Malaga alternative: Christmas special

For our readers already living in Málaga city then our handy guide to alternative Christmas ideas will be perfect for those looking for eco-holistic festive solutions. For the rest of our readers the guide gives you the opportunity to explore the richness of Málaga. Simply follow our map on the previous page and unearth some seasonal gems.

Christmas is about giving, but not in the pile ‘em high, grab as much as we can get way, more in the something from the heart way, something special and different. Something you’d be likely to find in one of the Chispa recommended shops in the city. Koruko has been selling their own design clothes and jewellery in the city centre for over ten years, and owner Rafi is always looking for new and unique items for this cosy shop in Galerias Goya off Plaza Uncibay. Round the corner, new-age boutique, La Luna, recently changed hands and has a fresh new feel with everything from tarot cards to buddhas, while nearby Arenas artesania have a tiny but packed shop in c/ Ollerias, and have been bringing quality and affordable clothes and accessories to our recent festivals.

If gem stones and jewellery are what you are looking for there are two well established shops to choose from that specialise in every kind of semi precious stone from amethyst to zircon and everything in between such as birthstones and rare stones, these shops have pieces in every shape and size, worked and raw and a wide selection of finished jewellery pieces in their own designs. Rahasya is located just behind the Atarazanas market and Taller de los Minerales can be found off c/ Marmoles.

If reading is your thing or you’re looking for that special book for that special person Libreria Cinco Anillos is a special (and specialist) bookshop tucked away in c/ Dos Aceras, specialising in oriental disciplines, esotericism, and new age books, with an extensive range of books on martial arts and feng shui.

Christmas shopping can be tiring and while enjoying the streets of Málaga why not drop in on one of the vegetarian restaurants in the centre or pick up much needed supplies from the many health food shops. In past editions La Chispa has reviewed most of the vegetarian restaurants in Málaga and you can find a complete list in our online directory at Three well known ones in the centre include Calafate, Cañadu, recent arrival el Piano near the Cervantes theatre and Alcazabilla, where a ‘menu del día’ is only 7.50€, that includes four separate dishes. They also offer a half menu for those looking for a lighter meal at lunchtime.

While we can understand our readers being a bit preoccupied over Christmas, once January arrives and King’s day is past what better time to be thinking about getting out and busy again with new things. Málaga offers so many places for Yoga, personal development workshops and courses of every kind, there is really no excuse for not finding something to do after the Christmas excess. Fluxus near the university has every class you could wish for to get moving again – Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi as well as other martial arts and dance classes are all offered in a complete timetable. Centro Savia in the heart of Málaga old town specializes in different yoga classes, while Centro Sananda near the bus station has an excellent reputation for a wide range of workshops throughout the year. So as we head into 2013 there really is no excuse not to shake off the excess of Christmas and launch into a vibrant new year

Regalos – Gifts
c/ Caldererias, Galerias Goya
Tel: 952 609 790

La Luna
c/ Comedias, 7,
Tel. 952 602 569

Cinco anillos
c/ Mariblanca, 6
Tel: 952 221 748

c/ Sebastian Souvignon, 10
Tel: 952 179 829

Taller de Minerales
Pasaje de Marmoles, 1
Tel: 952 615 906

Vegetariano – vegetarian
ElVegetariano de Alcazabilla
Pozo del Rey (frente cine Albaniz)
Tel: 952 214 858

Plaza de la Merced, 21
Tel: 952 229 056

El Piano
c/San Juan de Letran 13
Tel: 952 217886

Centros – Centres
La Savia
c/ Ollerías 1, 1º, 951 254 966

c/ Maestro Lecuona, 9,
Tel: 952 316 325

c/ Paco Miranda, 1,
Tel: 952 264 471

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