Mats and I we have been talking about buying (if you ask me) or renting (if you ask Mats) a house on the warmer parallel for quite some time now and we have agreed on looking at Spain. There are millions of houses on the market right now but the most important thing for us is to live in a nice, cosy, picturesque area. I can see myself sitting at the local restaurant, sipping my sangria and eating my tapas in a narrow alley with the bougainvilleas hanging like pink clouds over me.
So the house hunt, or rather the area hunt has started. We decided to kill two birds with one stone and take a trip to Spain in conjunction with my 50th birthday. I said, "Let´s go down south to Malaga and start there", he said "Let´s go up to Alicante and start there".....so Malaga it was. We stayed at Malaga Barcelo Hotel just behind the Maria Zambrano station which was an excellent outpost for our excursions.
Arriving to Malaga was a bliss, the weather was like a fine Swedish summer day, +24 C and a warm breeze. We stayed on the Malaga coast, Costa del Sol, for 5 glorious days and visited so many villages, small towns and beaches that we lost count. But there was some of the places that really caught our eyes and hearts. La Colina, Torremolinos, El Pinillo, Benalmadena, Torreblanca, Los Boliches, Fuingerola, La Cala and Calahonda. The place that I fell in love with was Nerja.
We decided to go to Spain this time of year to see how the small towns were off tourist season, if they were dead or alive. I mean we do not want to live in a closed down village half of the year. But to our surprise it was still pacey at most of the places. Costa del Sol - checked.