Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Marvelous Malaga lit up for Christmas

 Drove to Malaga and got there about lunchtime found a parking space on the road near to our accommodation Villa Alicia Guest House, which was about one kilometre from the port.
After dropping off our stuff we wandered into the heart of the city.
The first place we went to was Plaza de la Merced where Picasso was sitting waiting for us and we had a lovely lunch at La Canadu.

Look who was waiting for us in Plaza de la Merced

From the Plaza, it is a short walk to the Alcazaba and Roman Amphitheatre and this area was crowded with people, we realised that it was national holidays on 6th & 8th December, so today being 7th lots of people took 3 days off to do Christmas shopping.

Roman Amphitheatre at night

Just next to the Alcazaba there is a large building which in the past have been covered in sheeting but this time we could see what it was, it was Malaga Museum and it was open so we went in and it was free admission, there were some great paintingsand archaeological artefacts on display and we really enjoyed the visit. The refurbishments to the old Palacio de la Aduana (customs palace) were finished in December 2016 and it is now Malaga Museum and is well worth a visit.

Courtyard inside Malaga Museum

We continued our wandering through the old section of the city with the other thousands of people eventually ending up at the huge Christmas tree at the top of Calle Larios.

Christmas tree at the top end of Larios in the daytime

Elf in Larios

Santa in Larios
Having a little rest

Never seen so many people in Calle Larios. At the bottom of Calle Larios we met Hans Christian Anderson who kindly let us have a photograph taken with him.

Eventually went back to the hotel for a rest before going out later for a great meal at Vegetariano El Calafate before taking in the wonderful Christmas lights.

Christmas tree at the top end of Larios at night
Calle Larios
Calle Larios

Before leaving Malaga the next day we walked to the CAC Museum, which is also free, where they have an exhibition of works by Leiro which consists of wooden sculptures, which we found fascinating and is on until 7th January 2018.

We also had a ride on Malaga Ferris Wheel or Noria Mirador Princess, this is a 70 metre-high observation wheel based at Malaga Port. When we arrived there was no queue and we went straight on and enjoyed the superb views over the Port and the whole of Malaga.

Malaga Port from the Ferris wheel
Malaga from Ferris wheel

We also called into the town hall to see the Nativity and we timed it right as there was nobody else there, we tried to go there yesterday and they were queuing outside.

On our way back to our car we came across some new street art.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Wednesday Hikes. Join us on the last 3 hikes of the year

Last 3 hikes before Christmas

6th December

Meet in Lidl car park in Loja at 11am to drive to the start near the football ground. From here we will walk across the railway line onto good tracks calling in at the mirador overlooking Rio Genil then continuing along undulating tracks to an abandoned hamlet. Then retrace our steps back to Loja. No refreshments on the route but plenty of nice places for coffee after the hike. The hike is dog-friendly apart from the start and finish, where they must be on leads. Please let us know if you will be joining us. 12 kilometres about 2.5 hours.

Good turnout by people and dogs with some great views of Rio Genil

13th December

A 3-hour undulating hike from La Saucedilla along good tracks to Hotel Rosario where we stop for refreshments then return by a different route to the starting point. Dog-friendly walk, meet at La Saucedilla at 11 am. To get to La Saucedilla take the A92M motorway and leave at junction 11 and head towards Archidona. Please let us know if you will be joining us.

20th December Christmas Dinner Hike

This year we are having our Christmas Dinner hike around Villanueva del Trabuco. Starting and finishing at Antigua Venta El Cortijuelo - Hnos. Romero meet at 11:30 am for a 2-hour hike followed by menu del dia at Romero's. The hike is short with only two hills so you should not be too tired to eat your meal.
Please let us know if you will be joining us for the hike and meal so that we can make arrangements for seating.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Wednesday walk 22nd November hike

This week we are doing a brand new walk.
Starting at Pulgarin Bajo along undulating tracks to Guaro where we can have refreshments and then retrace our steps back to Pulgarin.
The route is about 12.5 k and should take between 2.5 to 3 hours.
Meet at 10 am at bar/restaurant El Cruce in Villanueva del Trabuco to share cars and drive to the start.
Please let us know if you will be joining us so that we are not waiting at El Cruce.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Atrekinthesun attempts autumn ascent of Alhama de Granada Gorge

On this cold crisp autumn morning, we decided to go for the ascent of the Gorge.
We arrived at the starting point the Presa del Rio Alhama just outside Alhama de Granada in Spain at about 10 am and it was only still only 3 degrees, we parked up opposite El Ventorro which was not yet open, so no hot coffee before we started.

Presa del Rio Alhama

Finally, we got started and it was very cold as the gorge was still in the shade and there was still some frost on the ground. After a couple of minutes, we were in the gorge so we could let Scoobie off so at least she could run around and get warmed up.
We didn't see any other hikers on the route it was obviously too cold for anyone else.
We did pass a couple of old cave houses and an Ermita along the route.

Crossing the Rio Alhama

Approaching the end of the gorge we had a great view of the town of Alhama de Granada

We also saw the famous rock containing the hoof prints of the horse that had been spooked by a snake on the cliffs high above the gorge whilst carrying a knight from Malaga. Unfortunately, the horse died, but the knight survived for a few days during which time he requested that the Ermita was built to honour the occasion, or so the legend goes.
Arriving safely at the top of the gorge in the beautiful town of Alhama de Granada we rewarded our efforts with a much-needed breakfast of coffee and tostada, aceite con tomato at Bar Andaluz, by which time the sun had arrived and we had to remove some layers of clothing.
The descent back down the gorge went well and this time it was much warmer and we met up with a few more people doing the ascent.
Finally arriving back at El Ventorro unscathed, we indulged ourselves in the Arab Baths for a couple of hours, we were so lucky that we had the place to ourselves and were fully recovered afterwards for our drive back home.

The reward at the end of the hike

On the way home, we got a great view of snow on the Sierra Nevada

View of snow in the Sierra Nevada

Monday, 6 November 2017

Wednesday hike 8th November

This week we will be hiking from Fuente Camacho to Cuesta La Palma and back. It should take about 3 hours. It is on mostly good tracks with a little road walking at the start and finish and contains a couple of climbs along the route. It is dog-friendly but they will have to be on leads during the road parts. Meet at Salinas at 10 am outside bar Mejias to pool cars to drive to the start in Fuente Camacho. Refreshments are available in Cuesta La Palma.

Hiking the same route last year