WALK EL CAMINITO
El Caminito del Rey was once known as one of the most dangerous walks in the world. Pinned to the steep walls over the 100ft El Chorro gorge in Andalusia, the original path was just one metre wide and so old and crumbling that it was closed to the public a few years ago. The new boardwalks are much safer, but it’s still an awe-inspiring walk. The great thing is that as you walk, you can still see the old pathways beneath your feet – and the seriously scary bridges that replaced any fallen parts. Even today, a train trundles through the dramatic rock formations. Now that’s a train ride I’d like to take!
EAT MOUTH-WATERING SPANISH CUISINE
Where do I even start? I’ve always been a little disappointed by food in Spain, but Costa del Sol’s culinary scene left my tastebuds very happy (and my belly a little bigger, but calories don’t count on holiday). From locally-caught fish so fresh it was almost still writhing, salty Jamón Ibérico (Iberian ham), platters of aubergine drizzled with molasses, local goats cheese to salchichón de Málaga (which, heads up, is served as a tartar), all of the food we ate was tremendous. Look out for ‘migas’, a dish I had never previously come across. It’s a cheap recipe created years ago to use up stale bread, but it’s pretty yummy.
VISIT RONDA, THE WHITE ‘CITY OF DREAMS’
I can’t believe Ronda isn’t splashed all over Instagram yet. This quietly magnificent city in Andalusia teeters in two halves high above a deep ravine, and its whitewashed buildings and tranquil streets make Ronda worth visiting for a day. Ronda is also home to the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain, and whatever your feelings are about the Spanish tradition, it’s an interesting place to visit. You can also go rock climbing on the deep gorge that divides the city – something for the bucket list!
SEE ANIMAL CONSERVATION DONE RIGHT AT BIOPARC IN FUENGIROLA
It’s a zoo, but not as we know it. The Bioparc not only makes for a fun day out where you can see and learn about lots of different animals, but works to protect the animals. The focus is on sustainability, specialised animal care and natural landscapes – a stark contrast to the old zoo that once stood in Bioparc’s place. They have crocodiles rescued from handbag and shoe factories, and chimpanzees rescued from the original, poorly run zoo which caged animals and didn’t look after them properly.
It’s slightly cheaper to buy your Bioparc ticket online