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).
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.
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
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.
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.
The Costa del Sol is in the southern region of Spain, literally known as Coast of the Sun. There are many towns and villages dotting the Mediterranean coastline and are popular summertime destinations for those wanting to get just get away to relax in the wonderful climate. With the influx of tourist, these towns have transformed from quiet fishing villages to playgrounds.
The region once had the reputation of being called the 'Costa del Crime'. It was a haven for British gangsters to flee to and use their illegal funds to live in luxury. They remained there untouched for fear of straining the already shaky relations between Britain and Spain over the ownership of Gibraltar.
Location: Costa de Sol
As you drive through the hilly regions of the Costa del Sol you will see an enormous amount of new building going on. Huge resorts and complexes are springing up everywhere, as are golf courses. This whole region lies within the Malaga Province.
Behind Torremolinos are hills and mountains which tend to shelter the town. The mountain range takes in Blanca, Alpujata, Canucha and the Mijas Sierras. There are a number of hiking trails to enjoy as well as just being able to ramble through the forests or be more adventurous and hike along the crags and steep peaks. One of the treks from the town will take you up to the cable car station.
The main commercial area in town is the pedestrian street of san Miguel and the same name square, dominated by the church. It is a Neo-classical simple structure, with the typical white walls as used in Andaluzia.