Sunday, April 23

Adios Fuengirola, Hasta Luego en Septiembre

Then it is time to say goodbye to Fuengirola for this winter / spring and return to the coming spring in Norway.

During the last days we had to return to places visited earlier, but that fill us with so many memories that they deserve another place in this blogpost.

First the walkpath along the Coast of Mijas (Mijas Costa). About 5 km going all the way to Marbella (Elviria). There is only one challenge. The unfinished wooden path of ab. one km where toy have to walk in sand or the trafic road. In the background of the picture you can see the tower of Calahonda where this sandy challenge occur.

In La Cala de Mijas there are several good restaurants and this spring we discovered a new one (expensive?) called Olivia´s La Cala where the sea view is great.

Another place can be found higher up where Mijas Pueblo  (a beautiful white village) gives an astonishing view of the long coastal line and even Gibraltar and Africa in the background. Many nice viewpoints up there where even the Norwegian Prime Minister sent a message to the Norwegian peolple during this year Easter.

The Easter Parades in Spain are something you have to experience, at least once. We have seen many both in Malaga City and in Fuengirola, but this fleet carried by young school children in Fuengirola on Easter Tuesday was new to us.

On Good Friday the Spanish people eat fish, and so did we on the Easter Thursday for testing La Farola´s Cod Pisto (Ratatouille). Great. It is only served on these days so we were lucky having dinner there that day too.

When Easter arrives, many of our friends leave Fuengirola. Here are our appartment neighbours Lillian and Knut ready to travell back to their cabin at Trysil together with our nice hotel restaurant weiters Javier and Antonio.

We also have to say goodbye to the hotel cat Amina. She has been our friend for many years and likes to stay in our patio during daytime.

An afternoon Cava at Gali Gali is also included in the procedures before leaving, and I hope you all can imagin the warm climate and relaxed attitude after eight weeks at Costa del Sol.

The sun is setting during our walk back to Myramar; our second home. It is over for this time but get ready for blogposts from Spain in the autumn when we see the Pyrenees from the oposite airplane direction in September.

Sunday, April 9

Photos from last week activities

Once again we went off to Malaga City for some other experiences than we can get here in Fuengirola.

This time we moved behind the Plaza del Toros and discovered the beautiful area and beaches east of La Malagueta; La Caleta, with the spectecular villas up on the hillside. We also took some photos of the beaches.

First the photographer herself

and then the image result from her iPhone. You can see the port and the lighthouse far away.

We also discovered the alternative to our present hotel; Myramar Fuengirola, when we found Gran Hotel Miramar Malaga. A 5 Stars De Lux establishment with room prices up to 450 Euro pr night. Fantastic.

The building
was the masterpiece of the architect Fernando Guerrero Strachan and it was inaugurated after five years of construction in 1926 by King Alfonso XIII under the name “Hotel Príncipe de Asturias”.
Its facilities were used as a field hospital during the Spanish Civil War to tend to the injured.
At the end of the Spanish Civil War, the palace reopened its doors and regained some of its old functions under the name “Hotel Miramar” until 1967, which is when it closed its doors. 
The building was Malaga’s Palace of Justice until 2007, completely transforming its activity and spaces to adapt to its new role.
10 years later the building once more opened its doors for hotel guests, so you are free to experience the luxury as seen HERE

Between the old city and Plaza del Toros Malaga city has developed a great garden "Paseo Parque and Paseo Espana" between heavy trafic in both directions.

Exotic plants and trees, quiet places with running water and golden fishes swimming in pools.

A short way to Centro Pompidou Malaga

Well, every blogpost has an end. This time I add on with a photo of the delishious fish dish served by La Farola,

a personal image of the blogger NOT following the football match between Real and Atletico (result 1 - 1) but enjoying one of the Saturday tapas when touring Los Boliches.

Monday, April 3

Sunglases and heavenly stripes

Presenting photos of my wife is perhaps a boaring experience for you to look at.
However it is a standard procedure to document where we are at some certain time.
Therefore you once more (if interested) have to see some of the images taken so far at Costa del Sol spring 2017
NB! All images are with the most in color for sunglases this year - Blue -.
At Chiringito Gali Gali 26th of February
In Malaga City 1st of March.
In Sierra Nevada on the 6th of March

In Frigliana on 7th of March

In Puerto Banus on 9th of March
At restaurante La Farola on 25th of March
At Taperia La Cepa on 2nd of April
But at last for the fun of it, and for thouse of you more interested in other things, an image of the afternoon sky on March 30th. Airplanes coming to and returning from the cities in western Marocco.

Saturday, March 25

Walking around

Walking around gives many nice experiences.
When walking on the red carpet in Malaga last Wednesday we suddenly met friends and colleagues from my time in DNV. Einar Venold and his wife Ingrid, Torger Baardseth (taking photo) and his wife Anne-Sofie. It was a cold and windy morning,
but at Plaza Merced the sun gave us a good shelter and some clothing could be removed.

The Easter (Semana Santa) is soon coming up and the decorations and candies are to be seen all over Malaga.

Walking around sometimes also bring us to Torremolinos where we after a quick coffee outside the train station, start on the long way home along the coast and beaches.
Here is an image of the lovely beach Carihuela towards Torremolinos and with Malaga city in the background.
The mirror in my glass of beer is an art itself and I do not dream of not having the Cerveza Grande at the restaurant La Fragata on one of our pit stops.

After walking about 8 km we used the bus between Benalmadena and Fuengirola.
In Carvajal another new experience could be noted when we had lunch at restaurant Los Marinos Paco. It can bsolutely be recommended.
Then it was only to start walking once more for the last 7 km back home to our hotel. Passing the Pesetas sculpture in Los Boliches is on the route, and we came healtht home after 21609 steps during this Friday.

Saturday, March 18

Another weekend with tours and food

Life in Fuengirola is as usual filled with moving around and eating good food.
A leg of lamb at La Farola is always a favorite. Ask for Salsa seperado, verdura sin ajo and baked potatoes with manteqilla normale. La Farola always returns with the best dish you can imagine.

The weekdays have also been full of heavy weather. Not too much rain but very windy and with large waves from Africas coat once again

However, a visit to Marbella and our friends Brit and Audun Bell is a requirement during our stay here at Costa del Sol. They have been here for many years and we have met at least one of them since 2010.

This week we met them at the restaurant Capoccino ain Marbella nd as you can see we all are in great shape. Audun has postponed his death by 26,5 years due to organ transplantation and I am 19 years in the same route. Our wives Brit and Tullen are mostly responsible to this long living history.

One of the most visited places, by tourists, in Marbella is the Plaza Najanjas or Orange Square.

Since our last visit they have rebuilt the square and moved all the restaurants around the plaza. The beauty of the plaza floor is then more visable, but we have heard that the people living around are not so happy. Their problem.

At the end of our fourth week in Andalucia this spring I present our Saturday dinner at La Farola (once again). The National dish Paella. You have to be two persons to enjoy this dish, but my sister wanted to join me so I am very pleased. (tullen has shelfish allergy, so that is the challenge).

Go to La Farola a day before and ask for this great experience.

Monday, March 13

Sunday stroll along Mijas Costa

The beaches along Mijas Costa are well worth a visit. Not mostly for sun-bathing but mainly for the beautiful path the municipality has built along the coast.
From the Marbella boarder and Sitio de Calahonda to La Cala de Mijas there is about 5 to 6 km of this wooden path. We walked this way yesterday in a warm and lovely afternoon.
At the starting point and the beach restaurant La Luna you can see all the way to Cabopino in Elviria / Marbella. If you like to walk on sand you may well take the tour southwest and we know there are many good restaurants in Cabopino.
Turning north-east there is only about one and a half km to a recommended restaurant called La Capricho. We had lunch with my sister and her friend Nina there. On the way we passed one of gen Franco´s estates. Closed and dilapidated.
 From La Capricho there is no wooden path and you either have to go up to the main road or walk in sand. Yesterday the sea level was so hight that the main road had to be used by us. We then went down to the beach again close to Calahonda Watch-Tower as seen on the photo, and continoued along the sea to restaurant La Lucera Paradice. Very difficult for me.
 From here and to La Cala de Mijas the path is great, and there are several possibilities for pit stops
In the horizon to the east you can see the great lighthouse El Faro and behind it Fuengirola .

Friday, March 10

Malaga, Sierra Nevada, Granada, Frigliana, Rincon de la Victoria and Puerto Banus

Living in Andalucia does not mean that we are bound to the hotel and sunbeds all days. For us  travelling around is also an important part of our Spanish Life.
Since last blogpost we have moved around to different places and here I present some of them.
 First we went to Malaga and made our usual strolling around to our favorite Tapas Bars.  This is from Plaza de la Merced where you can find Pablo Picasso´s childhood home.
At the bottom of the main shopping street: Calle Marques de Larios we can sit down for a refreshment before starting on the way back to the train bringing us back to Fuengirola (55 minutes)

Before our next tour we can join some of our friends during the Happy Hours talks at the hotel Myramar.
 This afternoon we had a drink together with Britt and Evert from Stockholm and Lillian and Knut from Lørenskog
Then it is time for planning the birthday event for Tullen. She has some radical ideas of what to write on her "Bucket  List", and this year she wanted to ski in the Sierra Nevada. Off we go.
By car from Fuengirola it is a 2h 15 min travel (196 km) on good roads all the way tot he snow in the mountain and the resort: Pradollano
 At the top of the first Gondola (altitude 2701) you may take other chairlifts higher up (top alt 3300)
 Turning your eyes downhill you see Pradollano (alt  2102) with many hotels and very nice service personnel if you want to rent ski equipment.
A full day skipass for plus-seniors,  costs only 5 Euro

This time of the year the heat (+ 12 C in Pradollano and + 2 C at the top, the snow was not the best but good enough to tick off one of the events in the bucket list. Tullen was very satisfied with her skiing on her birthday this year although she had dressed for more cold weather in the mountain.

From Pradollano to Granada city it takes about half an hour but be aware that travelling in the city may be difficult even with a GPS.
 We have been in Granada and Alhambra earlier so this time we only looked up to Alhambra  Palace from one of the city squares.

Visiting restaurants and other locations in Granada give you an impressive view of the traditions in this area. This image is from Puerta del Carmen where we had lunch

The second image is from the brasserie Pinot Noir where a night cup could be taken in the bar before returning to the hotel after a late Spanish dinner.
On the way back to Fuengirola on the fantastic new motorway you have enough time to visit some of the nice towns or villages along the road. Here you see Salobreña where we now have tried twice to find a parkingplace. Hopefully we will succeed the third time in the future.

The second break on the journey was the village Frigliana
 You have a great view out to the Mediterranean at the platau above the cheep parking garage.
From a restaurant you can see up the hill where many visitors use their feet to climb up to the top
Well down to the sea level and the beautiful quiet beach, we stopped for lunch at Rincon de la Victoria
(the municipality with the highest well being of the province according to the Synthetic Indicator of Economic Welfare developed by Andalusian Analysts.)

It would be easy to jump into our next tour, birthday lunch with my sister Gerd at Puerto Banus, but first we had to join the annual Long-Stayers-Lunchon at Myramar where the management gives free lunch for about 60 people staying more than 28 nights at the hotel.
We were up to 147 nights in 2016 (21 weeks)

Daniel, Tullen and Don Carlos have to be photographed as long as we came too late to the group photo this year.

Then it is time to present our yesterday visit to Banus with the beautiful morning sun, some Yachts in Puerto Banus and Gibraltar and Ceuta at the African continent in the horizon.

Welcome back for more reports from the Spring / Summer at Costa del Sol within some days