Last week Lesley and I went on holiday to Andalucia in Spain. We rented attico rooms in a villa in the mountains north of Málaga, near Lake Viñuela. The location of the villa was fantastic, perched on a ridge with amazing views of the surrounding mountains (particularly 2066m La Maroma). We spent most of the time relaxing, swimming in the pool, sunbathing, and eating and drinking outside under the stars.
We only went for a couple of trips to the surrounding area during our week at the villa. We went to the nearby coastal towns of Nerja (where I stayed a couple of years ago whilst walking in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains) and Torre Del Mar where we spent a few idyllic hours on the beach and had lunch of excellent tapas-style prawns in a spanish seafood restaurant. No sign of the egg-and-chips and Union Jack boxer shorts brigade there.
We also visited the megalithic remains at Antequera, an amazing site that rivals Stonehege and Maes Howe in the Orkney Islands. The backdrop of the weirdly shaped ‘la Peña de los Enamorados’ hill makes it quite a spooky place, even in the bright Spanish sunshine.
Near our villa were two interesting sites we also visited; Torre Atalaya (a watchtower built by the Moors in the 15th century), and (a bit strangely) a buddhist shrine or ‘stupa‘.
You can see all my photos from the trip on my website here.