Day 2: Benalmadena Costa

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Castillo de Bil-Bil

Feeling much better after getting a full night’s sleep. We went down to the little market on the 1st floor of the resort to get some supplies for our little condo.

 

We stuck around Benalmadena Costa today. After breakfast, we decided to just see where the day took us. We headed down the beach. Along the way, we passed blocks of souvenir shops, beach-front restaurants, sardines roasting on the grills (which BTW were made out of cement-filled row boats), etc.

 

We strolled by the Castillo de Bil-Bil. I’m not really sure what it is exactly.

Puerto Deportivo
They advertised religious services on Sundays, but when we went in, there were works of art on the walls, and antique furniture. So, I guess it’s somewhere between a church, art gallery, and museum…

 

We kept going and ended up walking to the Puerto Deportivo, which is one of the coolest places I’ve ever seen!! I don’t even know how to describe the architecture, but it is just marvelous!! All these really neat buildings with winding waterways instead of streets…and the boats are beautiful. So many people have old wooden sail boats! I would love to have one of those flats! There’s lots of shopping, restaurants, and an aquarium. We spent the entire afternoon peeking in all the doorways and just wandering around.

 

On the way back towards our resort, we stopped into a little restaurant on the beach for some paella.

Ah! Paella!
Zak has been looking forward to having some real paella since we booked the trip, so I knew that this would be one of the things we did. Under the warm sun and vibrant blue sky, we pulled up a table on the sand, watched the surf as we waited for our food, savored a bottle of the house wine, and chatted about how wonderful it was to get away for a while.

 

When the paella came, it was a beast! There was enough food for a least 4 people, and the smell was so heavenly I could have floated away on a cloud of ecstasy. That’s really saying something because paella isn’t my favorite dish…but this was just scrumptious. We ate and drank and chatted and ate some more. By the time our stomachs were begging for mercy, we still had a ton left. Throwing our napkins on the table in surrender, we gave up. We were probably in the restaurant (where we really “in” the restaurant if we were on a beach??) for a good 2 or 3 hours total.

Along the beach...
It was a wonderfully leisurely lunch/dinner. I have to say I absolutely adore the European style of savoring food. We couldn’t have rushed our meal if we’d wanted to, and it gave us all the time in the world to soak in our surroundings, enjoy our wine, and savor every last tasty morsel in the paella. Now that is satisfaction!

 

Perfectly content with life, the universe, and everything, we continued our stroll along the beach to our resort. We stopped here and there to gather shells, play in the water, sit on the sand, and just enjoyed sensation of having nowhere to be and nothing to do. Goddess, I love being on holiday!    

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Castillo de Bil-Bil
Castillo de Bil-Bil
Puerto Deportivo
Puerto Deportivo
Ah! Paella!
Ah! Paella!
Along the beach...
Along the beach...
Benalmadena
photo by: harrington87