COSTA DEL SOL
From Ronda, after driving down a narrow, steep-ass, twisty road, we figure we'll do a pit-stop along the coast. Spain's Costa del Sol is dotted with a ton of seaside towns, and you can't really go wrong with any of them! Miles and miles of sandy beaches, great weather all year round (not super hot in March, definitely needed to layer up on the clothing!) and all kinds of seaside promenades lined with wonderful little chiringuitos. I could easily spend way more time here getting to know each and every town.
PLAYA DE SAN PEDRO DE ALCANTARA
Fully meaning to stop in Puerto Banus first, the GPS brought us to Playa de San Pedro de Alcantara instead - which turned out to be a happy accident. Plenty of free parking and much less crowded than Puerto Banus. It's got a wide 1.5 km promenade, with chiringuitos and ice cream huts every few feet - perfect for walking beside the beach or finding a spot to sit or eat or drink... and take in the wonderful views.
Abstract sculpture somewhere along Playa de San Pedro de Alcantara
Beautiful views walking along the promenade by Playa de San Pedro de Alcantara
The Middle Child enjoying the sun
Outside Kala Kalua Playa
Such a beautiful spot to relax
Well worth a walk at any time of the day!
Cute house as we're walking back to the car parked on Av. Petunias
Av. Petunias - residential street with beautiful houses and landscaping
So I know Marbella is supposed to be this amazingly beautiful town, but to me, it's one of those cities that just didn't live up to the hype. It's cute and all, but I kind thought I would have my mind blown at the beauty.... but that didn't happen. Definitely worth seeing, or strolling along, is the beautiful Avenida del Mar. It leads down from Parque de la Alameda to the beach, and all along the walkway are beautiful sculptures made by Salvador Dali. Casco Antiguo (Old Town) is well worth wandering around - narrow picturesque streets, balconies overflowing with flowers and many plazas, gardens and fountains.
Looking up Calle Caballeros in Marbella
Marisqueria La Pesquera
Hmmm...time for some vino and tapas
Avenida del Mar, Marbella
Avenida del Mar - A short but large walkway that connects the old town to the beach
And in the centre - a line of statues created by Salvador Dali
El Faro Beach - not much here in March, but don't be fooled, it's one of Marbella's busiest beaches
Somewhere in Marbella's old town
This shot is for Jackie & Joe - had to get that Gaspar name!
Calle Mendoza - Old Town Marbella
Casco Antiguo (Old Town) with its narrow picturesque streets, adorned with balconies
Overflowing with colourful flowers in the old town
Plaza Altamirano One of the many beautiful plazas in the Marbella
Iglesia de la Encarnacion Bell Tower from Plaza Altamirano
Having fun wandering around Casco Antiguo (Old Town)
Some narrow-a$$ street in old town Marbella
Beautiful hand-painted pots can be found anywhere here - you just need to look up!
Another teeny-tiny street
Don't forget to look up - that's when the beauty of this town strikes you
Plaza de la Victoria - back to the car and time to head back to Torremolinos for night
Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON
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