It’s Almond Blossom time in Andalucía!

First Almond blossom

It’s always exciting when the first almond blossom appears on the trees in the garden, but when that day is also New Year’s Day, it’s even more special.

Happy New Year, everyone!

 

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Photos from 35,000 feet: Axarquía coast and inland

 

Love flying 9

I love flying and whenever possible I’ll jump at the chance of a window seat. It’s fascinating to see the land below from a totally unique perspective and particularly if you know the area well, at ground level.

Last Thursday lunchtime I flew back to the UK to see friends and family for a few days. As is often the case, my plane took off from Málaga airport and headed out to sea before banking left to cross back over the coast of the Axarquía. From my window seat on the right-hand side of the plane, I had a bird’s-eye view, and the best and clearest view I have ever had.

Caleta harbour and Torre del Mar

We crossed the coast over Benajarafe, giving me a great view of the harbour and marina at Caleta de Vélez with Algarrobo Costa just above (and slightly to the right in the photo) and Torre del Mar below.

Torrox point

From the wider angle, you can also see the point of land sticking out which is where the lighthouse is at Torrox Costa, with the start of Nerja beyond.

Velez-Malaga and Torre del Mar

As we continued to fly inland, Vélez-Málaga came into view and, if you look closely, you can just about see the motorway (Autovía del Mediterraneo) cutting across the landscape before Torre del Mar begins.

Cómpeta

The white mountain village of Cómpeta was instantly recognisable, as the tops of the mountains above the village suffered and remain scarred by the devastating fire last summer.  

Mount Maroma, highest mountain in Málaga

We flew directly over the bare, pointless peak of La Maroma, the highest mountain in Málaga province – standing at an impressive 2065m (or 6775ft), and dominating the skyline of the Axarquía.  You can clearly see the village of Canillas de Aceituno in the lee of La Maroma (towards the bottom right of the photograph).

Lake Bermejales

And finally, after flying over Mount Maroma, we left the Axarquía region where the distinctive shape of the reservoir of Lake Bermejales came into view, and the town towards the bottom left of the photo is Alhama de Granada.

So, are you a window or an aisle seat person?  Do you enjoy flying or is it just a means of getting from A to B?  Let me know, won’t you?

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Frigiliana: Beautiful white village

Frigiliana, Spain

I shared this photo on my Facebook page yesterday, of the stunning white village of Frigiliana and it went VIRAL!

Many of you don’t have Facebook – so I thought you might like to see it here, too.

Other posts about Frigiliana:

Looking across to Frigiliana

A Peep-Show for 20 cents?  I know just the place!

Celebrating the “Malaga Blues”

Once in a Blue Moon

Blue Moon over the Axarquia, Spain We all know that the phrase “once in a blue moon” means “rarely”, but do you know what a Blue Moon really is?

CLUE: It has nothing to do with it being the colour blue, although the Moon can develop a bluish tone caused by excessive dust particles in the atmosphere (such as when Mount St Helens erupted in 1980).

Well, the modern-day definition of Blue Moon refers to the second full Moon in a calendar month with two full moons.

The last Blue Moon was on 31st August 2012 but you’ll only have to wait another couple of days until the next one, this Friday (31st July 2015). Make the most of it though, as the one after won’t come along until 31st January 2018!

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with Frank Sinatra singing “Blue Moon”, of course!

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