Olive fields by Noreen

Olive fields by Noreen
Mysterious, primordial world

Saturday, 30 September 2017


We walked up another hill,  we are going to be so fit!!!  it was wonderful to arrive at our friends house.  They have just bought it and have had all their stuff transported from their holiday home in Turkey to their new home in Benajarafre, Spain.  We are so familiar with their lovely home ware, beautiful glass, pottery, lamps, cushions and pictures from spending time with them in their Turkish home that it felt like home straight away!   It's a nice quiet area, no traffic sounds,  just birds and the sound of the waves on the shore below.

The beaches on the south of Spain are very long,  they go on for miles.  The locals and holidaymakers alike bring their sun umbrellas,  deck chairs and picnics to the beach.  They never get over crowded because there is so much space.

Most of the houses and apartments have more than one balcony and sometimes a terrace or a garden.  In summer the sun is very hot and sunblinds give much needed shade.

No sunloungers to be seen here but some of the restaurants on the beaches do have them which you can rent for about five euro for a day.

We dined out a few times.  Food was dissapointing to begin with, we are spoiled with delicious nutricious food in Turkey!   However the lunch in the photo above was delicious.  This restaurant in the next town  "Torre del Mar" was recomened to us. We went there twice and enjoyed the food on both occasions.

In the town of Torre del Mar, which is 15 minutes away by bus there is a huge beach.  Running parallel to the beach is the splendid promenade (paseo marítimo) with a wide walking area, cycle lane, grassy areas, play areas for children and numerous chiringuito.(beach restaurants)   It runs along the entire length of the town and stretches almost 4 kilometres.   We didn't walk it due to the heat but it would be great in the cooler weather to hire a bicycle and cycle the 4 kilometers!

There are numerous fountains and colourful flower displays in the town centre which add to the athmosphere.  The town is very flat and residents told us of the serious problems of flooding when the pipes become blocked during winter rains.  We really liked this town but feel it's very far away from Malaga city which would mean constant travelling by bus.....  ideal for holidays but not for permanent living.

Malaga city.  (text from Lonely planet)  Málaga is a world apart from the adjoining Costa del Sol: a historic and culturally rich provincial capital which has long lived in the shadow of the iconic Andalucian cities of Granada, Córdoba and Seville. Yet, it has rapidly emerged as the province's city of culture with its so-called 'mile of art' being compared to Madrid, and its dynamism and fine dining to Barcelona.

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