Monday, 9 February 2009
Did I tell you we’re going away on holiday on Monday next? We’re jetting off to Malaga, Spain, until Sunday 22nd February. We will be staying in an apartment in Arroyo, Benalmadena, not far from Malaga, with our good friends K & T.
K & T booked the apartment for two weeks ages ago, then in October they mentioned that they were actually going at half-term and suggested we try to get flights and go with them, it's a two bedroom apartment so there's plenty of room and they were sure Lindsey, who owns the apartment, wouldn’t mind.
K checked with Lindsey who said it wasn’t a problem, there would just be a charge of £90 for us, and I set to work on the internet looking for cheap flights. K & T had only paid about £60+ return but that had been a good few months previous, when Easyjet were having a sale. Anyway I managed to get return flights £230 for MWM and I on the same flight as K & T, so the week’s holiday is only costing us £320 plus spending money – a bargain!
I have been to that area of Spain before, though we stayed in Fuengirola, in my FIL’s apartment. Sadly he sold the apartment some years ago or we would still be making regular visits. We have visited quite a few places whilst we stayed in Fuengirola i.e. Malaga, Gibraltar, Mijas, Puerto Banus, Marbella, we even went to Granada and toured the Alhambra Palace, so this trip we want to go visit Nerja and Ronda.
At Nerja there is its spectacular Balcón de Europa, the "Balcony of Europe", a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff, once the site of the great Moorish castle, with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below, against an awesome backdrop of hazy blue mountains.
Ronda is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the rio Guadalevín through its centre. Visitors make a beeline for the 18th century Puente Nuevo 'new' bridge, which straddles the 100m chasm below, for its unparalleled views out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains.
The weather there at the moment is cloudy/rainy and 16C which doesn’t sound very warm, but when you consider it’s -2C here I’d rather be in Spain! We may not get sunbathing weather but at least we won’t be freezing and there won’t be any snow, hopefully.
Of course I will be taking the camera and hopefully will have lots of photos to show you when we get back.