With all the rains and heavy snow hitting the west coast and east coast (Hey Boston!), I have been dreaming of Spain again, specifically Southern Spain and the Costa del Sol. This part of Spain is one of the most popular destinations for Spaniards and tourists alike. It is also one of my new favorite winter getaways!
We stayed close to the town of Marbella, with its great seafood restaurants, for a week in November. This resort town reminded me of Carmel and Monterey in California, only better. Why? First of all, Marbella boasts that they enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine every year! During our week there we had only sunshine filled days and temperatures in the mid-70s. Heaven.
The benefit to going to this area in November is the lack of crowds too. You have mostly locals who live there year round or like that cabin in Lake Tahoe, people who come for the weekend and holidays to stay in their vacation home. We loved the low key atmosphere and I have to say there were plenty of restaurants and shops open to satisfy us. No lines and no reservations were needed everywhere we went.
Being in Spain, even in a really nice spa town, there were bargains to be had. Hitting up the local supermarkets like SuperSol uncovered lots of amazing $5 wines that were clearly more top shelf Robert Mondavi than Two Buck Chuck. We also had delicious DIY meals like the chicken dinner we got at the strip mall.
Getting there was a straight inexpensive direct flight on EasyJet from Gatwick in London. Until the snow melts and the rains dry up, I guess I will just have to wait to feel warm again. I have to be content to look at my photos of the Mediterranean while I sit on my couch here, sipping Trader Joe’s imported $5 wines, bundled up in my Snuggie.
Photos by Sharon Castellanos