Beat post-vacation blues and avoid depression after your holiday

During the holidays everything is perfect. Good weather and the beach in Malaga help you to relax and forget the routine. When the holidays are over, the well-known post-vacation blues may appear. Let’s see what it’s all about and how to avoid and beat it.

Post-vacation blues

Post-vacation blues can be a major or minor issue depending on how intense and long the vacation experience was.

¿What is the meaning of post-vacation blues?

Post-vacation blues is a mood that someone who comes home after a long trip might feel, usually after the holidays.

This syndrome is not experienced by everyone, but an important number of people can feel it after a sharp contrast between holidays and the return to routine.

Post-vacation blues can be a major or minor issue depending on how intense and long the vacation experience was. Jet lag can increase that feeling, which is often associated with crying after vacation, fatigue, boredom, nostalgia, anxiety or post-vacation depression in some cases.

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5 ideas for avoiding or beating post-vacation blues

There are many ways to avoid suffering this dramatic emotional change after returning home from your holiday in Malaga. Some are more recommendable than others and it will depend exclusively on you taking one or another measure.

In any case, the sensation of postvacation blues lasts a few days, in the worst cases we can talk about weeks. You can also beat this feeling.

If you manage to make your day-to-day life attractive, you will not only avoid post-vacation blues but gain quality of life.

Avoid monotony for the rest of the year

If you live during the rest of the year in a less monotonous way you won’t notice that great contrast with the holidays. It can be difficult especially if you have a stressful job, although there are techniques to achieve it.

If you manage to make your day-to-day life attractive, you will not only avoid post-vacation blues but gain quality of life.

Joining the gym, going for a run, walking or reading among many other activities can help you live a less monotonous life. In short, a routine that is varied enough not to be boring and that contributes with something else after a hard working day.

Relive feelings with memories and souvenirs

In the living room you can share your memories and experiences with the family. Looking at souvenirs or photos taken during the holidays will help beating post-vacation blues.

Those photographs you took in Ronda, your first swim in the sea, that walk you loved so much… What is your favorite memory?

Strolling the sea shore

Share your trip on social networks

Although most people usually share their trip in real time, don’t forget to leave a lot of photos and experiences for sharing when you return.

Sharing your photos on social networks or helping those who are going to visit Malaga with your experiences is part of the ritual. You’ll feel as if your journey is not over yet.

Come back a couple of days in advance

It’s not a bad idea, actually, it’s something I usually do myself. Coming home a couple of days in advance and not planning to work just the day after your arrival. This will help in avoiding having post vacation anxiety.

Planning the next vacation

One thing that helps and is usually a fairly common practice is to plan your next vacation ahead of time. In addition to improving your mood, you’ll make sure you’ll have availability on all reservations you make.

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Make a detailed plan of everything you would like to do the next visit will help beating your post-vacation blues.

Follow our blog or social networks

If you’re thinking on coming back, why not following us? It’s a good idea for your memories to pop up every time you read one of our news stories.

We also provide ideas for your next visit, so why not following us?

Something to remember when your vacation is over

Remember, your job is what allowed you to go on vacation. A lifetime of unlimited vacations even though it may sound very tempting is not desirable and would end up affecting you negatively.

If you really miss your visit to Malaga, why not coming back for a weekend? You could discover what this city is like during the winter, or see what other months can offer. There are numerous deals for weekend getaways throughout the year.

Finally, I would like to add that a distinction must be made between post-vacation blues and sadness at the end of the holiday. We all suffer from the latter and it’s normal.

Nobu Hotel Marbella and restaurant by Robert de Niro & Nobu

Robert de Niro and Nobu MatsuhisaAfter opening their first restaurant in Spain, the partners Robert de Niro and Noby Marsuhisa are planning to open their hotel boutique from their luxury chain in one of the most luxuries areas in Marbella, the Golden Mile.

The first hotel from the chain was in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In Spain in 2017 they inaugurated their first hotel in Ibiza. Marbella Nobu Hotel will be the second in 2018.

The beginning of this partnership took place after the opening of Nobu’s first restaurant in Beverly Hills. The new way to cook the Japanese dishes with South American ingredients made it a very popular place to eat. The restaurant was even frequented by hollywood celebrities, including Robert de Niro. Their relationship began soon after they meet with new projects together.

¿What about Nobu Hotel?

Still early to know all details about this project. What we know until now is that it will be an exclusive offer of suites only for adults. The inauguration of Nobu Hotel in Marbella will not happen until Spring in 2018.

It will be in the 5 star hotel Puente Romano, where is situated the Nobu Restaurant & Lounge.

They will be adding suites of different categories and prices until 2019. The suites will be surrounding the square in Puente Romano and there will be a pool with oriental style.

The suites will focus on high standing customers. The hotel will focus to satisfy all customer’s needs – general director says.

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Nobu hotel in Manila (upper image) and Ibiza (bottom image)

Nobu Restaurant and Lounge

The restaurant is built in sober and elegant wood following the Japanese styling.

Among the dishes you can find a few with South American influence, flavor that made Nobu famous. Malaga and the Mediterranean also look like to be of influence to him, you will be able to find some dishes with a typical Andalusian taste.

Nobu Restaurant & Longe, MarbellaThe restaurant is in Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella.

Opening time: 7:30pm to 01:00am daily.

Live DJ event from 7:30pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 4 am.

For reservations, please contact:

Phone: +34 952 778 686
Email: nobu@puenteromano.com
Web: http://www.puenteromano.com/es/restaurantes-en-marbella.html#51

Want to find more restaurants in Marbella?

Malaga airport experiences a spectacular growth

Among the main news from June we can highlight the 50th anniversary of Lufthansa flights to Malaga and the spectacular growth of the airport during the last May.

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Statistical data from last month

The airport has broken all records. It is the first time in its history that during the month of May it has reached 1.8 million passengers. This large number of passengers has flown to Malaga in a total of 13146 flights throughout the month.

We should not forget that during the high season last year the airport reached 1.9 million of passengers. This year we can expect even more during the months of July and August.

Malaga airport has doubled the traffic of big airports like Madrid or Barcelona. The top countries of origin for Malaga airport are United Kingdom, Germany and Holland in this order.

Currently the capacity of the airport is approximately 2.5 million of passengers per month at full capacity. This number might be reached in the coming months.

If you want to know more statistics of the airport I recommend to check my other post about Malaga airport news or visit the official AENA website at: http://www.aena.es/csee/Satellite?pagename=Estadisticas/Home

If you have not booked your flight already you should do it soon.

A modern and sustainable airport

The certificate on the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from Malaga airport has been renewed this year. This certificate corroborates the airport’s commitment to reduce its energy footprint, trying to create a sustainable environment.

New security filters set to improve tourist’s security checks. You can read more about this new here.

 

Cold wave and snow in Malaga in January

January brings cold temperatures from the next Wednesday 18th until Sunday; this cold bring snow in Malaga to lower altitudes.

Snow in Malaga is an exceptional situation that you can take advantage of. How about a snow getaway this weekend?

Continue reading for an update at the bottom of this page…I will continue posting the latest information about cold and snow Malaga this week.

Low temperatures this week

The lowest temperatures expected in Malaga are between 1ºC and 3ºC while the maximum temperatures are between 10ºC and 12ºC.

In towns like Antequera or Ronda temperatures at night can reach – 4ºC and snow can even reach those or other areas like Malaga Mountains.

Temperatures are too low and it is not the normal weather in the south, from Monday in advance temperatures are expected to be back to normal.

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After all low temperatures will happen during the night, the daytime temperatures are mild.

Snow in Malaga

The famous snow in Malaga the 3rd in February in 1954 is in the memory of many locals. One day when they woke up with snow covering the streets up to 1 meter deep.

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Locals enjoying the morning throwing snow balls.

This situation is very strange to happen and before 1954 the only notice about this happening again goes back to 1882. The temperature registered the famous snow day was between 0,5ºC and 5ºC.

Those who were young by that date have very funny memories of the day. A free school Wednesday by surprise when they could enjoy the day by throwing snow balls and a cinema afternoon without homework.

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Guadalmedina river in the morning was a picture more likely from Nordic countries than from southern Spain.

Snow reached other municipalities in Malaga like Marbella and Estepona.

Is it likely to snow in Malaga again?

It would be a very strange success that the snow weather from 1954 happens again. This week could it snow but from 300m above the sea level.

It does exist the possibility of snow over the Malaga Mountains during the next days.

In an exceptional situation there could be snowy roads connecting the interior villages with the coast. I recommend to pay attention to the weather forecast if you are driving this week.

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Photo taken this morning, look at the mountains next to the airport

It is going to snow in Malaga, although it is a very strange success to happen it did in the past. Logic makes us think that at some point the event will happen…but we don´t know when.

Snow in Malaga is an exceptional situation that you can take advantage of. How about a snow getaway this weekend?

Update

It has snow in Marbella, Mijas Pueblo, Ronda, Antequera, Nerja and Malaga Mountains. It will continue to snow until the Sunday on the Axarquia region above 600 or 800 meters.

Torremolinos and Benalmadena have received snow at 600 meters above the sea level in areas such as Monte Calamorro and la Cañada del Lobo.

The temperature feeling the 19th of January morning at Malaga airport has been -1ºC while the real lower temperature has been 4ºC.

Weekend getaway with snow in Malaga

This weekend could be perfect to enjoy the beautiful snow landscapes in the province.

Although this is not the great snowfall produced in 1954 on the city and the coastal zones, snow has been produced at low altitudes. If you go by car you will not have to drive long to enjoy a snowy day in Malaga.

If you are looking for snowy places in the province for this weekend you should head to Ronda and Sierra de las Nieves or Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. As the weekend progresses the fallen snow will melt, although it will be conserved in areas close to 1000 meters of altitude.

Weather forecast

The weather forecast show that snowfall will continue today from above 600 meters in some areas of the Axarquia region. Snow under that altitude will not last long as it is melting already.

This weekend will continue to snow but above 800 meters high.

Don’t be afraid if coming for holiday in January or February to Malaga

Don’t be afraid, news about the cold wave coming to Malaga and lower temperatures are more related to the night than to the day and this situation will last not long, only until the Sunday or Monday.

You can check the actual weather and temperature in Malaga from our website.

If you are looking for snow activities you can go to Sierra Nevada, very close to Malaga by car.

New taxi fares in Fuengirola

taxiDepending if you choose a public or private taxi to Fuengirola the price may vary.

Prices for taking a taxi from Malaga airport to Fuengirola are between 37€ and 85€ in case you need a minibus up to 19 passengers.

Summary of new prices for public taxis:

From now on the minimum price of a taxi is 4.60 Euros.

If you want the taxi to pick you up at your place of residence the surcharge is 1.20 Euros.

When the freight is more than two suitcases the surcharge is 1.20 Euros.

Some older supplements have been eliminated, such as the surcharge during the Fair, so taking a taxi during the celebrations is no longer more expensive.

All customers are entitled to their receipt once the journey is complete.

These reforms in the public transport sector aim to simplify the fee in benefit of the user, a move that comes after the rise of other services like blablacar.es and Uber.com which are earning popularity and consist in sharing costs and transportation.

Other transportation options

You can hire through Internet taxis at a set price; as an example we have taken some fees for transfers from Malaga Airport to the following destinations:

Other transportation options include minibuses for larger groups which can result in a fairly reasonable price as you can share the expenditure with other passengers.

You can take a look at our section of Malaga airport transfers with links to reliable websites offering this service.

Taxis are ideal for infrequent transfers, but if we need a means of daily transport during holidays it may be more advisable to rent a car in Malaga from just 21 € per week; depending on the vehicle and the dates chosen the final price may vary.

Learn about the current traffic conditions in Malaga in real time

From now on is available a new device in Malaga city to support the circulation. Through the web Area Mobility Malaga are available to citizens almost 70 traffic control cameras distributed in the city.

With this service, which is available both through the web and for Smartphone, iPhone and iPad, you can know in real time the density of the main traffic routes in the city. It greatly facilitates knowing in advance the state of the route as it is available before getting into the car or at any stop along the way.

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The camera images are updated every five seconds; so that people who drive by car to the centre of Malaga can have an accurate knowledge of the traffic situation and can plan an alternative route in case of saturated main roads.

Check traffic conditions online

This free service is available 24 hours from the official website at http://movilidad.malaga.eu. For this service, the site has a window named Camaras to the left of the page inside the menu ‘traffic information’. From there you can display a reference plane to know where are located the 68 cameras in Malaga city.

This new application also provides information about the acoustic traffic lights in the city, occupation of carriageways due to road works, all locations for loading and unloading, parking for disabled, bike lanes, bicycle parking and motorbike parking.

As mentioned before, this service is also available for certain mobile terminals, so that anyone who is in Malaga and wants to move around the city has all the information available on the mobile device. The service is available in Spanish and English.

The province of Malaga and the Costa del Sol have a good network of roads and highways that facilitate swift travel both along the coast and towards the intererior.

Pier One in Malaga: Leisure and shopping by the sea

Malaga is increasingly attractive and is continually adding new projects to make the capital of the Costa del Sol a truly cosmopolitan city, one example are the new shops at Malaga port. This trend is already underway for many years.

Pier 1 Malaga port

We remember those days when we passed by Malaga on the way to or from the airport approaching our holiday destination, but what could be incidentally perceived of Malaga was not exactly appealing or attractive.

However, the ancient city, charmingly situated in a bay, has much potential which gradually is being strengthened with cultural activities of broad nature in addition to the typical sun and sand offer.

Recently has been created a new space in Malaga, Pier One, with which the city has gained a lot more attractive. Formerly, the harbour area was a fenced area with restricted access and separate from the city. After extensive work, has been created a space of 14,000 square meters with a modern design that connects the historic centre and the Park of the Palms to the cruise terminal.

Along this space by the sea there is a shopping and leisure area, restaurants and there are also activities and facilities to entertain children; thus the area is ideal for a walk or to enjoy the gastronomic offer by the sea. The shops are open from 10 am to 10 pm Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays). Pier One has a large underground parking area.

Shopping in Malaga at the port

The shops in the port of Malaga are open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday (closed on Sundays unless otherwise noted).

Pier one has a large underground parking area in case you want to get in your own car.

Lacoste

Clothing and accessories of the well-known brand Lacoste.

Oteros

Sportswear and accessories for sports in the port of Malaga.

Solvisión

Main brands of sunglasses for protecting of sunshine.

Stylo

First fashion brands in watches and accessories.

Primor

Perfumery and beauty products.

Loft Six

The latest trends in clothing and footwear for both women and men.

Deitchmann

Shoe store.

KIKO Make up Milano

Cosmetic and beauty products in general.

Andycrafts

Chain focused on the sale of crafts and products made in wood. You will find ornamental masks, buddhas and other decorative figures.

Denim Store

Shop specializing in denim clothing with brands like Levis, Armani, Diesel, Lee …

Specialized Shoe Shop

You will find shoes from brands like Lacoste, Diesel, Vans, Camper, Timberland or Converse among others.

Soho Boho

Shop for clothes, footwear and accessories with outlet area.

Bailly Bijoux

Furniture, footwear and exclusive decoration, there are only 2 or 3 pieces of each model.

Montinas

Shop dedicated to products made with Swarovski, Lladro and Majorica.

Slora & Slora Woman

Two stores, each dedicated to men’s and women’s fashion.

Mandragora

Articles of decoration, textiles, furniture and gifts.

Service shops

Vietnam Nails

Decoration and painting of nails. It opens on Sundays in the afternoons and during the summer its schedule is extended until 0:00.

Candlyland Sweet Europa

All kinds of products for children, from backpacks, towels, shoes or candies.

QQ Electric Bikes

Rent of electric bicycles for 25 € per day, 15 € half day and 5 € per hour.

How to get to Pier One (Muelle Uno)

By car, just follow the signs to the centre of Malaga; once there, you can park in the parking lot of Alameda or in the parking lot of Pier One.

Find more information on http://www.muelleuno.com/language/en or at our website about Malaga port.

First organic market in Fuengirola – Mijas, Sunday May 13

We have been informing you in recent months of a new initiative that is taking place once a month in Malaga city: The Organic Market of the Guadalhorce ecological association (see related articles).

An initiative which seems great to us and which is gaining in good health: Just recently we were discussing that this initiative so far is only carried out in villages in the Guadalhorce valley and now Malaga city; really so far there was no offer of this type of markets around the Costa del Sol.

Well, our new friends from this association of producers of organic fruit and vegetables of Guadalhorce Valley, also known as the Orchard of Malaga, celebrate this Sunday, May 13 the first organic market in one of the most populated municipalities of the Costa del Sol, Fuengirola and Mijas.

We remind you that in this market you can buy all kinds of vegetables and seasonal fruits, oils, cakes, breads of different seeds, cheese… plenty of organic products, almost all from the Guadalhorce Valley. The farmers themselves offer their organic products, being 3% cheaper than non-organic products and which can be found in the classic distribution channels.

Hopefully this market will be so well received as the others: It is scheduled to take place the second Sunday of each month, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Venue: Avenida de Los Lirios (Next to the Parish church San Manuel-Las Lagunas)

How to get there: Along the motorway A-7 / national road N-340 road to Fuengirola, Las Lagunas, exit Coin or Avenida de los Lirios.

Organic market in Malaga this Saturday, April 28

Organic Market MalagaThis Saturday, April 28 we can enjoy the fourth edition of the organic market taking place in Malaga Huelin Park, from 10 am until 2 pm. In this downtown park situated just a few metres from the sea, we can make our purchase of organic and fresh products at a great price at the market organized by the Guadalhorce ecological association. As an incentive, organic food does not have to be more expensive, since in these markets products are sold by the farmers themselves, being 3% cheaper than non-organic products we find in the classic distribution channels.

For those who do not know, the green Guadalhorce Valley is also known as the Orchard of Malaga and recently has increased a lot the promotion of consumption of fresh produce from the garden without pesticides: Fruits, vegetables and seasonal vegetables, honey, oil, citrus, eggs, bread, sweets and wines. To us, it seems an excellent initiative with great success. The park Huelin is located a few meters from the seafront Antonio Machado, thus can be combined perfectly a visit to the organic market and a walk by the sea and perhaps some fried fish tapas to rebuild strength.

For now, the ecological Market takes place in the capital of the Costa del Sol on the last Saturday of each month. Other places and dates of the organic market in the province are: First Sunday of each month in Estacion de Cartama; second Saturday of each month in Alhaurin el Grande, in Calle Real; third Saturday of each month in Coin, in the Village Square; last Sunday of each month in Pizarra, in Plaza de la Cultura.

How to get to Huelin Park

By car from the western Costa del Sol just follow the motorway, following signs to go to Malaga airport, taking the exit to the national road MA-21. We pass by the airport and we stay on this road which leads directly to the heart of Malaga to Heroes de Sostoa Street. Huelin Park is located between this street and the sea.

By public transport: Maria Zambrano train station with suburban rail links and the bus station are located about 15 minutes from Huelin Park.

Car hire Malaga train station & Malaga cruise port

Those visitors who are planning to arrive at Malaga by cruise or by train and want to hire a car, well now’s the time. Malagacar.com are extending their services and are now offering car hire Malaga train station, where a representative of the company will pick you up and comfortably take you to your hired vehicle. If you arrive on a cruise, Malagacar.com are also offering car hire Malaga port, where, again, you will be picked up by a staff member and taken to your hired vehicle. Of course, the Malaga airport car hire service is still running, so if on the other hand you land in Malaga by plane, the procedure to book and confirm your reservation is the same as always.

What really is outstanding is the continuous expansion of the company that at the same time maintains the customer’s positive critics. It’s, without a doubt, the best option for any visitor who doesn’t want to risk going through a bad experience during their holiday.

Steps to follow when booking online

Whatever way of transport you use to get to Malaga, whether it’s the airport, train station, cruise port, etc., the booking procedure is very simple and safe, so safe that you won’t even have to take your credit card out of your wallet, and you can relax as you won’t have to memorise your card details either as it’s simply not required!

The only simple step to do is to visit the Malagacar.com website and book online using the form or calling the telephone number that appears where the operators offer assistance in both English and Spanish.

Advantages of hiring a car without a credit card

There are many advantages, but of course the main one is the peace of mind of not having to type in the card’s number anywhere; another one is that there is no cancellation fee and, on top of this, the vehicles are brand new and the client’s general opinion is excellent. However, don’t forget to carry your credit card with you because although it wasn’t needed for booking online, it will be required when you pick up your vehicle.

Malagacar Fuel Policy

While other companies include a full tank of petrol that you may not even end up consuming entirely, or others that offer the tank completely empty, Malagacar.com offer half a tank of petrol so you can drive off with the tranquillity of knowing that you’ll reach your destination without having to worry about the risk of breaking down on the way.

Opinions of satisfied customers

This is probably the most important part when deciding to place our trust in a service we are going to hire for the first time; luckily, as I previously mentioned, the customer’s general opinion of Malagacar.com is excellent.

Enjoy your holidays without worries in Malaga and the Costa del Sol.