This year it was my turn to organise a surprise holiday for our anniversary. Slightly out of character I opted for a package deal in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol. The hotel was quirky, with an Austin Healey 3000 parked in reception (apparently it was the prize possession of the owner of the hotel/spa/gym complex and still in full working order.) The food and wine were excellent and the included spa treatment very relaxing. We did not spend a lot of time in the hotel, but made a few day trips in Andalusia. The first one was to one of our favourite haunts in this region: Ronda. We got there via a place we had not been before Casares, one of the typical Pueblos Blancos.
Visiting these inland places at this time of year, when there are not many other visitors, gives you a different perspective. Not a lot tourist tat for sale, shops and galleries closed for the winter. On the coast it was different though. The item that appears most often on the menu of restaurants in Fuengirola is still “Full English Breakfast” and the boulevard is lined with English pubs and Fish & Chips shops.
Our other trip was to Cordoba. It was over 15 years ago that we first visited the Mezquita and it had not lost any of its attraction. What a great place it is; home to two religions and a fantastic mix of different styles of architecture.
Near the newly restored Roman Theatre in Cordoba Ruud’s Eye was caught by the shadows on a wall.
Before the Christians and Muslims the Romans put their stamp on this area. One of the monuments to evidence their culture is the Roman Theatre in Cordoba. which had just been opened to the public the day before we were there.