Meaning the “Sunny Coast” or more literally, “Coast of the Sun” – they were not kidding, we have not seen a cloud in the sky! From the Rock we took the local roads to the beachfront town of Marbella situated on the Mediterranean Sea, between Málaga (our next stop) and the Gibraltar Strait, in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca.
We arrived around 5:00 and checked in to a typical hotel and with several hours of sun we decided to walk the beach but quickly changed to the boardwalk and walk we did… the boardwalk never stopped, but Alice did after a few miles with a blister you would not believe unless you know her. Did you know you could pop a blister with your earring? We sampled tapas (but a little too touristy) along the boardwalk as Alice hobbled back to the hotel – The British should not influence any food! We selected a restaurant in Marbella’s’ old town, based on the short route from our hotel due to Alice’s ability or inability to walk due to the blisters from her flip flops – yes flip flops! I had the best red snapper cooked over an open fire.
The Golden Mile – a stretch of beach between Marbella and Puerto Banús, on which are located some of the most luxurious residences in Marbella, landmark hotels and beach clubs including our choice the Hotel Marbella Club Marbella Ocean Club. We decided, due to the fact that Alice could not walk due to her blisters, to take boat from our hotel along the coast to Puerto Banús and spend the day with the rich and famous. We plopped ourselves at the pool / night club on a round bed by the pool and watched all the pretty people for the afternoon drinking and eating in our bed until about 7:00 when we hopped back on a boat. We wound our way through the streets of old Marbella and stumbled across a great spot in a quite plaza (Same place Michelle Obama had dinner when we paid for her trip to Spain). Nice bottle of Rioja, roast goat for me and Alice had wonderful cut of beef covered with goat cheese, followed by chocolate in 5 textures.