Drive to Marbella

This morning we left Roquetas de Mar and headed for Marbella, about 120 miles away, so much for not doing a lot of driving! We started to follow the coast road but this really was quite hard work and was taking a long time to get anywhere however we did pass what looked to be a very nice new and modern resort at Almenimar.

Since we left Valencia the whole countryside appears to be very big on horticulture, for miles and miles and miles all you see are plastic greenhouses and cloches that they seem to put in every available space which I have to say rather ruin the scenery but are clearly a necessity and they do produce lovely tomatoes!

We glimpsed the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada and then joined the motorway.

I wanted to come off the motorway just after Alumencar as the main coastal road offers a scenic drive crossing the magnificent headland of Cerro Gordo which has a succession of beaches and several 16th and 17th century watchtowers. With my head in the guide book Tony took the motorway that passed this headland. I was not happy, so we came off the motorway at the next junction and back-tracked along the old coastal road to the headland! It was well worth it as it climbs quite high and the scenery is beautiful, although scary to see how the old coastal road only has blocks of concrete along the edge to stop you going over, no wonder they have replaced this route with a safer road with tunnels through the mountains as well as the motorway.

We stopped for lunch overlooking the sea with Nerja and Malaga in the distance.

We continued our drive along the coast to Nerja where we had a walk around the old town and the Balcon de Europa, a striking palm-lined seafront belvedere which offers great views over the rocky coastline. Nerja has a great atmosphere and we really liked it.

Gloria, this one is for you!

We continued to Marbella and are now camped about 3kms outside, the wind has picked up but we are cosy and settling down to watch episode 3 of ‘Last Tango in Halifax’, series 1!

We are living very frugally although Tony thinks we are splashing out as he has filled up with premium diesel as the van is working quite hard and we have been going into campsites every night rather than staying in free car parks but in his words “f— it we’re on holiday!” I say “in that case, tomorrow we are eating out!”.

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7 thoughts on “Drive to Marbella

  1. Kate February 28, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    Wow – your trip sounds and looks amazing!
    Have a drink for us tomorrow – when Dad takes you out for dinner Mum! 😉
    Xxxx

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  2. mick p February 28, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    Just think how much you are saving on gas / electricty & wood ……………..Hmmm I forgot the tarrif’s you’re on pay you to use Gas / electric & Tony get’s free wood , ah well just use Tony’s winter fuel allowance to fill up 🙂

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    • rosiepike March 1, 2014 / 9:13 pm

      He used the winter fuel allowance on the first 3 fill ups! Think we have done 5 so far. X

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  3. Alan and gloria February 28, 2014 / 10:01 pm

    We used to go to Nerja years ago, used to be sleepy Spanish town. Tony if you want to be a real romantic take Rose to the Marbella old town. A little plaza by the church full of orange trees. The restaurant at the south end is lovely, they do a super sea bass in crusted sea salt, soaked for 24 hours, it’s lovely. Go on skip the Big Mac and have a night to remember. X

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    • rosiepike March 1, 2014 / 9:10 pm

      Found the plaza and think found the same restaurant, well it was by the church and only one that had fish baked in sea salt but we went for the paella and it was delicious!

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  4. Gloria February 28, 2014 / 10:55 pm

    Remember Balcon de Europa. Lovely place. Xx

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