Roadtrip from Málaga to Gibraltar – Castillo de Castellar de la Frontera

After one day in Málaga, me and my friend hired a car and started our trip to Gibraltar. Driving along the coast we first stopped in Marbella. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t as good as we hoped so we just walked along the beach instead of actually going for a swim.

Beach at Marbella, Spainsea at Marbella

I can’t really tell if I liked Marbella because we didn’t see much more than the beach. However pasing huge hotels at the promenade, I would’nt choose Marbella over Málaga for a longer stay. But as I said I can’t judge properly.

What I can tell you is, that Marbella has a great restaurant for sushi. The Kyoto offers extraordinary sushi not far away from the beach. I know it is a bit strange to eat sushi in Spain when you can have tapas but my friend had serious cravings for sushi so we ended up enjoying a pretty good meal.

Sushi restaurant in MarbellaSushi at Marbella

After lunch we drove further following the coast. Some kilometres before Gibraltar we drove north to Castillo de Castellar –  a beautiful old castle with a small town around it.

Castillo de Castellar– Doesn’t this look stunning? –

We parked the car and got lost in the narrow streets of the small town.

castillo de castellarcastillo de castellarcastillo de castellarIt is a bit of a ride to get there but it is definitely worth the effort. You will not regret it, i promise.

castillo de castellarNext to the castle is a small lake where you can go for a swim or rent a canoe. Within the town you will find small cafés and some little shops. You can even stay in the castle which is a hotel now.

After a long stroll around we headed towards Gibraltar which we reached in the early evening. Perfectly timed for a nice dinner and an early night ;).

What to do in Málaga – Spain

Malaga in SpainAt the end of May I flew over to Málaga for a short trip into the sun. I was visiting a friend who is living in Gibraltar but because flight connections from Germany to Gibraltar are insanely expensive we agreed on meeting in Málaga.

I arrived quite early in the moring so we had plenty of time to explore. The city center is truly beautiful. The narrow streets with the typical spanish houses get you into an holiday mood immediately.

streets of Malaga

Malaga

I just love the tiny balconies and wooden blinds. I always imagine the locals drinking their morning cup of coffee right there in their morning gown watching the sun rise over the sea ;).

We stayed in the Picnic Dreams Boutique Hostel which I cannot recommend enough. The hotel is situated close to the main sights and has well furnished rooms. You even get the basic toiletries which is great for people flying in only with carry-on luggage. On top of the nice rooms the breakfast is delicious too. I tried the typical spanish breaky – toast with mashed tomatoes and olive oil – which was surprisingly good.

But back to our arrival. After having checked in to our rooms, we started to explore the city and went straight to one of the main museums in Málaga – the Picasso Museum.

Picasso Museum Malaga

Picasso was born in Malaga and spent his youth in the city. The museum draws a detailled picture of his artistic development showing some of his greatest work. I have to say I am a big art lover so I basically enjoy every art museum. However I really liked how the museum managed to give an indepth impression of Picasso’s art without beeing too large to take all in. So even my friend who wasn’t into his art as much as I was really enjoyed the visit.

Close to the museum you will find the cathedral which is worth a visit as well if you ask me.

cathedral Malagacathedral Malaga

From the center of the town you can easily walk to the sea. You either can walk on the sea promenade and have a drink or two in one of the bars and restaurants or you head to the beach for a dip.

The promenade offers some great art as well with the Centre Pompidou Málaga a small enclave of the famous museum in Paris. Besides that, you will find local artists exhibiting their work on the weekend at the promenade. So do go and check it out ;).

After we built up some stamina with ice cream and coffee we headed up to the old castle ruin overseeing the town.

castle Malaga

Doesn’t this look beautiful. I asure you it is worth the climb because the view is really nice up there. If you go all the way up, you can enter the castle and descend within the old ruin.

castle Malaga

Having been walking all day long, we built up quite an appetite. I guess there isn’t a place where you actually will eat badly in Spain, however if you are up for a treat go to “El tapeo de cervantes”. You won’t be sorry. The tapas are exceptionally good and the wine is great as well. If you want to make sure to get a table book ahead.

Nibbling away on some Tapas and wine really was a good start for my holidays in the south. If you are in the area go and visit Málaga. Its size is perfect for a long weekend or a stop-over to other places.

Have you been to Málaga before? How did you like it?

 

 

First Hike of the year – “Tuftlalm”

It has been a while since you last have heard something from me. I am sorry about that – change sometimes happens when you least expect it. However, with the long weekend coming up, I wanted to share with you a nice hike we did two weeks ago to start off the hiking season.

We drove down to Lermoos, a small village right behind the German-Austrian border and very close to the Zugspitze. Because it was only the beginning of April we opted for the tour to the “Tuftlalm”.

The tour takes between two to three hours up and around one and a half down. Start your walk at the station and cross the rails via the tunnel on left side (facing the rails) down at the road. From there you walk up the hill to the open-air bath and pass it on its left. There is a small path leading up the hill. From there you will soon find the first yellow sign leading to the “Tuftlalm”. You can either follow the walking path through the forest or the driving-way up the mountain.

We started with the path through the forest and later changed to the broader and less steep driving-way. On the way up the forest opens from time to time and you can enjoy some great views.

mountain view lermoosTuftlalm - LermoosAfter around two and a half hours we reached the “Tuftalm” and enjoyed our packed lunch on the terasse in front of it. During the main season starting from May the owners of the hill farm will also serve drinks and food.

mountain view lermoosLeaving the alp to the left you can walk to a viewing plattform at the edge of the mountain. Be sure to have a head for heights. The plattform is built with metal grids which are perfectly stable, I know, but I still always feel a bit dizzie ;).

From there you have again different options to go down to the village. We took the path next to the plattform leading straight downwards. However, you can always also take the driving way down again.

I have to say, I really enjoyed this first hike of the year and I am looking forward to many more to come. Do let me know if you go to Lermoos and tell me how you liked it.

 

DIY – Building your own vintage shelf

Since last summer I have been working on a new shelf for our living room. I love the look of old wooden wine boxes and always wanted to create some sort of furniture out of them. This summer I got some boxes from my grandma and her brother so I finally could start.

wooden wine boxes First of all I had to remove the battens my grandpa once used to close the box. He was a very handy person and always used the stuff he already had. So closing up those wine boxes and isulating them with styrofoam seemed to him a good way to use the boxes as a storage for apples.

After I restored the original form, I sanded the boxes until they were smooth and had no sharp edges anymore. In a next step I used a special glaze to kill any possible woodworms.

glazing the boxesAs the glaze had dried, I painted the boxes with a transparent colour to keep the natural vintage look. On top of that the colour made the boxes even more resistant to any damage.

Although I finished everything back in autumn we never came around to actually put the single boxes together to a new shelf. Last weekend we finally found some time and screwed the boxes together.

wine box shelfI was so excited to see how my project came together in the end. I have to admit I was pretty proud of myself after the shelf stood there in all its glory ;).

wine box shelfSince then I haven’t had one evening not being immensely happy with our new shelf. I love the different looks of the single wine boxes. Every single one could tell a different story and brings some real history into our home.