THE Christmas lights of Málaga easily rival those of London with their special magical quality.
Starting from the Alameda Principal where the aroma of roast chestnuts rises in the evening air, a fine ‘mist’ of tiny ethereal lights are woven around the stately old trees that line the way, enhancing the colourful flower stalls, while angels glitter in gold and mauve on high.
Walking down the Alameda is like walking into fairyland, with the anticipation of more to come.
For you will soon catch your breath at the sight of the giant sized nativity scene, taking pride of place at the junction of Alameda with calle Larios and the Paseo del Parque.
Looking along the illuminated splendour of the Paseo del Parque you are tempted to take a walk down there.
Or you can stroll up Calle Larios in this tastefully pedestrianised street under a canopy of gleaming lights, resplendent in their colours of red and gold.
Mingle with the crowds, feel their contagious excitement and savour the sounds and scents of Christmas.
As you reach The Plaza de la Constitución you will love the tall Christmas tree in the middle of the square.
Now take your cue to wander into the labyrinth of streets of Málaga’s atmospheric old town towards the cathedral, facing on to Plaza del Obispo.
Walk deeper into the old town, and sample a bar or two, all cosy in their Christmas décor.
Some bars still have tables and chairs outside even at this time of year as it is often warm enough to sit and enjoy a drink outside in the balmy evening air, warmed by the festive crowds, the lights and the enticing aromas of cooking from within!
One of the best is Bar Pimpi, in calle Granada. It is a true delight. Having originally been a convent, its winding passages and tiny rooms are now steeped in ‘ambience’.
It is made even more wonderful at Christmas by the glowing candles and red poinsettia pot plants decorating the walls, intertwined with green creepers.
A perfect venue to round off your evening in a convivial atmosphere with a warming Christmas drink!