Get a taxi to the door (you’re in a pedestrian zone) and make yourself at home in this first floor, open-plan apartment. Walk everywhere: just behind the building is the 18th century cathedral with fine examples of ornate stonework, carved statues and lovely gardens. Carry on from here to trendy Soho where the bohemian crowd gather; browse artisan shops and stop for a glass of sweet wine.
Rustle up easy meals in the kitchen, there are plenty of covered markets to buy fresh fish and seafood. The Mercado de la Merced, just off the Plaza Merced (a five-minute walk), is popular. It also has a large outdoor market once a month. Beaches are an easy walk; La Caleta and La Malagueta get busy though.
It’s unadvisable to go to bed early anywhere in Spain but particularly in the middle of town – the eating tapas and the socialising go on till very late, so the best thing to do is join in. You’ll feel very Spanish.