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Archive for the ‘Nerja’ Category

The Malaga Trip

First thing on Wednesday we set off with our friend Marsha down to Malaga, via Nerja. As you can see on the map below, the trip takes somewhat over 3 hours, passing via Granada and Motril.


The coast down there is marvelous and both Almunecar and Nerja are well worth a visit.  First stop on our journey was Nerja to visit the caves. Discovered by some schoolboys, this massive underground area is just amazing and though we’d been there before, this was Marsha’s first visit and she thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Caves in Nerja

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Our trip to Nerja

Nerja is situated on the Costa Del Sol in the province of Malaga. It is about 50km east of Malaga and a nice run down from Granada.

NerjaSomewhat over 2.5 hours  in all from our place in Galera, we decided on the trip after advice from friends.  We started with the idea of going to nearby Motril until someone said “why would you want to go THERE” and advise us to check out nearby towns – so the final destination was somewhat random – but what a good deal.

I certainly would not call the place deserted – as parking was a bit of an issue, but you could just tell we’re not kind of off-season as the many restaurants were certainly FAR from full.

Nerja at nightThe place is wonderful, a TAD “British” for me.. I didn’t really come to Spain to be in a hot Britain, not by a long chalk and that’s kind of what happens when Brits go overseas in mass – British food, British music etc. – so for example the hotel specialised in the “full British Breakfast” (though I’m not sure who told them we like re-constituted bacon) but also had some continental food. However despite that, there is plenty for everyone in Nerja including, I’m told, a fabulous cave system – that will have to wait for our next trip – which will be soon.

The journey from Granada to Nerja is in itself worthy of note as the modern, well-maintained motorway cuts it’s way through mountains and across modern, well designed bridges. That experience alone is quite nice – though I didn’t manage to take pictures being the designated driver. The photo above was our first sight of the town and as it happens our hotel was on the corner. Not far off the sea front but sadly VERY high up so there was no way we were walking up and down  THAT hill. The hotel had a decent pool and our first order of duty was to soak in it for an hour before getting back into the car and heading down to the coast.

Nerja beach

Wonderful – the usual highly coloured stored selling Chinese plastic junk but enough variety to keep people happy – and along the waterfront a very large variety of restaurants to suit most tasted. We found a quiet little Italian and ate altogether far too much garlic, after which we  ended up at an ice-cream vendor with more choice of flavours than I EVER recall seeing before – excellent and nothing we saw along the sea front was too expensive.

Maureen ScargillPeter Scargill

After dinner we walked around the beach for a while before heading off back to our hotel. The next morning we went off in the car to have a look around town and it was then we realised that this is going to take a more leisurely trip – maybe a couple of days as the place is BIG. We also found the Nerja Cave area but again – to enjoy properly it needs more time – so we headed off out of town on our way back to Granada but taking an ever so slightly different route, following the sea for a while and I’m so glad we did  – the pictures should speak for themselves.

Firstly a few more (you can click on the links to expand) of Nerja itself – or rather the seafront…

Seafront at night

Seafront at night[8]

And now some photos as we LEFT Nerja.

Sea front

Seafront up from Nerja

Hope you like the pictures – more when we return later this year. As always, more pics (and higher quality) on our Flickr area – just search for “scargill spain” and you won’t be far off.