Happy Thursday! I hope you’re having a great week – it’s almost the weekend! I have continued with my productive week, happy with how it’s progressing and I’m ready for a rest after battling through my to-do list at work that was ever-growing.
We’re onto Day 15 of the challenge – this is a Travel theme so I’m looking forward to sharing this with you.
Today’s challenge is:
My Favourite Trip
Myself and my boyfriend try to go away at least once a year. It’s something we plan to look forward to and keep us motivated to see the year through, and normally go away in September after the schools go back, and it’s a little quieter just after Summer – and not as hot. We’ve been to places such as Krakow, Rome, London… however last year, after doing city breaks and burning ourselves out over 4 or 5 days cramming in loads of touristy-stuff, I proposed we booked a more relaxing and longer break last year in Spain. When I was around 9, my mum took me and my brother to Benalmadena and from what I could remember, it was a nice place so that’s where we focused our attention.
We didn’t like the idea of going to a resort or apartments with a shared pool etc. So, after a long time searching we found a small apartment with a private pool, situated in the hillside on the outskirts of Benalmadena.
It looked perfect, and we couldn’t wait to get away. We were going on holiday just after my busiest time of the year at work so I was in good need of a relaxing trip. And so when the day came to fly, I was in my element!
And despite it being the trip we did the least on, it was my favourite of them all. We were able to take it easy and at our own pace. Because of the privacy, we were able to relax and not worry about anybody else. We hadn’t been on a trip with a pool yet so it was one of the first things we did! First night, the priority for me was blowing up our pool inflatables!
We had a couple of things planned for each day to keep us occupied. One of the highlights was a cable-car trip to the peak of Mount Calamorro, of which we had a beautiful view of from the apartment. We watched the cars start running every morning whilst eating breakfast and couldn’t wait to get up there ourselves and see the view.
This sounded amazing in theory – however my boyfriend has a crippling fear of heights, and the cable cars were swinging away whilst ascending up a windy mountain. But, he did a terrific job (made me sit facing the view) and we managed to make our way up there with little upset or panic! When we got to the top, there was a birds of prey exhibit, watching hawks and eagles in flight and hunting. Really cool stuff! There was only one way back down!
The weather was hot all week, just one day of rain which was on our first day. But the hottest day, by far, was the day we went on a boat ride to see wild dolphins. The journey out was lovely, a bit choppy but the views of the coast line all the way up to Malaga were beautiful. We managed to come across a pod fairly quickly, and seeing them in the wild was just amazing. I was in awe!
However, as we turned to leave and do a tour up to Malaga and back, I became incredibly sea-sick (something I’ve never, ever experienced) and joined 2 other ladies at the make-shift sick bay. I’d had an ice lolly before boarding so what came out of me was neon pink and looked nuclear! (TMI but still makes me chuckle when I think about it) But, it was still a fantastic experience and seeing them in the wild is always better than seeing them at an aquarium. We ended up going back for a rest and a swim, and decided upon a local place to eat dinner – which turned out to be our favourite setting out of the whole week. The bar was on a beach, and we ate our dinner listening to the waves and watching the sun set. It was bliss – and we finished the day with an evening walk on the beach afterwards.
Surprisingly, we didn’t spend much time in Benalmadena. As our apartment was 5 minutes from the local tram stop, we could go anywhere up the coast and we found that Fuengirola was our favourite place to visit. It was vibrant, full of things to do and we visted there more times out of anywhere else. We tried local cuisine – fish was a popular choice on the menu – and tried backstreet cafes for an authentic feel. We found pil-pil prawns to be a favourite between us – and tapas was beautiful too.
We also visited one of the most naturalistic zoos we’ve ever seen – Bioparc Fuengirola. It wasn’t big, but it was stunning. The animals were well looked after and the plants were just as interesting to look at as were the animals. They had really put a lot of thought into the zoo, rather than just random trees and features. You felt like you were in an exotic jungle and we loved it.
But my favourite part of the trip was our apartment and the freedom it gave us. I would wake up at around 7am every morning, the sun wouldn’t rise until around 8. So I would put some pastries, cheese and meats with some juice on a tray, take it outside to the bench and watch the sunrise. We had a stunning view of the sea and the mountain, and it really was a treat every single day. The owner had cats too, so they would come and sit around me and it was just so peaceful. You could forget anything that had been worrying you and just enjoy the moment. I felt so calm every morning, the calmest I’d ever felt.
But the reason this trip was my favourite was because we were able to just be ourselves and not worry about anybody else. We weren’t stressed about making a tour time, our feet weren’t in agony from walking for miles, and we were just happy. We tried new things together, went for a casual swim everyday, we enjoyed the time together and made the most of it. We had barbecues for lunch and sat outside enjoying the views and the company. We came home and could honestly say that we had a great time. I was at a great place in my life and it was the first time we’d been away and had no worries and could just enjoy ourselves. Everything was perfect.