On day 2 of my "holiday" I headed straight to the beach.
If you saw me you really wouldn't think I lived in Spain. It was embarrassing enough my guest was browner than I was (okay he had been holidaying in Portugal before coming to see me though) so I really needed to get rid of this paleness!
It was also lunch time...
After a beautiful sunny stroll down the Paseo Marítimo de Marbella we stumbled across a whole new avenue of beach restaurants I´d never seen before!
I felt so cheated! How had I never seen these chiringuitos hidden below the boulevard, right under my nose?
We settled on one called 'La Ola' which was perfect as the waves today were big and loud creating a beachy soundtrack to our afternoon.
We freshened up with a couple of cañas and some olives and indulged in our beautiful surrounding.
We were offered an aperitif with our beers
We ordered calamares, which were big and crispy just as they should be
Calamares are great for those of you who aren't too keen on seafood and fish. They sound and look exotic but are actually quite mild in taste and flavour.
I dived straight in, no time for photos
And these were media raciones (half portion sizes)! I could have happily munched my way through a full portion because they are so addictive!
It was quite sad that these frontline beach restaurants were empty on a glorious Thursday afternoon, with waiters pining after to you to sit down in their establishment.
I think they are too hidden for the average passerby to notice.
Except for this little birdie who tried very hard at getting in on the seafood action
None for you Mr Pigeon!
Then came the main event: the magnificent paella
Everything you could dream of in one big dish.
I couldn't wait to get my claws in
Don't worry, it's all allowed on the see-food diet!