Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Let's make a quick stop by Marbella

Marbella in Andalucía is for many synonymous with big money and big fancy boats, but I wanted to see if there wasn’t some more typical Spanish charm here too. And I do believe there is.

We just stopped by on our way to Gibraltar and didn’t even see the famous port with all the gigantic yachts. We did go by there though, it just felt like the sort of thing one should see when in Marbella, but it was so crowded and there was no parking anywhere close so we just dropped it. And you know what? I think I can live on without having seen it!

The old town is quite much like many others in Andalucía, whitewashed houses, flowers hanging from the walls, narrow cobbled streets, beautiful plazas and little terrace tapas bars all over the place.




Plaza de los Naranjos is a plaza in the middle of the historic centre surrounded with Orange trees. What I loved most was the smell! I loooove orange blossom and it was wonderful to walk around with this lovely scent perfuming the air. This was something we found all over Andalucía, lots of orange trees everywhere and they were all in bloom. 



It was just a quick stop, and our focus was not on the rich, modern Marbella. We were curious to 
see if there was more to it, and there was!

12 comments:

  1. Herlige Spania! Har du vært i Nerja, forresten? Har lyst dit neste gang jeg er i Malaga-området. Ser fint ut på bilder. Også mht fjellvandring i nærheten...

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    1. Nerja ble stående igjen på listen til neste gang :) Har hørt det er flott der. Åh, det er så mange steder! Jo mer jeg pirker jo mer kommer frem. Vil se alt! Granada ligger tett på Sierra Nevada og fantastiske fjellvandre-muligheter, og er en skatt av en by i seg selv. Skal få skrevet om det snart.

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  2. Flott innelegg, og flotte bilder, som vanlig! Du vekker virkelig reiselysten min...

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    1. Det synes jeg er veldig hyggelig å høre :)

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  3. It looks like an incredible place!

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    1. And my photos don't do justice at all!

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  4. I love your blog so much. Keep up the good work!

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  5. I just love the name - Marbella. And I love what you can discover when you look beyond the obvious...I hope you get to go back and spend more time exploring :)

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    1. I love how it sounds too. And it means mar=sea bella=beautiful.

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  6. Marbella has been on my list of places to visit. What time of year do you suggest...weather wise? I too love orange blossoms and would like to be there when they're in bloom. And what time of year is best crowd wise? Can one get on well without really speaking Spanish? It's been YEARS since my high school Spanish. I remember a few words; but to speak it...not so much.

    Blog walking this am, love doing that, meeting new bloggers. Swing by, welcome mats always out.

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    1. Hi there, thanks for your comment! I have been in this part of the country in September and March. Both were lovely weather wise. I hear mid-summer can be a bit too(?) hot (july & august)

      About orange blossom, I found it curious that the trees were in blossom, at the same time as they were full of oranges. I heard that the orange trees blossom over and over, but I am not quite sure how it is. (When I was there in March they were blossoming..)

      I imagine it's most crowdy june to september, as it's what's officially "summer", but in March it was t-shirt weather and just as lovely. What I mean to say is if you want to avoid the crowds, you can have just as lovely a stay outside of the "top summer season".

      Generally I think they don't speak a lot of English down south in Spain, but maybe in Marbella as it is more international? I am afraid I don't know. However, I am sure hotel and restaurant staff knows English.

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