dinner & a promenade in torre del mar

Over the past few days we’ve had Cathy staying with us. I met Cathy online through blogging and was delighted when she accepted my invitation to stay, so I could show her some of the lovely towns and villages, east of Malaga.

This post is re-blogged from Cathy’s own blog, in which she describes our precious time together.

in search of a thousand cafés

Saturday, July 13 :  This evening we head out to the town of Torre del Mar , a largish seaside town and busy summer beach resort on the Costa del Sol , boasting one of the longest and widest beaches along the coast.  We meet Ross and Daniella, Marianne and Michael’s neighbors, and wander along the streets of the town, trying to decide where to eat.  We come across some alien-looking plants along the way.

strange and ancient plant on the street of Torre del Mar strange and ancient plant on the street of Torre del Mar

tree trunk on the street of Torre del Mar tree trunk on the street of Torre del Mar

Marianne wants to go inside the bar section of El Yate, which means The Yacht, because it’s a lively place and has great ambiance.  Tonight it’s so lively, we can’t even find a table or a place at the bar.  Instead we opt to sit outdoors.

Daniella, Ross, Michael and Marianne at El Yate Daniella, Ross, Michael and Marianne at El Yate

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nerja: balcón de europa, beachside paella & the acueducto del águila

Over the past few days we’ve had Cathy staying with us. I met Cathy online through blogging and was delighted when she accepted my invitation to stay, so I could show her some of the lovely towns and villages, east of Malaga.

This post is re-blogged from Cathy’s own blog, in which she describes our precious time together.

in search of a thousand cafés

Saturday, July 13 :  After leaving Frigiliana, we head to the town of Nerja , a tourist town with a large foreign population, including over 2,000 Brits. The white villages climbing the mountains around Nerja are relatively new and inhabited by hordes of foreigners. In the summer months, tourists swell the population even more.  The town sits on a steep hill and has several small beaches set in coves beneath cliffs.

Nerja and its surrounds used to produce sugar cane, but now there are widespread plantations of semi-tropical fruits such as mango, papaya and avocado.  The sugar cane factory is still on the eastern edge of town but is now empty, as the main industry is tourism.  (Wikipedia: Nerja)

Marianne wrote about the abandoned sugar cane factory in Sweet memories: San Joaquín sugar mill, but we don’t have time to see it today.  We do however make…

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a morning with marianne in frigiliana

Over the past few days we’ve had Cathy staying with us. I met Cathy online through blogging and was delighted when she accepted my invitation to stay, so I could show her some of the lovely towns and villages, east of Malaga.

This post is re-blogged from Cathy’s own blog, in which she describes our precious time together.

in search of a thousand cafés

Saturday, July 13 :  This morning, Marianne and I head off for a girl’s outing to a number of places, the first of which is the lovely whitewashed village of Frigiliana , nestled in the mountains in the easternmost region of Andalucia.

First glimpse of Frigiliana First glimpse of Frigiliana

She takes me for a scenic drive along the back road from Torrox pueblo to the village.

Me with Frigiliana in the background Me with Frigiliana in the background

We make a stop at the snail-shaped bungalows of Los Caracoles Restaurant & Hotel for views of the village, blurred slightly today by a haze.

the view of Frigiliana from Los Caracoles Hotel the view of Frigiliana from Los Caracoles Hotel

As we approach the village, the haze seems to burn off and we get a better view.

getting close to Frigiliana getting close to Frigiliana

We walk into the old district inhabited by the Moors before and after the Reconquista. The name Mudéjar is used to describe not only…

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meeting marianne: east of málaga to la axarquía

Over the past few days we’ve had Cathy staying with us. I met Cathy online through blogging and was delighted when she accepted my invitation to stay, so I could show her some of the lovely towns and villages, east of Malaga.

This post is re-blogged from Cathy’s own blog, in which she describes our precious time together.

in search of a thousand cafés

Friday, July 12 :  After my tour, I’ve been invited to spend two nights with Marianne, and her husband Michael, of East of Málaga …. and more! .  They live in the countryside ( el campo ), in a beautiful area  east of Málaga , known as  La  Axarquía .   This will be the first time I’ve met her, even though I’ve been reading her blog for some time.  Since she’s lived in Spain for about 8 years, her blog has great information about the area as well as beautiful photos.   She is so generous to offer me her hospitality for a couple of nights while I’m here in Spain.  I’m very excited to meet her because she obviously loves the country and the culture, and I’ve become quite fond of it myself.  Who is better than a local to give you the true feel for a place?

I get my…

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