|The different sub-regions of Spain|
I spent most time at the coastal area of Marbella where the retired British people like to spend summer at. I also cycled to the rich men town of Puerto Banus which is just 6 km away, visited the old Ronda city and its the impressive Puente Nuevo bridge, went up the hill and walked around the beautiful whitewashed village at Ojén and hitchhiked our way back, navigated our way through the confusing road maps and drove to Seville (and made it back and one piece).
I also cooked proper dishes for the first time in my life and drove a car on the "wrong" side of the road. Spanish people, men and women, just looked SO STUNNING by the way, especially the policía......Awww.... don't get me started.
Here we go with my pictures:
|Ronda was pretty badass..|
|Seville: Plaza de Espana|
|Whitewashed village surrounded by mountains|
|A picture that I thought represents Marbella stay the best.|
|A Spanish wedding - at a church near the Marbella Old Town - and stunning women|
|Between Marbella beach and Puerto Banus. On a bicycle.|
|Typical Ronda shot.|
A full week of cold, grey and rain in Marbella welcomed me to Costa del Sol - a place said to rain an average of only 35 days a year. I was pretty fortunate to see 20% of the rain. The myth about "Wen brings cold everywhere she goes" has again been confirmed. And so the backup plan was to stay sheltered and make delicious food.
The Siesta Hours.
There is another discovery I had about siesta hours - this can be a
|€70 rental for a day excluding petrol and parking.|
There are buses running between Marbella and major towns nearby. They are absolutely convenient and affordable. We used buses for our Ronda and Ojen trips but figured we would try driving and enjoy the freedom of stopping on our way to take pictures of the scenic mountains. After comparing prices , we ended up renting this Smart Car and set ourselves on the road on a bright Monday morning, to Seville.
It was a good 4-5 hours' drive from Marbella to Seville - we stopped by couple times for photos and once for lunch at Coín. Road condition was good all the way, GPS was tremendous help although I had some difficulties pointing the right direction and missed a few turns. Parking wasn't a lot of trouble in Seville either. We parked the car just right next to the bullring some walking distance away from the cathedral. Just needed patience.
On our way back we chose another route which brought us close to Cadiz, Jerez, Algeciras and Gibraltar. Some other cities that I wished we had time to explore. Total spent on the car including gas and tolls (yes there were couple tolls on our way back) was about €100.
Goodbye Marbella beaches & Southern Spain.
The coastline of Marbella itself has got too much to offer - all different activities were happening.
I said good bye to southern Spain and leaving the city with a full backpack of amazing memories. This picture of me summarizes how it feels like being in the south.