If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say / Si No Tienes Nada Simpático Que Decir

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THE ABOVE TITLE is supposed to finish with, “then don’t say anything at all,” unless you’re like some people I know (which includes me at times). Then the saying goes, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit by me.”

However, after my recent post (click here) when I didn’t say anything nice about our newest public “art,” I’ve decided to share something that makes me proud of the City of Fuengirola. I can’t promise I won’t end with some snarky comment about something else, but, well, life is all a matter of balance, isn’t it? So we’ll just see where the story takes me.

Fuengirola has 7 km (5 miles) of beaches on which you’ll find something for just about everyone. There are workout stations for adults, jungle gyms for children, inflatable water parks, pedal boat rentals, chaise lounges and umbrellas for rent along with bar service, and much more. But what really warms my heart are the places all along the 7 kilometers created for people who may not otherwise be able to access the beach and surf. Near our apartment is the largest “accessible beach,” which has a terrace area and a boardwalk that leads almost directly into the sea. There are crutches to be used in the sand, pontoon-type wheelchairs that can be taken right into the water, personal lifeguards, chaise lounges and parasols, even a dog to swim out to bathers to bring them anything they need (including crutches to enable them to get back to shore on their own). At other places along the beach are shaded terraces with more lifeguards and more access to the sea.

So, as I said, Fuengirola seems to have something for just about everyone… except perhaps for public art for people with a modicum of taste … and sense. (And there’s the snark!)


SE SUPONE QUE el título anterior termina con “entonces no digas nada en absoluto”, a menos que seas como algunas personas que conozco (lo que a veces me incluye a mí). Entonces se dice: “Si no tienes nada simpático que decir, ven y siéntate a mi lado”.

Sin embargo, después de mi reciente publicación (haz clic aquí) cuando no dije nada bueno sobre nuestro nuevo “arte” público, decidí compartir algo que me enorgullece de la ciudad de Fuengirola. No puedo prometer que no terminaré con algún comentario sarcástico sobre otra cosa, pero bueno, la vida es cuestión de equilibrio, ¿no? Entonces veremos a dónde me lleva la historia.

Fuengirola tiene 7 km (5 millas) de playas en las que encontrará algo para casi todos. Hay estaciones de ejercicios para adultos, gimnasios para niños, parques acuáticos inflables, alquiler de botes a pedal, tumbonas y sombrillas en alquiler junto con servicio de bar y mucho más. Pero lo que realmente calienta mi corazón son los lugares a lo largo de los 7 kilómetros creados para personas que de otra manera no podrían acceder a la playa y surfear. Cerca de nuestro edificio se encuentra la “playa accesible” más grande, que tiene un área de terraza y un paseo marítimo que conduce casi directamente al mar. Hay muletas para usar en la arena, sillas de ruedas tipo pontón que se pueden llevar directamente al agua, socorristas personales, tumbonas y sombrillas, incluso un perro para nadar a los bañistas para traerles todo lo que necesitan (incluidas muletas para permitir ellos para volver a la costa por su cuenta). En otros lugares a lo largo de la playa hay terrazas sombreadas con más socorristas y más acceso al mar.

Entonces, como dije, Fuengirola parece tener algo para casi todos … excepto quizás para el arte público para personas con un poco de gusto … y sentido. (¡Y ahí está el sarcasmo!)

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

18 thoughts on “If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say / Si No Tienes Nada Simpático Que Decir”

  1. Love the umbrellas with the man buns !
    I want to visit this beach. I haven’t been near or in the ocean for years. Which is so sad for me as I use to body surf in the Pacific Ocean. I miss it so much.

      1. Deedles:
        I did a man buns post a while back that including these beach umbrellas. A great variety of “styles” in town!

    1. Parsnip:
      I think I did a man-bun post some years ago where I included some fo the beach “sombrillas.” Great style! I loved living in the desert (Palm Springs, Vegas), but I did seriously miss the sea. This is the best… right now!

  2. THAT is FABU! everybody wants to enjoy the beach! seems like your town has everyone covered!

    1. anne marie:
      It does fill me with pride. And those spaces get used a lot! A great FREE service with an incredible team of people to welcome visitors and help them enjoy the beach more easily and safely.

  3. Beautiful beach! Reading along peacefully and then “SNARK!” , with the theme from Jaws running through my head ! Right now, I wish I had a beach to go to. It’s supposed to get to 104 F here today and 105F tomorrow. I guess I’ll just sit in the ac while wearing my resting beach face. By the way, these beaches and the service provided almost make up for that globe thingy and the clothes. No city is perfect.

    1. Deedles:
      105F! We rarely get that here, although it’s been hitting that not far from us. We’ve had an unusual run of heat and humidity though — most of July and now half of August. We’ve been spending an awful lot of time in the AC. Today is the first day we’ve had all doors and windows open and no AC. A cool and comfortable breeze has been blowing through the house despite high temps outside.

  4. It is a lovely town. As for the fountain…that was very poor design. You ask any kid about the design ahead of time and they would say they would love to play in there.

    1. David:
      I’ve never seen such a welcoming city for people with all abilities. The beaches are wonderful. Still some way to go in restaurants and businesses, but for the most part new places meet peoples’ needs.

    1. Kirk:
      So do I. I didn’t see any of that in Coney Island the last time I was there. Wonder if it’s changed since.

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