The last day of our mini moon in Estepona was spent with the in-laws. It was a really nice afternoon. We treated them to lunch at the chiringuito. Lunch consisted of another seafood fiesta – espetos, navajas and seafood croquettes with a roasted pepper salad.
We were comfortably full when we strolled off to the main afternoon attraction – El Orquidario de Estepona. My mother-in-law had mentioned the place as somewhere to visit in the week before the wedding and as I do, I had written it down on our ‘list of things to do in Estepona’.
The orchidarium is housed in a glass-domed contemporary building and is just beautiful to look at. The outside grounds are a sight to behold. The lonely planet guide informs me that there are 1500 species of orchids here, the largest collection in Europe, as well as 5000 subtropical plants, flowers and trees.
Entry fee was €3 each and well worth it. We arrived at 5pm and were told to go straight in because the ‘waterfalls’ were starting. It was impressive 3 cascading towers of water for 5 minutes in the mild tropical heat and sunshine. It was like a mini paradise.
So we meandered and looked in amazement at the plant life. We took gazillions of pictures and just generally absorbed the atmosphere. We were lulled into a sense of peace and calm by the background music of the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and ABBA in panpipe mode.
I think we only spend an hour there but it was so nice. I even took the opportunity to take a ‘non-flower pictures’.
A lovely end to our stay in Estepona