Last full day in Malaga before heading home
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I woke up way too early; we had agreed to meet at the breakfast at 10 am and I was up at 8 am. This would not have been bad if I had not stayed up until 4 am after coming back to the hotel last night. I was not the first at the breakfast table when I came down 15 minutes late; Marc and his son Maarten were deeply concentrated in their breakfast. Maarten had eaten doughnuts dipped in chocolate and I was pretty amazed how much chocolate that there was left on the plate.
I had a great breakfast and we ended the breakfast again with a cold glass of cava; I could make that in to a hobby! Manu stayed in his room he wanted to sleep and I didn’t blame him; I would have done the same I could. After the breakfast we started to search for a place to play. We phoned around in the morning to find a golf course; it was Sunday and some of the courses had club day where only members could play.
Maarten went up in order to wake Manu and we decided to leave just after midday because we had a possibility to tee out around 1.30 pm which suited us good.
There are at least two golf courses in Benalmádena and I think that our golf course was the most difficult to find; not for me because I had a GPS but for the taxi driver that were driving Marc and Manu. The driver did not want to use his GPS probably of pride so they arrived 15 minutes later than Maarten and I in the SMART and we left last and we even managed to get some red bulls on the way.
The course was magnificent with loads of height difference and well kept fairways and greens. The course was not easy and we were given a fair amount of challenges. There were almost no people on the course which was nice because we had the time we needed.
The golf course was quite pricy; we had an offer where we got the buggy’s for free but still had to pay 105 € each, but when that is said it was a wonderful course and afternoon.
We came back quite late to the hotel and since the golf course had closed its restaurant we had to take our after-golf-beer in the hotel bar before heading for our showers. We all agreed that it had been a great day again and the course had been one of the best we ever had played.
We met again in the lobby one hour later; it was getting quite late so we decided to find a fish restaurant in the neighbourhood of our hotel.
We therefore ended up in a fish restaurant named Sal Gorda. From outside the place looked like an old fashion tavern, but it turned out that the ground floor primarily was a bar and we were therefore shown upstairs to the first floor.
On first floor we were suddenly back in a restaurant environment. We found a corner table which was easy as there were only two other groups there. We looked at the menu and quite fast decided on the Mariscada Degustacio that turned out to be a fabulous seafood mix of grabs, lobsters, shrimps, mussels, sea snails and so on.
The seafood was great and we had work for almost a couple of hours of eating, and it was a pure joy to share such a meal amongst friends on the last evening.
After our great meal at Sal Gorda we wanted to end the day with a cold final beer at the MS-Maestranza’s hotel bar, but were disappointed when we found it closed upon our arrival. My friend Manu decided to go to bed while the rest of us decided to find an open bar this Sunday evening in early March. We asked the receptionist for advice and she said that we should search in the neighbourhood of the Malaga Bull fight arena that was situated just behind the Hotel opposite the city centre direction.
After some walk we found some persons standing smoking o the street and it turned out that it was the Dubliners Irish pub & café. The place turned out to exactly as all the other Irish pubs both interior and selections of colours; dark brown wood and green Irish colours everywhere.
The bartender was a nice Spanish guy that didn’t drink on his shift and spoke pretty good English; my friend and I went both for the Galicia Estrella as a draught beer. It tasted just as wonderful as I found it when I visited Santiago de la Compostella. Marc and I ended up in having more than a couple of beers at this one of the few places that was open this late Sunday night; I managed to go to the hotel and Pack shortly after 2 am