Granada to Torremolenos
Trip Start Nov 10, 2013
15Trip End Nov 24, 2013
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When we finished the palaces, we went to the Generalife which was the summer palace, much smaller with lots of gardens. The gardens were arranged like rooms with bushes as walls. There were similar water features to those found in the courtyards. It was a place of peace and serenity even with all the tourists. There were lots of birds too. We spent about 3 hours there and then got on the bus to drive to Torremolenos (tore-moe-LEAN-ose) and the Costa del Sol for a day of rest tomorrow.
It took us about an hour and a half to get there. We passed by mostly olive trees and mountains on the way. The city of Malaga which is the capital of this province was just before the turn to Torremolenas: Torre = tower + molenas = mills. The drive to the Hotel Melia Costa del Sol took us right along the beach which was deserted. There were lots of shops and restaurants, about half of them closed for the winter. We arrived about 1:30 and got our rooms. Raymond gave everyone their key except us and we wondered what was going on. When the other people were out of ear shot he told us, that for our trouble in Pamplona we were upgraded to a suite. He has been so good about the whole thing. When we arrived in our suite we found an entrance hall with the fridge and bar, a sitting room with a fold out couch, a large balcony facing the Mediterranean just across from the beach, a bath and a bedroom
At 4:00 we left for Mijas (ME-haas), a small city up on the mountain, all in the whitewashed Moroccan style of architecture. The bus let us off on the main street right beside the donkey carts. Until 60 years ago the only transportation in this village was by donkey. Raymond walked us up the street and pointed out different shops to us and places to get good views etc. He also showed us the Bar/Restaurante where he wanted us to meet for a free drink on him. Then he took us to an olive oil shop where I bought some Turron Duro, a candy with almonds that is traditional for Christmas time in Spain. Larry, Derek, and I and Paula and Mike decided to walk up to the church and the bull ring. We took the road Raymond had pointed out at the square. The higher up we got the more the wind blew. We walked by little rows houses all painted white with blue buckets with flowers in them. On our right we could see another section of Mijas on the hillside, a great photo. We walked around the edge of the mountain Mijas is on along a walking path made of flagstones. We had a good view of the resorts on the beach below. We soon came to a church that we took a picture of
We stayed there having drinks, again with Bev whom we had met in the shop. The three of them had beers and I had a Sprite. Shortly before 7:00 we headed back down the hill to the waiting bus and it was still blowing and getting colder. The bus was nice and warm. We headed back down the mountain and went into the city of Torremolenos where the bus dropped us off. We walked the short distance to the Restaurante Juan which was right on the beach. It was even blowing in Torremolenos but not as bad as at Mijas. Pitchers of sangria awaited us on the table. We sat with Penny from Pasadena and Kerry and Bernie from Australia and had a great time
Then we came to our room and Larry and Derek went straight to bed. I folded out the couch to find a 2 inch think mattress that is very soft! I don't know if I will sleep tonight.
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