Jonathan Worthington :: jnthn.net

My 2006 Trip To Spain

Once again I headed out to Spain for a couple of weeks of work (and play on the weekends and the bits of the evening I didn't work for). I went and did various Stuff, and as per usual took photos.

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Around Malaga

Malaga is a bit of a mix. The old town is really nice, and has some very beautiful places. Some of the areas around the town where they've planted small gardens are nice too. However, the port is something of a dump, with what you'd guess was the port building actually being derelict and a building near by falling down (or being knocked down...it's hard to tell). Overall, though, I enjoyed my time there.

Looking down the main street - the old town is left of this
Looking down the main street - the old town is left of this
Near the port
Near the port
The port
The port
A boat leaves the port
A boat leaves the port
The main shopping street
The main shopping street
The odl town near the cathedral
The odl town near the cathedral
More of the old town by the cathedral
More of the old town by the cathedral
Curious building near the Picasso museum
Curious building near the Picasso museum
Plaza de la Merced
Plaza de la Merced
This long grassy track runs through Malaga
This long grassy track runs through Malaga
Looking over one of the main roads through Malaga
Looking over one of the main roads through Malaga

Malaga Cathedral

The Malaga Cathedral is impressive both inside and out. I did have a look around the inside, but photography is forbidden so I've no pictures of that. If you're there, though, it's well worth paying the couple of euros to have a look around. Built on what was the site of a mosque when the Catholic kings entered Spain in the 16th century, it actually never did get finished - it only has a North tower and is known by the locals as "the one-armed".

The tower
The tower
Top of the tower
Top of the tower
One of the entrance doors
One of the entrance doors
Outside the main body of the cathedral
Outside the main body of the cathedral
Another entrance
Another entrance
Closer look at the east side (I think!)
Closer look at the east side (I think!)

Malaga Castle

The Malaga Castle is in two parts; currently you can't get from one to the other directly. I only saw the one part, which took me quite a while to get round - it's way bigger than any other castle that I've visited in Spain. As you go up you see better and better views over Malaga, some of which I've tried to capture here.

The castle behind a main road
The castle behind a main road
The first statue when you enter
The first statue when you enter
An old Roman theatre
An old Roman theatre
One of the lower towers
One of the lower towers
One of the many gardens in the castle
One of the many gardens in the castle
Looking along one side of the castle
Looking along one side of the castle
Walking through the castle
Walking through the castle
An archway
An archway
Looking out to the port
Looking out to the port
Another of the gardens
Another of the gardens
A castle tower and the port
A castle tower and the port
Looking over Malaga one way...
Looking over Malaga one way...
...and an other...
...and an other...
...and yet another.
...and yet another.
The upper part of the castle that you can't get to from here
The upper part of the castle that you can't get to from here
A bull fighting ring
A bull fighting ring
Another garden with a chapel at the back
Another garden with a chapel at the back
Looking over the city to the cathedral
Looking over the city to the cathedral
Another city view...
Another city view...
...and another...
...and another...
...and yet another.
...and yet another.
Scary me wearing a geeky t-shirt. As usual.
Scary me wearing a geeky t-shirt. As usual.
More towers
More towers
Some nice gardens by the castle
Some nice gardens by the castle
The (closed) walk to the other part of the castle
The (closed) walk to the other part of the castle

Walk Torreblanca - Fuengirola

After my day in Malaga I got off the train at Torreblanca and walked the rest of the way back to Fuengirola. Less than an hours walking.

The bull on the hill at Torreblanca
The bull on the hill at Torreblanca
Looking along the Torreblanca coast...
Looking along the Torreblanca coast...
...and again.
...and again.
Fuengirola port in the distance
Fuengirola port in the distance
A monument along the way
A monument along the way
Another monument in Fuengirola
Another monument in Fuengirola
The sun sets, casting a haze
The sun sets, casting a haze
The Fuengirola port building
The Fuengirola port building
Looking from Fuengirola back towards Torreblanca
Looking from Fuengirola back towards Torreblanca

Peurto Banus

An exclusive little town full of expensive restaurants, even more expensive houses and yet more expensive yaughts. Oh, and lots of pretty girls. They probably cost their partners a lot too. ;-)

Expensive boats...
Expensive boats...
...expensive cars.
...expensive cars.
Wonder how many million that big boat cost?
Wonder how many million that big boat cost?
Random towerage
Random towerage
One of the many nice, clean streets
One of the many nice, clean streets
The fancy hotel, seen from the beach
The fancy hotel, seen from the beach
Appartments and restaurants
Appartments and restaurants
The nicely paved sea front
The nicely paved sea front
Just outside of Peurto Banus
Just outside of Peurto Banus
Some statues in the town center
Some statues in the town center

Marbella

I visited Marbella a couple of times, once the sea front and the next time a nice park. The sea front didn't do that much for me, but the views up to the hills from the park were nice.

The harbour
The harbour
Some weird monument thingy
Some weird monument thingy
And another one.
And another one.
The beach
The beach
A nice park in the north of Marbella.
A nice park in the north of Marbella.
The view while I sat eating strawberries with Tore. Mmm...
The view while I sat eating strawberries with Tore. Mmm...

Peurto Cabopino

This is a nice quiet little place located on the way between Fuengirola and Marbella. It has some pretty big sand dunes that you can walk amongst.

A big sand dune, and the sea in the background
A big sand dune, and the sea in the background
Looking to the west...
Looking to the west...
...and to the east.
...and to the east.
Random tower. No idea what it was for.
Random tower. No idea what it was for.
The beach
The beach
The small port
The small port

Walking at Alora

Alora is in the Spanish countryside and, being some way inland, is off the tourist track. Or at least, off most tourist's track. It does give you a much better idea of what life in Spain really looks like though. Also, it's good to know a little Spanish if you go there since English isn't spoken anywhere near as much as it is on the coast (I know a very little bit, but enough to at least have a conversation with the guy at Alora Castle, where I also went, and order some food in the locals bar). There aren't really any signs to tell you where to go either, so you have to make it up a bit. I walked through one part of the village and then found a farm track that seemed to go up a little way into the hills and guessed it might be worth following. It turned out to be a good gamble - I walked a long way along it and it did indeed go quite high, giving some really quite nice views of the surrounding area. The random dogs that wanted to bark at me and in one case come and say hello weren't much bother, though I wasn't so keen when a load of horses decided to charge a fence I was stood on the other side of! Later I went back and to the other part of the village, which is the other side of the train station.

The castle on the hill
The castle on the hill
Taken from the train station
Taken from the train station
Another one from by the station
Another one from by the station
A village I walked through
A village I walked through
Looking accross farm land
Looking accross farm land
More farms
More farms
The soil is a kinda odd red-ish color, and is like sand.
The soil is a kinda odd red-ish color, and is like sand.
The track I was wandering along
The track I was wandering along
Some farms - think some dogs ran after me about here!
Some farms - think some dogs ran after me about here!
Looking away from Alora
Looking away from Alora
A load of cactii growing on the hillside
A load of cactii growing on the hillside
A view on the way back
A view on the way back
Looking towards the other part of Alora I'd later visit
Looking towards the other part of Alora I'd later visit
A similar shot
A similar shot
Walking towards the town to the other side of the station
Walking towards the town to the other side of the station
Climbing up towards the town center
Climbing up towards the town center
The town center of Alora. Yup, that's it!
The town center of Alora. Yup, that's it!
Taken from near the castle
Taken from near the castle
Another view from by the castle
Another view from by the castle
The part of the town I'd been in earlier
The part of the town I'd been in earlier
Looking over the countryside
Looking over the countryside
The road into Alora and a river
The road into Alora and a river

Alora Castle

The castle at Alora is pretty small and takes a good uphill walk to get to, which is fairly tiring in the sun. It also happens to be a place of rest, so I didn't take that many photos out of respect. The best bit is if you carefully climb up some steps into a tower, where you get some wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and the rest of the castle. Anyway, it was worth a look and it didn't cost me anything to look around. When I said I was from England (in the best Spanish I could muster together) the guy who ran the place said something about Tony Blair, though I'm still not sure if it was good or bad. :-)

Walking up towards the castle
Walking up towards the castle
One tower, taken from another
One tower, taken from another
A chapel
A chapel
Inside the castle grounds
Inside the castle grounds
Looking down on Alora station
Looking down on Alora station
Alora
Alora

Fuengirola Zoo, Again

Wanting to satisfy my love of monkeys/chimps, I couldn't do much better than make another trip to the wonderful Fuengirola zoo. I didn't take so many photos of last time, and yes, I did spend a very long time watching the monkeys and chimps. :-)

One tiger goes up to the other...
One tiger goes up to the other...
...and says "wake up", and the other one says "get lost"...
...and says "wake up", and the other one says "get lost"...
...and so he goes away again.
...and so he goes away again.
A parrot
A parrot
Another parrot
Another parrot
Monkey hanging out
Monkey hanging out
A young monkey - this guy was very bouncy and kept pulling the bigger monkey's tails!
A young monkey - this guy was very bouncy and kept pulling the bigger monkey's tails!
Awww....
Awww....
"Look at these guys sleeping lazily"
"Look at these guys sleeping lazily"
"Guys! Get up!"
"Guys! Get up!"
Dude, chimps are so cute!
Dude, chimps are so cute!
Daddy chimp gives baby chimp a piggy back
Daddy chimp gives baby chimp a piggy back
Clapping chimp
Clapping chimp
Jump!
Jump!
"We're cool 'cus our tails are longer than all the other monkeys!"
"We're cool 'cus our tails are longer than all the other monkeys!"
Leapord
Leapord
An orang u tang hanging out...
An orang u tang hanging out...
...and having a little climb.
...and having a little climb.

Walk Torremelinos - Benalmadena

I took a walk from Torremelinos west along the sea front to Benalmadena. The two towns have pretty much merged into one now, so I'm really not sure where the boundary officially is. I only knew I was in Benalmadena because I recognized the beautiful port (which as one resident proudly told me won an award for being the best port in the world). I drank a slush in Benalmadena and wrote my postcards, which was nice, then got slightly lost finding the train station, but got there without too much trouble in the end. I'm still not quite sure which turning I took wrong...

Walking down from Torremelions station
Walking down from Torremelions station
Torremelions beach
Torremelions beach
A ship with a massive sound system that you could hear from land
A ship with a massive sound system that you could hear from land
Looking towards Benalmadena
Looking towards Benalmadena
Benalmadena port
Benalmadena port
Benalmadena port and shopping center
Benalmadena port and shopping center
Taken inside the shopping center...
Taken inside the shopping center...
...and again.
...and again.

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