Paseo del Muelle Dos
Starting at the Paseo del Muelle Dos, the new waterfront promenade which is popular for evening strolls with the Malaguenos, walk towards the historic city centre. In between the modern shops and bars, you find the Chapel of the port of Malaga. The chapel, which houses the chapel on the ground floor and the Chaplain's quarters on the first floor, was carved in pink sandstone from the local quarries.In the seventies, it was moved to it's current location due to building works.
Patatas Paco José
Another great location is Patatas Paco jose which is located nearby the Atarazanas market. On the outside, you could be forgiven to think you have reached Willy Wonka's shop. Only difference is that this small but busy shop specializes in Patatas Fritas (Crisps). In the window, you can admire the largest box full of homemade crisps.
Assuming you’ve already tasted Spain’s famous tapas, be sure to save some room for pintxos, the Basque region’s version of a snack or small dinner. Think bruschetta with a variety of toppings, that can range from potatoes to sardines. A unique twist on this already special dish is this little bar’s take on pintxos, where they replaced the traditional base of bread with a tiny pancake. Ingenious, and absolutely divine.
Plaza de María Auxiliadora
After crossing the bridge, we took the first right off the main road and walked through the narrow streets of the town for a few minutes which got us to a small square called Plaza de Maria Auxiliadora from where a path zig-zagged down into valley. We started following the path and were glad to have taken the advice offered in that blog as we got to see the Puente Nuevo and the gorge from a completely different angle. We reached the first view point which was essentially just a clearing, but not content with it we decided to keep descending and eventually we reached a second clearing which contained the ruins of a small arched gate. We spent a few minutes there enjoying the entire landscape and then started our ascent. The climb was certainly not among the hardest we had done but the harsh afternoon sun did us no favours and we were drenched in sweat by the time we joined the civilization.
Affordable, fresh, exotic food at the Mercado central de Quito (Central market- right in the city downtown) – yum yum yum – fish, tasty juices, rice, chicken ~all for 1-3$. The “it” place to be if you are a foodie. There is a very local version of a “food court” on ever corner, where you can sit around to enjoy a quick bite. Oh! the mere mention of this place fills my olfactory sensors with the smell of spices, fresh juices, roses, fish and every thing mixed up together – wondering how that smells! Hmmm- if you are hungry, it smells like heaven. How to reach: 3 blocks east of Main Plaza (Presidential Palace) is the enclosed market place, Mercado Central.