Trip Start Nov 29, 2012
40Trip End Feb 18, 2013
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Meanwhile exploring the 24 beaches Marbella has to offer should keep us busy.
Apparently the best beach is Don Carlos and Nikki Beach but we walked along and found it to have the neglected air of 'closed down for the winter season'. I'm sure in the height of summer there are probably all sorts of water sports going on and the beach cafes are buzzing but for us in winter it was not particularly attractive.We did however like the quieter neighbouring beach where we found the restaurant 'El Laurel' a delightful terraced restaurant right on the beach where we were able to while away 3 hours drinking coffee, then wine and having lunch in the sunshine and people watching. It was so good we went back again the next day and ordered exactly the same lunch from the menu
Next to our table an increasing Russian invasion was occurring and more and more families wandered along the beach to join their expanding table. We noticed a police presence here, not sure whether this was because the breakfast was good or if they were on surveillance!!!! Plenty of Brits here bragging about their villas. The only annoying thing is the plague of North Africans selling their watches, sun-glasses, CD's DVD's, handbags shawls, rugs etc., there were 5 of them parading up and down and pressuring you to buy their cheap reproductions, they disappeared when the police were there but crawled back when they left. We were told they had no licence to sell or even permits to be in the country but the police had given up trying to deport them as they had no papers and claimed they didn't know where they came from!!!!! Bizarre or should I say Bazaar!!
Beaches in walking distance from our hotel vary from the Nagueles Beach which back on to the Marbella Club Hotel and Puente Romano Hotel all very nice with more more up-maket cafes.Closest to us is La Fontanilla Beach; El Faro Beach; La Venus Beach and La Bajadilla Beach where the promenade is lined with restaurants and cafes and shops offering a wide choice of culinary pleasures. Not as relaxing as the Elviria beach as it is very busy all the time and manic at week-ends with skateboarders, kids on trikes and bikes and scooters, pushchairs, grannies and zimmer frames; cyclists, runners, serious walkers in designer lycra and a veritable dog show of dog owners. But none the less very entertaining for the people watchers.
We have yet to explore the other 14 beaches.There is one called Funny Beach and one called Hippo beach but we are not quite sure what to expect there........the mind boggles.!