Exploring Malaga!

Often wondered where to go for a family City Break? How about Malaga, Spain? The second highest populated City in Andalusia, it's a Mediterranean seaport on the Costa del Sol. Did you know it's the birthplace of Picasso? To be honest, I had no idea!

The best time to visit is in May-June and in September. Definitely somewhere we would consider taking the boys to one day. I've never actually been to mainland Spain and have always wanted to. 

Flights are reasonably cheap and under four hours flying time from London Airports. Why not hire a car at the airport and explore the City and surrounding area whilst there?

Of course, if the family are travelling too, you do need to check whether the car hire company provide car seats (if required) or whether you need to provide your own. Some companies provide cars to collect at the airport and others will send courtesy buses to get you to your car collection point. Then of course, once you have the car, you are free to explore as you wish.

First stop I assume would be your hotel or base for the duration of your stay. Hopefully, you'll have checked on parking! There are loads of places to stay that's for sure.

Whilst touring Malaga and it's surrounding areas there are plenty of places to see! The parks for one. Parque de Malaga is one not to miss.

If culture and history are more your thing, why not take in Alcazaba? An historic castle dating back to 1057. How about Malaga Cathedral?

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You can even travel further afield, ditching the car for the day and taking a day trip to Morocco, or sightseeing trip to Gibraltar. Excursions can be booked directly or through your travel company.

Of course, whilst in Spain you have to have tapas, there will be many Tapas bars to choose from. Book a Tapas and Wine tour, if travelling without the kids! 

With plenty of places to eat, Malaga has cuisine to offer anyone.
With 320 sunny days a year, Malaga has many beaches to explore. Many have bathrooms, children's play areas and places to eat also.

Whilst in Spain, shopping is a must! Many shopping centres have cinemas, theatres, restaurants, bars, and bowling alleys similar to those found back in the UK. The Atarazanas - Malaga Central Market is a great place to get local produce, used daily by locals and tourists alike.

So, you see, there's lots to keep the family entertained, not least the hotel pool! I'd say Malaga would be the perfect place to stay for just a short break or longer. Versatile and full of diversity and culture. What's not to love! 

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I once worked with a couple of lovely ladies from Spain who always said we should visit. They were the most amazing cooks....their food to die for! I will get there one day and I will taste the gorgeous Mediterranean cuisine again! Now, where's my passport! 

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Visiting Orlando!

One of the places I'd like to take the boys one day is Orlando, Florida! I've had the good fortune of going twice in the past and I think they would love it! 

The first time I went was with school, many moons ago. I was 12. It was my first time away from home. What a place to go! We stayed with host families and visited all the usual places (that were there at the time). Epcot hadn't even been open that long. Now there are even more parks than before! You can get your park tickets online now but not back then! I remember we went to Disney World, Epcot (which at the time was my favourite), Wet n Wild, The Kennedy Space Centre and also Sea World.
I'm pretty sure Universal Studios Orlando Resort and MGM (now Disney's Hollywood Studios) were not open then. Now you can get multi park tickets, for the duration of your stay. There are numerous Orlando Combination ticket packages, with 6 Disney Parks now. Not to mention all the others! WOW! Did you know there's even a Legoland Florida? I only found that out myself recently. Boy, I bet the place has changed so much.

I next went to Disney, Orlando as an adult with friends and their family. We stayed in a Villa and rented a car to visit the parks, eat out on International Drive (which was so much bigger than the time before) and to visit the shopping malls. We're going back 13 years. I remember it being just as magical as the time when I went with school and being an adult I was probably more excited to be honest! So, really there is no ideal age! Young or old, we're all still big kids at heart! 
I really think the boys would love Universal Studios Orlando Resort the most! I think they would relate to the film themed shows and rides more than the typical Disney ones! (personally I love them all). My plan would be for us to stay in a rented Villa with Pool and hire a car. That way, you can be more flexible with meals, chill out at the villa (as lets face it visiting Orlando isn't a rest) and come and go as you please! As much as we would like to stay in one of the Disney hotels, I also think hiring a villa is more affordable! 

Best time of year to go? For us it would have to be Easter! Still warm and sunny but not super hot, like in the school summer holidays out there and hopefully less packed too. I've been at Easter and in July, both great, but with a hubby who cannot cope with it being too hot and the boys, I think for us Easter is best. 
You'd have to go for at least two weeks wouldn't you! I don't think anything shorter would be long enough. Three weeks would be better, but I'm not sure we could afford the time to do that. I'm super excited to see if we ever get there as a family. I really hope so! Even if we all go when they are young adults. 

It's certainly on the bucket list! Have you been? Want to go?

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