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Gibraltar to Malaga - 149.4 km. April 2006

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Algarve:

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2005 - Spain 

Andalucía:

Huelva Cádiz Tarifa Estepona Vélez-Málaga La Rábita Cabo de Gata

 

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Murcia

 

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Alicante Altea Valencia

 

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Perpignan Beziers Nîmes

 

Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur:

Toulon

2012 - Italy

Liguria, Piedmont, Lombardy:

Genova Cremona Verona

   

Beccles Walks     Tenerife Walks     Eel's Foot, Minsmere

4th April 2006 - Gibraltar East
5th April 2006 - La Linea to Torre Guardiaro
6th April 2006 - Torre Guardiaro to Estepona
7th April 2006 - Marbella Day Trip
8th April 2006 - Estepona West to Estepona East
9th April 2006 - Estepona East to Marbella West
10th April 2006 - Marbella to Cala de Mijas
11th April 2006 - Cala de Mijas to Torrequebrada
12th April 2006 - Short Walk
13th April 2006 - Torrequebrada to Malaga
14th April 2006 - Ronda day trip
15th April 2006 - Estepona Local Walk

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Date / Distance

Transport and Route Summary

Tue 4th April 2005
3.8 km

Gibraltar East.
Bus. This was a short walk from Grand Casemates Square (Gibraltar) to the eastern side of the rock. We walked as far as it was possible to go. The road is closed because of a tunnel collapse. The rock has thousands of sea gulls as well as the barberry apes.

Wed 5th April 2005
22.2 km

La Linea to Torre Guardiaro.
Bus. This was a pleasant walk along the beach and coastal paths. There were a few spots of rain and we got wet feet from paddling across small streams that were flowing after recent rain.

Thu 6th April 2005
21.7 km

Torre Guardiaro to Estepona.
Bus. This stretch of coast is more built-up. Much of the coastal wilderness has gone. We fear that things will get even worse as we approach the major resorts.

Fri 7th April 2005
3.2 km

Marbella Day Trip.
Bus. We took the bus to Marbella and researched more bus routes we would need later in the week. We walked from the bus station to the port and had ice cream and a nice lunch.

Sat 8th April 2005
9 km

Estepona West to Estepona East.
This short walk was interesting because we saw the historic parts of Estepona as well as an Easter procession including military and youth groups. We enjoyed the sheep mascot who trotted along quite happily with no tether.

Sun 9th April 2005
26.2 km

Estepona East to Marbella West.
Bus. A long dull plod along "golden miles". The worst bit was Puerto Banus. At this pretentious port we struggled through crowds admiring the millionaires on their gin palaces. We nearly bought a gold lame suit from Armani!

Mon 10th April 2005
18.5 km

Marbella West to Cala de Mijas.
Bus. We completed the "golden mile" in Marbella at dawn meeting joggers and dog walkers. There was one fairly unspoiled stretch with dunes and pine woods. Most of the walk was past beach cafés and holiday accommodation.

Tue 11th April 2005
23.1 km

Cala de Mijas to Torrequebrada.
Bus. Another day of "golden miles". Before Fuengirola, we left the coast and walked to a small island of woods and shrubs, not yet concreted over. Fuengirola was a long dull slog through crowds of tourists. It helped to think of Blackpool (things could be worse). Our spelling checker appropriately suggests Fungi as a suitable alternative for Fuengirola.

Wed 12th April 2005
1.1 km

Short Walk.
Taxi and Bus. This was an amusing flop. The plan was to visit the Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanico). The gardens on Gibraltar were very nice but these turned out to be a building site where, eventually, a few trees might be planted. We went to the beach instead.

Thu 13th April 2005
23.9 km

Torrequebrada to Malaga.
Bus. At last we escaped the worst of the resorts. Torremolinos was smaller and more tasteful than Fuengirola. We crossed the Guadalhorce river on a dual carriageway bridge and headed towards central Malaga along the beach.

Fri 14th April 2005
No walk

Ronda day trip.
Bus, Taxi and Bus. A pretty bus ride through the mountains to an interesting historic town.

Sat 15th April 2005
16.5 km

Estepona Local Walk.
We headed inland, climbing about 1000 feet (300 metres). Of all the walks on this trip, this one had the most interesting terrain and plants.

Sunday April 2nd

The journey from Norwich to Malaga was straightforward except that there was someone on the plane whose seatbelt wouldn't fasten

Our goal is to walk from the south-western tip of Europe in Portugal to the south-eastern tip in Turkey.

On day one, we caught the "Eva" bus from our accommodation in Lagos (Algarve) to the start of the walk. The south western tip of Europe is at Cabo São Vicente or Cape Saint Vincent near Sagres.

At the present rate of progress the walk will take around 60 years. On completion, Neil will be aged about 110, Anne about 120 and Margaret about 140.

It's tipping it down with rain. Our original intention had been to take the slow bus from outside the Inter-Marché supermarket and go to Sagres to have another look at the site of theSchool of Henry the Navigator and listen to the blow holes which would have been spectacular in the high wind. As it was, we decided to wait until the expressbus was due to depart and hope that the rain had abated by then. This meant going into town to the bus stop because we were not sure if that bus would stop here. It also meant getting tickets in advance at the kiosk in the bus station. A kind lady let me go in front of her because our bus was due to leave any minute.

We had taken a long time getting ready as it was our first day and we were not used to setting up our mustangs (back-packs). In the event, we had plenty of time and had a quick ride to Cabo do São Vicente passing through Sagres which has become gentrified since we were last there.

There seemed to be more going on at the cape too but this could be because of the time of year. Last time we were there it was Christmas, and I recall huddling in all my clothes behind a wall to have lunch. This time, it was bright, and after taking one another's photographs for the record, we set off at 11.50. We head back along the road towards Sagres and after ten minutes we pass the first kilometre stone. Only another 9999 odd to go!

The cistus are in full flower and the fragrance of the gum is a delight. We turn left along a track but decide it is too soon and go back. Later we realise we could probably have carried on along this route as we arrive at Vale Santo on a different axis from the one expected. We actually turn off, north, just after the 3 kilometre stone (1 hour). The very slow time even for us is because of the plethora of flowers to be photographed. We keep going now until we get to a farmstead (Vale Santo)(1 hour 30 minutes) and then bear right heading north east.

This track goes all the way to Vila do Bispo. On the way, Neil photographs 80 different flowers. He had said there would only be four or five different ones so it wouldn't take long but it did because there were lots. Along this stretch it starts to rain in earnest. We had been promised aguaceries (scattered showers) but decided to ignore these as you usually dry off after them very quickly. Not this time. We got to Vila do Bispo absolutely soaked (3 hours 45 minutes). Every time it stopped for a minute, it came down again soon after with greater vengeance.

Neil handed out mini Mars bars to keep us going. We didn't have to wait long for bus and returned to Quinta do Santo Phunurius where we stripped off and hung our clothes on the plug-in radiators to dry. My emergency jumper that I was keeping to change into had been stuffed in the bottom of my mustang and was now the wettest thing I had! I improvised some clothes for the evening. For supper we had duck à l'orange Inter-Marché style. The gravy was good but the duck was indifferent. We recall how when we once had a package holiday in Sagres, the spit of land leading to cape St Vincent was referred to by our representative as a pronomontary not worth looking at as there was nothing there. She also called our hotel (Baleeira) the Bally-are.

Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Data

We hope to provide GPS tracks for our walks. On this leg (Portugal 2003) we did not have the receiver and software. The cost was just too high. The Portugal 2004 leg should be better documented including dead ends and aborted routes! GPS receiver and software prices came down greatly between 2003 and 2004. We will be using a "Garmin eTrex Vista" receiver with PC MapSource software using the "Roads and Recreation (Europe)" CD ROM. The Portugal data on this CD is not very detailed. We have used the MapSource software to document the Portugal 2003 walks by re-constructing from the maps. This is better than nothing but not at all accurate. More recently we have re-estimated the distances with much better accuracy using Google Earth and the measuring tool. We have also provided reconstructions of our tracks. Most of these are quite accurate. Out route was well documented and we could remember where we had walked. The middle part of the Odiáxere to Portimão route is the least certain.

and we had to wait while initially one man, and subsequently two men, repaired it. This caused 30 minutes delay. Hiatus 2 came at Malaga when we were meeting up with David. Neil seemed to think we had to ring him and it was at this point that I realised that I had not brought the contract telephone. Luckily the pay as you go one worked – it used not to in the early days - so we got our instructions.- quite complicated but met up easily. In the car it was difficult to find points of connection with David. Our holiday routine is so different from most people’s, and even suggesting places to eat was problematic. Then he took us all round Estepona to see where things were but all we really wanted to do was go to our beds. In any case, it was pitch dark and we couldn't really see anything. Still, it was nice of him. We are the surly ones at fault.

The flat is nice and very handy for the bus station and shops. We have yet to locate the Mercadona which David told us was very near. This is a challenge.

Monday April 3rd

We had a day finding the tourist information office and generally getting our bearings. David had said they were not helpful, but although the woman in there was not all over us, we found her quite OK. She gave us an excellent bus timetable and a good map of Estepona.

In the evening we had dinner at a restaurant near the port. We had chicken and steak. The restaurant was called La Gondola.

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