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January 27th 2015
Published: January 29th 2015
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Buddhist stupa in BenalmadenaBuddhist stupa in BenalmadenaBuddhist stupa in Benalmadena

Not really what one expects to find in a prime location which is otherwise given over to rampant property development
Tuesday 27th January: a fine warm day - at last. We took a short drive up the hill behind the apartment block to the nearby village of Pueblo Benaldamena and spent most of the day there enjoying the sun and the views. In the evening we took the excellent train service to Los Biloches, two stops towards Fuengirola to try to find a restaurant that had been recommended to us. We didn't find it but ended up in a pleasant place close to the beach where we had a nice dinner. Waiting on the elevated platform at Los Biloches for our return train was very cold as there was a strong wind blowing. Fortunately the wind was behind us when we arrived at our stop and helped blow us up the hill back to Casa Liz.

Wednesday 28th January: another day, another "white village". Casares Pueblo up in the hills behind Estepona which had been recommended to us as a place to visit by Aaron the property consultant. Casares was quite spectacular, a seemingly random jumble of spotless white houses grouped together under a former Moorish castle and church with very narrow, steep streets and Griffon Vultures circling overhead (one
The church of Santo Domingo Benalmadena PuebloThe church of Santo Domingo Benalmadena PuebloThe church of Santo Domingo Benalmadena Pueblo

This is what one expects to find in a prime location: a beautiful church, built in 1621
of their last habitats in Europe). A good lunch at a small cafe near the castle then we drove downhill to Estepona for a look around and to stroll along its long promenade. Then on to our hotel located a mile out of town where we checked in and afterwards walked to a nearby beachside shopping centre where we had a super meal: probably far better and certainly much cheaper than we would have had in the hotel.

Off to Gibralter in the morning.

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 Another unexpected development in a prime location Another unexpected development in a prime location
Another unexpected development in a prime location

A fantasy castle in minature commemorating Christopher Columbus - who wasn't even from this area
Castillo ColombaresCastillo Colombares
Castillo Colombares

Built between 1987 and 1994 to commemorate Christopher Colombus's discovery of the New World
Trainee figureheadTrainee figurehead
Trainee figurehead

Columbus's flagship having just acquired a new figurehead. Still under training though, and must be taught that the figurehead always looks ahead from the ship's prow and not astern
Cactus brainCactus brain
Cactus brain

Some comedian thought it would look amusing to have a cactus growing out of my head.
Property hunting on the Costa del SolProperty hunting on the Costa del Sol
Property hunting on the Costa del Sol

So many properties, so little time......to sit back, drink coffee and enjoy the view and the weather
Los Boliches beachfront FuengirolaLos Boliches beachfront Fuengirola
Los Boliches beachfront Fuengirola

And that IS a bull silhouette on the hill..... something to do with Andalusian symbolism.
It's a big world out thereIt's a big world out there
It's a big world out there

View from Casares Castillo
Beady eyesBeady eyes
Beady eyes

Griffon vultures over Casares
Home guard on Sierra CrestellinaHome guard on Sierra Crestellina
Home guard on Sierra Crestellina

Griffon vulture over its mountain home above Casares


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