|I ate it big time, a second later!|
Living in Southern Spain, where winter is but a whisper long, it is easy to feel completely spoiled, but it makes it even easier to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of this amazing country.
Today was definitely a beach day, but not your ordinary lying in the sunshine, kind of beach day. Oh no, we decided that we were going....
We packed up our make-shift sand toboggans, (cardboard boxes) and drove the easy hours drive from Puerto, to one of our favorite hideaway beach day spots:Playa de Bolonia! The tiny seaside town of Bolonia--population 117--is home to the beautiful Baelo Claudia Roman ruins, cows on the beach, and the exquisite pure white-sand dune system, regarded as one of the largest in Europe.
We have visited the ruins before, which are fantastic, offer free entry for EU residents, and are absolutely worth a visit, but today was all about tearing down the soft white, and hot sand on our non-sanctioned, almost guaranteed to fail, toboggans.
The Atlantic shoreline walk from the ruins--dirt parking area--to the base of the dunes will set you back a half-mile, but then, my friends, depending on your chosen run, it's either a steep climb, or a steeper climb!
We chose the two-handed steeper climb--of course--which, my husband can attest that, when you've got a four-year old on your back...IS NOT FUN!
The view overlooking Bolonia, across to Tariffa, and to the tip of Africa, including seeing the wild horses frolicking along the cliff edge, was spectacular. Our cardboard boxes...were, ah, not so much!
My expectation was to feel the thrill of extreme danger at warp speeds while avoiding trees, partially hidden rocks, and fearing the very possible possibility of falling a*s over t*t, and breaking something, but alas....I did not!
Darn last minute cardboard boxes. Michael however, loved every moment!
I am currently researching sand toboggans for our next adventure;next time there will be warp speed involved.
Following our hot sand dune adventure, the walk back along the beach involved, collecting an assortment of large shells, and a near miss of Michael standing on a Man of War jellyfish.
Hungry, we randomly followed a back road to its very end, where we discovered La Cabana Chiringuito. With its wonderfully laid back atmosphere, delicious, inexpensive and fresh seafood, and exquisite looking strawberry mojitos, I quickly decided that La Cabana beach bar is where I want to spend my last few summer days and nights, before we leave Spain!
Of course, given that I am still in heavy training mode for my first figure building competition--April 27--I was unable to savor the delights of the mojitos, but, come Sunday, April 28...you know where you will find me!
How to Get to Bolonia:
From Puerto/Rota: Follow A48 towards Tariffa.
Take Bolonia exit: sharp and easy to miss. Follow this winding road until you reach the beach:small dirt parking area. Start walking towards the dunes...it's that simple!
La Cabana Chiringuito: From the beach parking area, turn RIGHT to follow the road that runs along the beach (not up the hill) all the way to the end. There are only two roads in Bolonia...one will get you to La Cabana.
|Half way up|
|They moved about an inch|
|Michael attempting to surf|
|Another ordinary day in Bolonia: Waiting for cows to cross the road!|