Saga Pearl II blog - Captains' blogs
25th November, 2018
Another day, and another perfect sunrise this time over the Costa del Sol – slightly further to the west on the south coast of Spain. We entered Malaga harbour just as the colours started brightening on the horizon, and by the time we were berthed on Muelle 2 (which, I am pleased to say, is the best berth in town) the sun had just appeared over the horizon into clear blue skies. This berth, which was of course negotiated for, lies in the centre of the main promenade along the city waterfront unlike the other designated cruise berths/terminals which, although very nice, are located a mile or so away out on a limb on the harbour breakwater.
The Costa del Sol, although associated with masses of British expats, is a stunning coastline with plenty of rural and remote areas unspoiled by hotels & holiday complexes/villas. The Penibeetica mountains provide an attractive backdrop overlooking the lower terraced slopes which yield plenty of olives & almonds. This spectacular mountain chain does a good job of sheltering the province from cold northerly winds in their short winter times, giving it the reputation of an exotic place in which to escape the sometimes harsh European winters.
There were a mass of tour options for passengers to embark upon here, all exploring different sections of this lovely coast as well as further inland – many of course themed on food & wine; an indication of Saga passengers’ favourite two hobbies perhaps? Other options included city tours, Flamenco shows, and even a visit to a vintage car & hat museum.
Passengers who were not so keen on organised trips could of course wander off to please themselves wherever and whenever they wished. Only a stone’s throw from the ship are the Parque de Malaga, Cultural Centre and a fabulous beach to enjoy. En-route to the beach is a lovely promenade packed with shops, bars & restaurants offering something for everyone’s taste. We were due to sail nice and late in the evening, so plenty of time for those who wished to head off in the evening and enjoy a G&T and supper ashore. I went for a wander myself and found a delightful curry restaurant overlooking the harbour with yachts moored in the foreground and Saga Pearl 2 in the background.
With everyone back just before 23:00, we snuck out of the harbour as onlookers on the coast took photos whilst sipping their cocktails at quayside bars. Only a short 70 mile hop across the Alboran Sea is tomorrow’s destination, another new one for me - the tiny Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
Captain Kim Tanner
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