Harry H.United States
Michael is an ideal guide in that he is a native of England but has lived in Malaga for 30 years, so he speaks perfect English and also is very knowledgeable about Malaga and Spain. (We have had some TBL guides who rate themselves as fluent in English, but clearly are not fluent or even advanced.) It was a very enjoyable 3 1/2 hours walking through central Malaga and going to 3 tapas bars and chatting with Michael.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Harry, Thank you for taking the time to write a review - it was lovely to meet you both a couple of days ago and to share the city that I have had the privilege of calling my home for the last 30 years. I am indeed fortunate to speak English, French and Spanish fluently, along with rather bad German!! Enjoy the rest of your stay in Malaga and have a wonderful cruise to Greece. I hope to see you back in the city one day soon. Kind regards, Michael
Kathleen MezzanoUnited States
We had a wonderful day with Michael. He showed us wonderful old taverns and we so enjoyed the food and wine! He is such a friendly man with a lot of information about Malaga! I will definitely be telling people about ToursByLocals and especially Michael. Thank you for a wonderful day - one we will never forget!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking the time to review my Oldest Taverns and Tapas Tour Kathleen. I am delighted that it was "unforgettable"! It was a pleasure meeting you all and I trust the rest of the cruise went well. I hope I have the pleasure of seeing you again soon in my beautiful city and thank you in advance for recommending ToursByLocals and myself! "Abrazos" (hugs) to all of you. Michael
Patricia BartaUnited States
This was one of the best tours I have ever taken. Michael was beyond accommodating. We strolled the markets then the foodie came out! He introduced us to foods and places we would never have experienced! It was so much fun. He truly knows his stuff. Dont miss out just book! You will not be sorry. We left feeling as if we had dined with a friend. Cannot say enough amazing things about this gentlemen.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patricia, Thank you so much for the generous feedback on my tour - it was a pleasure to meet you and to spend a few hours with you, sharing my love of my beautiful city (and all things "foodie" of course)!! Food and wines really are a passion for me and to share that with my "friends" is truly an honour. Come back soon!! "Abrazos" (hugs!) Michael
Kory SelkenUnited States
Had the pleasure of spending the day with Michael and exploring the food and drink of the city. Absolutely amazing on all counts. The food and drink were excellent and you couldn't find a nicer person to spend your day with. Five star tour and person.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking the time to post such lovely feedback Kory! It was a pleasure to meet you both and to share my insider's take on the food and wine scene in Malaga. I hope to see you back in my beautiful city one day soon. Kind regards, Michael
Martin VaughanCharlotte, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
This Gourmet Tapas tour with Michael is so much fun! The Malaga Market is one of the best ever, the tapas and wine are spectacular and Michael is the reason for the fun. He is knowledgeable and personable. We have already booked the same tour for our visit to Malaga next year. We give it a perfect score! Martin
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Martin, Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. It was a pleasure to meet you all and I look forward to a "repeat" performance when you are next in my beautiful city in April of next year. It is always lovely to see faces again and to spend more time with new found friends!! Fun it will be again!! Michael.
Matthew DegenUnited States
I was referred to Michael from a tour my parents and their close friends took recently. The personal referral was well worth it. Michael is wonderful. He was very helpful guiding us to the meetup location, once with him, it was like we had our private tour of all the best spots in downtown Malaga. He knew the best shops at the market, was quite knowledgeable about the various butchers, produce and fish providers. We stopped at three places for the tapas tour, each one better than the rest.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the lovely feedback Matthew - it was a pleasure meeting you and I am always delighted when someone who has taken a tour makes a referral. Say "hola" to your parents and friends!! I hope to see you back in my beautiful city again one day. Kind regards, Michael
Erwin W.Boca raton, FLORIDA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words and rating Erwin - I hope to see you back in Malaga one day!! Kind regards, Michael
Jenny BrownUnited States
A delicious evening! The tapas tour with Michael was a great way to start our Malaga vacation. Besides introducing us to local foods, Michael gave us tips on where to go to eat and what to see on our own. Loved that he customized the trip on the fly, after hearing what we love to eat. Definitely recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the kind words Jenny. It was a real pleasure to meet you, your husband and your children and to share my local knowledge of tapas and this beautiful city that I am so proud to call my home. I sincerely hope to see you in Malaga again. Hasta pronto!! Michael
Michael MuhlertUnited States
Michael give us the best afternoon yet of our trip to Spain. He is passionate about food and Malaga. He was a joy to spend time with and we highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias for your very kind review Michael - always a pleasure to meet another Michael!! It was wonderful to spend the afternoon with you both and to introduce you to the tapas, wine and incredible historical centre of my beautiful city!! Enjoy the rest of Spain and I hope you will return for a longer stay in Malaga one day. Kind regards, Michael
Steven WilsonUnited States
It is usually very difficult to find tours that can meet my wife's food allergies. This was a pleasant treat to find Michael and this tour. Malaga is a very pleasant city, easy to walk but I would never have found the places we went if not for Michael's knowledge.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for the kind comments. I am delighted that you enjoyed the tour and the city. I know how difficult in can be for guests who have food allergies and trying to find food of an excellent quality that "fits" in with allergies such as gluten free has taken some time to research. It is wonderful to see the tapas bars and restaurants changing their "mind set" and producing such tasty dishes that are suitable. Hopefully a few more will follow suit! Kind regards, Michael
Mark W.United States
If you can, sign up for this tour! Michael is one of those rare guides who shapes his tour as it proceeds to best fit his client's interests. Our group ranged in age from 23 to 69 and all of us were very happy with the three hours that we spent with Michael. The food and wines he chose for us were excellent. What better way to understand a place, its people and its culture than through its food and wine?
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias for taking the time to send a review. It was a pleasure to meet you and to share my insider's "take" on the food scene in Malaga - it was a fun afternoon. I hope you have tried out a few of my restaurant suggestions! Michael.
This was a good way to learn about the different food in and around Malaga. We had an enjoyable time and he adapts the tour to the specific tastes of the clients. We felt like we had a friend in Malaga that was taking us around to the best tapas spots. Highly recommend if you love food.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the kind words. It was wonderful meet you both and to share my insider's knowledge of my beautiful city - plus good wines and tapas of course!! I hope you will come back soon. Michael
Michael met us in the lobby of our hotel, and we «hit it off» right away - it was like having a friend welcoming us. He took us to the food market hall, and to the oldest bar in Malaga - wouldn't found it on our own. Then we enjoyed nice food in cousy tapas-restaurants with good red wine. Michael was friendly and open-hearted, although I can be somewhat difficult when it comes to food. Thank you, Michael - three hours flew away.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tormod, Thank you for rating the tour and the review. It was a pleasure to meet you both and to share my love of this beautiful city with you and also to try some wonderful tapas. Good for you for trying (and liking!!) some new dishes and I sincerely hope to see you back in Malaga one day in the not too far distant future. Kind regards, Michael
Edward GrahamUnited States
Was with my wife & her 85 year old mother/father. This walking tour was ABSOULTELY FANTASTIC! Malaga is a wonderful city & Michael was just a fabulous guide. He showed us many unique things and had many interesting/unusual stories to go with the walking tour of Malaga (he has lived there 29+ yrs). We HIGHLY RECOMMEND this tour for all (young/old) as Michael has a great style/way with everyone (everyone in the city seemed to know him), the city was easy to navigate, and the food/wine was divine.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the very kind words Ed!! It was a real pleasure to spend the time with you and I am thrilled that the customised tour suited your family so well. I am immensely proud to call Malaga my home and I sincerely hope that I will be able to welcome you back to this beautiful city on a return visit in the future!! Gracias!! Michael
Joan SchwartzUnited States
One of the best tours we have ever taken! Michael was a fabulous guide. From beginning to end he was perfect. The food and wine were sooooo good. Michael provided us with clear directions to the meeting point, the walking was not too much, and each stop was great. By the time Michael got us back to the shuttle for our ship we all felt we had made a new friend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joan for your very kind comments - it was a real pleasure to meet you all and I sincerely hope I have the pleasure of renewing our "friendship" if you are ever back in my beautiful city again!! I will never forget the look on your faces when you tried the chocolate (with the churros!!) and your own face when Marty tried food he would normally never try and actually admitted to really liking them! What a fun time we had!! Come back soon! Michael
John SadlerUnited States
La gira di Michael fue maravillosa.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias por el comentario tan amable! ¡Fue un placer conocerte! Come back soon!! Michael
Michael SullivanUnited States
Michael did a fantastic job. The 2 tapas places he took us to where quite different and he did a great job of selecting the food and beverage. Everyone loved the way he explained how everything went together and the background of the wine. I've been to a number of "typical tourist flamenco" shows but this one was definitely the best. It was a bit smaller but that just made it more intimate. Overall this was a great tour and if I come back to Malaga I'll use Michael again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind comments Michael. It is always a real pleasure when people come back to me for a second tour when they visit my beautiful city. It is like meeting "old friends" over a glass of wine (or three!!). The flamenco is indeed fantastic and as I explained, it comes from the "heart. Lovely to meet all your friends too and I sincerely hope to see you in Malaga again in the future. Kind regards, Michael
Tim St LouisCanada
Michael was a real treat. His tour was lovely. We had great food and learned so much about the local culture. Everything we ate was excellent. Michael is a very interesting man and a truly enjoyable afternoon companion. We would highly recommend him to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tim, Many thanks for the lovely feedback and for recommending my tours. It was a pleasure to meet you all and to share my insider's knowledge on the wonderful food scene in Malaga. I hope to see you again in the city one day. Kind regards, Michael (Mr. Malaga!)
Marjorie StanfordUnited States
Michael was so enthusiastic about his adopted city and country, that we are ready to start looking for real estate! The food and wine was excellent, and as we walked from place to place Michael described some of the wonderful sights in Malaga.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your very kind words! Delighted that you have fallen in love with Malaga and who knows - we might be neighbours one day!! Come back soon, Michael
A lovel tour at a leisurely pace, entirely tailored to my requirements. Some wonderful food and a bit of culture and history as a bonus. It showed Malaga in a new, friendlier light. Very enjoyable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words Brigitta. It was wonderful to spend the afternoon with you and your gorgeous special assistance dog, Millie. Hope to see you back in the city soon. Michael
Wayne BernauerUnited States
Michael is all that's advertised; knowledgeable, professional, interesting, and committed to his region and properly called Mr. Malaga. You can find cheaper "foodie tours" that are less personal and have folks doing the tours "on the side." You get what you pay for... and for a food rich environment like Malaga, pick Michael.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias for the very kind words Wayne. It was a pleasure to meet you and to share some wonderful tapas. I sincerely hope that you enjoyed the rest of your days in the city and that the restaurant and tapas recommendations proved of use over the next couple of days after our tour together. Please spread the word about this wonderful city of Malaga that I am immensely proud to call my home. Kind regards, Michael - aka Mister Malaga ;-)
Penny BishelUnited States
My husband and I toured with Michael in Malaga in October 2015. We could not fit the regularly scheduled tour into the time allotted, so Michael designed a walking tapas tour just for us that fit our time frame. We left with a real feel for the city and a real good feeling in our tummies. Yummy and so professional, yet so personal. Go with Michael.. you will enjoy yourselves.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words Penny and Arnie. It was wonderful to meet you both and to share a little part of Malaga with you both. I will never forget the contented look on Penny's face as she tucked in to her first ever Churros and Chocolate! I hope to see you back in the city one day. Kind regards, Michael - aka Mr.Malaga!
Pamela R.East Greenwich, RI, United States
If I could give this tour more stars and the guide more stars i would. Michael was the best guide we have ever had and this tour was the most wonderful tour we went on! We loved Michael and Malage so much we would love to live there! The food we ate, the history we learned was fabulous! Wish we had more time to see and eat more! We loved the area and everything about it! I would recommend Michael!! EXCELLENT!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gregg, Thank you for your very kind comments. It was a pleasure to meet you and to share my insider's take on Malaga along with some wonderful tapas and wines. I sincerely hope to see you back in my beautiful city in the future. Kind regards, Michael
If you are going to take a tour of Malaga why not take it with Mister Malaga himself! Micheal is not only warm and friendly he is a well-spring of knowledge of the city the food the wines and the people! This was well worth the time and money. If we are ever back in Malaga we would book with Micheal! Not only did we enjoy the city we made a friend! Thank you Mister Malaga!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tori for your very kind words! It was a pleasure to meet you both and to share my insiders view of Malaga and some wonderful tapas and wines. I sincerely hope to see you back in our beautiful city again in the future. Michael - aka Mr.Málaga ;-)
Kathy BibleUnited States
Wonderful tour. Great food and great company. An insider's view of a beautiful city. Recommend to all, especially foodies.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias for your lovely feedback Kathy. It was a pleasure to meet you both and share some wonderful tapas with you whilst discovering the beautiful, historical centre of Malaga. Come back soon! Michael
Vince HovanecUnited States
One of the best, if not THE best, tours we have ever taken. Michael was an excellent host and a guide to gourmet tapas and wine bars in Malaga. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, the tapas, the wines and Michael's company.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Vince for your very kind words! It was a pleasure to meet you both and I hope to see you in our beautiful city again one day. Michael
Raymond RamseyUnited States
Michael was an excellent guide of Malaga and his passion for the city really showed it. We Tapas'ed our way thru Malaga in the afternoon and it was excellent. If anyone is thinking of seeing Malaga and Michael is available, don't pass up the opportunity. Michael, the Foie Gras yogurt was to die for.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ray, Many thanks for your kind comments - it was a great pleasure to introduce you and Carol to Malaga and I sincerely hope that I have the pleasure of meeting you in my lovely city again - I am delighted that you enjoyed your tour, the city and above all, the wonderful food! Hasta la proxima (until next time!) Michael