TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER
Torremolinos now boasts a new TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER. It is much bigger than the little kiosk that was there two years ago. The young lady was helpful when I asked about flea markets in the area and she gave me a list of all markets being held in the Costa del Sol. There were many brochures and leaflets showing what to do and see in the area. Also on hand were the different little newspapers put out for free. There's usually a couple of English ones like the "Sur" and Spanish ones.
Located right on the Playamar beach side on Paseo Maritimo and Avda del Lido.
OJEN --- TYPICAL WHITE VILLAGE
Monday, March 19, 2001
Another cute little town in the mountains is OJEN a romantic place that is almost untouched by tourism. As you come up the road to the village, there is an amazing view of the white buildings that comprise Ojen. It is also a typical laid-back Spanish mountain town with friendly locals that greet you and wave hello.
Ojen is located north of Marbella.
65 kilometres from Malaga.
For sublime tapas!
Natalie had inquired at Reception, for a typical Spanish place to eat, where the locals went -we were recommended Matahambre, for its speciality tapas, though we were told that this would be more expensive than usual.
Well, it was a great place, with a lovely atmosphere, and the food was 'to die for'
Gilly and I committed a faux pas asking for Sangria, apparently this was a No-No, but we were offered an alternative bottled version- we decided that today would be Beer Research day instead, so draught beer (large) was a good substitute!
Now, decisions decisions-what to choose from the extensive menu- everything looked so enticing!
I finally decided to try two of the skewer dishes-chicken in sweet peanut sauce-, I also had the option of hot peanut sauce, and scuttles in squid sauce, which I'd guessed (and hoped) were cuttle fish in a black squid ink sauce-which it was.
While we waited for our dishes, we had time to munch on the very garlicy olives-Wow! such flavour!
When our food arrived, it was devoured to the sounds of Mmmmmm!, and 'you've got to try this'!
So, plenty of different flavours to try!I really enjoyed my choices.
Vermouth from the barrel was another treat-Cheers to Natalie for letting me sample hers!
Well the collective bill for all of our drinks and food (for the 7 of us) came to 82.40. (I think this was the Final bill!)
I'm afraid that there was some discrepancy, and the bill was altered 3 times, but quite good natured!
A lovely place, good ambiance, friendly staff. Mainly locals eating here.We were pleased to have Natalie translating for us, and the staff appreciated her linguistic skills.
Wooden floors, tables and chairs, outside terrace with patio heaters. Black and White framed photos of old movie stars/icons etc.
Check out the toilets for the tiles etc (pic 5)
I should imagine this gets packed at weekends and in the summer.
I can't find a web page for this place, which I'm surprised if they don't have one. I've found quite a few reviews - If anyone finds it please let me know!
I've put the price range as Not Applicable, because it's difficult with us all choosing individual tapas dishes to fit into a price range. I have the receipt, and will print individual prices soon...(though they are itemised in Spanish)
Torremolinos has superb choices of beaches and blessed with the widest and one of the longest stretches of beach area on the Med, with a grey beige sand and qbout nine and a half kilometers in length. The main ones are the busy Bajondillo and Carihuela beaches especially during peak season.
Torremolinos beaches has good disabled access, ample choice of sunbed and parasol hire, pedal boat hire, volleyball, loads of free parking along the promenade, and showers and kids play areas. Bajondillo has a lifeguard service, volleyball net, pedal boat, parking, kids area and is popular for fishing, diving, surfing and sailing.
Los Alamos towards Malaga, near our accomodation, has disabled access, sunbed/parasol hire, and kids area and Montemar as well.
Most of the more popular beaches offers sun beds and umbrellas for hire. Early morning they are taken out and laid out in nice neat rows from one end of the stretch of the beach to the others. At night they are all folded up and stacked away for the next day