Travel photo journal: Spanish inspiration!
A couple of weeks ago, I finally went on a much needed vacation with my husband, exploring the south-east coast of Spain. It was our first time in this country and I must admit that we really loved it. Great weather, amazing landscape, awesome highways (expensive taxes for driving on them though) and hidden treasures! We managed to visit 3 beautiful cities and discover some beautiful hidden places. So get a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, relax and enjoy a less known Spanish southern coast.
We arrived in Torremolinos, which was once a fishing village, but now it's a proper little town, right next to Malaga. It's a lovely and full of life kind of town, with colourful houses on busy streets. A bit too colourful for my taste, but fun to look at while passing by nonetheless. What you see right away are the cool palm trees & pretty flowers (I know I know, you'll say "daah Raluca - seaside - palm strees). Yup, nice palm trees, and on the beach too (it's the first time I'm seeing that). Another cool thing is that there are so many tourist here that everyone speaks, more or less, English. Which was a good thing, given the fact I don't speak Spanish.
Checked into our hotel (Melia Costa del Sol), and luckly, we got a room on the 9th floor - which provided a freaking cool sea view. We explored the surrounding a little, but instead decided to chill on the beach and to keep our strength for the next few days. If you are ever in the area, do grab some ice cream from Nonna - it's literally the best damn ice cream I've had in a really long time! Also, fun fact - Torremolinos should be named "stray cat city". So many cats on a square metre! I think we saw 10 cats across a 5m walk. And some of them have no problem chilling near the sea - suspicious!
Estepona & a hidden Marbella Beach
The next day we prepared ourselves for a proper day trip down to Marbella, the famous Spanish location! A bit of a disapointment really, for me personally. Lots of traffic and stressed out people (made me think of home). Although you would think: holiday location - chilled people right? Wrong. So, as we came to Spain to relax, we gave up on Marbella and thought of trying out a different location. We managed to discover little Estepona, with its cute beach and a more relaxed atmosphere.
What I found interesting here (and Spain really), is how different the plants & vegetation are in general, and the level of abundance. Major inspiration if you think about colour palettes. It took me like 30 minutes to take pictures for potential colour palettes. You know, future projects and all that :D. Needless to say what level of excitement was coming my partner. We stopped to get our feet in the water and then moved on in order to find something to eat, because it was lunch time and because why not. What lesson can we learn from this though? That nature always provides inspiration (and food of course)!
We managed to discover, on a wimp, a beautiful hidden beach that is somehow still part of Marbella (I think). As luck would have it, there was a restaurant right there on the beach, so you can guess where we stopped for lunch. The place is called Chiringuito Sylt Marbella and I highly recommend it - the food was delicious! PS: try the fresh pineapple cocktail, it's to die for. Also, I found that the white painted structure was surprisingly well integrated into the landscape. It did not bother the whole look of the beach at all.
After a lovely little lunch, we continued our journey. We found this hidden jewel while on the road to Gibraltar and La Línea de la Concepción. To be honest, we thought we were exploring a small town, when in fact we were cruising around through a rich residential area, with villas and a golf course (omg the golf courses - they're everywhere in Spain)! Oh the hard life - having access to your own beach. It looked a bit deserted, but it was quite peaceful. Little advice: bring some pair of flats or some sort of shoes if you go on exploring hidden beaches. Chances are, there aren't many trees around to offer shadow. You'd be surprised how much the sand can burn! I got burned at 5:30 in the afternoon, so...don't underestimate the power of the Sun and learn from my mistake.
Alhambra - Granada
Such a beautiful place! If you are ever in Spain and around the area, you must go to see the famous Alhambra. And be prepared to spend the whole day so that you can visit everything. It's so worth it! If you never heard of Alhambra, then just think of stunning architecture, full of geometric motifs, patterns and bright coloured interiors. Also, when you think it's something as old as the mid 13th century, it's an extra reason to go see it!
I don't want to give too much away because looking over all of the pictures I took (again - crazy person here when it comes to taking photos), I think I'll do a separate photo journal just for Alhambra. But don't worry, I am sharing a couple of photos now, just to keep this post "short" and to give you a little sneak peek of what's to come. :D
Last but not least - Beautiful Nerja
On our last day we wanted to discover a proper seaside town, given our failed attempt to visit Marbella. Turns out, Nerja is the best place to experience that. It's a little resort town, with beautiful sandy beaches and cliff side coves. Everywhere you turn, you see either white painted or little exposed brick houses. Of course, there's the occasional yellow, pink or another bright coloured hotel or restaurant.
The little "Europe Balcony" which is the extension of the Plaza Balcon del Europe, is a must see in Nerja. It provides stunning 360° views and there is even a cool restaurant below, built into the stone, where you can have fresh Paella (if you're into that stuff - just know it takes around 30 minutes for them to make it).
That's it peeps, you've reached the end of the post. I know it's been a long photo journey. It kind of always is when you are obsessed with taking photos, right? But hey, if you managed to reach this point, then congrats. You've seen some pretty cool places. I promise to come back with the Alhambra photo journal. It's a must, I'm telling you!
Have you been in any of these places? Or in some other parts of Spain? Where should I venture next time I visit the Andalusia coast? Leave a comment below or let's head over to the Facebook Page (click on the writing), and let's chat there. Until next time!
All images that are credited as '©Detail Movement', are done by Raluca Vaduva for Detail Movement. All rights reserved. All pictures that are not my own, I credit them to the best of my knowledge & research, to their online sources. I do not claim ownership over them in any way.