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Mijas

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13 travelers at this place:

  • Day626

    It was Poppy's 15th birthday today! Of course we gave her lots of fuss and a few extra sweeties. Before we started this tour back in June 2016 there were many points where we doubted she'd get to start it with us, but touring life seems to suit her exceptionally well and in some respects (such as her incontinence) her health has actually improved. She gets the excitement of visiting so many new places just by stepping out of the door and to have long rests with us close by, knowing she only needs to peek out of her Poppy hole (a cupboard we have given over to her bed area) to see what we are up to.

    Close to last night's stopover was a petrol station offering free services if you bought fuel. The water and emptying points were in a van washing bay. This bay had something we'd only seen in Spain; a raised platform on three sides, allowing you to walk around and wash the roof without having to be on the van itself. With the restrictions on washing vehicles in aires, we'd been unable to do it for a long time and the surface was getting slippery when wet, increasing the risk of an accident when Vicky climbed up to strap or unstrap the canoe. We spent a quite a while getting it clean, filling and emptying and by the time we pulled out there was a queue of 3 other vans waiting to use the services.

    Our surroundings as we journeyed along the coast towards Málaga gradually became more built up, the high rise hotels overlooking the sea progressively taller and closer together. There was so much concrete and we were increasingly glad of our decision to just pass through, instead of parking up and looking round. It is strange, you'd think that after spending so much time in rural escapes, we'd have an appetite to delve into the urban jungle, drawn by the bright lights, culture, architechture and choice of eateries, shops and bars. However we found quite the opposite here, we observed with a mild interest but felt no compulsion to go exploring. There was a brief respite at one point where we drove alongside Parque de Málaga with its well watered grass and plethora of green palms and squawking parakeets. Perhaps if we'd given it the chance we would have found more places we liked, but it wasn't on the cards today.

    Málaga blended into Torremolinos, the only major difference being the dual language Spanish /English signs now had English as their primary language. Casinos, more hotels, souvenir shops and advertisements for real estate and golf clubs assailed our eyes with Irish bars, Union Jacks and beauty salons aplenty.

    Before hitting Marbella, we found respite for the night at a crescent shaped car park overlooking and with access to Playa las Doradas, a beach made up of dark sand, stones and inset rocks. It was 25m or so off the highway and separated by a concrete cordon and drop in the land, so it was easy enough to shut the traffic noise out. Poppy loves playing on the beach so we took her down for a quick game and she had some beef gravy over her dried dogfood for tea that night. All in all it was a good day for her. Happy Birthday Poppy!
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  • Day3

    Mijas Golf

    June 4 in Spain

    Day 2 golf...
    Philippe from Reims joined us. 78 y.o. with a canny short game.
    Lightning greens and hunners of water.
    Jonnie 35 (immense)
    Phil 31 (very good)
    Andy 24
    Chuck 22
    Natalie 19
    Brenda 14

    Totals
    Jonnie 72 (level par)
    Phil 68
    Andy 61
    Natalie 53
    Chuck 53
    Brenda 47

    Some separation already... though Ariya Jutanugarn was 7 clear and ended up in a playoff...
    Nice wine cellar...
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  • Day10

    Lazy Last Day

    June 11 in Spain

    Not left the villa, apart from the early emergency run to shop for huevos for tocino y huevo butties.
    5pm and the last of the beers. Wine, gin, whatever's left.... #minesweeping
    Great 10 days... Next year's holiday & golf planned already...

  • Day27

    Mijas Pueblo

    January 26 in Spain

    Five days of R&R was enough for me as I was starting to get restless. So I planned an excursion to Mijas Pueblo, which is a very tourist-oriented white village with a population of 7,500 and an elevation of 1,500 feet. It is only 10 km from Fuengirola so it was an easy day trip requiring 2 buses. We had a very good lunch at a restaurant called The Secret Garden. The town was very quiet being off-season but I don’t think I would want to be there during the summer. A bus load of Asian tourists arrived with their selfie sticks and even that intruded on our peaceful walk through the town.Read more

  • Day27

    More Mijas Pueblo

    January 26 in Spain

    The white village was very pretty and had scenic views so we were happy that we made the visit, although we sure don’t look very happy in this automatically timed photo! We were going to retake it but that is when the bus load of tourists arrived and invaded our space.

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