4 Days in Marbella

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Our Apartmentos Mediterraneo is very very comfortable and has just an amazing view right down the Costa del Sol. We are on the 11th floor of 14 and our view to the south allows us to see the rock of Gibraltar in the distance with the coastline of North Africa quite clear just beyond. As you can see from the photos we look down on a marina and beach with other hotels and apartments lining the coast. We have a bedroom, dining/lounge with kitchenette and a bathroom that also includes a small tumble washing machine. The kitchen has fridge freezer,hot plate,convection oven and has a good supply of crockery.
A walk up the main street this morning was followed by lunch on the balcony - 'barra rustico '(bread stick)with pâté, cheese and tomato washed down with lemon shandy. Lunch followed by siesta led us to explore the beach and swim in the Mediterranean for the first time. Beach was fairly crowded and the water was very refreshing. Plenty of bare flesh exposed and much more than you would expect to see on the beach at Busselton!! After several swims we wandered back and on the way chose our restaurant for tonight - Italian. We are sitting on the balcony sipping sangria on ice as the sun sinks toward the Marbella hills. It's 7.40pm and the sun has a good way to go yet. It will be after 9 before it disappears and then we will leave for dinner. There has not been a cloud in the sky since we arrived and hardly a puff of breeze to stir the air which is very dry. Just lovely conditions. Really looking forward to dinner and the next few days.
Dinner was delicious. We shared garlic bread with mozzarella cheese and a dish of olives for starters then Mary had grilled salmon and salad while I had a 400gm sirloin with salad. I have not had a nicer steak and we both really enjoyed the meal with a glass of rose and red respectively. In fact I had two reds. Mary couldn't resist the home made rum and raisin ice cream and she very generously ordered two scoops so I could have a little taste. The waiter then bought us complimentary limoncellos to finish. A stroll along the promenade completed a lovely evening and there were still crowds of people including young families around up till midnight.
Today we returned the superfluous hire car thereby saving parking fees and will return to Malaga on Wednesday by bus. After lunch on the balcony we checked our mail in the lobby as that's the only area we can get wifi, then we walked south along the promenade for a km or so to a larger supermarket where we purchased our dinner. On the way we investigated a 3 hour cruise on a large catamaran that looks alright and we hope to do this tomorrow. About 4.30 we headed for the beach and a cooling swim and have now returned for drinks and nibbles before our lasagna and salad dinner - fresh raspberries and ice cream for dessert.
Our dinner was lovely and we ate on the balcony despite our view disappearing as a thick sea mist rolled in and blotted out our view completely.
Tuesday morning we awoke after 8.30(incredible) and after breakfast we strolled up town and into the narrow streets of the old quarter. We were able to shop and absorb the history at the same time. The settlement goes back to the Moorish occupation prior to the 10th century and then the Christian conquest followed over the following centuries with a number of the buildings dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. The narrow lane ways are beautifully paved and spotlessly clean and filled with some fascinating boutique shops and cages. Prices are extremely reasonable but we have limited space which is probably a good thing. After an afternoon siesta we strolled back up town for a look at some more shops before heading to the beach for a late afternoon dip. Then off to the supermarket for a cannelloni and salad dinner with sangria and creme brûlée for dessert. Dinner on the balcony was a great way to end our 4 days in Marbella. A great place for a holiday - plenty to do and good shopping and great character to the old town.
This morning we left at 9am and taxied to the bus station for 7 Euros and then bus to Malaga was 11E for 2, then the taxi to the hotel here was 6E - very easy and no hassles. Here for two days. Adios Amigos!!
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Val Earle on

it looks fantastic, hope the weather is as nice for you next week :)

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