Huelin (pronounced “wélin”) is an interesting and historic inner city district of Malaga. On the coast, it was naturally a fishing village. However, in the 18th century a British man, William Llewellyn (Huelin), industrialised the area. The only remains today are the chimneys on the promenade with a memorial to the workers, and the old tobacco factory, now a motor museum.
The district of Huelin is still a seaside village with streets of the traditional artisan cottages, pedestrianised to preserve them. Although close to the city centre, it has a sense of its identity being a close-knit community where families have lived for generations. You can see they know each other, but they are sldo quite happy to welcome new faces. They expect to find everything they need at hand just as it always was, so you also have the same convenience.
Huelin market (Mercado de Huelin) is a Malaga landmark. It is the second largest in the city and has all your fresh food. [This video is in fact of Mercado de Atarazanas, the largest, in the city centre but they are very similar.] The local shops, including a 24-hour pharmacy, and a halal store supply the rest. Spanish families like to eat out, so there is an abundance of cafes and restaurants with, not surprisingly, a strong emphasis on seafood.
This bijou 2-bedroom apartment offers the best of both Costa del Sol summer holidays. By day you have the beach; and by night join the Spanish as the city comes to life. Nothing starts before 22.00 (dinner-time), but be sure, the city is really humming at every turn. Sample it all to make your choice. Folk rarely go to bed before 2.00 am. Even if they don’t join in the night-life, they use the pedestrianised streets as their terraces and sit outside to socialise with their neighbours until the air cools in the early hours. It can get quite chilly until the sun comes up.
The flat is suitable for 4/5 people. There is a double bed in the spacious main bedroom and 2 single beds in the small bedroom. There is a 3rd bed (not a put-u-up) that can be put in the main bedroom or at one side of the window area in the living room. The end wall in the living room is all glass, making the room light and airy. There is a sitting and a dining area. And, of course, there is a fully-equipped kitchen and a small bathroom. The flat has everything you need to make yourselves at home. Being on the 4th floor (with lift) near the sea there is always a breeze. All the windows in the flat are external and they all have fly screens. This means they can be left open all the time to allow a pleasant through current. There are also ceiling fans in the living room and bedrooms.
The short street runs between the beach and the major bus route into the city centre. Public transport in Malaga is excellent and inexpensive, and Huelin is a hub for the west side of the city. It is a short distance from the train and bus stations – 2 bus stops/10/15 mins walk, and it is on the C2 metro line. The airport bus stops here. All the buses passing the flat go to the city centre, which is a 10/15 mins ride away, depending on traffic.
A large park with a lake and a new sports centre with a swimming pool are two streets away. The Health Centre is beside them and the underground car park is under them. There are several chiringitos (typical beach restaurant specialising in seafood) along the beach. The promenade is about 2 km long beside Playa de Huelin and Playa de Miserecordia and there is a cycle path all along the Paseo Maritimo.
The Virgen del Carmen is a patron of fishermen, hence the oars, and 16th July is the focus of several days of fiesta. On this day her statue is carried through the streets to the shore where she embarks on a circuit of the bay.
Malaga is backed by the Sierra de Las Nieves. As a result, the city is strung out along the coast. Whilst some places can be far apart, it is easy to find your way around. Two rivers flow into the city. Guardalmedina, rather dry these days, flows into the city centre, and Guardalhorce flows into the mudflats near the airport, which form a bird sanctuary.
Malaga is a city best explored on foot. There is a Roman theatre, an Arabic castle, an old town of narrow winding streets and a port. It is the city of Picasso, Flamenco and Antonio Banderas, with museums from fine art and interactive music to cars and glass, and festivals of everything from jazz to the Third Age. The Festival of Spanish Film is in June. The summer fiesta and the Feria de Malaga are in August. Sit in a pavement cafe and be entertained by the street artists – take care, they are everywhere. Prefer nature? The natural world has survived bricks and mortar; for example, there is a bird sanctuary at the mouth of the Guardalhorce river (local bus) and botanical gardens, one of which (Paseo del Parque) is a city centre landmark and makes a cool walk. An ideal place to rest from your sight-seeing and almost always seem to be exhibitions there.
Malaga is also an excellent centre for exploring Andalucia. The cities of Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada are little more than an hour away by bus or high-speed train, not to mention Antequera and the rock formations of El Torcal, Cadiz and Tarifa with the Roman remains and view across to Morrocco, and Ronda – the robbers’ stronghold that terrified travellers of bygone days. There are more national parks in Andalucia than anywhere else in Spain.
Forget the car. There is an excellent bus service criss-crossing the mountains behind Malaga. They are a life-line for the villagers, but also an easy way for you to see the white villages and the dramatic scenery. Discover the festival of Robert the Bruce in Teba in September. Why is it there? Go and find out. Sample the wine and raisins in Moclinejo. Find a romeria. Bus routes to Ronda, Rute, Nerja Caves and other destinations take you on a 2/3 hour ride for a few euros.
If you want to be more adventurous, you could hire a car for a day or two to go off the beaten track. However, parking in Malaga is notoriously difficult, if not impossible, though there is a carpark under Huelin Park.
Flat Facilities: Open the floor-length windows and you have a terrace; TV, internet, library, games;
Kitchen: kettle, percolator, toaster, 4-ring hob, grill, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, ample cupboards and kitchen utensils;
Lift There are 10 steps up to the lift – difficult for anyone with mobility problems – impossible for chairs that can’t be lifted.
- Note that there are 10 steps up to the lift.
- No pets are allowed.
- The flat is available from June through September.
- The usual minimum letting period is 2 weeks.
- The rent is between €400 – €600 a week, reducing for longer stays.