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Monday, 28 February 2011

Jack's or Rocha da Gralheira

Meet Jack. I took this picture of him this morning as we checked out. Let me try to describe what we call Jack's otherwise known as Rocha da Gralheira and explain why over the last 9 years we've gone back there at least once every year and quite often twice.

It's simply an enormous dining room with rooms for guests who stay over. There's a swimming pool as well of course. You have to be told about a place like this, you would never ever find it not even by chance.

I like it because it's simple and unprententious and we feel at home. After a big evening meal, we just walk upstairs and that's it until the next day. No driving, no worries about finding my way anywhere, I know my bed's not more than 80 metres from the dinner table. Those are the stairs up to my bedroom just behind Jack, the dining room's just to his left.

We know that we will spend more on dinner than the cost of our room and that we might share the dining room with a wedding celebration or a communion party. At breakfast we have the whole spotless dining room to ourselves.

At night, I can look out at the lights in the valley below San Bras and hear nothing but a dog barking. In the early morning, I can just make out the crow of cockerels in the distance.

It takes us four and a half hours to get from Marbella to Jack's just outside San Bras de Alportel. From Faro airport to Jack's it's not more than 17 kms inland.

If you are looking for glitter and show on holiday and the company of lots of others, Jack's is not for you. If you just want to be yourself and feel absolutely free to come and go, give it a try.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Calahonda Map showing bus stops

Look at the map of Sitio de Calahonda and you'll see the A7 coast road between Marbella and Fuengirola with purple stickers showing the approximate situation of the three bus stops serving the Calahonda Urbanisation.

Travelling from Fuengirola to Calahonda you'll get off on the Calahonda side of the road and leaving Calahonda to go back to Fuengirola bus station you'll get on to the bus on the sea side of the road.

There are pedestrian overpass bridges for the first and last bus stops and an underpass for the middle bus stop.

I think this is the last blog I'll do on the Calahonda bus stops which are some of the most used stops on the
list of bus stops between Marbella and Fuengirola. Getting to Calahonda from different points on the Costa del Sol has always been a popular topic but over the next couple of weeks I'll centralise all the getting to Calahonda by bus information I've got here on this page and hopefully it will be sufficient for future travellers.

Update 15/06/2011: Did I say this would be the last post on Calahonda bus stops? Use the first stop (coming from Fuengirola) for Crown Resorts Club Marbella and the middle bus stop for Club Calahonda. Use the previous Rivera del Sol bus stop to get to the Crown Resorts Club Delta Mar, Club La Riviera and Club Caronte.

Thanks to the EUC Sitio de Calahonda Urbanisation offices for the map: Their contact details are; Calle Monteparaiso s/nUrb. Sitio de Calahonda, 29649 Mijas Costa, Málaga. Contact telephone: + 34 952 93 20 40 Email:

Don't feel you can't now write in about getting to Sitio de Calahonda on the contact box below. You know I'm always pleased to hear from travellers!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Teatro de Cervantes Theatre in Malaga

Last Tuesday evening we went up to Malaga to the Teatro de Cervantes to see one of my favourite musicals, Chicago. I wasn't disappointed, the choreography was exceptionally creative, the dancers were excellent and the girls were extraordinarily leggy.

I booked the tickets through the Teatro de Cervante's website, The seating plan is clear and easy to use. With seats quickly selling out I was lucky to get two tickets on the first floor, Box 9 seats 3 and 4. As the usher took us in, my wife said "We haven't got a box have we?", I was pleased to reply that we did.

We actually shared our box with a young couple who were in seats 1 and 2 right on the balcony wall just in front of our
two raised seats. I enjoyed our position because I could get up and stand and move around and enjoy the extra space of the curtained coat area just behind us. Seats 1 and 2 in any of the boxes will give you an unobstructed view of the stage and of course the nearer you are to the stage in the Cervantes theatre, the better the sound is.

After booking online for the Teatro de Cervantes tickets you can retrieve your entrance tickets at any branch of Unicaja, just remember to use the same credit card that you used to book the seats or you can take your printed confirmation of booking page to the theatre and collect the tickets from the box office window outside before going in.

The Teatro de Cervantes theatre has a gracious and comfortable feel to it. It's curtained and carpeted, there are lots of ushers and a good number of bars on different floors for an unhurried drink. To go outside at the interval just collect an exit pass as you leave. Right outside the door was a vendor selling warm salted almonds in paper cones which we took back into our box to munch on during the second half.

The address of the Teatro de Cervantes is:

Teatro de Cervantes
Calle Ramos de Marín s/n
29012 Málaga

Telephone: 952 224 109

We parked in the underground public parking near the Port and it only took 10 minutes to walk from there to the theatre.

Parking Plaza de la Marina 4
29015 Malaga

If you are coming up to Malaga on the Fuengirola to Malaga train station get out at the end of the line at the Málaga-Centro-Alameda train station, just after the main Maria Zambrano train station. Take the exit to Calle Alemania del Ensanche Heredia on the other side of the Guadalmedina River. The tunnel goes under the river which is dry for most of the year!

I would estimate a 20
minute walk to the Teatro de Cervantes theatre from the train.

If you print off a Google street plan before you go, remember that the streets in the centre of Malaga are a lot closer to each other than they appear on the map so it is actually quite quick to get from one place to another.

With lots of inviting and very reasonably priced restaurants all around the theatre and in the centre of Malaga, you can have a really good evening out at the Malaga Teatro de Cervantes.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Shameless at Desvan Pub Puerto Banus

Meet the local Marbella rock group Shameless pounding out their rock n roll set at Desvan Pub in Puerto Banus on Saturday night.

I have to confess I had never been to Desvan Pub in Puerto Banus and had only a faint idea where it was. Not even the Desvan website gave its address, I guess that sort of detail isn't cool around the Marbella night life.

Anyway here's Desvan's address:

Desvan Pub
Second line Banus
Puerto Banus

Tel: 952 815 862 I hope the phone isn't in the bar, they'll never hear you.

Basically you come out of the Puerto Banus underground car park, walk through the middle entrance and turn first left. Desvan Pub is about 100 metres along on your left. Lovely Russian blondes will try to entice you into their night clubs and black suited bouncers will eyeball passersby. Peer into any cocktail lounge and you'll see long haired beauties draped carelessly across the leather seats with attentive young men clustered around. I did my best to look cool, as if I walked the walk every Saturday night.

Shameless were just setting up when we arrived. From left to right in the photo above that's Paul Cufflin on the guitar, José Petri on the harmonica, Steve Cameron lead singer and Wayne Chasan on the drums.

Riveting as the music was, I couldn't help watching as three large TV screens beamed out sports programmes and an ultra slim and very scantily clad disco dancer gyrated on the bar counter next to the windows.

I can recommend it as a good evening, great rock and roll music and the Shameless groupies were on form gyrating away just below the stage. Keep an eye on the Shameless Facebook page and you'll see they are performing again on the 1st of April. See you there?

Update: Shameless will be in action on March 1st at the Hard Rock orginal songs/band playoffs. See Wayne's comment below