Belfast, United Kingdom
54° 34' N 5° 56' W
Dec 07, 2005 23:45
Distance 1993km

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Malaga to Belfast

We arrived in Malaga International Airport and had collected our luggage by 1145hrs.  We had a whole day to put in before our 2130hrs flight to Belfast so put to good use the intelligence we had gathered two days previous regarding the sights of Malaga.  We took the train into town and deposited our luggage at the railway station (RENFE) and then walked to the centre.  We ended up on a tourist open topped bus which covered all the main sights in a loop which took about one and a half hours.  You can get on and off as you please during the validity of the ticket (24 hours).  We could have saved a few euros and taken a local bus (No.35) around but this was the last day of our trip.

We went to the Castillo de Gibralfaro, built originally by the Moors and rebuilt by Christian rulers in the 14th century.  Only the outer walls remain but the view is spectacular from the ramparts, overlooking the port and city of Malaga.  From here we walked next door to the Parador Malaga Gibralfaro for lunch, before travelling on to the Alcazaba fortress and palace, just below the Gibralfaro.  Although we took the bus, after all the ticket was paid for, there is a path which connects the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro.  Indeed it is perfectly possible to walk from the centre of town to the Alcazaba, which is what we did two days previously.  The Alcazaba could perhaps be described as Granada on a very small scale, none the less well worth an hour's visit.  It was from here that the Muslim Governor of Malaga ruled the city around 1100AD. 

After the Alcazaba, we headed in the general direction of the Cathedral and then back to the centre.  We collected our luggage, took the train to the airport and checked in for the three hour flight to Belfast.  The homeward journey was uneventful.

Photos / videos of "Malaga to Belfast":

View across Malaga Port and City from the Castillo de Gibralfaro, Malaga, Spain.  7th December 2005. View of Malaga Port, taken from the Alcazaba Fortress/Palace, Malaga, Spain. Malaga, Spain. Ruth Burnett on a city tourbus, Malaga, Spain, 7th December 2005. Ruth Burnett at the Alcazaba Fortress/Palace, Malaga, Spain. Parador Hotel, Gibralfaro, Malaga.  Ruth Burnett. Duncan Burnett at the Alcazaba Fortress/Palace.  The view behind looks up towards the Castillo de Gibralfaro, Malaga. Alcazaba Fortress/Palace, Malaga, Spain. View from the Alcazaba Fortress/Palace, Malaga, Spain.  Duncan Burnett. Ruth Burnett at the Alcazaba Fortress/Palace.  The view behind looks up towards the Castillo de Gibralfaro, Malaga.