Malaga native, Fran Soler has been blogging about his hometown since 2008. We sat down with Fran to find out why, after traveling the world, he’s happy living right where he is.
We first met Fran Soler at the Malaga Travel Bloggers Meeting in fall of 2011. His blog, My Guia de Viajes, tells all about his trips around the world. One of the things we like about Fran’s blog is his love of Malaga! He has a whole section dedicated to “Malagamania” and it has incredibly helpful tips on where to stay, where to eat, and a local’s perspective on the different fairs and festivals in Malaga.
How long have you written your blog?
I started the blog in the summer of 2008, so I’ve been writing it for seven years already! It’s a lot of work, but I’ve watched it grow from the beginning.
How long have you lived in Malaga?
I was born in Malaga, so my whole life (except for a time when I lived in London.)
What is the best thing about living in Malaga?
There are a lot of things: the climate, the people, the gastronomy, the size of the city.
What is your favorite dish from Malaga?
Hard to choose. I never get tired of eating fried fish, although I also love a stew with rice and shellfish. Of course gazpacho and “porra antequerana.”
What would be your perfect night in Malaga?
I would start watching the sunset from Gibralfaro castle, then I would walk through the streets of the historic center enjoying tapas and I’d finish the night at one of the rooftop terraces with great views enjoying a drink and admiring the city by night.
What is your favorite day trip from Malaga?
Ronda (and the mountain range) it’s a marvelous city and is well worth a visit.
What is your favorite bar in Malaga to have a drink or something to eat?
For tapas? Cortijo Pepe in the Plaza de la Merced.
What is your favorite hidden corner of Malaga?
Everyone from here knows them, but I would say El Pimpi Florida, in the neighborhood of El Palo. A bar for tapas that’s magical and unique. Anyone who has experiences the atmosphere there will never forget it.
Last question. Finish this sentence. You can’t leave Malaga without__________.
Without the flavor of an espeto, the smell of jazmine and feeling the breeze of the Mediterranean Sea.
Want to see more of the local perspective on Malaga? Keep up with our My Malaga series as we interview more everyday Malagueños for their best insider tips (foodie and otherwise!) and join us on our food tour so our expert local guide can show you around!
Abby has lived in cities all over Spain including Madrid, Málaga, Fuengirola, Sevilla and Barcelona and she loves traveling and tasting all this diverse country has to offer. Along with her husband, who is originally from Málaga, she writes the bilingual travel blog El Boquerón Viajero. Abby is also currently partner & director of communications for a Spanish travel agency called Auténtico Nueva York. She has recently become a mum & is looking forward to sharing all Spain’s bites with the next generation of foodies! Favorite Devour Tour? Catalan calçotada!