Malaga, Spain, April 20, 2017

Our second visit to Malaga, having skipped Gibraltar, U.K., because of high winds in port, brings still delightful weather. Despite an onboard prediction of 64 degrees, the day was sunny and mid-seventies. Still hauling jackets for no apparent reason. Malaga is Europe’s southern-most city and the second busiest port on the Iberian peninsula. Because of it’s location it boasts a subtropical Mediterranean climate with one of the warmest winters in Europe.

The sea had been a bit choppy overnight (who cares-we were sleeping), with swells of 9 to 12 feet, but the whitecaps near the break wall today are minimal and docking was not an issue. Rotterdam continues to provide a very smooth ride, especially considering it’s relatively small size. At 60,000 tons, it is about two-thirds the size of Holland America’s newest ship, the Koeningsdam, which grosses a bit less than 100,000 tons. Small, however, is a relative term, considering that out first cruise was on the Song of Norway, MANY years ago. It was less than 30,000 tons and carried less than 700 passengers. As you might guess, sailing in the Caribbean is quite a bit different than crossing the Atlantic.

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From the port, the beach and waterfront apartments attest to the popularity of Malaga as a European vacation destination.

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Again it is obvious that, leaving the shore, an uphill climb begins rather quickly. This part of Spain has it’s share of mountains, yet very close to the coast. In the summer, the higher elevations will provide relief from the heat in the city itself. In April the water is cold and wet suits are the garb of choice for the surfers.

Malaga, Spain, is the birthplace of Picasso, and boasts the Picasso Museum. If we were fans of his, a visit there would be a must. However……………………….