Seniors In Malaga – A Spanish Tale

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Guest Blogger:  Caroline Cunningham

Zelma came to rest beside me as I waited for the train to Torreblanca. Perhaps she sensed that this was my first visit or maybe she sensed something of my holistic back-ground. This senior lady from the UK is coping with cancer and she planned to spend some recovery time in her Spanish holiday home in Fuengirola. The flight from Dublin to Malaga had been smooth and it was very convenient that the train station was within a stone’s throw of the arrivals area.

When the train arrived Zelma accompanied me and provided me with tips on the how best to get about in this part of the Costa del Sol. I waved to her as I disembarked the train at my destination.

I made my way to the lovely apartment provided by my host, a very kind lady from Waterford by the name of Brenda Bergin. Brenda is a supporter of the arts has been especially supportive of my recent artistic endeavours.

I needed to get away during the December period. Christmas TV is not my thing and the absence of natural light has a tendency to bring another darkness to the fore. Like the heroine character in my Peruvian tales, I realised that having an escape plan would be especially good at the close of 2016.2016 was an incredible year of challenge and adversity but with my highest achievements reached towards the end. In the Malaga environs, I intended to catch up on some writing in peaceful surroundings. I could not have asked for a more perfect spot.

Sunrise Balcony View Las Gaviotas Torreblanca, Spain
Torreblanca, Spain

I awoke each morning to the sight of the rising sun on the ocean horizon as the waves rolled in and out on the strand beneath my balcony. At that early hour many people were on the move getting their morning walks and jogs or using the exercise bars along the promenade. Even seniors with walking frames were on the move. There was no excuse for me. The walk to Fuengirola is approximately 30 minutes but I have to confess I stopped to take photos of the many fine sculptures and sites along the way.Torreblanca is popular with British and Scandinavians who have invested in property here. Many make use of their retirement to spend time in the sun with family. It is especially useful for people like Zelma who need respite as the warm and sunny climate is more favourable. The week before Christmas was quiet. Many of the restaurants were closed but there were still plenty to choose from.

Eating out is certainly more affordable than back home, with some caterers offering a more welcoming service than others. The people at the Wessex Bar (Torreblanca) looked after me very well. I also found Barboru (Los Boliches) to be a relaxing stop off during the day, while Dominques (Los Boliches) was a very special find.
With senior visitors in mind, I could see the added advantages with regards to transport. Nearby train stations provide regular service to and from Malaga, with the airport the second last stop before the city centre terminal and it does not cost a fortune either!
Cafe Fuengirola
I loved the individual boutiques on Calle Espaňa in Fuengirola and especially loved the style in Loca De Amor.  Malaga of course has much more variety of shopping but I was more interested in being outdoors in the warm sunshine and found the Alcazaba Fort to be ideal for just that. There are two separate entrances to the fort and one is at the top of a very steep hill. If you are going on foot be sure you are wearing footwear that has good gripping as you don’t want to be sliding down the hill on your return. There are buses that will also bring you to and from the top and this is advisable for those who struggle with breathing or with other impediments.
I found the newly excavated Roman Colosseum to be quite intriguing, especially the story of its excavation project which was on display in a nearby cabin (free entry). I queued to visit the Nativity Scene in the Cathedral; it was truly a work of art. I also visited the Picasso museum. I confess however, I am not a fan of this style of art but it is good to observe the journey of art history.
Alcazaba Malaga
I highly recommend a trip to the white village of Mijas a short distance by bus from Fuengirola. While Ronda is a longer journey, higher up the mountains and built around a gorge, both destinations offer spectacular vistas and lots to do.
I highly recommend a trip to the white village of Mijas a short distance by bus from Fuengirola. While Ronda is a longer journey, higher up the mountains and built around a gorge, both destinations offer spectacular vistas and lots to do.
Fuengirola, Spain
There are plenty of other locations to be explored along this sunny coastline and always something for each traveller to discover for themselves. Christmas week was a livelier time and I met a number of people on my outings. There was less writing and more holidaying but overall a wonderful experience. Zelma spotted me on my second day and came to say hello as I was enjoying coffee in the ‘Scottish quarter’ of Fuengirola (near the bus station/Calle Jacinto Benavente).

Thank you to Brenda Bergin once again for facilitating my visit. I can see why seniors benefit from trips to Malaga. Flights are inexpensive, transport from the airport is only short distance to many of the apartments and hotels. Eating out is excellent value and you have the option of stocking up at nearby supermarkets. You have the beach nearby for calm and inspiration and a beautiful promenade for lengthy strolls.Brenda provides business support and inspiration to seniors and creative’s. For support with your business contact – Contact Brenda Bergin

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Thank you for reading.
Caroline Cunningham

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