Left Rincon de la Victoria after having another word with Fernando who suggested “if we liked adventure” to visit Caminito del Rey. He also highlighted some other places of interest in the surrounding area. We headed towards Torremolinos in search of a supermarket once again forgetting it was a Sunday… not a lot was open so therefore headed back on ourselves to find a bit of wasteland west of Malaga which had been mentioned by some guys in another British van a couple of days before. Although it was right on the beach, it was clear that this was the ‘ghetto’ of Malaga.
However we found ourselves amongst “friends” on our arrival, parking next to a fellow T25 from Poland, owned by a lad who had lived there since August!
The next morning, we thought we had better tidy up the van a little and whilst doing so an old Spanish Transit pulled up, driven by an old Spanish hippy. He soon got pally with us and proceeded to highlight places of interest by marking them on our map. From his extensive sticker collection on his van, it was clear he was a keen traveller, boasting that his van had clocked 550,00 kilometres in his 20 year ownership!
Carrying on west, we made a flying visit to Fuengirola; which was quite obviously a “British” destination being home to ‘The London Pub’! We found an area further along the coast in Cala de Mijas full of other vans and decided to stay the night. The next morning, we got chatting to a few of the van owners and then carried on driving along in search of an unspoilt beach on the Costa del Sol (which seemed few and far between!). We pulled off the A-7 to find ‘Playa de las Conchas de Manilva’. Spent the afternoon there and even had a beer in the sun. Early evening we headed towards Estepona where we’d heard there was a place to park near the marina. Pulled up in the car park to find a very colourful VW T4 with German plates that had just arrived in Europe from Cape Town; a 27,000 kilometre journey, a six month voyage which the chap boasted he had done it in three!
Spent the next day on the small beach hidden behind the Marina – very unspoilt and surrounded by Mimosa trees! Headed to a nearby supermarket in the evening to discover we can get 12% ‘Vino Tinto’ for 62 cents a litre! And it doesn’t taste too bad – especially when it’s mixed with lemonade! Left the Marina in the morning, taking the A-7 towards Marbella before heading inland on the A-355 through Coin and then onto the A-343 towards Alora; a pretty little town on the side of a mountain where we stopped for some lunch.
After lunch and a good old chat, we headed towards Antequera as we had seen there was a camperstop on the App. Being in near reach of ‘Caminito del Rey’ as well made it a great place to stop for the night so we could make an early start in the morning. We had a walk around Antequera in the evening; had a charm about it with its historic buildings and narrow roads, and visited a bar where we treated ourselves to Sangria and a tasty dish of mixed fried fish.