Chaos to Cosmos
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Saturday, 19 October 2019

Last day in Benalmádena

Back on the bus to the marina

And walked back along the beach stopping at a beachside bar for a Fanta Naranja

More stereotypical activities for Saturday Night in the hotel, but surprisingly high quality. 

What started as just a cheap week to "anywhere warm" became an utter surprise. It's possible to see something genuinely Spanish in Benalmádena! Admittedly, I stayed out of the British bars and I don't think I'd like it in high season (and I certainly don't need it to be any hotter than it was in October), but I hadn't expected to like the resort, which was a serious underestimation.

Friday, 18 October 2019

Busman's Holiday

Benalmádena Cable Cars

Benalmadena Marina

Actually, not quite EVERYTHING!

Stopped off at the Auditorium Bar in the Parque de la Paloma

The wait staff are paid chicken feed, mind you!

Another overtly touristy activity that was just what the doctor ordered (I had a cold). Jumped on a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and saw the sights from my seat. 

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Christmas Shopping

The roundabout at the end of Avenida las Palomas

Fish counter at Mercadona on the Avenida las Palomas

The real purpose of the visit, shopping the array of Christmas delicacies.

Roman drain and some not-so-Roman graffiti. Why did they build it next to a McDonalds? 

Tapas at the Tapas Bar Grill La Terraza for lunch again.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Beach Walk

Benalmádena Marina

Earned this at the end of the walk!

Tapas @ Tapas Bar Grill La Terraza

Paella for dinner

A beautiful day and a beautiful walk along the coast road to the marina and back along the beach. It's a lovely beach to walk along too with firm enough sand.

Parque de la Paloma

Parque de la Paloma in Benalmádena

Saw this chap on the way!

Just a short walk up hill was the Parque de la Paloma an extensive public park and haven of tranquillity with a lake, birds, animals, statues and excellent cafes.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Castillo de Bil Bil

Castillo de Bil Bil in Benalmádena

The dull and windy afternoon was actually ideal for a short, leisurely stroll along the coast as far as Bil Bil Castle, which is described as "Waterfront cultural centre with exhibits & special events such as concerts & art shows." It was built in 1927 in the Moorish architectural style to look like a defensive fortress.

Sunday, 13 October 2019


Playa de Bil Bil in Benalmádena

Medplaya Hotel Balmoral

Medplaya Hotel Balmoral

Not a bad view from the balcony

Lunchtime @ Tapas Bar Grill La Terraza

Where they also do a very good carrot cake for afternoon Kaffee (coffee) and Kuchen (cake)

Totally touristy, but it was just what I needed. The Hotel Balmoral was old-school in a good way, with everything at a very acceptable standard; room facilities and cleanliness, food, drink, service, friendliness, helpfulness (especially to a solo traveller), as well as location. Felt comfortable and well looked after.