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Written by: A.Beganovic on March 30, 2024.

Spain, here we come!

Spain, here we come! Walking on the Marítimo Rey de España and listening at small parrots on the palm trees. Enjoying the view of Fuengirola and thinking about writing an article like this. Let us read together.

The day started in Sweden and at Copenhagen airport Kastrup. We had our tickets at Ryanair and we checked in. The trip was supposed to be a short one. We decided to stay there three whole days only and that is maybe enough considering that it still was winter time.

As an author and owner of this magazine, I have decided to write a reportage about Spanish southern coast. More exactly this article is about the city called Fuengirola and it is between Marbella and Malaga.

Spain, here we come! The view from Banalmádena. Morning in Fuengirola.

Malaga, Fuengirola and Marbella in winter time, how is it there? Could it be like on Tenerife? We were just on our way to investigate that. After experiencing Copenhagen Airport Kastrup and its several changes we will now be able to share some new experiences with you. If you choose to continue reading.

Spain, here we come! Ryanair at Copenhagen airport Kastrup.

At Malaga Airport we went to the Avis Rent a car where we rented a little Fiat 500. A very practical little car for Spanish roads and streets.

Spain, here we come! Fiat 500 - a perfect little car for Banalmádena and Fuengirola.

Banalmádena and Fuengirola

The first morning just above the city Fuengirola started good. We actually rented a house in Banalmádena, on the hill above Fuengirola. The morning sunshine covered the whole city and the Alborán sea between Spain and Morocco. A wonderful view over the southern Europe and northern Africa gave some warm vibes.

February in southern Spain maybe sounds as a summer month but it is not. The temperature is around 18-25 degrees of celsius and later on the day some kind of jacket can be needed. We could say that it is similar to some summer day in Sweden.

On the west side of Fuengirola there are some nice beaches. We found one just outside of the city. The name of it is Playa Faro De Calaburra.

Spain, here we come! Playa Faro De Calaburra, west from Fuengirola.

Playa Faro De Calaburra

The difference between this and the one in the city is the deep. You do not have to go far away for swimming. It is possible to swim only 5-10 meters after going in to the water.

Spain, here we come! Playa Faro De Calaburra and the view towards Sierra Nevada.

The water is very clean and it seems to be a place where it is not crowded like on the beach in the central parts of Fuengirola.

Spain, here we come! Playa Faro De Calaburra and the beach side.

But we do not really know how it is with the crowdedness because we do not have any experience of this place in summer time. However, we have seen a nice little fishing boat!

Spain, here we come! Playa Faro De Calaburra and a fishing boat.

Walking on the Playa Faro De Calaburra gives a feeling of a nice and peaceful place. Maybe one kilometer from the place above we have found a big rock with a little cave below it.

Spain, here we come! Playa Faro De Calaburra - a rock with a small cave.

Castillo Monumento

On Wednesday we visited a little castle, located on the hill on the east side of Fuengirola, maybe just below Banalmádena. On a wall outside of the castle it says: Castillo Monumento Colomares Homenaje Al Descubrimiento.

Castillo Monumento Colomares Homenaje Al Descubrimiento.

We visited this castle and different parts of the castle. The one is The Fountain of Hope: 3rd August 1492.

Spain, here we come! The Fountain of Hope: 3rd August 1492.

This story tells us following: After many years of waiting, the day arrived for Columbus to set sail on his expedition. So much for the sailors of the Santa Maria, the Pinta and La Nina, as for himself, the hope was not only to find the desired object, but to return home with their testaments of their discovery. A journey into the unknown, full of trickery and fear (marine monsters), which didn’t prevent them from completing it successfully. A good journey that was to change the history of the world for ever. The fourth part of the orb began with the incorporation of the other three.

The stories continue

Then we have Isabel’s House, encompassing the Kingdoms of Castilla and Leon and combining all these territories that would belong to Queen Isabel I of Castilla, as Proprietress and Lady.

The House of King Ferdinand II of Aragón, Lord of the Mediterranean. A king who inherited a great legacy from his predecessors throughout his lifetime, inheriting and improving alliances for his own personal interest, Crown and House. With his gaze fixed on the Kingdom of Castilla, he saw his wishes realized through the union with his wife to be (and even more so when he eventually became widowed from her).

Here are some spontaneous pictures of the castle:

Spain, here we come! Different parts of the castle.
Spain, here we come! Different parts of the castle.
Spain, here we come! Different parts of the castle.
Spain, here we come! Different parts of the castle.

And also The Oriental Tower: (Las Yndias). This is a part of the this story:

The reality of the West Indies, as Columbus had begun to call them, never made him change his original project, as he agreed to do so in April 1492. He wanted to believe that he was close to Asia when he read maps, books and heard conversations that caught his attention. He hadn’t mistakenly converted the distance, but considered Asia to be much closer to the West. On his fourth voyage, in search of spices, The Kings asked him to respect the Portuguese if he were to come across them as they were by that time sailing on the opposite route. The measurement of the degree of longitude was always a problem due to the lack of reliable mechanical instruments that allowed calculating the time traveled.

All texts about Castillo Monumento above are from:

Marítimo Rey de España

Marítimo Rey de España in Fuengirola has given us nice memories. We have been on the beach and we have been walking there in the evening. For example we have seen a sculpture called Monumento a La Peseta.

Spain, here we come! The peseta was the currency of Spain between 1868 and 2002.

Marítimo Rey de España also has nice small parrots on the palm trees. We tried to get some nice pictures and this one was the best.

Spain, here we come! Marítimo Rey de España and parrots on a palm tree.

So, finally some last words... What would you like to hear? Actually we stayed there for 3 full days only and it was a short but nice experience. The Fuengirola city is worth experiencing so do it next time you dream about a warmer weather during your winter time. Enjoy with these last two images below.

Spain, here we come! The view from Banalmádena. First evening in Fuengirola.
Spain, here we come! The view from Banalmádena. First morning in Fuengirola.

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