We’ve arrived back in England after a few days away in Spain visiting British grandparents and catching some well needed R&R. We love going to Spain during October, out of season, as it’s much more chilled out, fewer tourists and lots of car parking spots open! Plus, the weather is generally still warm and summery. Unfortunately we did have some rainy days but we also had a few glorious hot days which were spent lounging around on the beach. Bliss. The kids loved seeing their grandparents and six year old Jonah is now hooked on ‘Words with Friends’ which he plays and chats with his Nannee online. Such a great way to stay in touch and feel close. It was a wonderful time spent all together as a family without worrying about work, house or pets.

This trip was made special by our discovery of the city of Malaga. We’ve been to Spain as a family at least six times, probably more, flying in and out of Malaga airport. But we had never actually visited the city. Of course we’ve been all over the Costa del Sol to Nerja, Maro, Almeria, Torremolinos and Torrox etc, but we had never actually spent any time in Malaga itself. Why not? I have no idea! Somehow we just never considered it to be worth going to – silly really as it’s a fantastic city. So, this trip we decided we would rectify our mistake.

I recommend Malaga, especially if you have children. There’s tons to do from the family oriented harbour front to the playgrounds dotted around, to the interactive museums and beautiful walks. Stunning Spanish architecture, cultural capital of the Costa del Sol and all round great place to simply sit in one of the many cafes and contemplate the world around you. And of course to people watch. We were only there for one afternoon and I’m sure there’s much more to see and do so we’ll plan another visit into our itinerary for next time.

Meanwhile, it’s back to work and school starting with a business course that I’m teaching tomorrow. Best get going with my lesson plan!

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Meghan Peterson Fenn is the author of Bringing Up Brits, co-author of Inspiring Global Entrepreneurs, co-founder and Director of Design and Web at Shake It Up Creative. And, she is an award winning expat blogger.