After a stressful few months in work and several recurring viral infections, I booked a week in sunny Nerja, Spain. It is on the Costa del Sol only an hour away from Málaga in the community of Andalusia in southern Spain surrounded by mountains. We stayed in an apartment block known as Cantares on Chaparil [about a 10 minute walk to the centre square of Nerja] booked via booking.com with a view of the sea from our balcony. It was a quieter area away from the hustle and bustle of the centre and near Playa de la Torrecilla beach. The location was perfect and the apartments were clean, comfortable if a little bit worn around the edges. It’s opposite the Hotel Riu Monica and beside a lovely row of cafes and shops on Avda Mediterraneo.
We had a lovely, lazy week which suited me and allowed me to de-stress and the sunshine helped to rid me of the nasty viral infections. Life is very busy and 2014 is flying by so it was nice to kick back and recharge my batteries. Although we had access to WiFi in the apartment and most of the bars and restaurants supply it for free, it was nice to switch off from technology and the TV for a while. I read four books, went for long walks along the shore and soaked up the sunshine. The beaches were busy, the waves were big, the people were lovely and friendly and best of all food and drink is so cheap.
Some recommendations for things to do and see while in Nerja:
– For a lovely brunch or lunch, check out Café Jamaica for cheap, all-day breakfasts. My favourite was the American Breakfast and freshly squeezed OJ.
– Definitely take a trip to the traditional Spanish village of Frigiliana with its white houses high on the hills and its narrow, windy cobbled streets. The bus only costs a euro and the town is located about 10 minutes away. The old Moorish part of town is one of the best preserved Moorish villages in all of Andalucia. In the centre of town, the 16th century mansion used to house the molasses factory, which is a type of syrup made from sugar cane (“miel de cana”) and popular in Spain.
-Sit out and people watch while enjoying some tapas in the Square beside the Church of El Salvador in the centre of the old town. Be sure to check out the creepy religious statues inside. The Balcón de Europa, once a fortress in the 9th century but now a mirador or viewpoint which gives stunning views across the sea, is just around the corner.
-Enjoy a drink on the sunny terrace of restaurant Marbella with fantastic views of the sea.
-Lastly for a special dinner, I would heartily recommend Restaurante Jacky located on Calle Chaperil. They do a beautiful tasting menu and the food is simply delicious. You can choose from two set menus or go a la carte. It is more expensive than other restaurants in Nerja but it is good quality food and Jacky, the chef obviously takes pride in his cooking. It is quite a small restaurant so I would suggest booking as it fills up pretty quickly.
I returned from Nerja feeling refreshed and ready to face the world again.