A Lazy Sunday… Exploring Benalmadena Pueblo…

The light awoke us, the sun was rising and the last sliver of the old moon was showing her presence… a time for final cleansing, meditation, releasing old patterns to be ready for something new… how beautiful and colourful… the sea glimmered.  Breakfast was served, coffee con leche enjoyed… and it was time to explore the area, find a golf course, a sunday newspaper and a place in the sun to sit and relax…

We decided to take the mountain road to visit Benalmadena Pueblo... we were very impressed… with a 10 minute journey by car to the top… After parking the car we walked to the Plaza de Espana where the popular sculpture ‘La Nina de Benalmadena’ stands proud.  She is twinned with the ‘Manekken Pis’ situated in Brussels.  We enjoyed a lovely cup of coffee on the terrace outside the Restaurant ‘La Nina’.

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Next we wandered to the Church of Santo Domingo Guzman, that stands on the site of the former Moorish Castle and is surrounded by the Jardines del Muro and wonderful views of the coast. Of course I’d heard about the Buddhist Temple, La Estupa de la Iluminacion and went to visit it… What a marvel, a majestic building 33 metres high and 25 metres wide… such serenity… my heart opens with joy to see it… to feel it… The temple represents Buddha’s enlightenment… the nature of an awakened person… I hope that many people will take the time to see this… to feel the peace it radiates and allow it to initiate their awakening…  

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For lunch we drove to the top of the village where there are some shops and restaurants.  We sat on the terrace of Le Parador, a spanish restaurant and enjoyed ‘a spanish pizza with oregano’ 4 staggoni and Le Parador ensalade with a glass of their house rioja…  We had beautiful views of the village below and the Mediterranean sea…

Sunday evening we returned to the port of Benalmadena, and headed directly to the Angus Restaurant, Puerto Marina, Benalmadena Costa…
Reservation 952 57 57 98 as we wanted to taste the famous Argentinian beef.  As we stepped into the restaurant from the cold and windy evening, we were pleasantly welcomed by a lovely warm room and friendly smiles.  We ordered an Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Goyenechea, a very full and fruity red wine which complimented our dinner.  We were given a taster of their delicious homemade pate to tempt the taste buds… we followed this with a medium rare filet mignon accompanied with a jacket potatoe, sautéed vegetables and corn on the cob.  We loved the Argentina tango music playing in the background, the romantic atmosphere and the view of the sunset and moored yachts bobbing on the water…  An excellent experience, food, wine, atmosphere and service…

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