After 5 nights on the free aire at La Cala de Mijas we decided to spend a few days on a campsite so we could charge everything up by having electricity to plug into and to get some clothes washing done. We chose a site at Torremellinos and booked in for 3 nights. The site is 500 meters from the beach and it wasn’t long before we were out walking down to the beach.
We chose Torremellinos because we remembered the sketch from Monty Python when the travel agent recommended a visit to To-rro-mo-lin-os so we went expecting it to be another Benidorm type place.
So on the Friday the four of us decided to take a bicycle ride all along the front and our expectations were met because all the shops, cafes and restaurants are all there gaudily advertising to attract clientele from one country or another. The Union Flag flies outside many of the “English” cafes and all day breakfasts and fish and chips are available all along the way. Another similarity to Benidorm is the number of people that get about on electric wheel chairs but we didn’t see a single two seater version. My camera didn’t get a lot of use but my eye was caught by the very realistic American, old style Paddle Wheel Steamer that was tied up on the other side of the port.
Obviously, we are seeing these places in the winter months. The beaches are nearly always deserted but we often wonder what the places we are visiting would be like in the height of the summer. I searched on Google and this is an image I found of the beach at Torremellinos at the height of the season.
When we were at Torre del Mar earlier on, whilst we were waiting for Tom and Jo to come out, Elaine found a hairdresser that pleased her so this was our next port of call. We managed to book onto the same campsite we were on before for one night because the police do not allow wild camping in the vicinity and both campsites were full with long term, over wintering campers. We were greeted by Harry, when we arrived, and this Yorkshire widower was very happy to see us again because he knew he would be able to scrounge some more biscuits and teabags out of Elaine. Fortunately, the hairdresser had a slot for Elaine and Jo that very afternoon. Elaine bought a hair dye to complete the look and now you do not need to wonder why Elaine is known as the Silver fox.
So on the 15th of January we moved on to another free aire just a little further along the coast at Torrox Costa. We joined a mixed bunch of motorhomes parked for free on a road on the outskirts of the town just up from the beach. Elaine and I went off to find Charlie, a chap we met when we were in Sicily during our trip last year. We had word that he was on a campsite here in Torrox but we searched in vain. I managed to get a message to him and he, his wife Susan and their two dogs Mini and Fifi came to visit us in our motorhome that afternoon. That evening there was a beautiful sunset over the sea so I joined lots of other photographers on the beach.
We have moved on again and we are now on another campsite at Motril. Again we have moved onto a site so we can catch up with the washing and our bicycle ride around the town showed the town was not up to much and the oil refinery certainly spoiled the view on the beach. The one notable exception to the drabness of Motril is the first mountain tops we have seen this year that are snow covered as we are in the lowlands below the Sierre de Nevada mountain range