On Thursday we drove two hours west to Casares, to have lunch with our friends Mary-Anne and Michael, at their charming finca in the hills. It was a baking hot day ,and we were amazed how different the vista is at their end of the coast, particularly once you start to drive inland from Estapona, passing the glamourous Finca de Cortesin Hotel and Golf Club. We didn’t actually go into the hilltop white village of Casares, with its steep unevenly paved streets, that’s for another time, but it does look lovely…it has the remains of a Moorish Garrison fort at the peak.

It was green and rolling land, with dramatic mountain landscapes, we even saw sheep…the mountains were covered in cork forests ,and although their place is up high, it was an easy drive through the mountain road,( no scary edges and drops like at our end of the country,) so I didn’t have to get out of the car and walk -as is my wont!. That is until the last 200 metres when it is a single track . (We found out how tricky it can be on our return journey as we met two cars, and had to reverse back up the mountain-aagghh!).

The house has stunning all enveloping views down to the coast ,and over the sparkling sea to the mountains of Africa, with falcons and kestrels and birds of prey soaring high above us.

We enjoyed a lovely, long relaxing lunch with our friends under the shade of the pergola, marvelling at how fortunate we are to be in such a wonderful place, and how much we all love Spain so very much.

Their pretty finca ,`Ambalama`, is available to rent ,and sleeps six people. It has a lovely swimming pool, and terraces both in the sun and the shade, edged with lavender, thyme and rosemary. The shocking pink pelargoniums frame the wonderful views in this captivating little piece of heaven.

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