Two Weeks in Spain 2017 – A few days at Robertas Place near Marbella

2018-01-15 at 09:07

Took the bus from Málaga to Marbella in the afternoon. A pleasant ride down on the highway along the coast and in the yellow mountains next to it. Arrived in the late afternoon and had to wait only a few minutes for Roberta that picked me up with the car. She has an apartment in a kind of hotel setting. An outdoor pool and one indoor pool, palm trees and gardeners that take care of everything. Most of the apartments are owned by British people. Usually, there are only a few there and mostly only for vacation. So for most of the time you have the pool for yourself and it is very quiet day and night. Great! The only downside – no WiFi in the place.

‎⁨Urbanización Los Almendros⁩
Sun set view above the Urbanización Los Almendros

View from Robertas place above Los Almendros - it comes with two pools and you can see the ocean as well
View from Roberta’s place above Los Almendros – it comes with two pools and you can see the ocean as well

The Balcony
The Balcony

Iglesias San Pedro de Alcantara
Iglesias San Pedro de Alcantara in San Pedro da Alcantara

In San Pedro da Alcantara
In San Pedro da Alcantara

One day we drove down the street along the coast to the Kite Surfer spot. Africa is so close from here.

Africa on the other side
Stop for a Coffe – Africa on the other side

At the Campo di Gibralta
At the Campo di Gibralta. There are so many – amazing.

Capilla de San Juan de Dios
Capilla de San Juan de Dios

Capilla de San Juan de Dios

Down in Marbella for a snack at the ocean
Down in Marbella for a snack at the ocean

Look who is here to say hello
Look who is here to say hello

Roberta has some business in Málaga to attend – great for me since I had my flight from Málaga to Barcelona a day after. We drove down and stayed at her place in the city center of Málaga.

View from Robertas place in Malaga - very nice!
View from Robertas place – very nice!

We went to a Vegetarian restaurant
We went to a Vegetarian restaurant – interesting food and presentation

The view in the morning - not nice at all
The view in the morning – not nice at all

Adios and muchas gracias Roberta!
A weeks goes fast – even in Spain! Adios and muchas gracias Roberta!

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Two Weeks in Spain 2017 – Málaga Part 2

2018-01-13 at 13:04

This is the second part of the Málaga pictures. You find Part 1 here. I only had a few hours because I have a bus to catch down to Marbella to meet Roberta. So let’s finish the walk with the Alcazaba of Málaga. Come and have a look!

Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon
Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon

Wedding
Wedding

On the Plaza de Felix Saenz
On the Plaza de Felix Saenz

Iglesia de San Juan
Iglesia de San Juan

Roof Details
Roof Details

Round house corner
Round house corner

Calle Puerta del Mar
Calle Puerta del Mar

Alcazaba of Málaga

Towering over the city of Málaga is the Alcazaba. It is a palatial fortification and was built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century.

A tower of the Alcazaba of Málaga
A tower of the Alcazaba of Málaga

Inside the Alcazaba of Málaga
Inside the Alcazaba of Málaga

View from the outer citadel
View from the outer citadel

Another tower with gate
Another tower with gate

View from the inner citadel to the harbour
View from the inner citadel to the harbour

Part of the palace
Part of the palace

One of the court yards
One of the court yards

View from the top
View from the top

Another court-yard - the Cuartos de Granada in the back
Another court-yard – the Cuartos de Granada in the back

The bull-fight ring
The bull-fight ring

Alcazaba of Málaga

Flamenco girl
Flamenco girl – I love those 8 bit pictures

I wonder when it was full the last time?
I wonder when it was full the last time? Everything is super dry over here.

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Two Weeks in Spain 2017 – Málaga

2018-01-10 at 04:35

Why would I go to Spain in the hot season? I would not! But Julie and Kaveh had a party and invited me. The catch was: “We get married” which turned out not to be true! And since I wanted to visit Roberta for a few years now why not do that as well? On top of that Laureen and Daniel were in Spain for a few weeks and wanted to come to the Olive Farm. So I booked a ticket to Málaga, another one to Barcelona and finally a flight from Barcelona back to Stuttgart.

Stuttgart Airport - Last good beer and some junk food
Stuttgart Airport – Last good beer and some junk food. The new bakery they have at the lower level is not as good as the old one. More expensive on top of that. But the beer selection is amazing for an airport supermarket. They have lots of little breweries, Craft Beer as well as all the usual suspects. And they are open 7 days a week.

Air Berlin to Malaga
Air Berlin to Málaga

Not too much space
Not too much space

As long as nobody moves the seat its ok
As long as nobody moves the seat its ok

No frills - the flight was operated by NIKI Air
No frills – the flight was operated by NIKI Air. Since the weather was good it was very smooth and lots to see on the way.

The Albtrauf in the back
The Albtrauf in the back

Bodensee or Lake Constance
Bodensee or Lake Constance

Somewhere over Spain - it is dry!
Somewhere over Spain – it is dry!

Nice view from the plane
Nice view from the plane

Somewhere over Spain
Somewhere else over Spain

As long as you have water things are good
As long as you have water things are good down there

Not too much water in the lake
Not too much water in the lake

Agriculture everywhere
Agriculture everywhere

Malaga Top Hostel

Booked a night at the Malaga Top Hostel in Málaga. The place is close to public transport and close to the centre of the city. The room, bed and bathroom were super clean and so was the kitchen.

My bed at the Malaga Top Hostel
My bed at the Malaga Top Hostel

8 Bed Doorm
8 Bed Doorm with AC and private lockers

Clean
Clean

Looks new and was clean
Looks new and was clean every time I used it

Breakfast room. You can heat your food and have hot water
Breakfast room. You can heat your food and boil your water for tea or coffee

A fridge and a coffee machine
A fridge and a coffee machine

Went for a beer and a snack - the moon and artificial light
Went for a beer and a snack – the moon and artificial light

Málaga

Málaga was founded over 2800 years ago by the Phoenicians – this makes it one of the oldest cities on the planet. It was ruled by Ancient Carthage, the Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire. After that, it was under Islamic rule for 800 years and finally, in 1487 the Crown of Castille gained control over the city.

The Greenpeace Esperanza in the back
Started my day with the “Pack the Bag” game – left that bag at the hostel and walked down to the harbour. On the way, I had some breakfast. You can see the Greenpeace Esperanza in the back.

The Radiant in the back
The Radiant in the back – Built for Boris Berezovsky for EUR 148 million. When he ran into financial difficulties the yacht was sold to Abdulla al Futtaim for EUR 240 million. Hmm, this looks like a nice biz to do. You order a yacht and can not pay so you sell it to somebody for 92 million more…

Málaga Cathedral

Málaga Cathedral
Málaga Cathedral was constructed between 1528 and 1782

Málaga Cathedral
The north tower is 84 metres (276 ft) high, making this building the second-highest cathedral in Andalusia, after the Giralda of Seville.

Detail from above the main door of the Málaga Cathedral
Detail from above the main door of the Málaga Cathedral

Málaga Cathedral
The tower of the Málaga Cathedral from the back of the cathedral

Málaga Cathedral

Episcopal Palace
Episcopal Palace – one of the most important buildings of late baroque architecture in the city.

Iglesia de Los Santos Mártires

Tower of the Iglesia de Los Santos Mártires
Tower of the Iglesia de Los Santos Mártires

San Ciriaco and Santa Paula
San Ciriaco and Santa Paula, the patron saints of Malaga.

Iglesia de Los Santos Mártires
Iglesia de Los Santos Mártires or The Church of the Holy Martyrs

Main Altar
Main Altar

Inside the Church of the Holy Martyrs.
This church can take on every church in Italy. You can wander for an hour and still miss details here. Most of the artwork centres around Maria and Jesus.

Ceiling
Ceiling

Ceiling

Lots of paintings on the ceiling as well
Lots of paintings on the ceiling as well

Maria with Jesus
Maria with Jesus

Maria
Maria

Maria

Maria

The famous last supper
The famous last supper

Maria watches over the last supper
Maria watches over the last supper

Jesus
Jesus

Enough for this post – more to come in a few days.
I sit in my bungalow in Pai and look over the garlic fields into the mountains. Today is a foggy morning and the sun is working hard to burn a big hole into the mist. Happy for another day in PAIradiese!

 
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6 ways to save money in the most popular travelling hotspots

2017-12-26 at 05:16

Guest post by Oliver Birch
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Despite the popularity of travelling with tourists all over the world, it’s no secret that it can often be costly. With so much to spend your money on – whether necessary or not – you could often find yourself out of pocket if you’re not careful.

Thankfully, though, there are many tried-and-tested tips to prevent any overspending, making your travels more affordable. Here are just six ways to save money.

Convert your cash before you go

Counting Money
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Don’t leave changing your money up until you’re actually abroad. By exchanging your cash at home, you’ll likely be getting much better deals than you would when actually travelling, whilst also cutting out the potential for scams and loss of money at foreign exchanges.

A good idea to keep your money safe is a prepaid travel card. They work as a debit or credit card would, and allow you to store your converted cash at a locked-in exchange rate. Shop around for the best deal and you’ll have your budget sorted to be accessed on just one card – it doesn’t get much easier than that.

Haggle your way through

Be sure to use your haggling skills when travelling wherever you are in the world. Too often do tourists fall victim to extortionate prices when they don’t know any better, as local opportunists take advantage of unknowing travellers in marketplaces, taxis and even at money exchanges.

If you do find yourself in the situation where you’re faced with a startlingly high price, try your hand at haggling. Be sure to remain calm and collected during the exchange, and with negotiations you could be cutting massive amounts off the original cost to end up paying something a lot more reasonable.

Stay in hostels

At the hostel
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If you’re trying to save money, luxury accommodation perhaps isn’t the best idea. Instead, consider hostels – despite many people’s preconceptions about them, they’ve evolved into clean and comfortable options for those on a tight budget. For an affordable room, look no further.

Hostels are also a great place to make new friends, so if you’re looking for a new travel partner look no further. It’s an ideal option for the solo traveller looking to save money and meet new people at the same time.

Have a daily budget

Create a daily budget for yourself to ensure you don’t overspend and leave yourself out of pocket too early. A daily budget will allow you to set out just how much you can afford to spend on each part of your travels, from accommodation to the things such as leisure – be sure to stick to your own guidelines in order to avoid any future complications with your money.

When figuring out your daily budget, it’s crucial you think of everything you’ll likely spend money on, ensuring you have a realistic amount to stick to. Be sure to leave some spare for the unexpected fees that could arise, too – you never know when they’ll pop up.

Eat the street food

Street Food Noodles
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Travelling is always a good excuse to try the world’s best dishes, but you may be surprised at just how many of them are served up on the streets. Countries all over the world – particularly in Asia, though – cherish their street food, often surprisingly cheap and always delectable.

Best of all, you can quite literally grab anything from the stalls. Whether you’re looking for a breakfast in the early mornings, a quick snack whilst exploring the city or even a big, hearty dinner, street food will almost certainly have you covered.

Fly during unsociable hours

It might not sound like the most desirable way to save money, but you’ll be surprised at just how much less you’ll have to pay when flying through the night as opposed to peak times. Often costing hundreds less than the busier flights, it’s definitely worth sacrificing some sleep in order to save money – especially when travelling on a tight budget.

Flying in quieter periods is often a good idea for those travelling with a disability, too. With there being less of a rush and more room aboard the plane, you’ll be free to move around and the staff will have more time to cater to any of your needs.

Do you have any more tips for saving money whilst travelling? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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