(Not the band)
Nirvana (for now)
In our last post, I expressed some disappointment in the lack of culture and history in the coastal area south of Malaga - though we were both happy with some of the comforting modern amenities that were available. Taking that line of thinking one step further, it follows that if we could find modern resort facilities in an historic setting we would be happy. Eureka! We have found it! We are at the Hipotels Gran Conil in the very small but cute and old town of Conil de la Frontera. You probably can't find it on the map. It is about 30 miles south of Cadiz on a beach that stretches forever.
The drive from Benalmadena was beautiful. Down the Costa del Sol and through the coastal range overlooking Gibraltar where you can see two oceans and two continents all at once. It was sunny, windy and beautiful.
On the way here, we stopped at Gibraltar. We had planned to hike to the top, but alas, you could not go past a certain checkpoint in a rental car as Gibraltar actually belongs to The U.K.! C'mon Spain! How did that happen? Anyway we did get out and I rocked my Blazer gear under the Rock of Gibraltar. We also stopped at a tiny roadside restaurant where we thought we would get some very authentic Spanish food. We did, but you can probably find the picture of the plate Cathy was not tasting.
The town of Conil is a cool spot. No big cathedrals or plazas with big fountains or statues. Seems like a simple Spanish beach town. There is a small church, many restaurants and those quaint, winding streets. Since we were there on a Sunday, it was interesting that literally everything was closed. However we found that - like the smaller towns in Italy, Sunday is a special day and all of the families come out together and stroll along the promenade - young, old, couples, friends, families. It seemed like we were the only tourists and we joined in.
The Gran Conil Hotel is an unbelievable 5 Star resort with full spa facilities, 3 restaurants and 2 large pools. We soaked up the experience as we know soon we will be back to the old city hotels and apartments. We are here 3 nights and may add a 4th.
Next stop is either Cadiz, Jerez or Los Arcos for 3 nights before heading to Seville for a week.
On a side note, I think CYSA just held its 33rd or 34th Classical Cabaret fundraiser. Remembering the supreme effort involved, I'm thankful for the hard work of the staff, volunteers and students, but secretly - I'm glad we are here.
One more thing....the weather...blue sky, 74 degrees and rising.