Word of mouth is powerful in sales. It is also a tremendous benefit if you are travelling and don’t know an area.
We had been recommended to wander in historic Marbella which is only a few minutes from the sun-kissed coastline.
And we are glad we did. It’s a maze of quaint white-washed buildings and walls decorated with brilliantly-coloured plants in coloured pots.
Stylish restaurants jostle for space with welcoming cafes and bars and inviting shops, some selling craft items.
The weather made this trip as the sun was splitting a cloudless sky.
The temperature was just right for strolling but, inevitably, a refreshment was required.
And the Plaza de los Naranjos was ideal. The only problem we had was which café to pick.
Once again, nature played a part. We went for the one in the sun.
Our table was outside the imposing façade of the 16th-century Ayuntamiento. Town Hall to you and I.
A waitress spotted us immediately and brought the menu. I’m not a fan of laminated ones but they serve a purpose and we selected.
A lady arrived at another table with three dogs and a waitress arrived with two bowls full of water for the animals. A nice touch.
I wandered into the restaurant to find the loo. It was at the back through a clutter of outside umbrellas and tables.
It was clean but the hot water was not in operation and neither was the hand drier.
Wee things, but they do matter. And what about the coffee? It was not the best milky coffee I’ve ever had but it was a wee portion.
My sparkling water arrived with copious quantities of ice and a slice of zingy lemon.
We tarried a while, speaking to the lady with dogs, who just happened to be British.
And it was pleasant but the experience would have been even better had the little things mentioned been addressed.