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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Fuengirola May 13th 2016

Today it was time for the obligatory sales presentation and free breakfast that had earned us the accommodation of this holiday with CLC World. Now we already had gone through a couple of hours worth of presentation in Birmingham sometime last year that had earned us this holiday and £50 Marks and Spencer's tokens, so I really didn't see the point of this one. I was expecting a hard sell, so I had my hard and unimpressed face ready before we were picked up from our accommodation. I was rather surprised when we were greeted by a very likeable Irish guy, older than ourselves called Maurice. Now if Maurice's employers are reading this, you need to sort him a decent company car because the vehicle he picked us up in didn't come across as luxury and ... read more
Spanish horse show
Spanish horse show
Spanish horse show

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Fuengirola May 12th 2016

Day 5 and it's sales pitch day. Our free holiday comes at the price of listening to what CLC World has to offer. It started with a free breakfast which is a good start; both continental and English varieties were on offer so I had both. We had been picked up for our meeting by our main man Maurice. Now I have to be careful what I'm writing as Claire gave Maurice one of our cards with our blog and website addresses on. Maurice, well what can I say about him and his line manager, Lorna.... Well, in all honesty, I liked them both. They have a product to sell which they believe in and it's something which would suit a lot of people. It's a long way past timeshare and the accommodation is superb and ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Fuengirola May 11th 2016

Day 4 of our Spanish holiday and we're on the way to somewhere that sounds like little Britain to me-Gibraltar. We have four British women on board the coach who are going to get their fags and some fish and chips. They must have been out of the UK for a long time if they're that desperate for fish and chips....or they must just be the sad, stereotypical Brit abroad. I suspect the latter... They were the same four who didn't like our guide yesterday so guess who our guide is today, yes, the same one, it's Ricardo again. He has already warned us about having an accident as people drive eating chocolate or talking on their phone so we'll be held up for one hour, maybe two. I think I'd be more concerned about being ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Fuengirola May 8th 2016

The alarm went off at 2.15am after a few hours of lying awake farting. I'm not sure that was the sole reason I didn't get much sleep but it didn't help. Claire was very appreciative as always though. I then regaled Claire with the story of how the word holiday comes from the Ancient Greek translated as Holey Day because in olden times the Greeks spent their days off making holes in cloth. Thankfully these days we get to jump on aeroplanes and jet off somewhere interesting as I can imagine me getting quite bored of making holes in anything except David Cameron's head never mind a piece of cloth. After saying goodbye to Lia and Bod we set off in search of roadworks so we could be diverted and this time we were successful. They ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Fuengirola May 8th 2016

Who actually uses a bidet for washing their backside, in all seriousness? I'm sure it's just an adult in-joke that British parents tell their kids when they pack them off on the school trip to France, in the hope of the teachers relaying to them hilarious anecdotes of stupid things their gullible kids did. Really, bidets are for rinsing the sand off your feet or washing socks. I've not met one person who has admitted to washing their arse in a bidet, and if such a person exists and is reading this, please fess up in the comments section! Moving on... I'm in Andalusia, Spain. Where the rain has been falling on the plain and as far as I can see, everywhere else too. Lots and lots of rain. Real heavy hardcore soaking wet rain. The ... read more
Bitch slapping butterfly
Cup of wine? Ok ya!
Plethora or infinity pools

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Fuengirola February 2nd 2015

Thursday 29th January: after a leisurely and very good breakfast at the hotel in Estepona we headed off along the coast highway towards Gibraltar. We once again went through La Duquesa where we had spent the first and second days of the trip looking at properties, and then on to La Linea adjacent to Gibraltar Airport. Rather than joining the long queue of traffic waiting to cross into Gibraltar we found a very convenient car park just 200 yards from the border crossing and walked into the Territory. First impressions were not favourable as it all seemed very scruffy and somewhat seedy; not improved by the overcast weather. We enquired about getting a taxi to the top of the Rock, which was the only place we wanted to visit but were told that the only, and ... read more
Kempinski Hotel Estepona
Lobby sculpture with admirer
Gibraltar

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Fuengirola January 27th 2015

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. ... read more
The church of Santo Domingo Benalmadena Pueblo
 Another unexpected development in a prime location
Castillo Colombares

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Fuengirola January 25th 2015

Saturday 24th February: we headed west on the main coast highway towards Marbella then turned inland up into the hills past the multi million euro villas of middle eastern potentates: the uber rich and other ne'er do wells, and onwards and upwards. At over 3,000 feet, and not far below the snow line, we stopped off at a cafe for some delicious Spanish coffee and to share the view with the bikers who use this cafe as a rest stop; in a similar way to the bikers who congregate near Storey Arms on the A470 Cardiff to Brecon road. Then it was down the mountain, but not too far, to the town of Ronda. It's an old Moorish stronghold whose claim to fame is a spectacular gorge that separates the old town from the new (comparatively ... read more
In the mountains behind Marbella
Viewpoint on the El Tajo Gorge Ronda
El Tajo  Gorge Ronda

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Fuengirola January 24th 2015

Arrived here on Tuesday afternoon, 20/01/2014, direct from Cardiff: nice flight with Vueling although the weather at Malaga was overcast and cold. Picked up the hire car and were on our way within half an hour of landing. I had taken a virtual drive of the final leg of the journey using Google Street View and it was quite easy to recognise the junctions and turn-offs that we needed to take. We arrived at Liz's flat in the late afternoon and after unloading our gear we hopped back in the car to head downhill to the beach area to look for a supermarket or mini mart. We found one straightaway and stocked up on essentials. By this time it was raining and we were pretty damp and miserable when we got back to the flat, so ... read more
Golf apartment in La Duquesa
Favourite so far
Favourite so far

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Fuengirola April 12th 2014

Taking the cheap and quick 45 minute train journey along the coast to Fuengirola was a perfect way to spend a hot Saturday. The trains are clean, air conditioned and efficient. The town has a reputation like the whole of the Costa del Sol for being naff, yet this lovely little town has clawed its way back from those 1970’s images of Brits abroad. Short walk through the town took me to the wide street and promenade that stretches next to the sea. Beautiful beaches, endless benches and a lovely long sweeping view of the coastline meant it was a pleasure to walk miles up and down. The harbour was filled with boats, bars and music, frequent beer stops were essential to make the most of it. Glorious weather meant I wanted to explore a little ... read more
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