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The other day I was trying to clear out some space in my portable hard drive and I came across a little treasure in the face of some photos from a short break in Fuengirola that I took with a uni friend. I have been dreaming about escaping cold, gloomy London and lounging on a sunny beach somewhere for a while now, and these vibrant little mementos from the fun we had on our trip to Spain warmed my heart, so I wanted to share them here.  
After persevering through what had seemed like an endless grey winter, my friend and I  decided we couldn’t possibly tolerate the lack of vitamin D any longer, so we booked a flight to Spain. We were going to stay in Fuengirola, a small coastal town that had been recommended to us as a cheap, but very nice place for a short beach break (we were still in uni, so luxury travel was not an option!).

As soon as we arrived, we knew we would enjoy the lively little town. There was an excellent mixture of shops, restaurants, places to grab a drink and long, wide strips of sandy beach – it just ticked all the boxes!

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I really enjoyed the long evening walks around town, taking pictures of the traditional murals on houses, and the beach shenanigans (partially induced by a couple of sangrias)!

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Only a few minutes walk down Fuengirola’s promenade is the beautiful and quaint village of Los Boliches. We wanted to explore beyond our base, so we went for lunch there one day. We were spoilt for choice, with plenty of restaurants serving traditional tapas dishes and fresh fish. There were also more murals to be seen, more flowers to be smelled, and more great atmosphere to be enjoyed.

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Perched atop a hill overlooking Fuengirola is Parque del Castillo. I’m a fool for a good panorama, and whenever there is a view of the sea involved, I can’t possibly resist. It was a steep climb in the tropical heat, but we braved it nonetheless. We were treated to an incredible view of the bay below!

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On our final day we topped it all off with a stroll around Malaga. Our flight wasn’t until the afternoon, so we decided to jump on the train earlier and make the most of our final hours of warm weather.

We were left breathless by the sheer size and grandeur of Malaga Cathedral – it was almost impossible to fit the thing into one photo frame! We found the gardens in and around the Cathedral courtyard absolutely paradisiacal! We found a bench right by the little fountains to rest our weary feet and enjoy the shade of the palm trees above.

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Have you been to Malaga or Fuengirola? What did you enjoy the most? I’d love to hear about your experiences, so feel free to share in the comments!

xx Niya

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Travel Throwback: memories from Fuengirola & Malaga, Spain

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