It is Saturday morning and the sun is shining although, again, it rained during the night. How convenient is that? We are parked on a very large car park right in front of the Golf La Noria, golf course and it is free to park here and there must be another 40 to 50 motorhomes also enjoying this very convenient camperstop. There are all the facilities we need except of course for electric hook up but we can manage perfectly well without electricity especially when the sun shines so the solar panel recharges our batteries.
La Cala de Mijas is a lovely little town 12 miles along the coast from Marbella and 24 miles from Malaga the other way. Just on the outskirts of the town is an Aldi and a Lidl and for those who find it necessary there is an Irish bar that does full English breakfasts, fish and chips and other English menu items. Another small restaurant does traditional beef dinners with roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings every Sunday so ex-pats and English visitors are well catered for.
The beach area is kept looking pristine as the council men plough it every morning even in the off season. The Spanish love to promenade and there is a walkway all along the coast that runs 6 miles west from the town and this can be used as a cycle-way but not at the weekends.
All along the coast there are watch towers which were built to look out for raiding pirates and each was manned by a squad of soldiers and bells were rung to warn the local residents of approach of any unwanted visitors. The soldiers in all the neighbouring towers must have been very envious of the squad posted here because the tower here is a much more extensive building. We visited the tower and got a good view along the coast from the top.
This is the very first place in Spain that Elaine has talked about as a possible place to move to and she has already pinpointed a couple of estates where she would like for our home. There is an affluent atmosphere to the town without the hustle and bustle of a large city. A very convenient bendy bus service connects the town to the larger cities along the coast and house prices seem very reasonable and affordable. The airports at Malaga and Marbella would give convenient flights home for visiting friends and family and the local TV shop boasts full UK television service set-up at low cost. What more could we want? Anybody worried about us disappearing to the south coast of Spain shouldn’t worry too much. Elaine always looks in Estate Agents’ windows anywhere that she likes and conjectures what it would be like living there.
Now for the down side of our 2015- 2016 tour. When we met up with Tom and Jo 4 weeks ago Jo had the most awful cold and it was then passed onto me and I do not seem to be able to shake it off and Jo sounds worse now than she was when she arrived in Spain. Inevitably , Elaine now has the cough and the streaming nose and Tom this morning showed signs that he too could be a victim of Jo’s gift to us. So we are not doing a lot and will stay here until Tom and I are fit enough to drive.