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TravelHaven Journal – Nothing on a Sunday!

We decided to drive north along the coast to Marbella and have breakfast. On our way, we stopped at Benehavis, which was east of A-7, in the mountains. Actually, I think it was almost on top of a mountain! The streets in Benehavis were VERY narrow—they were two-way, but I’m not sure two cars would have actually fit on the roads! Since it was Sunday, most everything was closed. Something to note: EVERYTHING in Spain is closed on Sunday—grocery stores, shops, even a lot of restaurants! The only thing we found that was open was a gas station. We ended up having breakfast in a hotel, which was very pretty.

After breakfast, we drove on to Marbella, thinking that because it was a larger city, some things would be open. Wrong! After driving around a while, we decided to go back to the condo, check out the grounds there, and take it easy.

We ventured out about 8 for dinner. We had planned to go back to the restaurant we had gone to the night before, the Upper Deck, which was in our resort, but when we got there, thinking that we were there at dinner time (in Spain, dinner usually doesn’t start until 8 p.m. and goes on until after midnight), only to find that they only serve from noon until 6:30 on Sundays! The bartender suggested we go to the village of Cancelada (across the highway from where we were) and said that we could walk. So we did and ended up at a little pizza place in Villa Cancelada. It was definitely a place that the locals hang out, which we loved! On Sundays they have a very limited menu, so we had a jambon Serrano (that’s a ham kind of like proscuitto) and cheese pizza. The pizza and two cokes was 9 Euros.