30/10/2011 - 31/10/2011 22 °C
Tonight’s stay in Torremolinos was a last minute addition to the original plan. We only booked our stay a week earlier, while in Bayeux, after flicking through our hotel reservations and spotting a gap. I can’t wait to get back to the coast, I’ve become accustomed to living by the sea and I also love holiday resorts from a “fly on the wall” of a “Brit abroad” perspective. Always lots of laughs.
Instead of heading straight there, we detour (up the hill) to the Sierra Nevada to get our bearings as we plan to snowboard here in the new year. Driving up there, along the winding, mountainous roads is fine, it’s out of season, there’s no snow. Half way up though, we realise it’s time to change our footwear and put our coats on.
It’s only a forty minute drive from Granada and the scenery is spectacular, photographs don’t do it justice. High in the distance we see snow capped mountains but the town itself is dry….and quiet, but not empty.
We find somewhere for a quick café con leche to warm our cockles before heading down to sea level, where we take off our coats and change back in to our flip-flops.
We reach the hotel and as quickly as we've checked in we're out again, exploring. Torremolinos was the first town on the Costa Del Sol to be developed from tourism and was the most popular destination for holiday makers in this area during the 50s and 60s. And you can tell, some of them are still here. I'm worried that if we don't pull up our white socks we'll be asked for ID. As predicted, we're in the centre of a tourist trap and everything is as we expected. Man made beaches, tat shops, Irish bars and my favourite, the "English Supermarket". Basically, it's everything you expect from your resort fortnight in the sun. It's superb.
We get in to town and order cerveza grande not realising we were about to be served a two pint jug of lager each. I can't help but think to myself what an amazing day, from being wrapped up this afternoon with a hot drink in Nevada, to sitting outside in the warm air with an ice cold beer on the Costa Del Sol. We have a great night and finish up in a cool little wine bar before doing the traditional thing and going home with a kebab.