Soaking it in on the Costa del Sol

By Shannon Gurnee
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July 14, 2019
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This is a partnered guest post about Costa del Sol.

Ojen's Cave Costa del Sol

Beautiful Views from Ojen’s Caves

It’s not often that us grown-ups get some time to ourselves without the kids, so it’s only natural to seize the opportunity with both hands. We decided to treat ourselves to a break on the Costa del Sol. Whilst we love a family resort holiday, what could be better than hot summer sun, beautiful landscape, fresh food and a healthy helping of Spanish Culture.

Stay at Refugio de Juanar

We started our break by settling in at Refugio de Juanar. This quiet little hotel is a totally unique place to make your base for the weekend. Nestled high in the mountains overlooking Marbella, and a little out of the town of Ojén, we immediately fell in love with this hillside retreat. They offer simple accommodation, with cosy beds, open fires (which would be lovely in winter!) and a simple and hearty menu – perfect if you’ve come back from a long hike. Speaking of which, this hotel is very popular with hikers, owing to its beautiful, natural location. If you’re lucky you can expect to spot wild boar, ibex and numerous species of bird. You genuinely feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, a proper retreat.

Sightsee in Ojén

Although the town of Ojén is petite, there is more than enough to amuse yourselves for a day or two! One of the best ways of familiarizing yourself with the area is to take a tour. The tourist office arranges plenty of on foot tours, including a tour of the main points of interest in the centre of the town. As well as taking in some very pretty buildings, the location of Ojén means that you’ll be able to take in breathtaking views over the Costa del Sol. If you fancy a tour with a difference then visit the Cueva de las Columnas. This enormous cave is so named because you can see plenty of pillars left behind from prehistoric buildings, if you venture out early in the morning or once the heat of the sun has left in the evening then it’s a good idea to climb to the top of the caves and take in the spectacular views over the valley.

Sunny Morning in Puerto Banus

Sunny Morning in Puerto Banus

A Sunny Morning in Puerto Banus

Although we had made Ojén our base, it is incredibly close to the coast. There are so many reasons to make a trip to Marbella, whether its for the glamorous nightlife, to try your luck in the famous casino culture, soak up the rays on the beach or, like us, to visit the stunning Puerto Banus. Puerto Banus is located in Nueva Andalucia a rich and beautiful suburb of Marbella. The vistas here are beautiful, the port backs onto a stunning mountain backdrop and you truly feel like you’re in an old Spanish fishing village. However look a little closer and you’ll see that Puerto Banus is in fact a playground for the rich and famous. Particularly during the summer months keep your eyes peeled for super cars and luxury yachts. If you pay really close attention then you might even spot a celebrity or two!

Eat at Marbella Patio

The cuisine in the Malaga region is particularly famous for being fresh and light, with a healthy helping of fish. A great place to sample some regional specialities is Marbella Patio. This little restaurant focuses on Andalusian cuisine and offers both a tapas menu if you’d like a taste of everything, right through to a la carte in the evening. The restaurant itself is in a 16th century building next to the walls of the old town, so in terms of atmosphere, it ticks all the boxes. The lemon marinated anchovies make a delicious bite to share before a main meal and if you want to try something a little bit unusual, but very typical of this cuisine then treat yourself to the Ajo Blanco Malagueno. This soup is made from local almonds and garlic, which is served cold with apple or grapes.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

12 Responses to “Soaking it in on the Costa del Sol”

  1. Nnnnniiiccceeeeee….I always fantasize about getting away to a place like this….quite far away from my laptop and WiFi and the noisy city. Good one for the future.

  2. Valerie says:

    I’m always in the mood for a nice little getaway. I love places near the coast, I’d like checking out the caves too.

  3. Thank you for the beautiful description. We will be in Malaga in September and I loved reading your descriptions.

  4. Heather says:

    This looks like a great place. What amazing views!

  5. I felt like I had been transported there through your photos! What a beautiful place. I’d love a getaway there, just me and my husband!

  6. Emily Fata says:

    Oh my goodness, Costa del Sol looks like an absolute paradise! I would love to have the chance to visit here myself one day, and experience this beauty first-hand. I’m glad you had an amazing time!

  7. What a beautiful place to visit while making so many wonderful memories. I could use a nice, relaxing vacation. I’ll keep this place in mind. Thank you!

  8. I love yachts that’s why I want to see Puerto Banus. It looks amazing! I hope I can have my breakfast with this view. It’s so enticing to book my ticket now and have a short vacation here.

  9. Brianna Steele says:

    What a gorgeous place!!! Adding this to my bucket list for sure!

  10. There is just no disputing how naturally beautiful this part of the world is. No wonder where you stayed was a popular base for hikers. I haven’t yet made it to this part of southern Spain but am definitely looking forward to doing so.

  11. Looks wonderful! and yes, what a beautiful view! Thanks for sharing!

  12. katrina Kroeplin says:

    now that’s a view. someone please take me now! if i wasn’t sick and well broke i would get on a plane and go there now. def need to add this to my bucket list.

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