Torremolinos Off The Beaten Path

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    Mijas

    by toonsarah Updated Feb 9, 2011

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    Church of San Sebastian in Mijas

    The hills behind Torremolinos are dotted with so-called “white villages” or Pueblos Blancos. Many can only be reached by car, but one of the nearest to Torremolinos, Mijas, is just an hour away on the bus, so some of us headed there on Sunday.

    We caught the number 121 bus from the bus station; it cost just 1.40€ each way and took just over an hour going and a little less coming back. After leaving the Torremolinos sprawl, it followed an attractive route with views of the sea as we climbed round hairpin bends that seemed almost too tight for the bus to negotiate.

    On arrival in Mijas we headed straight to the viewpoint to look down over the route we had taken, before visiting the nearby shrine, dedicated to the Virgin of the Rock, or "Santuario de la Virgen de la Pena" in Spanish. This was built in the 16th century on the spot where a long-lost statue of the Virgin was rediscovered by two children, led here by a dove.

    Later we strolled the village streets, popped into a few shops (this appears to be a great place to buy leather) and had a lovely lunch in “La vita e'bella”, before a quick visit to the ethnographic museum in a lovely old house, and then back on the bus for our journey back to Torrremolinos. This all made for a lovely day out, and we really enjoyed our glimpse of another side to Andalucia – so near to the beaches and yet so very different in character.

    Visit my small Mijas page to read more about our day out.

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    RONDA -- PUENTE NUEVO

    by LoriPori Written Mar 24, 2005

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    Puente Nuevo

    Friday, March 23, 2001
    Hans and I drove up into the mountains as we wanted to visit the beautiful town of RONDA, which is located north-west of Marbella. We passed through the magnificent Ronda Mountain-range.
    Many civilizations formed its history. Several prehistoric findings around Ronda document this region's early history. The most important are CUEVA DE LA PILETA, a cave with splendid wall-paintings.
    Its most impressive monument is of course PUENTE NUEVO (the "new bridge") which spans over Tajo River in a height of almost 100 metres. It looks like an old Roman aquaduct, but it was built in the 18th century by architect Jose' Martin de Aldehuela.

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    FUENGIROLA

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 24, 2005

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    Promenade in Fuengirola

    Thursday, March 22, 2001
    Located south and west of Torremolinos, FUENGIROLA is just a short drive away. Its eight kilometres of coast-line makes it an important tourist resort with nice beaches like Carvajal, Torreblanca del Sol, Los Boliches, La Gaviotes, Santa Amalia and El Castillo.
    The beautiful promenade spans practically the entire coast-line of Fuengirola, from the area of Sohail Castle to Santa Fe de los Boliches.
    One of the more attractive features of Fuengirola is its port. This is one of the most important suppliers of fresh fish to restaurants in the western area of the Costa del Sol. Actually Hans and I had a lovely dinner in Fuengirola, at the Versalles.
    Sohail Castle is Fuengirola's most important monument and was built in the 10th century.

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    "CUEVA DE NERJA" -- NERJA CAVES

    by LoriPori Written Mar 25, 2005

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    Cueva de Nerja Post card

    Wednesday, March21, 2001
    While in Nerja, a must see acitivity is to visit the CUEVA DE NERJA the Nerja Caves, a 3000 years old cave with colossal Stalactites. Hans and I thoroughly enjoyed going through the caves. At the time the entrance fee was 800 pesetas or $7.20 CDN.
    Among its most outstanding features is a column of 32 metres in height made up of one billion drops of water.
    Discovered in 1959, when five youngsters from Nerja and Maro stumbled upon it while on a nocturnal adventure hunting bats, Nerja Cave is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe.
    There is a total of 4,283 metres of caves, of which only a third are open to the public. For the moment, you are only allowed to enter the areas called Galerias Bajas (the lower galleries), known for their high vaulted ceilings and beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites
    One of the most spectacular caverns is the one known as the Cataclysm, an area on which Palaeolithic cave paintings (symbols and animals) can be seen.

    As it was so dark inside the caves, it was next to impossible to take any decent photos, so the accompanying picture is from a post-card.

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    RONDA -- TAJO GORGE

    by LoriPori Written Mar 24, 2005

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    Ronda  --  Tajo Gorge

    Friday, March 23, 2001
    While in this amazing town, you can also visit Ronda's "Plaza de Toros" a very original bullring ( one of the oldest in Spain) made entirely of stone and built in 1784 in neoclassical style. There is also the Church of Santa Maria, the house of Don Bosco and the TAJO GORGE which is 660 feet deep. More impressive than its buildings however, is the spectacular location of this town. Hans and I were just in awe of this place and highly recommend it as a day trip.

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    BENALMADENA

    by LoriPori Updated Feb 22, 2009

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    Situated just west of Torremolinos, the popular and cosmopolitan tourist area of BENALMADENAwas developed in order to take advantage of its seafront, which houses an attractive harbour and marina.
    Located in Andalucia on Spain's Costa del Sol and approximately 12 km west of Malaga, BENALMADENA is easy to reach by road, bus or train.
    Benalmadena has three distinct areas:
    Benalmadena Pueblo - Old Village
    Benalmedena Costa - the beachfront area
    Arroyo de la Miel - commercial zone

    Benalmadena is one of the best places on the Costa del Col for nightlife. With so many bars, nightclubs shops and restaurants, there is something to suit all tastes.
    There are also plenty of things to do for families like the Tivoli World Theme Park. See Penguins and dolphins at Selwo Marina and SeaLife with its touch pools, underwater tunnels and Lost City of Atlantis and which has the biggest shark collection in Europe. Or take a ride in the Cable Car up the 769 metre Monte Calamorro for fabulous views of the coastline.
    There is also a Casino at the classy Hotel Torrequebrada.

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    OJEN --- TYPICAL WHITE VILLAGE

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 25, 2005

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    Lori & Hans in Ojen

    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.

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    LOVELY WHITE VILLAGE OF MIJAS

    by LoriPori Written Feb 18, 2008

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    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

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    COIN

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 23, 2005

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    Hans & Town of Coin

    Friday March 16, 2001
    As it was a cloudy day, Hans and I thought we would take a drive up in the mountains. Along with stopping in Mijas and Ojen, we visited the cute little town of COIN. What was nice about Coin was that it wasn't over-run by tourists, it was just a typical, laid-back Spanish town in the mountains. We were greeted by the friendly people of Coin and watched them as they went on with their daily lives.
    Coin is located north-west of Torremolinos, north-east of Marbella.

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    SUNDAYS -- FLEA MARKET IN ESTEPONA

    by LoriPori Written Mar 24, 2005

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    Flea Market in Estepona

    Sunday, March 25, 2001
    As we were looking for something to do on a cloudy, rainy Sunday afternoon, I found out that there was a flea market in ESTEPONA. It was quite a long drive, but it was all along the coast, going west from Torremolinos.
    Estepona is a small fishing village that conserved its original character extraordinarily well. There were several little restaurants that catered to the many British tourists that we saw there.

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    PUERTO BANUS

    by LoriPori Written Mar 25, 2005

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    View of the Harbour

    Saturday, March 17, 2001
    An exclusive seaside resort, PUERTO BANUS is THE meeting-point of the jet-set in Marbella. Here you will find the most beautiful and luxurious yachts, the most elegant shops and the best restaurants. We thought of it as the place to see and be seen. Many folks were out on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon just enjoying themselves at the many sidewalk cafe's or just strolling among the beautiful yachts moored in the harbour. Many used their yachts as a week-end getaway place (probably too expensive to actually sail them).

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    FRIGILIANA - LOVELY WHITE VILLAGE

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 26, 2008

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    Saturday, January 26, 2008
    You can experience the real Spain in the beautiful white village of FRIGILIANA. Narrow cobblestone streets lined by whitewashed houses, their wrought iron balconies filled with planters of brilliant red geraniums. Frigiliana has just recently been discovered by tourists and I have noticed that quite a few tour companies are now including a visit here with a stop in Nerja.
    Situated in the foothills of the Sierra de Enmedio, Frigiliana is such a picturesque village to visit.

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    NERJA -- "BALCONY OF EUROPE"

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 26, 2008

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    Fishing Boats in Nerja

    Wednesday, March 21, 2001
    We had heard that the upcoming place to be was NERJA , a beautiful, genuinely Spanish small town, with a population of about 20,000.
    Built on a ledge, it offers a splendid view of the varied surroundings so typical of the area.
    Nerja was called Narixa -- rich with water -- and exotic fruits such as chirimoya, kiwi and avocado are grown here.
    Known as the "Balcony of Europe", Nerja is located 52 kilometres east of Malaga

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    CORDOBA

    by LoriPori Written Feb 22, 2008

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    Saturday, February 2, 2008
    As CORDOBA was still on my list of Spanish cities to visit, Carmen (Carmela71) and Stace (Beach_dog) offered to take us there. It is about a two hour drive from Torremolinos and Malaga, up through scenic mountains and acres of olive trees.
    Located in Andalucia, southern Spain, Cordoba is the capital of the Province of Cordoba. On the Guadalquivir River, this historic city was founded in ancient Roman times. During the Arab domination ( 711 to 1263 ) Cordoba was the artistic and cultural center of the "Al-Andalus" Empire and was the thriving capital of the Western Caliphate that governed almost all of the Iberian Peninsula. The Islamic, Jewish and Catholic civilizations left their influences in this Andalucian city.
    The Old Town has many impressive architectural reminders of these times and as you take a stroll through the historic quarters of Cordoba, you discover a beautiful network of small streets, squares and whitewashed houses with their colourful courtyards, all arranged around the Mezquita and El Alcazar.

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    PERIANA

    by LoriPori Written Mar 9, 2012

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    Friday, February 24, 2012
    A group of us from the Bajondillo Hotel in Torremolinos went on a bus tour for the day. Included in the tour was a stop in Antequerra, a ride along a scenic route and lunch in Periana.
    Situated 51 km north-east of Malaga, PERIANA lies at an altitude of 547 metres and within the area of Axarquia, on the scenic " Olive Oil Route .
    The village dates from 1761 and it began as a simple farming area.
    Today, Periana has a population of 3550 residents.
    Periana has stunning panoramic views. To the north there are fabulous mountain ranges. To the south is Lake Vinuela (pic #3).
    Peaches are the main crop of the region. Verdial Olive Oil is another product for which Periana is renowned. At the restaurant Cantueso (Pic #5) where our Hotel group had lunch, small bottles of olive oil were offered for sale for 2,95 Euros. I bought one to take home.
    All in all a great day.

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