For me, the town of Ronda is one of the nicest places in Málaga province. Perched on a hill some 739 metres above sea level, the city is split into two by a huge gorge (El Tajo) carved out by the Guadalevín River.
It was only going to be a tapas stop at Chiringuito Sirena on the promenade at Torre del Mar (right by the lighthouse) but a look at the menu and it all changed and a full lunch became the order of the day.
A bit of research and this is ‘Anvil Man’, a piece by blacksmith and artist Stephen Lunn. It is located in the Henry Cort Sculpture Park, which is the name given to the West Street pedestrianised shopping centre in Fareham, Hampshire.
It was still all talk of heatwaves so I just grabbed a few t-shirts for a long weekend in the UK. Sooo glad I decided against shorts and even more happy I decided to take a thin jacket!
Perched on top of Monte Calamorro in Benalmádena is a Falconry and Conservation Centre where you can view some magnificent birds of prey and, weather permitting, watch one of the daily falconry exhibitions. Falconry possibly dates back to around 2,000 BC and UNESCO has inscribed falconry as a shared intangible heritage element of eleven countries.
I quite enjoy little trips on the cercanias – local or commuter trains. Cercanías Málaga network consists of 70 km of track with two lines in operation. The trains are powered by overhead lines and run on broad Iberian gauge track. There may only be two lines but they get you to some interesting places and are clean, invariably on time and quite cheap.
It’s been a while, a couple of years, since I went up the mountain in the cable car (Teleférico) in Benalmádena, so a visit was long overdue. The Teleférico, inaugurated in 2000, takes you from Arroyo de la Miel to the summit of Monte Calamorro, around 800 metres above sea level.
Torre del Mar is a working seaside town and a popular, busy summer beach resort on the Costa del Sol and boasts one of the longest (4 kilometres), and certainly one of the widest, beaches along the coast.
The Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmádena, built on a panoramic platform overlooking the Costa del Sol, was inaugurated on October 5th, 2003, with the consecration ceremony conducted by the 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche.
A few phone snaps taken from a rooftop in Málaga city around sunset while a huge fish was being loaded onto the BBQ.