Jonathan Worthington :: jnthn.net

My 2005 Trip To Spain

I spent the first couple of weeks in April 2005 working in Spain. When I wasn't working (mostly on the two weekends that I was there) I got to go and do some touristy stuff, snapping some pics with my trusty sleek camera. Anyway, here they are for you to enjoy. Seems some people expect them on the web nice and promptly now. :-)

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Mijas

Mijas is a place up in the hills, quite near to Fuengirola where I was staying. It was slightly more off the tourist track than the bustling Fuengirola, but still obviously a tourist attraction. Just a quieter one, which is nice. :-) It had some fairly nice views down towards the sea too, though was a little cloudy (I went here on the Sunday morning - it rained all day, very heavily on the Saturday, but it was the only rain I saw in my entire 2 week stay).

The edge of the town
The edge of the town
A mass of villas
A mass of villas
Looking down the hill...
Looking down the hill...
And again...
And again...
And again.
And again.
A nice water feature
A nice water feature
The outskirts
The outskirts
Random cock
Random cock
A bull fighting ring
A bull fighting ring
Church tower next to the ring
Church tower next to the ring
Recognize this view?
Recognize this view?
The other side of the ring
The other side of the ring
The church next to the ring
The church next to the ring
Entrance to the ring
Entrance to the ring
 	View from the ring "executive box"
View from the ring "executive box"
The ring "museum"
The ring "museum"
A pretend bull
A pretend bull

Fuengirola Zoo

This was a really great zoo - maybe the best I have ever been to. It was reasonably spacious, nice and open so it didn't feel like the animals were all in cages and just a nicely arranged place. I highly recommend it if you have time - especially the chimpanzees, which I have many photos of them. They are every bit as cool as I'd imagined any relative of the monkey would be. :-) Oh, and I forget the name of many of the animals featured here. If you know what they are, do mail me and let me know.

Things with cool tails ;-)
Things with cool tails ;-)
Some birds
Some birds
Some kind of deer?
Some kind of deer?
I'm undecided on whether this is beautiful or just plain ugly
I'm undecided on whether this is beautiful or just plain ugly
This dude wouldn't look up
This dude wouldn't look up
Alligators - note the one in the cave
Alligators - note the one in the cave
Little chimp climbs...
Little chimp climbs...
...and climbs.
...and climbs.
Gymnast chimp!
Gymnast chimp!
Nice balance
Nice balance
Some monkey relative, I think.
Some monkey relative, I think.
One was camera shy. :-)
One was camera shy. :-)
A leopard takes a stroll
A leopard takes a stroll
Tigers!
Tigers!
A close-up of a tiger
A close-up of a tiger
I have no idea what they are
I have no idea what they are
A bird with a huge beak
A bird with a huge beak
A parrot.  Of the non-VM type. :-)
A parrot. Of the non-VM type. :-)
Another bird
Another bird
4 parrots pose for a photo
4 parrots pose for a photo
Baboons
Baboons
Deer, maybe?
Deer, maybe?
Crocodiles
Crocodiles
Fishes. Argh...reflection.
Fishes. Argh...reflection.
A snake
A snake
Another snake
Another snake
Another one I'm not sure what is
Another one I'm not sure what is
Another random bird
Another random bird
A turtle swimming at speed
A turtle swimming at speed
A couple of turtles hanging out
A couple of turtles hanging out
Crocodiles again...
Crocodiles again...
Flamingos
Flamingos
Crocs by the waterfall
Crocs by the waterfall
Little guy stands on a big chimp...
Little guy stands on a big chimp...
...and nearly makes it up, then falls.
...and nearly makes it up, then falls.
Yet tries again! Perseverance!
Yet tries again! Perseverance!
Climbing together.
Climbing together.
Watching the world go by.
Watching the world go by.
The chimps after a fight.
The chimps after a fight.
All of the chimps.
All of the chimps.
Aww...cuteness.
Aww...cuteness.
My last chimp pic. I promise.
My last chimp pic. I promise.

Sohail Castle, Fuengirola

One morning I took walk down the coast to Fuengirola castle - a 20 or so minute walk from where I was staying. Located on a hill, it's a pretty interesting castle and has good views out to sea and of the surrounding area. It also has a stage area and is used to stage concerts and other events.

The castle on the hill
The castle on the hill
A view of the coast to the west
A view of the coast to the west
Looking west and inland a bit
Looking west and inland a bit
The back of the castle
The back of the castle
3 cannons
3 cannons
A cannon up close
A cannon up close
If only you could fire them. :-|
If only you could fire them. :-|
A castle tower and the town
A castle tower and the town
The front inside of the castle
The front inside of the castle
The back inside of the castle
The back inside of the castle
Bridge over the river Fuengirola
Bridge over the river Fuengirola
Looking east from the castle
Looking east from the castle
Inside a tower - window and roof
Inside a tower - window and roof
Another tower window
Another tower window
Hole to shoot weaponry through
Hole to shoot weaponry through
The castle's towers and stage
The castle's towers and stage

Puerto Banus

This is the place where the rich hang out. A beautiful little town filled with expensive cars, pretty girls (ahem), posh restaurants and large boats. It also has a very nice noodle shop that we had food from. Very tasty.

A very fancy hotel
A very fancy hotel
The beach
The beach
After buying a boat like that, the car is just pocket change...
After buying a boat like that, the car is just pocket change...
Lots and lots of boats
Lots and lots of boats
This boat even has a second speed boat inside it.
This boat even has a second speed boat inside it.

Marbella

I had a wonder around the old town of Marbella. It's a fairly pretty place. Marbella is near to Puerto Banus, and felt like a fairly rich town too. Indeed, the road between them is named the "Golden Mile" and contains lots of nice properties.

A nice water feature
A nice water feature
A church in the old town
A church in the old town
I think this was the original old town wall, or a castle.
I think this was the original old town wall, or a castle.
More castle wall.
More castle wall.
And more. Note the entrance, which leads to some modern properties.
And more. Note the entrance, which leads to some modern properties.
I found some cats.
I found some cats.
A nice fountain in a park just outside the old town.
A nice fountain in a park just outside the old town.

Selwo Sea Life Center

Selwo Sea Life was in Benalmadena, which is my favorite coastal town of those I saw. If I ever end up having an apartment or anything on the Costa Del Sol, this is the place I'd want to have it. I went there both days of the second weekend, and this is where I spent most of the first day. They put on some great shows - I have pictures of the dolphin and sea lions show, but the exotic birds one, which was incredible, held me too fascinated to think to take any pics. If you ever go here, make sure you see that show though.

Dolphins "standing" in the water
Dolphins "standing" in the water
About to jump...
About to jump...
...splash!
...splash!
Sea lions in the sun
Sea lions in the sun
Sea lions having a swim
Sea lions having a swim
Dolphins taking a swim
Dolphins taking a swim
The sea lions show
The sea lions show
Notice the huge one on the left
Notice the huge one on the left
Sea lions have incredible balance
Sea lions have incredible balance
Sea lion in a ring
Sea lion in a ring
Near the penguins area of the park
Near the penguins area of the park
Angel fish
Angel fish
More fish
More fish
Large lizard like creature
Large lizard like creature
Penguin swimming
Penguin swimming
Penguins out of the water
Penguins out of the water
Penguins can swim fast
Penguins can swim fast
More penguins
More penguins
A different type of penguin
A different type of penguin
Ostriches (I think)
Ostriches (I think)

Telecabina (Cable Car) To Monte Calamorro

On the second day I was in Benalmadena, I went up a cable car to the 800m high Monte Calamorro. It's a really nice view up there, along with various walks and shows, including an excellent falconry show.

The town of Benalmadena
The town of Benalmadena
On the way up
On the way up
Looking out to sea
Looking out to sea
The road into Benalmadena
The road into Benalmadena
The view from further up
The view from further up
The cable passes over the motorway
The cable passes over the motorway
A car coming down
A car coming down
Some kind of driving or race track
Some kind of driving or race track
The view from near the top
The view from near the top
Looking to the west
Looking to the west
A bird of prey in the falconry show
A bird of prey in the falconry show
A bird in the air. They fly fast and it's very hard to photo them.
A bird in the air. They fly fast and it's very hard to photo them.
A bird in flight
A bird in flight
A view from the cable car station
A view from the cable car station
Paths led to near the peak
Paths led to near the peak
On the walk to the top
On the walk to the top
Looking inland, to the east
Looking inland, to the east
At the top
At the top
Looking down to the town
Looking down to the town
Looking over the hills
Looking over the hills
The clouds start to roll in
The clouds start to roll in
The motorway has a nice viaduct
The motorway has a nice viaduct
Another view of the town
Another view of the town
The mountain terrain
The mountain terrain
And some more
And some more
Looking to the west
Looking to the west
The marina from the mountain
The marina from the mountain

Benalmadena

Here are some shots I took as I wondered around this nice town.

Nice views up to the hills
Nice views up to the hills
The beach
The beach
An old boat in the marina
An old boat in the marina
The marina
The marina
Another bit of the marina
Another bit of the marina
The area around the marina
The area around the marina
A palm tree eclipses the sun
A palm tree eclipses the sun
An Arabic castle
An Arabic castle
The front of the castle
The front of the castle
The Spanish Flag
The Spanish Flag

Fuengirola

This is the place that I lived and worked for the two weeks. It's a busy tourist town, and I'd rather not be there in high season as it can get very crowded. There are lots of great places to eat.

Dude....can anyone see a hotel?
Dude....can anyone see a hotel?
The sandy, sunny beach
The sandy, sunny beach
The sea front west of the harbor
The sea front west of the harbor
The harbor and the town
The harbor and the town
A similar shot
A similar shot

A Few Thank You's

Thanks to Tore for providing employment, arranging much of the trip, giving me ideas of places to go and taking me to some of them, knowing where the good tapas restaurants were and friendship. This time I flew with Flybe - cheap, but did the job with only a small delay on the way out and none on the way back. I'll probably use them again. Credit also goes to the UK railways system for running the train from Birmingham to York 5 minutes late, meaning I didn't miss it and have to sit around the station for another hour. :-) And while they'll surely never read this, sorry to all the Spanish people who were subjected to my awful Spanish speaking "skills" - I got much better while I was out there, though. Woo...yet another fun trip.


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