Malaga – in the footsteps of Jane Bowles

3 days
goat guide

DATES Thu 21st March 2024
- Sun 24th March 2024

3 nights

We were asked about winter warm holidays so we bring you the wonderful city of Malaga in March. This weekend to continue our literary walks and offer you the chance to walk with the lovely Encarna who will guide you through Jane Bowles’ Malaga. Jane, a lesbian writer, and author of ‘Two Serious Ladies’ She lived some years in Malaga and died in the city - join us to learn more of her eclectic life here. All in blue skies and winter sun!


WalkingWomen Literary Walks in Southern Spain 

Dates: Thursday 21st March to Sunday 24th March 2024   – 3 nights

Guide: Encarna Castillo, local guide

Walking Grade: Goat 1

Base: The Mariposa Hotel, C/Casas de Campos, 17 Malaga 29001

The Mariposa is on a pedestrian street in central Malaga. A short walk to the sea and the promenade where there are many seaside cafes and bars. The Mariposa is a partner hotel of WalkingWomen and run by two sisters.

Arrival: for 15.00 check in , settle in and meet at the Mariposa for a 17.00 briefing with your guide in the rooftop bar. A taxi costs approx 20 euros to the Mariposa hotel or there is a train into the city centre where its a 20 minute walk to the hotel or a 5 min taxi ride.

There are many flights or trains to Malaga so travel to suit you. We can organise additional nights at the hotel if you would like to stay longer in Malaga or we can help with planning a longer stay in Spain to soak up the winter warmth.

Departure: Sunday is the day when museums and galleries are free. Plan to travel home late afternoon or evening.

Price: £860 per person solo occupancy with all meals included:

  • B and B ensuite hotel accommodation in a 4 star boutique hotel with spacious rooms, a buffet breakfast loved by previous guests. This accommodation was given 5 stars by our WW guests.
  • Lunches Friday and Saturday
  • Thursday and Friday  evening meals
  • A Flamenco Show and tapas evening
  • Guided walks – english speaking local spanish women guide specialising in literary walks
  • Local experiences in restaurants and bars run by women

Not included:

  • Travel to the Mariposa Hotel , Malaga
  • Drinks
  • Travel Insurance – essential to have.

If you share a room the price is £710 per person 

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Jane Bowles married Paul Bowles in 1938 and they were known as the oddest couple! Their way of life was seen as unusual  – living together as openly homosexual with both having a range of different lovers. Jane spending most of her time with her lesbian friends and Paul with his gay friends.

They lived, loved and supported each other in their work as writers. They had a life of travel, lots of friends and quite a wild time of parties and entertaining. Some similarities to the Bloomsbury group and they also had many writer friends. They remained together until Jane’s death and accepted each other for who they were. It wasn’t without challenges and they lived full dramatic lives!

Jane was a friend of Truman Capote,Patricia Highsmith and Tennessee Williams and writing was a very important part of hers and Pauls life.

Born in New York Jane suffered the loss of her father in her early years. She also contracted tuberculosis and was sent to be treated in a sanatorium in Switzerland. She spent time in Tangier and loved Morocco. During her time here she spiralled into depression and ended up going to Malaga where she eventually died.

If you are interested in the lives of lesser known literary women,at the same time as discovering a wonderful southern Spanish City, then this is for you.


Itinerary – may change depending on weather and the discretion of our local guide.

Thursday March 21st
Arrival with check in at the hotel around 15.00
Briefing with your guide on the rooftop from 17.00 to 18.00
Short orientation walk in the neighbourhood followed by a Welcome dinner together.

Friday 22nd
Morning: 10am Meet after breakfast and walk 30 minutes to the Miramar Hotel Jane Bowles stayed there with Paul Bowles and Tennesse Williams and his lover, Frank Merlo, in 1949
Visit the English cemetery infront of the hotel and hear about the many literary characters that were buried here. There are ancient tombs and many stories to be heard.

Lunch at Balneario Los Baños del Carmen a 30 minute walk from the cemetery.
For those interested there is an opportunity to swim in the afternoon close to the restaurant.

Evening: option to walk along the coast to El Paolo -a small fishing village a couple of hours along the sea front. There is a bus back or an option to take a taxi.

Saturday 23rd:
Morning: 10am after breakfast. Walk through the Malaga of Jane Bowles via the Market area and the historic centre of the city.
Afternoon: Walk to San Miguel Cemetery, to see the tomb of Jane Bowles.
Evening – local restaurant and flamenco

Sunday 24th:
Morning: walk to the Parador de Gibralfaro from the hotel. Jane Bowles liked to have lunch at the Parador in the 70’s and we will visit .

Visit to Gibralfaro Castle and Pompidou Museum if people have time pre departure


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