Author: Good Bad Dog

El Muro Restaurant….

…… There aren’t many restaurants in the Costa del Sol that offer a breathtaking view while you eat.

We have visited El Muro twice now and both times we have thoroughly enjoyed our meal. 

The menu is varied with a good choice of starters, mains and desserts. I always let the dessert menu decide whether I need a starter or not and with it offering the obligatory chocolate brownie I decided a starter wasn’t necessary.

We had a party of 7 the second time we visited and ordered from the mains selection. I had the salmon on a bed of saffron rice again, we had chicken breast with baby artichoke hearts and beef skewers which were incredibly tender. 

The meal was not rushed, the waiters were very attentive and efficient and the evening g was very relaxing.

The terrace has a number of tables outside however it is not cramped and you cannot eavesdrop other people’s conversations.

The restaurant is part of the Aico group who own a number of others in the pueblo. These ‘re all lovely restaurants in lovely settings.

Benalmadena Pueblo itself beautiful with its cobbled streets and tiny shops and typically andalucian style. It’s not commercialised or overcrowded. There is minimal parking in the actual town itself with a larger car park at the back of the town and all parking is free.

Other restaurants in the Aico chain are, La Fuente, La Nina, Villa Linda, Azafran and Zafiro which is a popular wine and gin bar.

On the Aico restaurant website allows you to view each restaurant and their menus and be able to book a table online at a selected few.

Go and visit and share my experience. Let me know how you get on šŸ˜Š

A day in Malaga City

Malaga is a glorious historical city with plenty of sightseeing to be done.

I went for the day and only covered a small part of what there is to see, however I still crammed a lot in.

For a Sunday afternoon the city was buzzing with life. We had caught the train from Benalmadena which took 30 minutes into the city centre.

The Feria had recently been on and the streets and bars were decked with colourful bunting and hanging lanterns.

We started our wander through the Marques de Larios shopping precinct. Here there is plenty for everyone, with boutiques, high street chains and bars and restaurants galore. The side streets lead to small independent shops and then onto small plazas with tapas bars offering a great selection of food and drinks.

From here we  wandered through back street to the Cathedral of Malaga. This is a Roman Catholic church built between 1528 and 1782 in the Renaissance Architectural tradition. You have to see it to appreciate it’s splendour. My photos don’t do it justice.

We continued down through the Paseo Parque which runs along the harbour. It is shaded by Palm Trees and Plans Trees and full of fountains and sculptures.

On the other side of the road is the Paseo de Espana, running towards the Centre Pompidou along side the harbour.This is a commercial area with shops and bars where going and old Malaguenos come to socialise.

Rather than keep walking on we decided to walk back towards the Centre as the sun was hot and we were roasting. Looking into Malaga from the harbour edge you can see various land marks.

Firstly is the Castillo de Gibralfaro. It was built in the 14th century to house troops and protect Alcazaba. From the walls you get spectacular views of the city.

Alcazaba  of Malaga is one of the iconic landmarks of Malaga. It was built in the 11th century during the Muslim period and is considered one of the most important Muslim world in Spain today.

Moving on from there is Malaga’s Town Hall. This was built between 1912 and 1919 and is one of the most remarkable modern buildings in Malaga.

Lastly on my initial tour of Malaga is the Palacio de Aduana. This houses the works which were formerly in the Museo de Malaga.

If you travel to Malaga and want to see the sights without all the walking or hot and sweatiness, there’s a hop on hop off sightseeing bus tour available which you can book at 

Enjoy and then let me know your favourite experiences šŸ˜Š

Historical Ronda…..

…..The 3rd most visited city in Andalusia is the beautiful mountaintop city of Ronda.

It is set above a deep gorge called El Tajo which separates the 15th century New town from the old historical town. 

The old town is bisected from the New town by a stone bridge known as the Puente Nuevo (New bridge) It offers amazing photo opportunities from all angles.

Modern Bullfighting originates in Ronda. The 18th century Bullring is now a museum and visitors are welcome to walk in the arena. Legendary bullfighter Pedro Romero from Ronda founded the style of bullfighting in which matadores fight bulls on foot rather than horseback. The bullring itself is one of the oldest in Spain.

Ronda has many attractions and it’s hard to see them all and appreciate them in one day. 

Here are a few to look out for.

Balcony of Paseos – Walkways celebrating Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles.

Palacio de Mondraga – A tiny palace. Its best feature is the remaining water gardens. It has been heavily renovated and partly modernised.

Casa del Rey Moro – House of the Moorish King which incorporates an important relic or Ronda’s Moorish occupation – The Water Mine.

Iglesia del Espiritu Santo – An unofficial cathedral towering above the Almocabar Gate.

Convento de Santa Domingo – Built on Arabic foundations after the fall of Ronda.

Palacio del Marques Salvaterra – A small museum of renaissance art and artefacts. 

Puente Viejo – The only thoroughfare until Puente Nuevo was completed.

Plaza Duquesa de Parcent – Leafy square full of monuments. A truly beautiful public space.

Just a few places to get you started on your tour of Ronda.

A walking tour takes about 2-3 hours. Probably not advisable in the hotter months of the year. Everything you need to see is within 200-300 metres of the Puente Nuevo.

Ideally to appreciate Ronda in all its historical glory you need to spend 2-3 days in the city.

Lucky in Life….

I have only lived here for a year but it doesn’t take long to appreciate the lifestyle you have in the Costa del Sol.

One of the massive benefits is the 320+ days of Sun we have here.

You can plan ahead and pretty much guarantee the weather will be anything but wet. 

The area I have lived in for the past year is quiet and tranquil and there are no boy racers charging past at all hours of the night. There are no drunken people walking past my window arguing. There is no continuous traffic streaming past my door. 

The lifestyle here is a expensive or inexpensive as you wish to make it. You control your own money and how and what you spend it on. 

You are surrounded by outdoor living. You can just go for a wander along the promenade, you can have a cheap day out at the beach. You can have lunch for 10ā‚¬ for 2 people in some areas.

You can just sit outside and read a good book or a blog, or even buy an English newspaper here.

Children can play safer. The Spanish love children and dining out is never an issue if you have children as they are welcome anywhere.

The days and nights are longer and you find yourself staying up later as this is normal. Dining late is normal, children up past 10pm is normal.

School holidays are longer. However there are plenty of summer camps available to children who’s parents work during the day. These are subsidized by the local authorities so children can have fun while parents work. My children went to a local Lego summer camp for a week and loved it. It cost me 63ā‚¬ 

We have been lucky enough to live in a villa this summer with a pool. My little boy has spent the summer learning to swim, something I would have never had time for in the UK , he is now a fully fledged water baby.

I went out the other evening and walked from one town centre down to the coast line and walked along the promenade. Such a beautiful area, buzzing with life. Plenty of shops and bars and ice cream parlours.  

We all commented how lucky we were to live in this lifestyle. 

To have the beach in our doorsteps, the good weather, the plentiful bars and restaurants and the safe environment for our children.

We have visited most of the attractions in our area. Over the next couple of weeks we aim to venture further afield to see what’s new. Ronda, Nerja and the all famous Smurf Village.

So many beautiful places to visit and then blog about so I can share my experiences. If you have any recommendations then please leave them in the comments.

Castillo Colomares, Benalmadena…..

Situated at the bottom of the Benalmadena Pueblo is the beautiful Castillo Colomares.

It is historical tribute to Christopher Columbus. The buildings began in 1987 by Dr Stephen Martin and two fellow bricklayers. It toook 7 years to handcraft the entire castle from brick , stone and cement. 

It’s has been designed as a ‘Unicum’ to tell the story of the discovery of America and also has the Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic and Mudejar styles all combined in this one beautiful monument.

The best way to blog about this monument is through pictures. Unless you’ve been or can see it you cannot appreciate it’s glory.

You are free to wander the site and take in all the areas and historiacal features it has to offer at your leisure. However you would probably only spend up to an hour here.

Cost of entry is minimal. 2ā‚¬ per adult and 1.50ā‚¬ for children over 8 years and OAP’s. Children under 8 go for free.

You are provided with a brief history on the monument and also a numbered description of each area. 

There are no food and drink concessions here and this is probably why people don’t stay for very long. In the summer months the opening hours are limited so check the website before making your trip.

Castillo Monumento Colomares

Up up and away…

Benalmadena Cable cars is a must see attraction based in the andalucian town of Arroyo De La Miel. 

It’s the best way to see across the beautiful coast line from up above.

Not for the faint hearted as the cable car go right up to the top of the mountain so those with height phobias should be warned. 

It takes about 20-25 minutes to get up the the top and you can then ascend even higher up the winding paths to the most picturesque views inland and across the ocean.

There is plenty of photo taking opportunities for the avid photographer and a  selfie stick is a good idea to take along with you.

Once at the top as mentioned before you can explore further up the mountain. Make sure you wear sensible footwear. Flip flops are not really hiking attire!!

There is a snack bar, vending machines and restaurant at the top of the mountain however they are quite expensive as you’d expect and not really that great. You’d be better off taking your own water and a light snack.

One of the highlights of the trip is the Bird of Prey show which happens twice a day.

You can see buzzards, vultures, owls and an array of other birds.

You can see them flying and being called back, although when we went one of the vultures had decided he was off for the duration of the show and didn’t come back until long after the show had finished.

Be warned though, you’ll need Sun screen and sunhats as they show is out in the open and there’s no shelter from the daily Sun which at the time of the show is at its peak. 

Picturesque Mijas Pueblo….

I’ve had the rare opportunity to live in Mijas. We rented a lovely but very old Villa on the road that leads into the town. 

The roadworks were being carried out while we were there however have now completed and Mijas is a buzzing, beautiful old town to both live and visit and its hard not to fall in love with it.

The views from Mijas are amazing. The buildings are white wash with blue flower pots a plenty on all the walls. 

The plaza has been completed and is now a safe place for children to play both day and night time. There are many events held here throughout the year, including this year’s World Padel Tour Championship. The annual Feria which can last up to 5 days and various markets and other events for all the family.

There are various ways in which to see Mijas, horse and cart, donkey taxis and the Tuk Tuk. The latter is by the best way to see Mijas. The horses and donkeys have come under much fire of late as they are a controversial subject of matter. 

Each mode of transportation is not expensive and its great for the tourist revenue in Mijas. Mijas is renowned for its donkeys and in almost every shop you can buy something donkey related.

A rare and quite random and strange attractions is the Miniatures Museum. Inside an old gypsy wagon is a display of weird and wonderful items with even smaller items painted, written, drawn or inside them and with almost all of them its necessary to look through a magnifying glass to see them. For only 3ā‚¬ per adult and 1.50ā‚¬ per child it’s a cheap and cheerful thing to go and see while in Mijas.

Another attraction for all the family is the Monkey Chocolate Making Factory. Spend time creating your very own bespoke chocolate bar and then take it home with you.

Restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlours and tapas bars are plentiful. Some of my favourites are 

Los Arcos – Plaza Virgen De La Pena

The Village Bistro – Avenida de Mejico

Koco Bistro – Virgen de la Pena

Restaurante Meguinez – Calle San Sebastian

Incidentally Calle San Sebastian is one of the most photographed roads in Spain.

If you’re in the Costa del Sol, be sure to put Mijas Pueblo on your to do list.