One of my favourite things about living on the Costa del Sol is that you get plenty of visitors. While some outstay their welcome, most are good friends who enable us to see our chosen home with fresh eyes. So often living anywhere leads to complacency as we get wrapped up in daily tasks and our jobs, forgetting to look up and breathe it all in. Hence when we show guests around it remind us of how lucky we are and how much there is to do on this delightful coast – should we make time for it!
These are the thoughts I was left with following a recent visit from a family member, Debbie. She stayed for three days and so we were able to enjoy the best of the Costa’s sights, sounds and tastes. It also gave me an excuse to show her my favourite haunts and activities that we so often do not have time to do.
Water taxis along the coast
After a quick visit to my gestor in San Pedro about a business matter (we do still have to work!), we decided to take a stroll along the beautiful Paseo in Marbella. We parked in the Centro Commercial Plaza del Mar, which has ample sized spaces – even for the likes of my rather large vehicle!
We then ambled along the Paseo towards the Marina passing a plethora of bars and restaurants. Feeling very much in the holiday spirit, we opted to take a boat trip on the Fly Blue Ferry, a water-taxi that operates hourly between Marbella and Puerto Banus. And we are so glad that we did – with the warmth of sun on our skin, we sat back and watched the opulence of the properties on the Golden Mile fly by and disappear into the distance. Before long – half an hour to be precise – we arrived at Puerto Banus.
We then had a leisurely, if slightly underwhelming, lunch at a well known local franchise in Marinas Banus (Trip Advisor report done!), before returning to Marbella by Ferry. We enjoyed the journey so much that booking one of their three hour cruises aboard one of their Gran Catamaran is absolutely essential next time we have visitors!
Once back on dry land, we spied a little salon offering Fish Pedicures. Neither of us had ever had our toes nibbled by a school of fish, so chasing that holiday feeling we persevered and dipped our feet into the water.
Despite Deb’s infamously smelly feet, the fish happily obliged in giving us a one-of-a-kind pedicure and exfoliation. After our giggles subsidised and we became accustomed to the sensation of fish dining between your toes, it was really rather quite pleasant. Although I would not venture as far to say relaxing – I was far too mesmerised watching the little fellas feast upon my feet! Nonetheless, my feet certainly felt fresh and clean after my treatment and I would be happy to have the treatment again.
Lunch at La Sala
The following day, after a little car trouble (enough said about that!), we were on our way to indulge ourselves with a scrumptious lunch at La Sala Banus – with the added bonus of discount via Cool Deals Vouchers.
Cool Deals are a local website that find and advertise the best discount offers in Spain. These range from dining out to health and beauty or leisure ideas – all at a fraction of the cost. The two course meal from the A La Carte Menu at La Sala was reduced from 47€ to just 19€ per person thanks to Cool Deals. Four items carried a supplement, but how often do you get to treat yourself to a 5oz Filet Mignon and Half a Lobster Thermidor? Deb said it was the best meal she had eaten all year!
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