Email
Password
Remember meForgot password?
Log in with Facebook Log in with Twitter
Connect your Digital Journal account with Facebook or Twitter to use this feature.
Connect
Log In Sign Up
10 comments   Listen   Print   article:338736:26::0
Digital Journal Reports

article imagePhoto Essay: Changing moods of the Mediterranean Special

By Anne Sewell
Dec 10, 2012 in Travel
Fuengirola - Most people imagine the Mediterranean sea as a calm blue ocean and dream of warm, sunny beach holidays. But the Med is much more than a calm blue pond.
While in spring, summer and autumn, you can mostly count on relatively calm seas, warm temperatures and an endless stretch of sandy beach, winter brings some quite different moods to the Costa del Sol.
In this article we are visiting Fuengirola, on the south coast of Spain, and exploring some changes which were made in the last couple of years to the fishing and leisure port in the seaside town.
Puerto Deportivo de Fuengirola:
The port in Fuengirola is a combined working fishing port and leisure marina, with many fishing boats moored in the one part, and luxury yachts moored in the leisure section.
There is a very pleasant walk to be had around the port, alongside the sea wall. Strolling along, one sees the smaller fishing boats and pleasure craft moored along the way.
Fuengirola port.
Fuengirola port.
image:134642:7::0
However, with winter storms getting stronger and the waves more powerful, things began to change.
Fuengirola port.
Fuengirola port.
image:134633:11::0
Winds got stronger.
Fuengirola port.
Fuengirola port.
image:134630:7::0
Three windswept dogs.
Three windswept dogs.
image:134623:11::0
Finally a couple of years ago a really bad storm hit. The waves crashed over the sea wall and submerged around 40 fishing boats.
Fuengirola port.
Fuengirola port.
image:134644:9::0
It took some time to pull the boats out from the depths, and the officials in charge of the port decided changes needed to be made.
Rescuing sunk boats after a storm  Fuengirola port.
Rescuing sunk boats after a storm, Fuengirola port.
image:134628:8::0
They experimented a little. No one really knows what the concrete blocks were to be used for, shown in the images below.
Fuengirola port.
Fuengirola port.
image:134631:6::0
Fuengirola port.
Fuengirola port.
image:134645:7::0
They finally came up with the ideal solution - extended, floating docking areas for the small boats:
Fuengirola port.
Fuengirola port.
image:134636:7::0
They removed the strange concrete blocks, and put down some asphalt:
Fuengirola port.
Fuengirola port.
image:134639:6::0
While the images were taken prior to the boats moving back, this set up seems to be working well, so far, this winter.
The wintery weather also gives some added tones and color to the port, as we view some fishermen over their colorful nets:
Fuengirola port.
Fuengirola port.
image:134643:10::0
As it is a working port, you can stroll around watching the fishermen repair their nets, or show off the catch of the day:
Fishermen working on nets  Fuengirola port.
Fishermen working on nets, Fuengirola port.
image:134624:11::0
Fuengirola port.
Fuengirola port.
image:134641:13::0
Or sit and watch the fishing boats coming back from their day of fishing:
Fuengirola port.
Fuengirola port.
image:134640:5::0
Enjoy a stunning sunset over the fishing boats:
Fuengirola port.
Fuengirola port.
image:134632:8::0
Meet a friendly cat, living in the port, living off fresh fish from the fishermen, or another standing on the rocks looking out to sea:
M.C.  a friendly cat in Fuengirola port.
M.C., a friendly cat in Fuengirola port.
image:134637:6::0
F.C.  a friendly cat at Fuengirola beach
F.C., a friendly cat at Fuengirola beach
image:134635:9::0
Not to forget the beach of course. After the rain, you can stroll down the narrow streets to the beach:
Walking down to Fuengirola beach.
Walking down to Fuengirola beach.
image:134625:9::0
And in the evening watch a fisherman trying to catch his dinner:
Fuengirola beach
Fuengirola beach
image:134638:8::0
Or just admire the evening sky:
Fuengirola beach
Fuengirola beach
image:134626:9::0
All in all, Fuengirola a pretty good place to be, whatever the weather! More images of the port can be viewed in the slideshow video above.
article:338736:26::0
More about Spain, Fuengirola, mediterranean sea, Costa del sol, Port
More news from
Latest News
Top News
Engage

Corporate

Help & Support

News Links

copyright © 2014 digitaljournal.com   |   powered by dell servers