Spain- Salobrena, 5th August 2010
Trip Start May 14, 2010
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Salobrena is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of the coast to the west of Nerja- a tall hill which rises from a flat coastal plain, with sheer cliffs on one side and the town itself clinging to the steep slope on the other side. On top, a lovely intact Arab castle, with amazing views over the coast. The long nearby beach is divided by El Pennon, a dramatic bunch of rocks. If you visit, find the coast road to El Pennon and it's holiday beaches, and then find the back road up to the castle, as it’s a much easier route than risking damage to your car trying to thread your way through the narrow streets of the old town.
On the beach here they cook octopus over an open fire, as you can see in the last photo
On leaving Spain in the morning, we look back on five very hot weeks here- 30c-35c at lunchtime, and without the swimming pools (and air conditioning at night) life would have been more uncomfortable.
The house here in Frigiliana has been wonderful, and the 15 metre pool right in the garden has been used by me at least twice daily. To help eat all this lovely food without getting even fatter, and as we have not got a tennis court here, I have increased my swimming to 18 laps daily, which is around half a kilometre. I will miss the pool next week!
People have asked us what signs there have been of the Spanish recession. With the slump in the pound, people in Britain are having to find 25% to 30% more money for an European holiday, and tourism to Southern Spain is definitely way down- perhaps 15-25% less visitors in the areas we have been in, and restaurant prices have slumped- the three course €19 menu of a year or two ago is now down to €15-€16 with intense competition.
But despite economic problems, people seem as happy as ever.
Our next port of call after a night with Tony and Jean near London is the island of Anglesey in North West Wales, so more from there soon.
Richard and Christine