Marvelous Malaga lit up for Christmas

 Drove to Malaga and got there about lunchtime found a parking space on the road near to our accommodation Villa Alicia Guest House, which was about one kilometre from the port.
After dropping off our stuff we wandered into the heart of the city.
The first place we went to was Plaza de la Merced where Picasso was sitting waiting for us and we had a lovely lunch at La Canadu.

Look who was waiting for us in Plaza de la Merced

From the Plaza, it is a short walk to the Alcazaba and Roman Amphitheatre and this area was crowded with people, we realised that it was national holidays on 6th & 8th December, so today being 7th lots of people took 3 days off to do Christmas shopping.

Roman Amphitheatre at night

Just next to the Alcazaba there is a large building which in the past have been covered in sheeting but this time we could see what it was, it was Malaga Museum and it was open so we went in and it was free admission, there were some great paintingsand archaeological artefacts on display and we really enjoyed the visit. The refurbishments to the old Palacio de la Aduana (customs palace) were finished in December 2016 and it is now Malaga Museum and is well worth a visit.

Courtyard inside Malaga Museum

We continued our wandering through the old section of the city with the other thousands of people eventually ending up at the huge Christmas tree at the top of Calle Larios.

Christmas tree at the top end of Larios in the daytime

Elf in Larios

Santa in Larios
Having a little rest

Never seen so many people in Calle Larios. At the bottom of Calle Larios we met Hans Christian Anderson who kindly let us have a photograph taken with him.

Eventually went back to the hotel for a rest before going out later for a great meal at Vegetariano El Calafate before taking in the wonderful Christmas lights.

Christmas tree at the top end of Larios at night
Calle Larios
Calle Larios

Before leaving Malaga the next day we walked to the CAC Museum, which is also free, where they have an exhibition of works by Leiro which consists of wooden sculptures, which we found fascinating and is on until 7th January 2018.

We also had a ride on Malaga Ferris Wheel or Noria Mirador Princess, this is a 70 metre-high observation wheel based at Malaga Port. When we arrived there was no queue and we went straight on and enjoyed the superb views over the Port and the whole of Malaga.

Malaga Port from the Ferris wheel
Malaga from Ferris wheel

We also called into the town hall to see the Nativity and we timed it right as there was nobody else there, we tried to go there yesterday and they were queuing outside.

On our way back to our car we came across some new street art.