The weather has been superb, in the mid 30's everyday with a blue blazer sky. Today we are planning a day trip to explore the villages and beaches south of Calahonda and Marbella. This area is quite congested because of its ideal conditions, beautiful beaches and very predictable weather, a little too populated for us. If we can find a smaller city or village with some quiet beaches and nice accommodation, we may consider making this our winter getaway. I am sure that may be a tall task. With 741 million Europeans, I am sure everybody is looking for the same thing which may be impossible to find. Certainly Spain is probably the most desirable location for most Europeans given it's location, amenities, multiculturalism and the list goes on. Croatia is becoming very popular but in our opinion, Spain is still the place! We will report on our findings later this evening.
Still no solution to our hard drive problem and we are still hoping all our data is in tact and will be fully recoverable.
First stop we had to make was a resort that would be almost impossible to beat. It was Déjà vu all over again! For those of you that know me well, you are probably sick and tired of hearing me brag about my most favourite location in the world, The Marriott Marbella Beach Resort. I have said many times that if heaven is even close to this place, I have to be good because there is no other place I would sooner spend eternity. We arrived at the security gates and within a couple of minutes, Casper, the manager was there to greet us. I informed him we had spent 3 weeks at the resort in 2007 and he welcomed us to tour the resort for old time sake. We gladly took him up on it. The place was even more spectacular than I remembered but this time there was 96% occupancy. The last time we were there, we practically had the place to ourselves. It was hard to leave the resort but from there, it was on to the very southern tip of Spain to the port village of Tarifa.
I looks like you could almost swim to Africa from Tarifa. It is right there! The village is nothing to write home about but the beaches within a mile on either side are pretty impressive. There ferries that leave regularly from the port that will take you to Africa for the day or as long as you want. They are quite popular with tourists and the locals if you want a change of scenery and a chance to tell anyone who cares, you were in Africa for the day! We were told the port town of Tangiers is not much to see and to get a better feel for the true culture, you have to travel a little further south. Not this time for us.
Tarifa is the point where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean and for as far as the eye can see, there are white sand beaches that are almost deserted, by European standards anyway. We spent a relaxing afternoon at a secluded spot watching kite surfers speed across the windy sea. It was 7:30 before we got back to the apartment. We threw a pizza in the oven, tossed up a salad, poured ourselves a drink and dinner on the deck with our panoramic view of the city below and the vast Mediterranean Sea. No better way to end the day!