Viñuela is a small municipality, population around 2,000, in the Axarquia district of Málaga province. The backdrop is La Maroma, a 2,068 metre high peak in the Sierra de Tejeda mountain range. It is also the site of La Viñuela (Lake Viñuela) reservoir, an important and integral part of the water supply for the district.
Village or town, road or track and even on the beach, cows roam freely in The Gambia. Almost any journey in a vehicle will involve keeping a sharp lookout for bovines, either single specimens or small groups. They will often just sit in the middle of the road.
The Gambia has its ‘touristy bit’, a large area of all-inclusive beach resorts, hotels, countless bars and restaurants, nightclubs etc…reminiscent of Torremolinos/Benidorm in many ways. The sandy beaches are so large that they never get overcrowded.
There are two lovely dogs at Footsteps Eco-Lodge in the Gambia, Seven and Yoga, with both being rescue animals. Seven was the first and actually belongs to owners David and Linda. Both dogs are affectionate and love to accompany visitors down to the beach where they enjoy a good swim.
Walked for several miles down almost deserted beaches near Gunjur village. Lots of sand, seashells of all sizes, hundreds of sea birds and, naturally, the odd cow or two. It is a foregone conclusion that you will see at least one cow when you go to the beach.
I stayed in ‘Hippo’ roundhouse this time at Footsteps Eco-Lodge near Gunjur village – all the roundhouses are named after animals. Here’s a little look around this extremely relaxing place.
A reasonably early start and off to Málaga airport for the first leg of my journey, a 1 hour 45 minute flight to Barcelona. After nearly five hours in Barcelona airport – oh joy of joys – it was back on a plane for the four and a half hour second leg to Banjul in The Gambia.
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.