We finally departed Morocco at 9.15am on the 7th April 2018. The wind for the 62 mile crossing ranged from 4kts to 30kts but we had the most amazing sail. The best of our journey so far with a maximum speed of 13.4 knots! 8 hrs to do 62 miles – Money Penny was flying and we were on a high when we arrived in Fuengerola!
What can I say about Fuengerola? Perhaps I will just say that this was our base for the next few nights, from which we hired a car and saw yet more surprising areas of Spain!
We hired a car along with Hakan and Eva for two days in Fuengerola. The first day we travelled to Mijas overlooking Fuengerola up in the hills. This was a pretty little town (if a bit touristy!) with the most fantastic views over Malaga and the surrounding coastline. Donkey and carts offer tourists a tour of the village . From Mijas we made our way into the Sierra de las Nieves National Park via winding mountain roads with spectacular views. We stopped off in Ronda, a city set above a deep gorge. The city dates back to Moorish rule and has a stone bridge spanning the gorge with a lookout affording views down the gorge. The City also houses an 18th century bullring.
On our way back to the boat we decided to see how ‘the other half’ live and visited Puerto Banus, a luxury marina and shopping complex. Full of luxury cars and boats. We took a walk around the port and spent a little time people watching! – No celebrities this time! - then made our way back to Fuengerola Ha Ha Ha!!!!
Our second day was spent sightseeing around Malaga. What a great city! Included in our day was a trip to the Motor Museum. This was a real surprise. They had the car that was used in the film Titanic and next to every car was a display of fashion from the period of the car in question. Beautiful outfits from times gone by.
We visited the Picasso Museum and also made the trip up to the Castle Gibralfaro which dates back to 770BC and sits on a hill overlooking the City of Malaga. Some of the stone paving is shown here, amazing considering the age of this ‘patio art’!