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Saturday, 13 January 2018

The Perfect Birthday Treat in Monachil and Granada

We have just had the perfect birthday treat. It was my wife's birthday the other day and we decided to treat ourselves to a night out in a posh hotel.
We managed to get a deal at Granada Palace hotel in Monachil, Granada. Not being able to check-in until 2pm we decided to go into the middle of Monachil and have a look around.

The hotel room before we put our stuff everywhere
View of Granada from the 4th floor

Parking up near the river Monachil we found a beautiful walk along the riverbank, it was the start of the Los Cahorros walk which follows the Rio Monachil crossing over a couple of swing bridges on the way. When we got to the first of the swing bridges we decided not to do the whole walk, having done it before and returned back to Monachil on the other side of the river. Having navigated a track with a few lovely houses scattered along the way we eventually arrived on a road where we found Restaurante El Puntarron and decided to stop off for lunch. The weather was beautiful so we sat outside on their terrace taking in the wonderful views.

Life on the edge

Tackling the swing bridge

Lunch with a view

After lunch, we walked back to the car and drove to the hotel to check-in. The hotel was really modern and our room was great with a lovely terrace overlooking the snow-covered slopes of The Sierra Nevada.
We had a nice meal at one of the restaurants at the hotel after we had had a very relaxing visit to the hotel Spa (included in the price of the hotel).
After a lovely breakfast the next day we ventured into Granada and visited The Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias)  which has some great museums and a fantastic Bio-Dome (Biodomo). The bio dome was the highlight of the visit and is an area dedicated to Education, Conservation and Research of biodiversity on the planet. It consists of a massive aquarium and a tropical area containing over 250 species of plants and animals.

our next car

Woodentops form a band, rave from the grave

Welcome to the robot exhibition 
In the dome now walking around the aquarium 

After we had finished and we were dying for a coffee, and as it was my wife's birthday I took her to the new Nevada Shopping Center in Granada.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Atrekinthesun's top 14 instagram photos in 2017

We share a lot of our photos from our travels and hikes on Instagram. Here are some notable photos from our adventures during 2017.

Number 14
Our adventure to Cadiz we stayed at El Puerto de Santa Maria and took the ferry across to Cadiz. There were some great things to see and some very nice sherry. When you get tired you can have a rest on this nice seat.

Read more about our adventure here.

Number 13
In February we paid a visit to the beautiful city of Cadiz

Looking back at Cadiz from the Castillo de Santa Catalina

Read more about our adventure here.

Number 12
Visited Granada in January

Read more about our adventure here.

Number 11

Hiking high above Loja in the Sierra de Loja we enjoyed the company of the giant wind turbines.
Read more about our adventure here.

Number 10

In April we came across this snake on a bike ride around Tarifa during our trip to the Costa de la Luz.
Read more about our adventure here.

Number 9

In September we went on a road trip to Portugal and visited Adraga beach.
Read more about our adventure here.

Number 8

In March we visited Sierra Nevada and had a fantastic time.
Read more about our adventure here.

Number 7

In November we visited Granada where had a very relaxed weekend.
Read more about our adventure here.

Number 6

In December we made our annual trip to Malaga to see the Christmas lights and much much more.
Read more about our adventure here.

Number 5

At the end of October, we went to Alhama de Granada, where we ascended the gorge and afterwards relaxed in the splendid Arab Baths at El Ventorro.
Read more about our adventure here.

Number 4

In May we did a cycling tour of Cabo de Gata and had a great time.
Read more about our adventure here.

Number 3

In September we did a day trip to Lisbon from our base in Sintra.
Read more about our adventure here.

Number 2

On our tour of Portugal in September we stayed at Sintra and visited one of the magnificent Palaces.
Read more about our adventure here.

Number 1

In the middle of June, we embarked on a road trip in our Motorhome which lasted almost 8 weeks. During the trip, we visited a lot of places and met up with a lot of friends and family. The highlight of the trip was my daughter's wedding where we had a fantastic time.

Great fish and chips in Silloth

Read more about our adventure here.

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.