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The foodie traveller in … Málaga’s new gastro market

The gateway to the Costa del Sol has added to its charms as a destination in its own right with the opening of a gourmet food market

The much talked-about makeover of Málaga as a destination in its own right isn’t limited to its newly opened art galleries. The ambitions of the city that has long served as the gateway to the Costa del Sol have taken a gastronomic turn, with a developing food scene. The latest addition is a gourmet food market in the style of Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel and Barcelona’s emblematic Boqueria.

The Mercado Merced is in the heart of Málaga, a few steps from the birthplace of the city’s most famous son – Pablo Picasso. After six months of renovations, the new market was unveiled last month with 22 stalls, showcasing both stalwarts and newcomers to Spanish cuisine – a mix of innovators and traditional producers.

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Northern lights holiday guide

Tour operators are thinking up new ways to marvel at the aurora borealis. We pick their best trips and activities – plus some surprising places to stay

Iceland offers some of the most wallet-friendly options for northern lights trips (apart from less-reliable Scotland). Short breaks to Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, can be good value. Thomson has a new three-night trip, with a northern lights tour and a Golden Circle excursion taking in some of the island’s most spectacular sights, from geysers to waterfalls, for the bargain price of £374pp B&B, including flights, departing 28 February. Because the lights are brightest in the remotest corners of the most expensive countries in Europe, aurora spotting rarely comes so cheap.

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