Celebrating Pauls ½ century in Fuengirola Spain

After a couple of nights near Gib our next task was to find somewhere to stay for a few days to celebrate Paul’s 50th Birthday. As his birthday falls on the 15th March for 8 or so years he’s always spent it working at the Ideal Home show in London. This year not only did he have the opportunity to celebrate in another country as it’s a special birthday he wanted to ensure he celebrated fully. Having searched the net we had located a parking area at Cala de Mijas and so headed towards it, unfortunately as we didn’t have the co-ordinates we managed to sail straight past only realising once it was too late. We followed the road further along the coast with the intention of turning around, but spotted a couple of other MH’s parked near the beach at Fuengirolla (a place neither of us had visited previously). The location was spot on though so we decided to pull over. Almost immediately we were approached by another English couple Ian and Julia who were parked nearby, as we stood chatting through the window Ian recognised us from our blog and so out we hopped and got acquainted. Seven months into a year tour they are much more experienced than us and over the following days we learnt lots from them.

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Bonding over drinks and Rugby with Ian and Jules Whittaker

 

By now though we’ve probably forgotten most of it as we got to know them fairly well during our four night stay (which involved lots of alcohol) and they probably know us now better than we know ourselves. Fuengirola is a sprawling tourist town which has every type of food restaurant desired. On the one night we did go out whilst there after watching England win at Rugby we headed off for an Indian in true British style (our 1st since leaving home).  Our days there were spent exploring on bikes or chilling for a few hours on the beach, our evenings before the big day with Ian and Jules either in Boris or Geronimo (there vans name) getting acquainted whilst sampling local wine.

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Ian and Jules adopted Portuguese dog Milly

Pauls Big Day

As the beach was set up for using BBQ’s as an ever dedicated king of barbequing Paul decided that we should celebrate his birthday doing just that. A bottle of Bollinger which my sister Melanie and bro in law Craig had bought us several Christmases ago needed an occasion so was duly chilled ready for birthday celebrations. Although the weather was a little overcast we headed to the beach for around 2pm the 4 of us carrying food, chairs, booze, ice buckets, music and bbq’s for the big celebrations. And celebrate in style we did finally returning to our respective homes around 11pm with the boys more than a little worse for wear. Paul had said he wanted to celebrate in style and that’s just what it did. Thanks Jules and Ian for making the day extra special. Until next time you guys ……. A quiet day of recovery now needed!

After a couple of nights near Gib our next task was to find somewhere to stay for a few days to celebrate Paul’s 50th Birthday. As his birthday falls on the 15th March for 8 or so years he’s always spent it working at the Ideal Home show in London. This year not only did he have the opportunity to celebrate in another country as it’s a special birthday he wanted to ensure he celebrated fully. Having searched the net we had located a parking area at Cala de Mijas and so headed towards it, unfortunately as we didn’t have the co-ordinates we managed to sail straight past only realising once it was too late. We followed the road further along the coast with the intention of turning around, but spotted a couple of other MH’s parked near the beach at Fuengirolla (a place neither of us had visited previously). The location was spot on though so we decided to pull over. Almost immediately we were approached by another English couple Ian and Julia who were parked nearby, as we stood chatting through the window Ian recognised us from our blog and so out we hopped and got acquainted. Seven months into a year tour they are much more experienced than us and over the following days we learnt lots from them. By now though we’ve probably forgotten most of it as we got to know them fairly well during our four night stay (which involved lots of alcohol) and they probably know us now better than we know ourselves. Fuengirola is a sprawling tourist town which has every type of food restaurant desired. On the one night we did go out whilst there after watching England win at Rugby we headed off for an Indian in true British style (our 1st since leaving home).  Our days there were spent exploring on bikes or chilling for a few hours on the beach, our evenings before the big day with Ian and Jules either in Boris or Geronimo (there vans name) getting acquainted whilst sampling local wine.

Pauls Big Day

As the beach was set up for using BBQ’s as an ever dedicated king of barbequing Paul decided that we should celebrate his birthday doing just that. A bottle of Bollinger which my sister Melanie and bro in law Craig had bought us several Christmases ago needed an occasion so was duly chilled ready for birthday celebrations. Although the weather was a little overcast we headed to the beach for around 2pm the 4 of us carrying food, chairs, booze, ice buckets, music and bbq’s for the big celebrations. And celebrate in style we did finally returning to our respective homes around 11pm with the boys more than a little worse for wear. Paul had said he wanted to celebrate in style and that’s just what it did. Thanks Jules and Ian and the P Mate 2000 for making the day extra special. Until next time you guys ……. A quiet day of recovery now needed!

 

Love Andi & Paul x

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  1. I think the parking in La Cala de Mijas is on the market site just off the main caraterra. Where did you stay in Fuengirola. Did you jot down any co-ordinates?

    Glad you are having a lovely time.

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    1. Hi Alan We went to Cala Mijas to fill and empty as there are services there. You are supposed to only stay for 48 hours but people are abusing it so we heard. We parked right next to the castle in Fuengirola (you can’t really miss it as you can see it from the main road). 1 euro per day parking charge. Lovely spot too. Are you heading that way?
      Andi

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      1. I used to live near La Cala. Hoping to be heading off for the first time in our motorhome in September and before that a few local tours around Ireland to get used to our 30 feet long beast! Not sure where to go to first over the winter. Spain and Portugal would be the obvious choice, but I love peace and quiet and Greece is looking very inviting – but a long drive from N. Ireland 🙂

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      2. Hi Alan Thanks for reading our blog. I don’t think you’ll regret the new addition to your family. What have you got? We found Portugal very busy, Spain is less so but its a much bigger country so its probably that we are all spread out. We may head over to Greece in Sept time. You can get the ferry across from Italy either from Ancona or somewhere further south (you will find it if you google ferries from Italy to Greece) thats the route we would take. You can sleep in your motorhome on board just opt for the camp on board option. Happy travels x

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