Just returned from our third trip to the Apartment, and this time, we managed to enjoy a short holiday there! The previous two trips have been taken up with the major furnishing of the place, and all the DIY jobs required to make it habitable.
This trip was from Tuesday 30th May to Monday 5th
June 2006. We arrived about lunchtime on the Tuesday following the Bank
Holiday, and were met at
Anyway, we collected the hire car, and headed of to
First thing on opening up the Apartment was the Grand Tour for our friends. It was pleasing to see that several of the items we had left on the snagging list had been done, and even the lift in the Bloque worked this time. We were surprised at how dusty the place was, as it was only a few weeks since we last visited, but I guess we will need to get used to this, whilst there is still so much building work on the development, and traffic churning up the dirt. Nothing that a few swipes of the dusters couldn’t sort out. That evening, we headed into Ayamonte, to take our friends to one of our favourite restaurants there, so we could try out our pidgin Spanish.
The next day, we had decided that we wanted to see
As we approached the city, the traffic was manic, as the roads were full of colouful wagons, horses, bulls, and people in national costume, heading on a pilgrimage. We later found out that this is an annual event, and hundreds of thousands of people descend on a small town to celebrate the Romeria Del Rocio festival. You can find out more about this festival by following this link:
It was amazing to see this procession winding along the main thoroughfares of a modern city. We really enjoyed it, but I’m not sure what the commuters thought!
Anyway, we spent a very pleasant afternoon wandering around and through the streets of Seville, and this trip convinced us that we need to go back and spend maybe a couple of days there in the future to take it all in. Whilst in Ayamonte the previous day, we had invested in an Electric Grill, so evening meal was a kebab barbeque on the Terrace. I have found through previous experience that it is impossible to barbeque properly, without a bottle of beer to hand.
Thursday was more of a leisurely day, with a trip out to Isla Canella for a wander along the beach, in the morning, and a cool drink at one of the beach bars. After an afternoon rest in the apartment, we headed off to Villa Real, for an exploration of the shopping area, and a meal in the evening. The Yacht Club at Villa Real had been recommended to us by a few people, so we choose there to enjoy the last night of our friends visit. It didn’t disappoint, the meal was superb, the service friendly, and the bill reasonable.
Our friends returned to the
Thinking I would have to wait until we returned home, and I
could e-mail my groveling apologies to the other two couples, we headed back
for a siesta at the Apartment. After 40 winks, we decided on a walk through the
other Apartment Bloques would wake us up for the evening. As we passed the pool
between Bloques 4-6, I got chatting to a lady looking after her son in the
pool. After a few moments, she introduced herself as Val, and I introduce us as
Bob & Carole. “Hang on”, we both exclaimed at the same time, “You’re not
the Val/Bob that was supposed to meet today at Isla Canella?” By an amazing
coincidence, the meeting we had planned for 1pm in Isla Canella was now taking
place at 5pm on Costa Esuri! Val invited Carole and me to join her and husband
Saturday was the first time we had a chance to visit the local market in Ayamonte, so we parked the car near the bus station, and spent an hour or so wandering around. My wife has more shoes than Imelda Marcos, but she still managed to find another pair to join the collection. I can’t complain too much though, I ended up buying several leather belts to join my own collection. Following the market, we managed to find an unusual hallway cabinet in Ayamonte that now graces the entrance to the Apartment.
We were surprised at how few Apartments were occupied during our stay. In our Bloques (7-9), there was only our Apartment and one other occupied during our stay. We soon met up with the occupants of the other Apartment (David and Joy), who were out for approx three weeks (lucky beggars!). David is a golfer, so another potential golf partner is now on the list. David had recommended a trip to Monte Gordo for the varied restaurants, so we decided to take his advice that evening. Val, Gary and Dan popped around early evening, so another couple of most enjoyable hours were spent, on our Terrace this time, before we went our separate ways for dinner.
Whilst strolling around Monte Gordo prior to our meal, we found some storage cabinets for the bedrooms that we had previously seen in Ayamonte (and that we had planned to go back and buy), for roughly half the price! Needless to say, we snapped them up, and had the fun job of carrying them back to the car, before we could go and eat.
For Sunday (our last day), we had decided to try the boat
trip up the
Anyway, no sooner had we left the
quayside than the music started, and couples were dancing on deck. We then
spent a couple of wonderful hours, cruising up the
I have put up some more photos of the boat trip, and the holiday, on the Picture Gallery page.
One of the big advantages of the boat trip was to see the Costa Esuri Development and Golf Course from the river, but unfortunately the combination of a lousy photographer, limited camera, and the low view point, means the photos I took don’t do this justice.
Just to make sure I didn’t enjoy myself too much, Carole had lined up a few jobs for me (i.e. sealing the shower cubicle, hanging more pictures etc.) that I managed to squeeze in before the afternoon dash to the Airport at Faro on the Monday, the flight back to the UK, and the start of the dreams about the next visit to Costa Esuri.