Our new friends in France gave us a great tip about where to spend New Years Eve, so we hurtled down the coast of Spain to Benalmadena. David had picked up another bug from the kiddies in Manses so he spent two days in the back of the van suffering with ‘man flu’ whilst I drove endlessly southwards.
Benalmadena, like most towns on the Costa del Sol, is full of British (and Irish) pubs, betting shops, greasy cafes and the usual seaside shops we try to avoid at all costs. However, unlike other towns on the Costa del Sol, it is not inundated with high rise apartment blocks and still has a pleasant holiday feel. We parked the van near to the main drag and, in preparation for our hangovers-to-be, stocked up on groceries. We went for a very reasonably priced Chinese restaurant for dinner, followed by complimentary shots – a warm up for what was to come! After dinner we headed to the Alien bar where we met a great crowd, mostly made up of pub owners, and partied into 2011.
It is a Spanish tradition to consume 12 grapes, one for each chime at midnight. We chose instead to down some ‘herbal’ tasting shots recommended by our fellow pubbers and to let off some massive party poppers. At 1am we celebrated new year all over again on British time. It was a great night and we’d thoroughly recommend the bar and its crowd.