In the centre of a roundabout near the Tourist Information Centre on Bajondillo Beach is this sculpture, a reproduction in three dimensions of Picasso’s painting Two Dancing Ladies. We stopped to admire and photograph it on our first morning in the town, and only later did we start to realise that it appears to be the custom here to make all the roundabouts decorative with sculptures, interesting planting or similar. En route to Mijas on the Sunday we saw one with standing stones, another with a beautiful copper dome in its centre, some planted with palm trees, one with a Japanese style garden, another with a modern steel sculpture and several more. All were nicely done and very well-maintained, and they added a lot to the interest of our journey through the outlying “suburbs” of the town.
LOVELY WHITE VILLAGE OF MIJAS
Hans and I have been to Mijas four times, and probably the next time we go to Spain we will go to Mijas again. That's how much we like it there. Though it's a lot more touristy now, we both enjoy roaming the little narrow streets and taking in the beautiful white houses. They also now have Flamenco Shows on Wednesday afternoon starting at 12:30 p.m. Hans and I have taken the local bus there. It's about an hour and a half ride from Torremolinos as Mijas is just a short distance from the coast. The bus takes you up a long winding and narrow road. Sometimes the driver had to make complete U-turns. I don't know how he does it.
Mijas has a lot to offer. Check in at the Tourist Information Center when you first arrive, so that you don't miss anything. Some of the highlights of Mijas are the following:
El Compas View Point
Shrine of the Virgin of the Rock
Plaza de Toros
Iglesia de Immaculate Conception
Mijas Burro Taxi
Contemporary Spanish cuisine!
Someone (can't remember who) had spotted this place, which was near to the Bajondilla Apartments, and thought it might be a good place for us all to eat.
Well it was a Great choice!- I wasn't expecting the contemporary setting from the outside.
The menu had a choice of Fish, Meat and Pasta dishes.
I opted for the Sea Bass with prawn rice and baby eel for 19 Euros. When this arrived, it took me a few minutes to find the Baby eel - I was expecting a small grey tube, but then realised that the spaghetti like pieces were the baby eel!
I washed this down with a large draught beer- Friday being 'Beer Research Day'!
Friendly Staff, a pleasant comfortable restaurant.
Smoking allowed in the covered area outside the restaurant building - a comfortable seating area - probably semi-legal!!
More photos of VTers enjoying this evening can be seen on my Torremolinos Travelogue - for 28-01-2011
Paseo Maritimo to Plaza San Miguel
Leaving the Paseo Maritimo behind, we set off to find Calle San Miguel-The main shopping street/thoroughfare of Torremolinos. We weren't intending shopping- instead we were looking for a couple of tea rooms on this street.
We hadn't quite got our bearings, thinking we were further along the promenade than we were, and were expecting to head straight up to Parque de la Bateria, instead we missed it by a few blocks. There were some pleasant buildings on our route, some with tile work, typical of the Moorish Andalucian style (pic 3), and attractive tiled paving. There was quite a nice sleepy atmosphere.
It wasn't long though before we came across some pubs with Union Jack signs , followed by an old poster for a New Years Eve Party - ( Free Entrance, Cava and snacks, Live Singing with a Singing Santa AND Elvis impersonator!), A shop called "Push and Go" with the slogan Holiday Hires-Simply the best!!!! (it hired wheel chairs/ mobility scooters)! a board advertising 'The only legal Tattoo Sudio/ Museum/ Body Piercing, and one pointing to Hotel El Pozo " As seen on East Enders" Torrie was getting slightly surreal!
Dropping down from Calle Casablanca, we came across the entrance/Exit of the Camina de la Playa - The steps that link the Beach (Bajondillo) with the old town.
For those with mobility/breathing problems, this route might be too difficult- though apparently, there are plenty of places to stop for a rest/enjoy the view.
The Urbanos L2 bus shuttles between Playamar and Torremolinos bus station (Calle Hoyo )
From this gateway, it was only a few steps to Plaza San Miguel, and Calle San Miguel
Back to Paseo Martimo
Leaving Calle Carmen, we arrived back to the promenade at Paseo Maritimo de la Carlihuela and the beach of Playa De La Carihuela. It wasn't long before we came across this statue of a naked man standing astride a boat and holding something aloft, which might be a ships sail - tho I'm not sure if this was what it was
It was quite a powerful piece of sculpture