Last night we walked through the streets of Malaga, first silent and heavy with rain, then (after a long Spanish dinner) vibrant and full of lights and people. We watched the bells of Cathedral y Museo toll, saw the tree of lights at the Plaza de le Constitution, and ate ice-cream beneath the twinkling strings of Marques de Larios and Alameda Principle.
This morning we explored the old fortifications of Malaga, which is where it shows best its history as an important Islamic city for over 700 years. Gibralfaro castle, overlooking the city, is the oldest part of the complex, dating back to the 8th century. The Alcazaba, the fort at the base of the hill connected to the castle above, was largely built during the 11th century, but both were heavily renovated during the 14th century. Throughout you can see the Moorish influences, the wall crenulations and design clearly in common with that at Chellah in Morocco, and the intricate carvings and decorations in the abstract Islamic style.
We are so lucky to be able to end a day sitting in a hot tub under the warm sun, gazing out over the Mediterranean Sea and celebrating our lives together.