United Kingdom, Spain · 9 Days · 91 Moments · June 2017

Jilly's Andalucian holibobs - June 2017


29 June 2017

Proper English tea πŸ‘πŸΌβ˜•οΈ home sweet home 🏑 THE END.
Hello East Midlands πŸ™ˆ
Goodbye Andalucia πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ‘‹πŸ½
Delayed by an hour due to strike of ground staff at airport
Tacky souvenirs at Malaga airport
Thursday: Last morning here just time for breakfast before heading to malaga airport. Have loved the sights of Andalucia. At times a bit too hot so would recommend a visit early June or September.

28 June 2017

Around Mijas on the last night of the holiday
Last evening .. hotel meal before heading into town ..
Rubbish management is taken very seriously over here. You see lots of shrines on the roads such as this one on the road heading back to the hotel.
Stopped off for the most amazing milkshake I've ever had before walking back to the hotel. Fresh mango, banana with cream and frozen yoghurt πŸ’•
The final visit of the day was the miniature museum. Fascinating place. Shrunken head, Lincoln paint on a pinhead, da Vinci 'The Last Supper' painted on a grain of rice, wonders of the world carved on a toothpick
After the flamenco I remained in the main square for some lunch. The cafe was next door to the Don Quijote museum.
Watching the flamenco .... seeing double
We had been told about the flamenco πŸ’ƒπŸΌ in the main square at 12 noon.
On the way back to the town square I passed a pretty house and a chocolate shop β˜•οΈ
After coffee I headed for the town gardens in the same pretty area. A walk through all the colour was fab. I wasn't expecting such fantastic views ! Wow 😍
This turned out to be one of my favourite areas of Mijas. You could do easily miss it as it's off the beaten track. It's only a short walk from the hustle bustle of the shopping streets but feels a million miles away... The shady cafe by a pretty church .. The sound of the fountains, the church bells chiming and the occasional tinkling of the horse bells going past make this a really special place. Perfect for morning coffee β˜•οΈβ€οΈ
Taking the street leading up to the bullring... The bullring is no longer used but is kept as a historical attraction. It's unusual in that most are circular but this one was built rectangular.
I then took the street past all the horses and donkeys getting ready for the day ... I can't help but feel sorry for them working in the heat. They looked fairly well cared for but never saw them being given any water ☹️
Next stop was the shrine to the Virgin of the Rocks which was open this time so I went inside. Adjacent to the shrine is the panoramic viewpoint with its shady gardens and views back towards the hotel.
Wednesday: Decided to spend the last day having another wander around Mijas as there is so much to see. Every side street seems to have a gallery, historic building or small museum to visit. Started my walk at the bottom end of town where you can look back and see the hotel nestled in the hills.

27 June 2017

Drinks in town tonight.
Drinks on the terrace again before dinner. Bliss 😍 Overlooking the Costa Del Sol .
After I had cooled down and enjoyed my sangria I had a slow wander back to the hotel. Saw these little donkeys ... cute. I also spent some time in this photo gallery. She had some amazing photos on display from her travels all over the world.
After all that climbing I was definitely in need of a cold drink. I had been told about a place off San Sebastian street called The Secret Garden. Wow what a tranquil little haven 😍to have another sangria πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸΌ
Climbed up to the mirador above Mijas ... it was worth the effort! From up there you could see the bullring and the open air theatre 🎭
Another thing I love about Mijas is all the beautiful signs everywhere ....
I was trying to find the steps up to the mirador (viewing point) at the top of Mijas town when I stumbled across this beautiful property on a tiny back street. WOW! ❀️ geraniums everywhere!
Time for ice cream 🍦
Lunch was spent watching the world go by ... including a few donkeys and horses!
After spending the morning relaxing by the pool I needed to go and explore Mijas properly. It's such a pretty little town. I asked for a map at the hotel reception and headed off for the short 5 minute walk into town ...
Pool lift selfie
Look what I've spotted !!! Someone has a sense of humour πŸ˜‚
Tuesday: A morning spent relaxing around the pool was sooooo needed.

26 June 2017

Pre dinner selfie and a relaxing evening after full day sightseeing
Pretty sights around Nerja
Beach time at Nerja
Lunch was spent overlooking the sea and I had yet another sangria 😍
We headed to Nerja for the afternoon. Being dropped off near the town square with a few hours free time to explore this pretty seaside town.
Meeting in the square for our pick up at 12.30
After all that walking I was desperate for a cold drink before meeting up with the others. I had noticed this little bar with a perfect viewπŸ‘πŸΌ
Views from the top of the village were fab
More Frigiliana village
Around the village of Frigliana
Monday: This morning we are exploring a picturesque village up in the hills above Nerja. It's a maze of whitewashed buildings. It's called Frigiliana. Coffee first before going off to explore!

25 June 2017

After a long and busy day in Granada .... relaxing drinks on the balcony were very welcomed πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
Any finally the views from the upper balconies across Granada were stunning
The inner courtyards and gardens were also so peaceful..
More detail from inside the Alhambra palace showing how intricately it had been decorated using precious stones.
Some close ups taken inside showing the use of lapis lazuli (blue precious stone)
Every Palace was stunning and so peaceful .. the intricate carvings were stunning and the use of blue lapis lazuli in certain areas was beautiful. Totally unique.
It's a walled city which includes the palaces and gardens. Originally there were 8 palaces. Only 3 remain.
The Alhambra means 'the red one'. Tickets have to be pre booked weeks in advance and they limit entry. We had a 1pm timed entry. Our guide is called Monique. We were all kitted out with audio aids so we could wander off but still hear her live commentary. She made the whole 3.5 hour visit so interesting. Luckily it wasn't too hot as the clouds had appeared.
The drop off at Granada did provide an opportunity to see the fab views of the Alhambra from a mirador (viewpoint) above the old part of town. We did nearly get lost in the tiny maze of narrow streets leading up to the viewpoint. Thank goodness for google maps on my phone that saved the day !!! πŸ˜…
We arrived in Granada about 10.45am after a 1.5 hours coach journey. The city wasn't that impressive but I'm not sure if we saw the best bits. We were dropped off near the cathedral for an hour before heading up to the Alhambra for our 1pm tour.
Sunday: An early breakfast before setting off for Granada and the Alhambra. It did mean the best tables weren't taken in the hotel dining room though πŸ‘πŸΌβ˜•οΈ

24 June 2017

Before we left we saw the film crew taking their last shots for the day and then packing up all their stuff ... they were using a drone.
Early afternoon I decided that I need some shade so saw a sign to some botanical gardens perched high on the side of the gorge. Lucky most of it was in the shade πŸ˜… and they had a cafe! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸΉ
Around Ronda ...
Stumbled across a very posh wedding whilst there ... the guests were so beautifully dressed. They must have been melting though as the temp was approx 38 degrees
After recovering from the heat and having some lunch I went to the viewing point for the new bridge. Still 200 years old but it's the new bridge!
After visiting the house I followed the suggested walking route around town and found this beautiful square where I had lunch in a shady spot overlooking the church
Map of Ronda
The gardens at Casa d Bosco were beautiful and what a view !
First stop in Ronda was Casa d'Bosco a beautiful old house with the most amazing old gardens.
Arrived at Ronda to a film being shot. The bridge was closed for a short while
Too sexy! Or tooooooo much money πŸ™„πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ
Saturday: On our way to Ronda we took the coast road via Marbella and stopped for coffee at Puerto Banus harbour.

23 June 2017

Town square celebrations for one of their saints days .. we were surprised to see so many small children involved so late at night (it went on until midnight) but apparently it's the first day of the long summer holidays here
And yet another lovely sun set watched from the shrine to the virgin of the rocks
After our meal we headed into Mijas as it was Saint Juan day and we were told there would be entertainment in the main square.
Drinks before dinner ...
We got back from Malaga about 2.30 so the afternoon was spent enjoying some relaxing pool time. Unfortunately all the beds had gone around the pool so it was the sun terrace. No hardship though the views were great and I had a brolly πŸ‘πŸΌ
Malaga cathedral to escape the heat!!
Picasso museum. He was born in Malaga.
Loved the covered over the main shopping street of Marques de Larios
Art exhibitions everywhere
Spent the morning wandering the pretty streets in Malaga old town
Made a friend !!
Friday: Morning trip to Malaga. It was not what I was expecting at all. What a beautiful city. Stunning architecture and so much art everywhere! Before going off to explore a coffee in the shade of the cathedral gardens at a very traditional cafe

22 June 2017

Evening beers 🍻
We walked to a panoramic viewpoint that had been mentioned to us. Lovely evening views across the Costa Del Sol
Hotel Mijas taken from the main town square
My first sangria of the holiday ❀️ had to be done. As did sitting in the shade .. it's about 30 degrees ... a lovely bar overlooking the town hall and the horse carriages going by ..
And when I say views ..... πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™
Inside Hotel Mijas
Arrived after a very short 20 minute transfer from Malaga airport. Hotel Mijas is very traditional and is up in the hills. Always my preferred location. Love being up high with a great view.
Thursday: East Midlands airport was pretty good. I'd definitely fly from here again. All very low key and compact. You even walk to the aeroplane βœˆοΈπŸ˜„ treated myself to my favourite summer perfume πŸ‘πŸΌ

21 June 2017

Arrived at Jurys Inn hotel. Right on East Midlands airport site. I can see the departures building from my room. Huge room. Very comfy bed. I am sooooo hot I've had to strip off and put the a/c on full. Hottest day since 1976 apparently πŸ˜…πŸ˜… I've parked my car in bay B whilst I'm away ✈️ hope it will be ok
And it all went in! And I got it down the stairs πŸ˜‚ I put it on it's side and slid it down ... πŸ‘πŸΌ just as I was about to load the car the heavens opened! Delayed me leaving until 4.15pm
Wednesday: Decided to get up early and start my packing as this heatwave is zapping my energy. Somehow this all fitted in yaaay πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌI am an expert packer ! πŸ˜†βœˆοΈ not weighed it but I've got 22kgs so it'll be fine. Getting it down the stairs will be interesting .... πŸ˜³πŸ˜…