We arrive in Barcelona for a quick stopover as part of our road trip to Marbella. I hadn’t been to Barcelona in over 20 years and back then I loved the city. However I was really surprised at how beautiful the city is. It is more beautiful than I recall and in typical European style in doesn’t come to life until after 9pm. After 9pm the streets are filled with locals and tourists and there is a great vibe. It feels like a very liveable city and one that I would like to spend more time in. The next day we hit the road again and we just randomly select somewhere to stop for the night based on how we are feeling and far we want to drive. Well, I got the random pick very right with the little French town Narbonne a few days earlier however, I got this one very wrong. We decided to stay in little coastal town to experience something a bit more local. Ahh and local it was. Santa Pola is like a small ghetto on the water we couldn’t work out what had gone wrong with the whole town. It was full of narrow streets with derelict buildings however in didn’t appear to be that old. The only saving point was the marina. It came to life in the evening with mainly young families and we sat down to Spanish Yum Cha. Yep, tapas style yum cha. Waiters came around with small portions of food and you placed your stick that was skewered through your food in a glass and at the end of the night they added up your sticks and thats what you paid for.
One more stop before Marbella then we can rest for a few days. We finally arrive in Marbella and it is a lot busier and bigger than I was expecting. We locate our apartment and check in. Its a pretty cool place with plenty of space. Approximately 200sqm. It has only been leased once before us so everything is brand new. I can’t say I love Marbella. The beaches are average but I suppose they are great to all the English tourists that are here. You can’t swim in the ocean as it is full of jelly fish. Worse than I have ever seen Manly after they have invaded the beach. The night life is pretty good and the bars don’t get going to pretty late. The bars and restaurants line the marina and blokes and a few girls line up to parade there flash cars past all the on lookers. It is worse than Lygon St Carlton on a Saturday night. I have never seen anything like it. Some guys are on on there own driving around the block to show of there flash car. Whilst the girls do laps of the block in their short skirts. very strange.
The main purpose for the drive to Marbella was to catch up with Daniels brother who is gigging in down there. After we had to cancel our sailing trip Daniel heard his brother was playing and he hadn’t seen him in two years. He has only been there for a week and is still in small bars to see if he likes it. He is potentially going to go back for a longer stint in the summer next year. He is a really cool guy and an even better musician. He is awesome. If he gets back to Australia I will definitely go and seem he play. He current lives and works in Ko Samui. Check him out here.