Bioparc Fuengirola….

This was my second visit to this enchanting recreated rainforest hidden in the central town of busy Fuengirola. You would never believe it was in such an environment.

As with all attractions in the Costa del Sol this one is not cheap however it is good value for money. 

Booking online is highly recommended as its slightly cheaper and they also offer a family package for 60€ which is not available when you pay on the door. This I feel is a little naughty because on average most are families of four. You can save 10€ by booking this online in advance.

As you the enter the park you can have a family photo taken which is available to purchase on your way out. 

The park itself is very sheltered lots of tall trees to mirror rainforest life. The animals are all enclosed but unlike with English zoo’s there’s an element of trust put in the general public as you can get quite close to the enclosures. 

The big animal attractions available are tigers, gorillas, orangatans, crocodiles, leopard, hippos and a large selection of smaller animals, reptiles and birds. 

You can get up close with the tigers and gorillas as there is only reinforced glass between you and them and they are often sitting just the other side.

There are daily shows, mainly every hour including an interactive animal and Bird show in which you can see birds flying across the audience and animals such as otters, porcupines, armadillos and others as well as children being picked to feed the deer. 

There is an interactive lemur experience in which you can get up close with the lemurs. There is a guided tour around their environment where you can learn how they live, breed and how they are cared for by the park.

There is a cafeteria area at the park which is always busy despite being very expensive which you can imagine.

The park is an enjoyable 2-3 hours , longer if you are staying to eat. There’s plenty to see and the animal environments are very much like they would expect to be should you see them in the wild.

Due to the vast amount of tall trees and big leaves the park is very shaded making it enjoyable no matter what how hot it is.

And of course on your way out is the obligatory gift shop, if you hadn’t already spent enough money.

A great family experience for all ages whatever the weather. 

Beat the Heat…..

Most foods can leave you feeling bloated at the best of times, however when faced daily with constant high temperatures and humidity its hard to know how to stay cool and beat the heat as well as the bloat. Especially if you’re on holiday and you want to look great in that bikini!!!

There are plenty of foods available to help beat the heat and each has there own health benefit as well.

Watermelon – Has a high water content and plenty of antioxidants.

Cucumber – Full of Fibre and is 96% water. What more can I say. 

Mint – Delicious and Refreshing 

Green Veggies – Each has a high water content, perfect for staying hydrated.

Onions – contain cooling properties and are a perfect addition to any curry, salad or dip. Red onions in particular are rich in quercetin which is a natural anti allergen and can help protect against Sun stroke.

Melon – 90% water , Hip Hop Hooray.

Coconut Water – Keeps the body hydrated as well as having cancer fighting properties and anti ageing properties, everyone’s as winner 😊

Wherever you are in the world, eating local fruits and veggies is a must especially when they are in season. Their nutrients are at their peak in the summer. 

Drinking plenty of water will aid continual hydration however it can be boring, especially when you’re craving a mojito!!

So why not jazz it up: Make ice cubes using lemon juice or lime or even freeze berries, grapes or chunks of water melon in the ice cubes as you make them.

Also contrary to popular belief caffeinated drinks i.e tea or coffee will not dehydrate. This is because the caffeine amounts are vastly outweighed by the water content. 

Happy Days.

So remember, eat smart and beat the Heat and you’ll also beat the bloat. 

Traditionally Spanish…..

So… Being as I am now a resident in Costa del Sol, I thought I would share with you some traditional andalusian dishes. Just so you don’t miss out.

First up –

Pescaito Frito: translated literally means little fried fish. The fish is coated in flour and then deep fried in olive oil, with only salt as a seasoning. Served hot of course with fresh lemon to give that zingy taste. 

Can be served as an appetizer or as a main course option.

Some great restaurants to try this dish are

Restaurant Toro – Benalmadena Marina

Caliu Restaurant – Torremolinos

Casablanca Juan Los Mellizos – Torremolinos

La Langosta –  Fuengirola

Next on the list is  Gazpacho.

A combination of raw vegetables, served cold including tomatoes, cucumber and garlic is thought to have arrived with the Romans. 

Red Gazpacho is thought to have evolved in the 19th century when tomatoes were added and then it spread internationally.

A great recipe for Summer Gazpacho

3rd on the list and my personal favourite is Ensalada Malagueno, translated means Malaga style salad. It represents beautiful Malaga and combines the sea with fresh vegetable gardens. Ingredient include Cod, Olive Oil, Olives and Oranges. 

Oranges?? I hear you say, but yes they compliment a sweet with a sour flavour.

Various restaurants will serve this across the Costa del sol all with their own twist to make it their own.

Last but not for any particular reason is the amazing Gambas Pil Pil. My husbands favourite.

It’s one of the areas most famous dishes, Prawns served hot and sizzling in a sauce of garlic, chilli and olive oil.

This dish should always be prepared to order as this is part of the theatre. You should also make sure you have some rustic bread for dipping to soak up all the delicious flavours in the oil.

Whilst the dish is fairly uncomplicated, there is a knack to getting the sauce combination correct. 

Try some of these great places;

La Mandragora – Calahonda

Asadores Segovianos – Fuengirola
El Capricho – Benalmadena
If you visit any of these restaurants or try any recipes your thoughts are very much appreciated 


We had the opportunity to visit the local crocodile park in Torromolinos. 

This park is solely all about crocodiles. 

You need to arrive relatively close to when the crocodile handlers are going to give the tour and speech because after this there isn’t any real need to hang around for long.

The talk itself is really interesting and informative. The guide talks about the various crocodiles they have there which is hundreds and how long they have been there.

The eldest one is in its 80’s and I’ve never seen anything so big.  The guide stands next to it and almost antagonises it whilst tapping it in the mouth with a broom handle.

The park houses over 100 crocodiles of all ages, most of which are offspring of another crocodile in the same park.

You also get to see the crocodiles being fed as pieces of meat and birds are thrown all over the lagoon so you can see how fast the crocodiles move.

At the end of the tour you are able to hold a baby crocodile although this needs to be booked upon entry to the park and is of course an additional cost.

This is a great trip to take for a morning or an afternoon, this is not an all day trip though. 

Address details:

Crocodile Park, 

Calle Cuba, 14, 29620 Torremolinos, MΓ‘laga, Spain

Check out the website link above for promotions and prices etc.

Life on the ocean wave ….

This would be the second boat trip I’ve had the privilege to go on since being out and I must admit for different reasons I’ve enjoyed them both. The company was the same on both occasions however this time I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely family who were on holiday here in Benalmadena.

The trip was from the award winning marina in Benalmadena. A place I love regardless. I love the shops, the hustle and bustle, the scenery and numerous bars and restaurants.

Anyway, I’m digressing, when we booked the trip the guy in charge sold us fishing, dolphin spotting and swimming. To be honest I was only interested in the dolphins and generally being on the boat. They also mentioned that my 8 year old would be able to drive the boat, any little boy would be mad not to jump at this chance.

2 hours trip, 30€ each and 20€ for my child. Not bad and pretty similar to any other boat trip in the marina. Always shop about for prices, there’s always someone tying to kid you on.

We left the marina, which is a view in itself. So much to look at from boats, to people to apartments, and of course the fish.

Once on the open sea we made our way along the coast line to Fuengirola. The staff on board were eagerly looking for those ever elusive dolphins. 

Please be warned should you choose to take a boat trip which mentions dolphin spotting that this is not a guarantee. The dolphins are free in the ocean and can roam as they please.

We spent the next hour and a bit sailing across the sea in our search but to no avail.

My little boy at this point got to drive the boat. 

You can even hear the boats talking to each other sending them directions as to where the dolphins were in the sea.

We stopped for a while so that people could take a quick dip in the sea, even my little boy was up for it. The boat provided life jackets which was great, although he was disappointed there were no inflatables. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

The young lad from the other family also got to enjoy a spot of fishing before we started to head back to the marina

Just as we were on our way back the driver spotted a group of boats all circling a group of dolphins and even though we were out of our allotted sailing time we still headed over to see them.

All things considered I really enjoyed myself as did my son. The other family also enjoyed themselves.

My stepson thought there should have been more fishing rods available for everyone to use. 

Highly recommended, whichever company you choose to sail with.

Don’t even …..

I’m not going to name and shame this restaurant we visited over the weekend however the picture of what I had should be enough to put you off ever ordering such a concoction. I’m not sure what I was thinking or that I was even thinking at all.

It was on the menu as chorizo with scrambled egg and chips.

The eggs as you can see are fried, not scrambled and they looked like they had been on the griddle since the day before, the chorizo which was clearly an entire chorizo was all on top of what I would imagine a whole bag of cubed potatoes, commonly known over here as patatas bravas. 

Heart attack in a bowl. Needless to say I couldn’t eat it all. The waiter came to clear the table and promptly gathered all the leftovers on everyone else’s plates including my chorizo, egg, chip combo and threw it in the sea to the fish. Which to my surprise they gobbled it up, obviously they are regulars at this establishment. 

Like being in a movie scene

So…. Last night I got to visit the beautiful La Cupula Lounge in the picturesque Benalmadena Pueblo.

If you are looking for a relaxing, friendly, chilled out ambience then look no further.

We arrived early, maybe a bit too early (story of my life), however it was great to watch the place unfold throughout the course of the evening.

The venue is set on the edge of the cliff below the pueblo’s old whitewash church and cobbled streets. The view is breathtaking and endless.

The Lounge it self is very relaxed, very shabby chic and rustic. None of the chairs match and all the glasses are different. The tables are set with Moroccan style plates and newspaper place mats, although these are far from practical as they don’t soak up any liquid. Red Wine drinkers be warned!!

The place oozes a calming laid back feeling and everyone of all ages is made to feel welcome.

We ordered starters and main courses. The starters came out bit by bit as did the mains. But whereas in some restaurants this might annoy you, here was different. There is no rushing , no urgency, no need to eat quickly and leave. We arrived at 8pm and didn’t leave until 1am. 

Live music played on an elevated stage in a pagoda style platform. 

A cocktail bar beneath this was preparing for the many orders of freshly made mojitos they were expecting to sell.

Seating ranged from cosy tables for two, big tables for large parties, bar stools and comfy lounge chairs for the ultimate chill out evening.

This place is a definite must visit when in the pueblo. We will definitely visit again.

Atmosphere, service and general experience was great. If I had one small complaint it would be that someone there needs to learn the art of a good Sangria. After all we are in Spain😎😎😎