Fun Times in Costa Del Sol Malaga, Granada and Marbella, Plus a Snippet of How The Rich Live.
Shall we let you in on a secret, a trip to Costa Del Sol Malaga didn’t faze us at all! Remember when we talked about how parents get all worked up about their children travelling solo? We must be aliens because we weren’t really anxious…! Maybe because we are used to it as they do travel on their own quite a bit…
Well not really alone but with school, choir, community etc. Our daughter was in Lourdes and will be returning shortly, she enjoyed a London Winter wonderland with her mates etc. Our guest blogger today enjoyed a trip to Rome, Guernsey, Wales and now Spain! So they do travel without us a bit!
So we were just as excited for our son to go to Spain on a School trip. Julie was in fact so excited for him as he was going to Malaga and one of their tours was to Marbella. To be exact Puerto Banus…The rich man’s Spanish Riviera, woot!
So not to steal this young, budding blogger’s thunder. We will let him tell his tale of Spanish conquer. Over to you Paul Jr, bring it!
Hey this is Paul Jr…
Wow thanks for letting me share with you my trip to Benalmadena, Andalucía and a few other places that I will be sharing in this post…I can tell you I wasn’t very excited about this trip in the beginning.
Well it’s because I preferred and had signed up for a French Trip, which had been cancelled for unavoidable circumstances.
So I couldn’t get my mom’s excitement about Puerto Banus…She hasn’t quite told you how excited she was…It was contagious!
So much so I started feeling it too and by the date of the trip, I was more than ready to head off to Andalucía with 120 odd other students. Plus 8 Teachers & chaperones from St. Edwards College, Liverpool. (Can’t tell you how grateful I was for these wonderful adults on this trip.)
I have created a super short video with some of my favorite views of Costa Del Sol Malaga. Pinky promise, its under 4 mins, enjoy it below and share it. I am so proud of it coz I did it all by myself! Shhh don’t tell my mom 🙂
Fun Times in Costa Del Sol Malaga, Granada and Marbella!
Come with me as I take you on a detialed action packed 5-day trip to Costa Del Sol Malaga: Benalmadena, Grenada, Marbella and Torremolinos, in no particular order…Ready? Let’s do this!
Day 1: Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol Malaga
On the first day we woke up a 2 am and headed to St Edwards College for the Airport Bus Pickup. At 3 am we were off to Manchester airport for our Monarch air flight to Malaga! (See us on the flight)
We gathered and picked up our luggage and a very short 20 minute drive to Benalmadena, we arrived at our accommodation. The Hotel Bali, first Impressions, Wow, it looked massive!
It has 8 floors and several buildings wide! It is part of the Med Playa Group of Hotels (Mediterranean beach).
We were assigned our rooms and given key cards. We were ready for some fun in the sun! (Come on I live in UK.) We didn’t settle in, we got changed and went straight to the promenade for lunch at a Café called Beny’s. It was cheap and cheerful, and a great place to people watch. We went back twice and had a bit of a wander on the prom after that.
When we returned to the hotel, we made a beeline for the pool. It really is huge and perfect for cannon-balling. We all loved it and used it daily!
We had an al dente dinner: Chips, Chicken breast, Croquettes that evening and walked it off to the far end of the promenade. Took some awesome selfies and gazed at the amazing views. We bought some drinks from the Monjura market shop and headed to bed, it had been a Long day!
Day 2: Mijas, Puerto Banus – Marbella How the other Half Live!
We woke up at 7.15am for an 8am breakfast. Weren’t very excited about that lol. Breakfast was laid out buffet style and included eggs, ham, bacon, cereals, pan au chocolate croissants, among others after foods. It was quite filling.
We made our way to Mijas a mountain village, well known for donkey Hote and their donkey rides. It was a sunny day, but windy. Mijas has awesome views. It was also great for buying souvenirs and just enjoying the sun.
Next we went to Puerta Banus the Spanish Riviera, Oh My God! My mom had filled me in that it’s one of the most luxurious resort towns in the world.
Well now I agree.
Puerto Banus, can be found on a marina located on the southwest coast of Marbella on the Costa Del Sol, Spain.
Clearly this marina in Marbella attracts thousands of visitors, we joined the throng for about 2 hrs. There were lots of people browsing the designer shops or enjoying the restaurants and cafes. Many were simply people watching as the rich and famous pulled into the harbour in their super yachts or parked their Ferraris and Lambos! You can’t fail to be entertained throughout your stay.
It was an amazing view of how the other half live. The number of yachts on the water was astonishing. We had lunch at the famous Hard Rock café OMG, what! Just a side of fries was a whole bucket full and the garlic bread was quite long, flavour-some and filling.
Overall the day was amazing when we got back to Hotel Bali, we went into the pool. Then had some dinner, which was nothing to write home about. We had some time so we went to the BEACH, played football and messed about in the sand, we loved it.
Day 3: Granada and a chat with Pablo Picasso
On this day we went to Granada to the place where Pablo Picasso was born.
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Well, back to my chat…. 🙂
I felt like I was in great company lol. I even sat and had a chat with him (jox.)
Then we went for a tapas tasting. This was great, I like tasting foods and learning how they are made. I especially loved the authentic Spanish omelet, it was quite tasty.
We then headed to Alcazaba de Malaga. This was an ancient Palace now a Fort Village. Built by the Hammudid Dynasty in the 11th Century! It was vast and there are fountains everywhere, apparently meant to confuse intruders.
Overall it was a great day and when we got back to Hotel Bali, we went straight to the pool to cool down. And ended up having a fun water fight it was such a super day! 🙂 I wont forget it in a while!
Day 4: Aqualand – Torremolinos
Now this was the best day in my view! The day everyone had been waiting for; it was AQUALAND Water Park visit and I was super excited. We got there as soon as it opened at 11am and headed straight for the slides. Everyone had been waiting in anticipation for the Kamikaze and the Twister. These are at the time of writing this, the highest slides in Spain. Overall it was a top notch day, I enjoyed the rainbow race slide most.
We had lunch at Aqualand. I think it was quite expensive at 12 Euros for 3 nuggets a small portion of chips & No drink included!
We then had an amazing flamenco lesson and were ready for that dinner.
Back to Benalmadena we had pool time and dinner. Then headed to the opposite end of the pier and saw a jaw dropping number of yachts. Many of them were mini-yachts. I now have a dream of owning one too!
This was also our last night. So we simply maximized the fun all the while trying to forget that it was time to leave…!
Day 5 The last day- Leaving is such Sweet Sorrow!
On the last day I imagine I speak for most that we were already missing Costa Del Sol Malaga! Breakfast was as usual then we passed the time on the Promenade and later had lunch at Beny’s.
We all bought some more souvenirs, then it was time to leave Benalmadena for Malaga Airport!
It was a good flight and landed in Manchester UK on time. We headed back to Liverpool and I was home by 1 am on the Saturday morning! I must say we were happily exhausted.
You better believe it this isn’t good bye, its Au revoir Costa Del Sol Malaga and definitely Puerto Banus! 🙂
I think I can talk on behalf of my peers, that we all had a total blast!
A great big thank you to all our Teachers/Chaperones who helped and Our Parents for making it possible. One of the best trips ever!
I hope you have enjoyed my fun times in Costa Del Sol Malaga as much as I enjoyed sharing. Over to you Mom! 🙂
Well What more can I add other than I am so proud of this young man, I believe we have 2 budding writers! 🙂
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