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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 the Mediterranean" Nerja is located 52 kilometres east of Malaga.
Update: Saturday, January 26, 2008
Revisited Nerja, this time with our good friends Carmen, Stace, Sandra and Isa. While there we visited with Placido, a good friend of theirs who lives in Nerja.
Update: Friday, February 22,2013
Nerja was our first stop on a Bus Tour organized from our Hotel Bajondillo. There was about 40 of us, including Hans and I. Our bus drove to the parking area of the Nerja Caves, where we got off and headed into the restaurant there. Most of us had a cup of coffee, sitting at the back which had wonderful panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
Friday, February 22, 3013
A group of Bajondillo Hotel residents, including Hans and I, went on a Bus Tour, which included the seaside town of ALMUNECAR. A municipality in the region of Andalusia, Almunecar is located between Nerja and Motril and is one of the most important tourist towns in the area.
Our Bus took us along the Beach, with its lovely Promenade and lots of older hotels, which have been around forever. I was not impressed with the beaches tho, as they looked to be mostly small pebbles and not much sandy areas.
As we drove thru town, you couldn't help but notice the Roman influence, such as what was left of an ancient Roman Aquaduct and a protected area of Roman ruins.
Actually, Almunecar began as a Phoenician Colony around 800 B.C. which the Phoenicians named SEXI.
During the time the Romans ruled, the area developed into an important port with a large fish salting and curing industry that supplied Greece and Rome.
After driving along the beach, we headed for the old town area, where the bus parked at the town bus station. Here we all got off and walked a short distance to the Friday Flea Market. We had an hour to check out the market and get back to the bus.
Directions: Located between Nerja and Motril
View of Calpe and its Rock
Located 67 km north of Alicante, the city of CALPE, with its 13,000 inhabitants, is known for its beautiful beaches and its massive rock formation called the Penon de Ifach.
Located in the Costa Blanco region of Spain, Calpe can be reached by the A-7 highway or the N-332 national road, the one we took.
Calpe has two main beaches, the Cantal Roig and the Playa Arenal and two smaller beaches , La Fossa and the Bay of Gasparet.
Many Iberian, Roman and Arab archeological sites exist in the town, due to its coastal location.
Calpe is one of the many little towns Hans and I explored along the peninsula. Other towns include Javea, Altea, Moraira/Teulada, Benissa and Denia.
Directions: North of Alicante on the N-332
Fishing village of Altea
Without a doubt the lovely fishing village of ALTEA is one of the most beautiful towns along the Costa Blanca. I absolutely loved it here and we stayed a couple of hours, just exploring and walking along its wonderful promenade along the beach. Along the Yacht Harbor you will find the beaches of Pueblo Macaret.
The most attractive area around Altea is its harbour area with many bars and restaurants. It was a beautiful sunny day and tourists were in abundance.
The mountain area of Sierra de Bernia ( photo 4 )which reaches up to 1130 metres high, can be seen from Altea.
Just south of Calpe, Altea can be reached using the A-7 highway or the N-332 national
Promenade in Fuengirola
Thursday, March 22, 2001
Located south and west of Torremolinos, FUENGIROLA is just a short driveaway. 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.
Sohail Castle is Fuengirola's most important monument and was built in the 10th century.
Update: Saturday February 20, 2010
Went to Fuengirola for the Saturday Flea Market. It was a beautiful sunny day.
Directions: South and west of Torremolinos
Sunday February 14, 2010
When Carmen asked what I wanted to do for the day, I said I would like to go to a Flea Market and I would like to visit CASARES. This charming, typical white village is only nine miles from the coast, but you would never know it, as it has avoided the throngs of tourists. probably because it is difficult to get to (no local transportation) and parking is very restricted because of the narrow, winding streets. The village is accessible from the coast road N340/A7.
The scenery is certainly picturesque and there is wonderful views of the village with its medieval fortress perched on top of the hill.
Neighbouring villages include, Manilva (where the Sunday Flea Market was held) and Gaucin. Also Estepona is not far away.
Marina in Benalmadena
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 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.
This well-developed international resort is situated on a 9 km stretch of beach, just west of Malaga (transfer time by taxi from Malaga airport approx. 20 minutes).
A lively base for a fun-filled holiday, TORREMOLINOS offers a wide array of restaurants, cafe's, "tablaos" that feature Flamenco shows and an exciting night life.
It is also our favourite place to stay while in Spain. It is our base where we stay in an apartment and visit different Spanish cities while we are there.
The promenade is especially wonderful and goes on for at least 25 kilometres all the way to Benalmadena. See my Torremolinos page for more info on this great place.
Directions: West of Malaga - a short 20 minute taxi ride from Malaga Airport
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.
Saturday, February 26, 2008
You can experience the real Spain in the beautifufl 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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