We arrived in Seville after a 5 hour bus tide from Lagos. The driver was not a nice person, he wouldn't allow anyone to go for a washroom break or eat. I don't know what his problem was, but he almost left a guy behind when he repeated that he needed to use the bathroom at one of our 5 stops. He even made a 4 year old boy pee on a tree by the road while we all watched after the mom flipped out. We had to sneak little bites of our sandwiches. Overall, he was crazy!!
We arrived in Seville at 6 pm. It was already hot, and we soon realized they are experiencing a heat wave in this already hot area. We broke a record one day, 47 degrees. We learned to take a siesta from around 1-6 pm! Enough about the weather.
Seville is a beautiful, historical city full of surprises. everywhere you turn there is another spectacular house, church or a plaza filled with trees, flowers and fountains. This city is bursting at the seems with sights to see. We visited an enormous cathedral that has the remains of Christopher Columbus, an incredible former palace and the grandiose Plaza Espana. We found out later that plaza Espana was used as a set for Lawrence of Arabia, 2 of the recent Star Wars movies and The Dictator!
After a few days of sweltering heat Yasi found a spa (hammam) in our neighborhood. It was situated in the house of an ambassador from the 16th century and was a welcome respite from the heat. We are moving further south to the city of Malaga, where we hope to catch some rats at their beach, pay a visit to Gibraltar and Andrew has lined up a kite surfing lesson.
So we decided to combine Seville and Malaga into one post since we didn't do all that much in our second Spanish destination. It's funny how plans change, I didn't end up doing kite surfing as it was too much of a pain and we didn't end up going to Gibraltar either! It was too far to take the bus for the day and no automatic rental cars were available :( After doing a lot of traveling sometimes you just want to stay put and not do anything so for the next few days we walked around town and lazed by the beach.
Malaga is another beautiful city, less spectacular than Seville but it's on the mediterainian. Little did we know that we would get to Malaga right as the weeklong holiday of Feira was getting started.
You would think that going to a city during a festival would be a bonus, not this time. While Im sure feira started as a wholesome holiday, it has turned into a time for the youth of Spain to get wasted and stumble drunk through the streets. People started drinking there around 9-10am and went long into the night. We saw a guy with blood running down his face from a fight and countless completely intoxicated girls being carried by friends or sitting on the sidewalk with their heads in their hands in a drunken stupor. The city even deploys street cleaning staff while people are drinking in the streets so they can clean up the mess as it happens. The scene was like a parent cleaning up after their child who has thrown food off their plate. Disgusting.
While the center of the city was a horror show, the beach. and port area were excellent. There was a huge tree lined park that opened onto a waterside promenade which was lined with all kinds of restaurants and shops. From there it was a 5 minute walk to the beach. This is where we spent our time! Malaga was a great city, but I would never go there in August again.