A year has passed and we are still in Brussels. There is yet much to discover, but one of the advantages of the city (which may sound strange) is that it is so easy and affordable to leave; So, last weekend we took a 2 hour something flight to Malaga for less than €90 pp.
The weather was sunny and mild, like Swedish summer at its best. If you have time and fancy a short break the following activity package will give you the perfect mix of countryside rambling and lazy days at the beach to a very reasonable cost:
Rent a car at the airport and head for Jimena located at the entrance to the National Park, Los Alcornocales.
Drive for an hour in the direction of Cadiz / Alcaciras. Turn off the pay-road in Sotogrande, exit 132, if I remember correctly. Go inland towards Castellar and thereafter follow directions to Jimena.
Surrounded by the Los Alcornocales Natural Park and at around 200 meters above sea level, Jimena is a surprising contrast to the coastal affluence of the nearby golf and polo belt in the exclusive area of Sotogrande below.
With a present population of just over 9,000 inhabitants (some 1,000 of whom are foreign residents – many British), its narrow cobbled streets and white washed Andalusian houses, it certainly retains its village ambience and is a delight to visit.
We recommend you to stay at Casa Henrietta. Ask for room 4 or 9, those have a terrace with spectuclar views of the countryside. We paid just €65 for a double room with breakfast. Spend a day or to exploring the village and the park. Given time, the scenic train ride to Ronda is something out of the ordinary.
This time of the year the Swedish mood is longing for sun and barefoot walking upon sandy beaches; a day or two at Costa del Sol may overcome that yearning. We have two recommendations in regard to accommodations, check them out at www.booking.com The first is a four star hotel, the H10 Estepona Palace.
It wont take you more than three quarters of an hour to drive there from Jimena. They offer a good value half board (103 Euro/2pers. total).
All rooms have balconies with a sea view andthe seaside offers lovely strolls, the shore can be trailed for miles.
Our second choice is conveniently located in Torremolinos with an easy access to the airport.
We stayed at La Barracuda a couple of times; Despite the fact you have an early plane to catch you may still be able to enjoy a last run along the shore in the morning with a subsequent swim. Most likely you will find a car park, off season even a free one.
The hotel is a bit run down though and the breakfast is nothing in particular but you will still have the all-important sea view (ask for a room with pool view, and you will get the Sea view as well). Generously included in the price (€62/2pers.) is except a large bottle of water, a fairly flavorsome Cava and a fruit bowl.
It´s amazing, the recreation and adventures you may experience in just a weekend.