I love Spain, I could see myself and Nathan living in Spain for most of the year to get away from the cold weather. We try to go as much as possible and plan to travel around for a month or so next year.

The dream being to learn Spanish and be able to work and live in England and Spain. I guess you can tell I’m an ‘IN’ but lets not go down that road.

Flying to Malaga is pretty easy for us Brits and I must say I never usually look around the area. It’s always straight to the hire car and off we go. However, on this occasion we decided to stay a couple of nights in Malaga to see what it is like. We weren’t disappointed.

Malaga is a lovely city, friendly and easy to get around. We stayed at a great hotel with a roof top pool. The views of the city were incredible.

stunning views of the city

 

Not a bad way to spend a few days

Not a bad way to spend a few days

 

Top of the world

Top of the world

One of the reasons I love Spain is the food and wine. As I mentioned, I haven’t seen enough of Spain to fully appreciate it but we plan to change that. In fact, one of my favourite things to do is watch Youtube clips of Rick Stein on Spain. He knows the best places to go and we are going to follow in his foot steps. Hopefully having our own adventure on the way.

This was a dish we had in Malaga. We found a small restaurant, just by our hotel and ordered an array of Tapas. This was tuna, chill, avocado and lime. Simple and delicious and quite easy to replicate at home. Ideal for a Summer dinner party starter I believe, served with icy white wine.

A healthy and delicious dish

A healthy and delicious dish

 

Typically Spanish. Fresh, plentiful and delicious

Typically Spanish. Fresh, plentiful and delicious

After a few wonderful days exploring Malaga we headed to Tarifa.  Tarifa is a small town in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, on the southernmost coast of Spain. It is primarily known as one of the world’s most popular destinations for wind sports. It has a laid back vibe. I’ve never been to Australia but I imagine some parts are similar.

We stayed at a gorgeous hotel called Hotel Punta Sur      http://hotelpuntasur.com

Hotel Punta Sur

Ctra. N-340, km 77
11380 Tarifa
Cádiz, Spain
Tel. +34 956 68 43 26
Fax +34 956 68 04 72
info@hotelpuntasur.com

HOTEL PUNTA SUR

Honestly, the food was AMAZING. We had the salt-encrusted beef tenderloin, a hotel speciality and it was one of the best meals I have ever had. Great wine selection as well.

 

 salt-encrusted beef tenderloin

salt-encrusted beef tenderloin

Salt-encrusted beef tenderloin

Salt-encrusted beef tenderloin

Salt-encrusted beef tenderloin

 

 

A good drop I believe

A good drop I believe

As far as a little evenings entertainment, Tarifa old Town is a great place to walk around, see and be seen. Again, a very chilled out, relaxed vibe with bars and restaurants. Little stalls and interesting shops to look at. We felt very safe as well. It was a good mix of local people and tourists.

A bit of shopping

A bit of shopping

Tariff old town at night

Tariff old town at night

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Cocktails in Tarifa Old TownSo, I have a confession to make. Even though I would love to come across as cultured and arty, I fear that if I didn’t admit we did take a detour to Niki Beach in Marbella. We like to mix things up and we wanted to see what it was like. I have to say we had fun hanging out with the beautiful people and the food was VERY good, but the one day was enough. Then we hot footed it back to our charming hotel and the old town.

At lunch I had fresh tuna. I was cooked perfectly. We did drink a bottle of wine… oh well, YOLO as they say.Hanging out at Niki beach for the day DSC_0930 DSC_0921

My fresh salad at Niki Beach All in all I cant wait to see more of Spain. Starting with Barcelona in two weeks time! VIVA ESPANA

 

Lisa x