The city of Málaga is becoming more and more popular with tourists both coming in to the airport and by sea landing in Málaga´s port.
I am Alistair Watts, the owner of the website SpainLINKED and I have lived in Spain 26 years now, 15 or more of them in Málaga itself.
Each year the town hall of Málaga come up with new, exciting ideas to attract more and more visitors.
We have seen the amount of museums grow, Muelle Uno - which is the restaurant/shop area of the port become something spectacular, guided tours of some of Málaga´s most
important landmarks such as the Catedral - where now you can visit the top part of the famous tower - La Bodega, not forgetting the Mirador Princess, Europe´s largest
itinerant 70 metre ferris wheel which I had the pleasure of going on last month - which will later be taken over by one 30 metres bigger.
The great thing about when you walk around the many streets of the city is that you have plenty of beaches to sit on to rest. When i walk around Málaga i like to change my route slightly,
although I always like to pass the same areas.
I start from where I live which is very close to the Plaza Bailen (Bailen square where there is an indoor market) and work myself down to Calle Pelayo towards where El Corte Ingles is or
head towards a hotel called Málaga Centro, Calle Marmoles (Marmoles Street) which used to be a big shopping centre - Almacenes Merida.
Then i cross the river, a mainly dry river but with character where people play on skateboards and play ball games.
After that i would go right along sometimes to the Cathedral area, Roman Theatre or towards Calle Larios, the pedestrianised street which now has large coverings, shading the whole area making it more pleasant.
It's Calle Larios where you can find a range of different performers from live statues, acrobats the odd times but above all musicians.
I don't think there has ever been a time when I haven't seen anyone playing music or singing. From classical to rock you can see sometimes and as you wander further into Málaga every now and then you will see more and more street music, many stop - like me - for a good amount of time and relax and forget about everything and just take the melodies in.
The first video here is of a duo that I filmed with my smartphone and although the audio is pretty bad you can see the talent they have. The mix of acoustic guitar and the
amazing vocals of the female singer. I had seen them before but I wanted to stay longer this time, I think it was almost 20 minutes and after that time I thought I would go over there and ask who they were and congratulated them. They said they were playing in a local bar that weekend and if you want to check out more about the singer, Argentina was her homeland you will find her at: https://www.facebook.com/ro.philippens
Days before I was passing by the Roman Theatre which is located next to the Gibralfaro ( Gibralfaro you can walk too if you like steep hills) on my way to the Plaza de la Merced - a lovely square near Picasso's
birthplace where they is a statue of him sitting on a bench. I heard some pretty funky music going on that made me stop in my tracks too.
I took in this guy playing the guitar which was very good indeed but what really caught my eye was a mate of his doing his Mr Bean dance - well that's what it reminded me ok anyway - so that i HAD to record!!
Photos and Videos by Alistair Watts