Just off Larios on Plaza de la Constitución, I stumble upon Café Central, a friendly little eatery dating back to General Franco’s time.
Here a cold beer and plate of rosada frita (fried hake) is a lunchtime must.
It was supposedly a haunt of Picasso’s and within its mixed crowd of locals, businessmen and down-and-outs, you can just imagine the artist blending in with a plate of super fresh langoustines and a glass of vino.
However its main charm lies in the fact that it is filled with huge barrels of different types of sherry.
While wandering the city streets in a pleasant way to pass the time, I decide to hop onto a bike for a more comprehensive tour and a chance to work off some of the overindulgence I've been enjoying so far.In 2012 the population of the city was 140,473 inhabitants, making it the second most populous municipality in the province of Málaga and the eighth in Andalusia.It is one of the most important tourist cities of the Costa del Sol and throughout most of the year is an international tourist attraction, due mainly to its climate and tourist infrastructure.The waiter tells me the café’s claim to fame in Malaga is that it initiated different ways of drinking coffee in the city from Solo (black) to Largo (strong).Everything is within easy walking distance, from Christmas shopping on Larios to the small but fun festive markets that pop-up at this time of year on the Paseo del Parque, all within a 10-minute stroll of each other.