After our two day stay in Torremolinos, my family and I went Fuengirola, where we will be staying until the 15th of July. While in Fuengirola, we took 4 day trips (as of July 4, 2019) to Malaga, Mijas Pueblo, Marbella, and took a second trip to Malaga
Malaga (part 1)
Fuengirola is maybe an hour from Malaga, so on June 28, my family and I decided to go explore it since we had heard good things. My mom (who I’ll be moving with in September) quickly fell in love with the city. We walked around and decided that we needed to live there so my mom scheduled an appointment to see an apartment (more on that later) and since we had two hours to kill before we saw it we decided to go see the Picasso museum. As I said in my last post, I am not such a huge fan of museums, however, I LOVED the Picasso museum. Afterwards we went to see an apartment and instantly all four of us knew that it was where we needed to move. The train ride back to our apartment was filled with conversations about how much we loved the apartment and how much we couldn’t wait to move there. Overall, this was definitely a successful trip. For those fo you hoping to move to Spain, I definitely recommend you look into Malaga.
My aunt, who I call Fafa, told us that we HAD to go to Mijas Pueblo and that it was absolutely gorgeous. We took a taxi that was maybe twenty minutes and arrived and immediately knew what she was talking about. I loved every inch of it. There was one area where you could see down a hill and see Fuengirola, a small forest and the ocean. It was breathtaking. As we walked more, I loved it more. There were many small shops (perfect for getting gifts) and restaurants. Mijas Pueblo is definitely a must and somewhere I hope to go again (sooner rather than later.)
After a slow day, we went to Marbella on June 30th. We had some trouble with the bus (see lessons learned to learn how to avoid this trouble) but when we got there, it was similar to Malaga in a love at first sight kind of way. There were many stores with a variety of categories. On any given block you could buy a suit for a meeting, get shorts for the gym and buy a sweater for when it’s cold (although it is rarely cold anywhere in the south of Spain.) The restaurants in Marbella are even more varied than the shops. There are Italian, Spanish and French restaurants, there are fast-food places, and there are places where you can get any kind of meat your heart desires. Marbella was, by FAR, my favorite place in Spain, however, I would not want to live there because I prefer the bigger cities like Malaga and Madrid.
Malaga (part 2)
On July 3, my mom and I got up early and went to the bakery for breakfast. We then took a bus to Malaga and walked around and saw the area with all the law firms, municipalities and courthouses (that same area had a lot of sex shops. Coincidence that they were on the same street as the law firms?) We saw a roman theater and a small castle (can we say our neighbor is a king?) and had a bigger breakfast. Then we went to the apartment we saw the first time, agreed on terms of our lease (pending acceptance of our visa, my mom and I are moving in on September 1!) and asked our last few questions. We did some shopping and I found my new favorite store (Massimo Dutti) and then headed home on the train. I’m really excited to move!
- Don’t take pictures in the Picasso museum. All the security guards look the same and you will feel like one is following you if you do anything wrong
- Buying round trip tickets for the train and bus is easiest
- Get off in the town square, not he bus station, when you go to Marbella
I love almost everywhere I’ve been in Spain, but none more than Marbella, however, my favorite to live is Malaga (where I will be moving in September.) Also I want to give a special shoutout to my aunt Rafah (who I call Fafa) for giving the best travel recommendations.