On my last post, I said I was going to Marbella.
But I ended up going to Fuengirola instead, which -of course- wasn’t part of my plans —this nomadic life keeps surprising me!!!
I think I haven’t mentioned it here on the blog, but during the past few days I’ve been helping in the kitchen during a meditation retreat that is taking place at the Kadampa Meditation Center in Málaga.
And it turns out that the work load in the kitchen plus the number of hours I spend working in my laptop have accumulated in such a way that I’m feeling pretty worn out.
That’s why I decided to visit Fuengirola, it was easier to get there from KMC.
I had heard it wasn’t the nicest beach in the area, but any beach would do for my basic purposes.
So I headed to Fuengirola with very low expectations and the only intention of taking a nap by the sea and soaking my feet in the water.
The beach was just fine.
But my dreams of taking a nap got crushed by the overcast weather when I arrived there and the showers that followed —I had just laid my sarong on the sand when it started raining…
So I decided to walk. If I was going to get wet I’d prefer to be moving and do some sightseeing.
That’s how my 35,785 steps-journey around Fuengirola started.
I grabbed a map from the Tourist Information Office and set out on -what I thought- would be a short walk around the city.
First, I headed to the Roman ruins.
I must say that what made me go there was the picture of the ruins on the map —it looked cool, really.
However, I must say too, that the photo they use to promote this site wasn’t taken at this place!!! And the ruins are rather… meh, not worth a visit I’d say, though I enjoyed reading the signs with the descriptions and historical references.
My first stop wasn’t the Roman ruins. It was this pier, which was great for making some panoramic photos of Fuengirola.
And selfies too!
It was very windy…
After the pier and the Roman ruins, I started to walk back.
The clouds began to (slowly) clear up, and I set a new goal: to reach Sohail Castle.
I knew it was closed to the public, but they had told me that there was a food truck thing going on outside of the castle, so I went there to check out the views and the food.
I was feeling quite hungry by then.
And halfway to the castle, I saw this.
Yay!!! I thought.
I was willing to splurge a bit and have a proper -potentially interesting- vegan meal.
But it was closed :-(.
So I kept walking…
There was a nice view from the bridge you cross to get to the castle.
The castle itself wasn’t particularly impressive.
But the views were worth the hike.
Sadly, there wasn’t much going on in the food trucks area.
I could only buy some forgettable nachos with guacamole, which I mindlessly ate while looking at the sea.
After that, I had a nice cup of matcha at Organic Cafe, did some shopping at the supermarket, and walked back to the bus stop.
And that’s how I walked 35,785 steps around Fuengirola.
Bonus track: a portrait of Crabby, a friend I made at the beach.