A version of this article first appeared online on Condé Nast Traveller UK, and originally appeared in the July/August 2023 issue of Condé Nast Traveller UK.
The gilded young are pouring into Málaga. Since the pandemic, they have been flocking to the city in droves, for the year-round sunshine, the affordable rents, and the abundant food. They are onto the skewers of sardines grilled over glowing olive wood in the former fishing village of Pedregalejo; the dark Pajarete wine at the Antigua Casa de Guardia, where old-school barmen jubilantly ring a bell when they’re tipped; and the 30-plus museums, from the Museo de Málaga to the pop-up Pompidou.
For this incoming group, life is sweet: a daily sun-filled round of e-biking through graffitied Lagunillas to the Gibralfaro, jasmine-scented massages at the Hammam al Andalus, sunset G&Ts at the Baños del Carmen, and enough exhibitions to fill a hundred weekends. Fifty years after Picasso’s death, the cultural scene in his native city is as splendid as the sun that bathes the mountains in gold at dawn and dusk—and the imagination with them.
It wasn’t ever thus. Málaga has a long history that dates back to the eighth century BC—the Phoenicians were followed by the Romans, the Moors, and the Catholics—and its fortunes have ebbed and flowed with the tides. The result is a city of, at times, dramatic contrasts, which can all be seen from the glorious Castillo de Gibralfaro. The medieval ramparts ripple over the hill like the tail of a mighty dragon, and the panorama swings around from the sparkling sea and port to the sunbaked city and mountains. A walled walkway zigzags down through fragrant pines to the Alcazaba—the Gibralfaro’s sister fortress—and the Roman amphitheatre. The gargantuan cathedral, home to Enrique Simonet’s hauntingly luminous The Beheading of Saint Paul, towers up against a backdrop of high-rises. It’s all there: more than 1,000 years in a glance.
Early tourists were keenly aware of these contrasts. In the mid-19th century, as British travel writer Louisa Tenison sailed into Málaga and the sun rose out of the waters, she found herself imagining the four-month siege of 1487, when the Catholic monarchs expelled the Nasrids. In her book Castile and Andalucía, she conjured a vivid picture of the momentous clash of civilizations: the “ensign of the cross floating over the tent of Ferdinand and Isabella,” and the “sacred banner” of the Arabs “waving from the heights of the Gibralfaro.” But her romantic reverie was soon interrupted by a more prosaic sight, “more befitting the neighborhood of Liverpool or Glasgow”—the chimneys of the city’s iron works.
The two decisive chapters in the port city’s history—its Reconquista from the Emirate of Granada and
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The culture of the Highlands and islands dates back millennia, and what better time to embrace it than autumn. Kick off your trip by taking a deep dive into the artistic culture of Arran. Its Arts Heritage Trail encompasses 20 hand-carved sandstones that mark significant artistic locations on the island, culminating in a stop at the Viewpoint, where you’ll be rewarded with the breathtaking vistas that have inspired many major artists.
From wild seas and paradise beaches to selkie sightings and rutting stags, the Scottish islands are a must-visit destination this autumn. The midnight sun of summer has been replaced by mist and mellow fruitfulness, the holiday crowds have all gone home, and there’s nothing standing between you, the tranquillity of the scenery and a wee dram of whisky. Read on to discover what’s awaiting this autumn …
This year, Norway’s historic coastal ferry is finally back in full daily operation after the disruption caused by the pandemic and delays to new vessels. It also marks the 130th anniversary of the coastal route.
Even during the height of winter ski season, you can still hear the rhythmic pop of a tennis ball hitting a racquet around Stanglwirt, a decades-old luxury resort in the Austrian Alps near the tony mountain town of Kitzbühel. While Stanglwirt is now known for its laundry list of world-class amenities (including a fantastic wellness program), tennis is in fact what put it on the map. Through tennis management firm Peter Burwash International, Stanglwirt expanded its entire tennis program in the 1970s and 1980s, including building more facilities to accommodate tennis camps—a novelty at the time.
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The Canary Islands welcomes approximately 450,000 LGBTQ+ tourists annually, representing 2.7% of the total tourists to the islands. This accounts for over 5.4% of the tourism revenue and generated a turnover of €960 million in 2022.
The UK Short-Term Accommodation Association (UKSTAA) conducted new research that identified nearly 2 million homes that local authorities consider “deliverable,” with as many as 1.5 million of them in the next five years.
Since its inception, Alpine’s vision has been and continues to be, to ensure students gain the specific skills, professional attitude, updated knowledge and practical experiences in the hospitality industry that employers want and need, now and in the future.
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