As La Colina is just a few stops by train from Malaga Centro station I decided to go into town for the day. My plan was to find somewhere interesting to visit, have a nice lunch before taking a leisurely stroll around and then coming back to La Colina for dinner.
Before I left England, I had put together a list of places that I thought would be interesting to visit whilst in Spain and one of those places was a little place called the Crystal & Glass Museum.
With the train station viewable from my apartment window and only 5 minutes walk away, I put 1.80 euros in the ticket machine and hopped on the train for the 7 stops to Malaga Centro.
Coming out of the station I saw some interesting street art on this building. Malaga certainly has a taste for the unusual.
It took me just over 10 minutes to walk to the museum and I paid the very reasonable 6 euros entry fee.
Although I wouldn’t call it a museum in the conventional sense like the nearby Museo Picasso or Carmen Thyssen, nonetheless the quality of its curated content is remarkable.
Located in a carefully and lovingly restored 18th-century house at Plazuela Santísimo Cristo de la Sangre, 2, 29012, the Crystal and Glass museum includes a private collection of many glass exhibits along with pictures, furniture and other decorative pieces that belonged to previous generations of the family of the owners of the museum.
I arrived just in time to tag onto another tour in front of me that was being shown round by a very captivating guide who had a wonderful way of recounting the history of many of the objects that were on display.
Apparently, our guide was a former doctor from St Thomas hospital in London who retired to Spain and now provides tours at the museum. A Funny fact that I found out during the tour was that he worked there at the same time as my mum in the 60s.
I would highly recommend a visit to the Crystal and Glass museum as I found it fascinating hearing about the history of many of the pieces on display.
If you are in town and plan on visiting, then I would make a note of a few tips.
Stay with your guide at all times and don’t sit on the furniture or touch the display pieces.
Don’t bring food or drink in or smoke on the premises.
Taking photos is allowed but don’t use a flash.
After leaving I took a short stroll through the back alleys to Tormes restaurant just across from the Museo Picasso at Calle San Agustin 13, 29015 Malaga and enjoyed a delicious lunch of Paella and a beer while listening to a busker playing with a flamenco singer.
Walking back to Malaga Centro on a full stomach, it felt like a day well spent.