Andalucia

Málaga

From Ronda to Málaga we travelled on Mr Henderson’s Railway to Algeciras and then by bus.

In the 1890’s, the wealthy British financier Sir Alexander Henderson built a railway between Algeciras (Gibraltar) and Ronda to allow the Gibraltar Garrison access to the cooler air of Ronda where it connected with the existing line on to Madrid and Europe. It makes a not to be missed trip through spectacular scenery in the beautiful Genal Valley.

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The modern train lacks the open windows of the original

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Jimera de Libar - one of the Victorian stations on Mr Henderson's Railway


With a history of 2,800 years the Mediterranean port of Málaga is one of the oldest cities in the world

Narrow alleyways, bars, small smart shops – old Málaga reminds us of a mini Barcelona, with graffiti. From our apartment in the midst, can it really be ships and seagulls we hear?

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One of old Málaga's alleyways

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Palace-Fortress (Alcazaba) of the Moslem rulers of Málaga, 11th century

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From the Arab fountain inside the Alcazaba ...

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... water flows through the doorway and into the lower patio

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Royal Palace

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Original entrance, Tower of Christ, had a small chapel after the reconquest

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Seagull on top of the Castle built to defend the Palace below

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Roman Amphitheater below the Alcazaba

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Cathedral known as La Manquita (One-Armed Lady) - one tower is unfinished

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Málaga's Bullring in amongst the high rise apartments

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Mushrooms for sale at the market

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Seafood cooking at a Chiringuito (beach shack) near Málaga

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Our lunch cooking on a fire of olive wood - 10 Sardines ...

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... 5 minutes later