I have always been struck by the simplicity of the Spanish Christmas lights. Their simplicity is their outstanding feature: simple white or blue lights to illuminate trees, buildings or other features and perhaps a bit of seasonal red or green on overhead street lights. I first time I really appreciated this when I was in Sevilla during December of 2004 to watch the Davis Cup final between Spain and the USA at the Olympic Stadium. It was a joy to go out waking at night in the barrio of Santa Cruz and see the Christmas lights, before finding somewhere to eat and have a nightcap.
The same is true of Fuengirola and Mijas. The early darkness of the evenings is ideal for combining a stroll with some shopping whilst at the same time, admiring the lights. The next couple of posts will show some of the lights of Fuengirola and Mijas. RR
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Hi robbieroy I have enjoyed your recent posts and I am glad that you are back on MadridMan.com. Great photos.... We have met a couple of times in Fuengirola/Mijas. I still go back to visit friends in the Spring and Fall and maybe we can meet again. I always take the bus up to Mijas to walk around the town and take photos. There are great day trips in the area to Granada, Cordoba, Ronda etc.
Hi Arturo Yes, it has been a long time away from the board and it is good to see that you are still here too! As you say, it would be good to meet up in Spain again for a beer. Do you have another trip planned? RR
I have always like Fuengirola as a working Spanish town that also supports tourism. In contrast to the hot summer days with tourist-filled beaches and busy pavements, winter presents a less frenetic scene with much less hustle and bustle. There its more room on the pavements, in the bars and chiringuitos and definitely on the beaches!
Strolling along the sea-front and meandering up side streets is really pleasurable at this time of year, with the orange trees full of fruit.
This is especially true of one of my favourite barrios, Pueblo López, with its delightful architecture and plant-lined alleys.
The Recinto Ferial in Fuengirola is a busy place on Tuesdays and Saturdays when the produce market takes place and on Thursdays when the flea market takes place. During these busy times, your attention its drawn to the stalls and contents as you search for that elusive bargain. Due to this, it is all too easy not to notice the decorated casetas used by the peñas at feria time and also the sculptures at the intersection of the wide pathways. Having a wander around on non- market days will give you the opportunity to admire these.
Interestingly, the fairground is also a popular stopping-off point for motor homes on non-market days.