After four years in Fuengirola, I finally took a walk up to visit Fuengirola’s “Toro de Osborne.” The Osborne Bull is one of several 46-foot (14-metre) tall bulls scattered around Spain. The original (smaller) billboards were erected in the 1950s to advertise Osborne’s Jerez Brandy, called Veterano. The bulls grew larger when a Spanish law required billboards to be further from roadways. In 1994, the EU passed a law prohibiting roadside advertising of alcoholic beverages, so most of the bulls lost their “brands” (the name Veterano). Except for a couple that still have the name “Osborne” on them, the bulls are now in the public domain. But, enough of all that, the walk was easy (once I took the right path) and the view was amazing. (Click the images to see the bull grow.)
DON’T GO THIS WAY. I DID!
NO WAY TO GET THERE FROM HERE.
I DECIDED TO TURN BACK WHEN I CAME UPON THIS EYESORE.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK.
THE FINAL CLIMB?
MY FIRST CLUE.
STILL CAN’T SEE THE BULL, BUT WHO CARES.
AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH.
GOOD THING I CHECKED BEFORE BACKING UP FOR A BETTER SHOT.
COSTA DEL SOL (AND LOTS OF SOL).
THE WHITE VILLAGE OF MIJAS PUEBLO ON THE MOUNTAINSIDE.
AND THAT’S THE END OF THIS [TRUE] COCK AND BULL STORY.
Saturday afternoon, I took a walk in “the country.” I usually plan my walks around town to stay as close to the beach for as long as I can, but I decided this time, to head away from the water, mostly north through the neighbourhood of Los Pacos. It’s an easy 10-minute walk from home, but once you get past the center of Los Pacos — perhaps another 10 minutes — the look rapidly changes. I wondered at first when it was going to become more rural and then I heard a rooster crow. I turned another corner, the pavement ended, and the “country” appeared.
(Click any image for the big country.)
JUST BEFORE I HEARD THE COCK CROW. (THAT’S MIJAS PUEBLO IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE SIERRA DE MIJAS)
SORRY! I SPOOKED A FLOCK OF EGRETS IN A FIELD.
I didn’t spend the weekend, but I did experience a couple of hours of “enchanting.”