Parks and Gardens, Marbella
I've been in Figueres, visiting Dali's museum, with some frustration, because I expected more. In Marbella I saw a group of statues, bigger than in the museum, lined in a pedestrian avenue called Avenida del Mar, in the centre of the touristy area of the city.
They must be reproductions, for sure (they are not big enough to stop criminal temptations, and don't seem so carefully guarded as the originals would justify), but they show all the creativity of the crazy master, being possible to watch the whole as an artistic composition, or each statue individually as a single work.
Parque de la Alameda is s subtropical park in Marbella. There is something so special about these subtropical park (I love the one in Malaga as well), when it is very hot outside the temperatures at these parks is always cool and comfortable, so they are a kind of havens in these cities. There is a beautiful fountain in the park, Fuente Virgen del Rocio, and benches made out of lovely, colourful tiles.
Below the park lies Avenida del Mar leading to the beach.
We took a walk in the rain into La Alameda Park on our way to the beach and you could just imagine its shade on a hot summer day being the perfect place to enjoy a break. You can also see that on this rainy day the cold tiled bench did NOT look inviting, although very decorative. From Alameda we passed onto Avenue del Mar where we found a series of statues that looked like the wind, rain and waves had distorted them beoyond recognition, then we read the plaques and found out they were Salvador Dali and that explained everything.....
Parque de la Alameda leads fown in one direction to the promenade and beach whereas the other end leads to another large square with a large fountain - a good meeting place before dinner and surrounded by pretty tiled benches. The fountain is decorated with scenes of the pilgrimage to the small hamlet of El Rocio in the marshlands of the Guadalquivir River delta (south of Almonte), where the statue of the "Madonna of the Dew" has been worshipped since 1280. The pilgrims come on horseback and in gaily decorated covered wagons from all over the region, transforming the area into a colourful and noisy party.
Parque de la Alameda a good meeting place just off the promenade. The area is dedicated to the artist Salvador Dali, there are copies of his sculptures along it's length and leading down to the promenade. (note first and last sculptures are NOT Dali ones though.
Just besides to parque de la alameda you will find this beautiful aveniue decorated with sculptures made by Salvador Dali. Is a good option to go walking to the sea promenade.
Justo al lado del parque de la alameda esta la avenida del mar que esta decorada con varias esculturas de Salvador Dali. Es un una buena opcion para dar un paseo hasta el paseo maritimo.
Saturday 6th of may at 10.30 am, here was the meeting point for vt to start our day on Marbella. The gardens are full of interesting tropical plants, there are few fountains plenty of water. On saturday there is market on the park where you can buy cloth, jewelry, bags, wallets, etc.
Aqui fue donde quedamos los miembros para empezar nuestro tour por Marbella. Los jardines estan llenos de plantas tropicales, tambien hay varias fuentes a lo largo del parque. Los sabados instalan un mercadillo en el cual puedes encontrar desde ropa, bisuteria, bolsos, etc.
Just beside Alameda Park,you will find another nice place to see and take some nice pics.The DALI PARK,it is located between Alameda Park and the Sea Promenade.Here you'll see lots of nice sculptures made for the great spanish painter and sculptor.Don't miss a walk here during your time in Marbella!! :-)
Between the Old Town and the Sea Promenade,you will see this beautiful park,it is called: LA ALAMEDA,there are lots of botanical species here,flowers,trees,and lots of palm trees of a few varieties,just beautiful!! in the center there is a nice fountain,this fountain was the meeting point for the walked tour in the city for the VT members during the meeting.Also there are a small outdoor market here on saturdays.
This is a small and pretty park which is placed in the very town centre. There is a big parking next to it where you can park your park to visit the old town. There are lots of exotics plants, tile benches and marble surface, bringing a fresh atmosphere to the place. There is a big fountain at the park centre devoted to the Virgin of "El Rocio". All the fountain is covered with tiles of the differents brotherhoods of "El Rocio". If you don't know what I'm speaking about I could explain to you it briefly: There is a small city in the province of Huelva, called El Rocio, where the Virgin is worshiped, being one of the main Catholic pilgrimage place. That's what this fountain is about: to show all the Rocio's brotherhoods.
Este es un pequeño y bonito parque situado en pleno centro de la ciudad. Tiene un gran aparcamiento al lado, por lo que puedes dejar aquí tu coche para visitar el casco antiguo. Hay muchas plantas exóticas, bancos de azulejos y suelos de marmol, dando un ambiente muy refrescante al lugar. Hay una gran fuente en su centro dedicado a la "Virgen del Rocío". Toda la fuente está cubierta de azulejos con diferentes hermandades rocieras. Si no sabes de que estoy hablando te lo cuento brevemente: Hay una pequeña aldea en la provincia de Huelva, llamada El Rocío, donde se venera a la Virgen, siendo uno de los principales lugares de peregrinación católicos. De esto es de lo que trata la fuente, de mostrar todas las hermandades que van en peregrinación al Rocío.
There are many lush plants andtrees (including a banyan?) and charming tile benches patterned after those in the ancient cloister of Santa Chiara in Naples, only these are recent. They are picture post-cards of the sights of Marbella in Capodimonte majolica tiles, very neatly crafted and welcoming to sit upon. As with the Dali bornzes nearby on the Avenida del Mar these expressions of the good life enhance the carefully maintained Old Town nearby. It is easy to want to shop in Marbella instead of the tawdry hawking elsewhere on the Costa del Sol. (Are the prices higher here?)(There are certainly many upscale shops and local patrons to match).
This lovely park is worth a walk through. If you get tired of the busy streets and shops, or you want a romantic stroll, come here and wander though and sit on one of the Muslim style benches. This clean park is full of well-maintained trees and flowers and is just a pretty place to see.
We will began our tour around the Old town of Marbella from this point and we will finish it here too.
It is in Ricardo Soriano, Marbella main street, here there are many different classes of trees brought from other continents.
The fount in the middle is called Virgen del Rocio and has all the "hermandades del Rocio" around.
From here cross the main street in direction to the mountain, from the traffic lights that are close to the Cafeteria Marbella.
We will head up the street till the Plaza de la Victoria at our right on the first floor is one of our favourite restaurants La Comedia, expensive but great for a special ocassion
Yes this one is unusual I have never seen one like that before, it is very different.
Very beautiful it is.
Ok ,Scott thinks he is pretty sure that this hanging flower belongs to that banana tree , so why not , we will just call it a nice hanging flower ,part of the banana tree.
(until I get the real name hehe
I don't know what they are called ,so I named them Bells ,because they look like little Bells.
They are very different and look beautiful.
So do the two ladies walking in the back of the picture, they look beautiful as well.