Our hotel was amazing - set right on the beach with beautiful views on the sea and mountains. Fantastic pool area and small pool for babies were great place to relax in the sun and provided plenty of fun for the little one. Nice green grounds around the hotel were indispensable for our active girl to run around - it was great advantage of this small resort and we loved it.
However every other second day we headed out to discover local towns, villages and andalusian culture. Here's a list of my favourite places we have been to.
Ronda - recommended town by all guidebooks didn't disappoint us. Full of character thanks to the breathtaking canion. Beautiful views, one of the oldest bull rings and a museum was worth the visit.
Cesares - this was a total surprise and probably the best trip of the whole holiday. We found it by chance deciding on a whim to extend our drive and head towards what was on a local map - town with picture of a castle' ruins. It turned out to be absolutely magical - very quiet and beautiful little white town - pueblos blancos as they known locally. We walked around through tiny cobbled streets in silence, listening to surrounding sounds. It was extremely peaceful - perhaps because of the siesta time. We had super relaxed lunch there in a small village cafe, by ourselves and H was playing with a cute dog who kept us company. It was magical and unforgettable experience.
Ojen - another little town where at the time of our visit, preparation for a local festival was happening. Amazing, windy streets, secret side caves and very cool museum of oil of olive and local eau de vie de Ojen. Really enjoyed that museum as was always curious how olive oil is made.
Estepona - next town by the coast from Marbella, quite touristy but what I like about it was beautiful long beach and lovely promenade perfect for a long walk with stunning views. This town also has one of the coolest restaurants we went to called Rickie's. It's almost secret place hidden in a maze of small little white streets. The inside of it could not be further from Spanish style. It's been meticulously decorated with pictures of old Hollywood movie stars and tiny lamps that give the place this cool kitschy character. The food was also good!
Marbella's old town - very pretty old town with small streets and plenty of delicious restaurants.
Malaga - old town was really beautiful in Malaga with amazing cathedral in its centre. Lively little streets full of restaurants and shops gave it a real city vibe. Picasso's museum set in beautiful building was one of the highlights.
We also went to Giblartar, which was quite interesting. We got on the top of the rock by cable car and said hello to wild monkeys, the residents of the rock.
Overall this was a fantastic holiday, full of sun, good food and discoveries. We will be back!