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A night away January 2010

A night away - Hotel Atarazanas, Málaga

You must not live in this area without spending a night in Málaga over the Christmas and New Year period! Once you have seen the impressive Christmas decorations, you will return year after year.

Our hotel is in the centre of the old town in a restored period building. We had a bright welcome, and information where to park the car (it cost about €18 for an overnight stay) which was near at hand.

Our rooms were small, but adequate. We could look over the street and hear the buzz of the city from our 4th floor window and later close all noise away. Our room did have a minibar with waters and fruit juices. This visit, we would not be spending much time in the hotel.

We walked across the street to the Málaga Atarazanas food market. The building is being restored at present but this did not stop the local people from buying. All the best fruit, veg, fish, cheese and meats of the area were on display.

Later we walked out to Avenida Alameda - just a street away - and stared at the beautiful blue and white Christmas lights which were laced up the trees to form a glorious canopy above the buzzing street.

As many people visiting Málaga, we popped into the famous bar “Antigua Casa de la Guardia” where we had a sherry or two. Later, we visited a restaurant beside the bull ring called “La Mensula”.

A wonderful welcome and great tapas. Sadly, when we returned to the hotel we found that the bar was closed.

In the morning, at breakfast, we had an enthusiastic waitress who was finding it difficult to cope with looking after all the guests by herself. Sadly, no fresh orange juice or local bread.

After breakfast, we walked along the street, over the bridge to the large “el Corte Ingles” store. Many hours later we returned to fill the car with our purchases and return home.

This small hotel in Málaga, is perfectly situated to take in the atmosphere of Christmas and the New Year in Málaga city.

Hotel Atarazanas, Calle Atarazanas, Málaga. Tel: 95 212 1910. Price: €50 Bed & Breakfast

ANNE FLEMING