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Oct122009

Fuengirola - April 2009

This trip started out as a result of a search engine, much more powerful than Google, proving it's worth. My private internet scanner, aka MBG, discovered some very cheap flights from Robin Hood Doncaster to Malaga. My internet scanner also managed to provide a shortlist of five hotels, via TravelRepublic, and attached a note saying 'I like this one'. Obviously, I tried to like a different one, but I have a policy of not choosing hotels. I want to be the one that looks reproachful if it turns out to be rubbish. Thus we ended up at La Jabega, Fuengirola, for a week. Well actually, it was Los Boliches, near Fuengirola.

  MBG - My private internet search engine

We did a 'self-service' transfer from Malaga airport to Fuengirola. In other words we caught the train. There is a train station at Malaga airport and half an hour later the train dropped us off at Los Boliches station. We got a taxi to the hotel, but it turned out to be no more than a 10 min walk from ther hotel. Reviews for the hotel were a bit mixed, but you often find that. Some people would never be satisfied even if you put them up in the Savoy for 10 days for £15 cash. In fact, it was fine. Our usual favourite apartment configuration with a (side) sea view. We weren't in there that much, but I liked it enough to write a review for TravelRepublic.

(Left Hand) View from our balcony

The first day the weather was ok - but not sunbathing ok. We walked into Fuengirola, and beyond, and explored the castle. Very enjoyable, if tiring. After that, the weather was fine, and MBG went into sunbathing routine on the very comfortable sunbeds on the beach opposite the hotel. I even had a little go myself and (almost) enjoyed it.

Now it should be revealed that there is a darker side to MBG's character. She is a secret kareoke singer. In the evening we go through a dark routine. We discuss where to eat, like a normal couple, then we go and eat. Then the dance begins. 'What would you like to do now?' 'I don't mind, what would you like to do?' 'Shall we go for a drink somewhere?' 'Yes, that would be nice.' Then I go 'OK fgns let's go to that kareoke bar we went to last night.' Happyness abounds. Actually, it is two sided. MBG is very good, and once she has done a couple of songs, the bar is very keen on us staying in there. It's nice to feel welcome.

MBG singing in Fuengirola

To be fair we also found a normal ex-pat bar where we had a lot of fun. I don't normally like ex-pat bars but Bar One is an exception. Good company and fun. Well recommended!

We also took a day trip to Gibraltar. Once there, we didn't do the organised tours and chose to take the cable car up the mountain. It's a bit scary, so don't try it unless you have a good head for heights. You get two choices - half way, or all the way to the top. We went for the top, with half way on the return journey. Warning - at the top there is a spiral staircase, with a sheer drop on one side, and there are predatory Barbary apes waiting for anything that looks remotely like food.

 Two 'helpers' at the very top of the rock

You are warned about food. Possibly you could also be warned about loose cameras and anything else that looks grabbable. Hats being ripped off and chucked down the mountain are a specialty act available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Other than that, the apes (monkeys) are fine.

I am afraid I got a bit carried away with the apes:

 

And one more:

 OK - last one

Then the cable car again, with the compulsory stop half way down. It's not nice sticking out of the side of a mountain with what seems like a plank and a couple of ropes to hang onto. It's better than that (just) but its not a good time to get vertigo!

The cable station half way up the rock of Gibraltar

....and this is how high up it is!

Gibraltar from the Cable Car Station And a final view of the 'Rock' from the Spanish side of the border:-