The last month has been pretty quiet in Estepona, with people awaiting the next celebration after El Dia de los Reyes Magos. This, of course, means that shops and supermarkets are now lined with all things red and offers are prominent on boxes of truffles for ‘El Dia de San Valentin’.
These months are also key in preparation for the summer season before the holiday makers come flooding in from Spanish cities and England. New water displays being built, railings and fountains are being painted and the ‘chiringuitos’ will open soon.
One day in the office, I saw a huge palm tree being put into the port.
It made me think about how areas such as the Costa del Sol are built to look good. The streets lined with palm trees are planned beforehand, all the areas are strategically made to look beautiful and I have watched the terrace where I now have lunch, being built from the foundations up.
A huge amount of effort is taken to keep places like Estepona looking lovely, which is not really a surprise since tourism is so important here.
But there is no doubting the beauty of the natural sights here. The clarity of Gibraltar and the Atlas Mountains on a clear day in Estepona is enough to make the walk to work pleasant in the morning.
The following is, without a doubt, another of my favourite sights here. Every morning, as I leave my flat in a rush to get to work, I always turn my head for a quick glance at the mountain. Usually the sun is shining down on it from the blue ‘not-a-cloud-in-the’ sky.
Definitely makes me happy.