We spent the last day of 2015 driving down to the coast and what a fabulous drive it was. The drive down the A-397 from Ronda down to the motorway all along the coast took us through the Parque Natural Sierra de las Nieves. At the highest we were over 1,200 meters above sea level and the 42 miles down to sea level at were just constant sharp bends all the way down with magnificent views of the mountains and the valleys below. Not that I was allowed to look! If I even glanced over the edge then I was immediately rebuked by Elaine and told to keep my eyes on the road. I do think the Spanish government could have saved lots of money. Just one zigzag sign at top and the bottom of the road ” beware, bends for 69 kilometers” would have sufficed instead of the constant warnings of the next hairpin bend.
We then drove along the motorway, bypassing Marbella, because we were aiming for Cabopino Camping for our next stop. We spotted a Lidls on the opposite side of the motorway so we pulled off and made our way back there to stock up on more essential supplies. At this point I do have to add that this lovely German supermarket chain do a very acceptable, 5 litre box of red wine for just under 7 euros. As New years was upon us then a box was definitely one of those essential purchases.
We have a large pitch higher up the camp and it is a perfect sun trap and we can even see the sea from beside our motorhome.
We are very proud our motorhome, but we are now coming across more and more gigantic examples of grandiose living that make our old bus look quite ordinary in comparison. There are lots of examples of what I am talking about on this site but this is the motorhome palace that is parked next door but one to our Harriett. I do think the awning on the back is a little ostentatious and I know they would have had problems with some of the low bridges we have come across getting here.
Cabopino is a little place about 13 kilometers east of Marbella and the camp is just over the duel carriageway. To get there we just walk over the bridge and down a short roadway and we get to the beach car park. Yesterday and today, lots of wind surfers have been enjoying the strong wind that has sprung up and it makes for a very colourful scene.
The dunes that run all along the coast from here towards Marbella are protected and are treated as a natural monument. To discourage people from walking on the sand dunes and wearing them away then miles of wooden walkways have been built to allow passage to the other beach areas further up the coast.
From the beach car park going the other way there is a very smart looking port and around the perimeter there are quite a few, expensive looking restaurants and bars.If you own a posh boat then it must be important to give it a name that reflects its status. I did find a couple of good examples but the owner of the second boat looked as though he was at least in his eighties and I wondered who he was trying to kid.
We went into Marbella today and we were at the bus stop waiting for the bendy bus by 10.30 this morning. First we went to the weekly outdoor market but we are perhaps getting a little bored with seeing the same stuff on stall after stall. The majority of stall holders were selling either jewellery, shoes or clothes whilst the Africans’ stalls were filled with snide looking handbags, belts, “Ray-Ban”sun glasses and with the occasional fake watch on show for a little variety.
We went from there to the “Centro Historico”, the old city centre, and walked past lots of boutique shops and souvenir shops looking for the real places of interest.
Jo decided that we needed a demonstration of her fitness and Elaine and her proceeded to have a workout on the gym equipment just above the beach.
Tomorrow we are going to take the bus in the other direction and we will visit Fuengirola and we will move on again on Wednesday