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TravelHaven Journal – Malls of Southern Spain

We had planned to go to Gibraltar today, but the weather did not cooperate. It was pouring when we got up. So we talked to the concierge and asked him what he would recommend. He recommended going to the two malls close by. Not what we had planned to do in Spain, since we could do that at home, but we figured it was another way to get a “slice of life” picture of the local area. We went to the first mall he suggested, in Marbella, and found that it was mostly empty—apparently the stores didn’t survive off season too well. We did find it interesting that there was a huge grocery store in the mall and that you went from the major department store (Corte Ingles) right into the grocery store, almost like it was part of that deparment store. You could stand in the Women’s Accessories in Corte Ingles and see the produce in the grocery store!

We left that mall and went to the one near Ojen. It was a very large mall and the stores all seemed to be doing well. After we wandered around there for a while (both of us thinking that this was not what we came to Spain for!), we decided to go to the huge grocery store there and buy some “necessities”—that would be wine, cheese, bread, etc. We were amazed at how inexpensive the cheeses were (except American and cheddar)! We stocked up on wine (2 very inexpensive bottles (about $4 each) and 2 moderately priced ($6 each) bottles and a 2 liter jug of Sangria, as well as about 5 different kinds of cheeses, jambon Serrano, a huge jug of water, and chorizo, for about $50. The cheap wines were not so good, but the moderately priced wines were good and the sangria was excellent!