfect way to wrap up the day!
My last day in Málaga started with a jolt! Before I could soak up the sun, I had to figure out how to get to Granada because of a broken rail line.
I sorted my travel arrangements and promptly made my way to the beach where I enjoyed a little picnic by the sea. Locals recommended Playa De Huelin to me because it was only 10 mins away from the train station.
The entrance to the beach showcased beautiful palm trees and a playground. The water was calm and wasn’t busy. My favourite thing about the beach was the smell of my sunscreen mixed together with the salty ocean breeze. The beach is used mainly by locals so I had a lot of space to relax and lay out my towel. You can rent a towel at the hostel for only 2€!
I relaxed and took in the smells, and sounds and before I knew it, I fell asleep. I woke up quite disoriented from the sun, so I packed my things and went back to the hostel for the Tapas Tour. Getting back was easy! I took Bus 1 for 1,40€. Once back at the hostel I packed my bag to leave in the morning, showered and got ready for dinner.
The Tapas Tour didn’t pan out as we hoped because there weren’t enough people. But the guide recommended Taberna Las Cofrade Merchanas. So with my new hostel friends from Australia and the US, we went out and had a great night!
The food was absolutely sensational. We had croquetas, eggplants with honey, eggs and chorizo. The best part was the fluffy, creamy, and garlicky aioli for the croquetas. I highly recommend tapas here!
After dinner we went to La Terraza Oasis for drinks, which is the hostel’s rooftop lounge and bar! A big group of hostel goers wanted to go on the Pub Crawl so I joined!
We went to Bar Picasso, an Erasmus bar, and Gallery Nightclub! An experience of fun and dancing, despite having to call it an early night to make my 8 a.m. bus!
All in all, Málaga in May was the perfect time to visit because it gave me the best of both worlds! I got to experience plenty of outdoor activities, and not be bothered by too many tourists! I’d certainly recommend Oasis Backpackers Hostel Málaga as it’s in the centre of the historic quarter and it has a beautiful rooftop lounge! A big thank you goes out to all the staff at the hostel who made my stay so comfortable and fun! Until next time!