This weekend I participated for the first time in a trip blog. A blog trip? You may be wondering what that is. I have to admit that a long time ago I simply thought it was an urban legend: it consists of inviting a series of travel bloggers to a tourist destination so that they can make it known to their readers. However, far from being a myth, it has become a reality and since the middle of last year something increasingly common has been done. In fact, only this weekend four have been celebrated.
A couple of weeks ago, I received an invitation from Daniel, from Tourism Area of the City Council of Malaga, to know the city. It was not the first time they invited me to a trip blog, but it was the first time in which the stars (that is: my personal and work agenda) lined up and allowed me to attend.
We have been a weekend, from Friday night to Sunday afternoon, enjoying a getaway to Malaga in which we have been treated almost like queens to the four bloggers we have participated: Roser de Semper Viaggiando, Susana de Direct Flight and Esther of Miss Viajes. I also had the great opportunity to meet in person Victoria from The next trip, which joined the group on Saturday morning. In addition, the fact that we were only 4 or 5 I think it was a success on the part of the organization, because we were given almost personalized attention and created a perfect harmony between all.
We had a very tight program, but, even so, we took advantage of the couple of hours they gave us free to meet in person some Malaga bloggers whom I have known for a long time: Fran de Myguiadeviajes, José Carlos DS and Carmen de The next stop . I have to admit that I did not have very good references of the city and that I was very pleasantly surprised. It was a great weekend that I will talk about next.
Malaga, May 6, 2011.
In the cafeteria of the spooky terminal two Roser was waiting for me, blogger with whom I was going to share the flight to Malaga. For both it was our first trip blog and we both really wanted to see how it was going to develop. Roser is responsible for Semper Viaggiando and is an expert in the SEO world, so the flight passed me super fast while riddling her with questions.
We arrived at the Malaga airport, which was much larger than we expected, which is not surprising, because it is the fourth with more passenger traffic in Spain. At the exit, Daniel and Enrique del cartel were waiting for us Tourism Area of the City Council of Malaga, and they were quite surprised when they saw Roser leave with the camera in his hand to film the reception.
We got into a city hall van and went to the hotel. Along the way, they explained to us where we were going and gave us some information about the city. Malaga has more than half a million inhabitants and, despite being on the so-called Costa del Sol, the city does not stand out, nor does it want to, for its beach tourism, but rather for the cultural tourism. In fact, the city council is doing a good job in tourism promotion and has created several alternative routes to the beach, such as the gastronomic route, the romantic, the cultural route and even enhances language tourism as another offer.
Shortly after we arrived at our hotel, the Tryp Alameda, a four-star hotel next to the Larios shopping center, and there they let us accommodate us while they were going to look for Susana by direct flight to the train station. Each one had her single room, but Roser accompanied me to gossip and, incidentally, shoot a video of how I discovered the room and awkwardly opened the gift that awaited us in it. I want to see the video and, above all, the fake shots.