Travelled to : Nerja, Spain in October
Nerja was the perfect last stop in southern Spain. Nerja is one of the towns in Costa del Sol region of southern Spain that still retains some of the small town charm and quiet patches. It’s the perfect place to unwind and relax or have an eventful vacation as per one’s choices.
Reach – Nearest airport is Malaga, about 1.15 hour by bus. Nerja is also connected by local buses like Alsa bus to Granada and other neighboring towns. I reached from Granada and took me a couple of hours. Link for Alsa bus – https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/home . Tickets can be bought at the counter at the bus stop, which is what we did.
Stay – There are lots of hotels , Airbnb options in Nerja. We stayed at a nice home that costed Rs.2200 ( $34) that we booked through www.airbnb.com , it was situated a 10 min walk away from Burriana beach.
Day trips –
- Nerja caves of limestone formations. We didn’t go here due to shortage of time.
- Frigiliana- a picturesque whitewashed small village 6 kms away from Nerja. We went here taking the local bus. I will publish a separate post about it.
- Maro- Approachable by bus, has crystal clear water and beautiful scenery.
Eat– Do try the home-made ice cream at the shops next to Balcon de Europa. For great views and tasty food at reasonable prices, try Portofino restaurant on the left side of Balcon de Europa. Try to find a seat on the verandah overlooking the sea.
From our airbnb home
We took Alsa bus from Granada to Nerja and it took about 2 hours and 10 euros. We booked the ticket on the day of travel an hour before actual travel at the bus station. Our stay was pretty close to the bus stop and our hostess was very nice. Even though she did not speak English and we understood very little Spanish, we managed pretty well. After freshening up we went to Burriana beach and had paella for lunch with beer. We realized later that the eateries are pretty touristy and pricey at this beach, compared to the rest of the town. Burriana beach is pretty popular for its long stretch of sand and eateries. The crowd in Nerja seemed older and retired, there were a large number of British tourists.
From Portofino restaurant at Balcon de Europa
In the following days we would stroll to Balcon de Europa ( Europe’s balcony) which is a nice square cum look out point on the coast and has gorgeous views . There is a rampart and a tiny beach below where one can take a stroll for some peace and quiet. The water is blue green and clear. Balcon de Europa also has a lot of good eateries around it. There are lots of little beaches in Nerja itself with clear water but long sandy beaches are not that common in area. It is more of slightly pebbly beaches that are in abundance. We had one of the best meals at Portofino which also has great views. It is located on the left side of Balcon de Europa.
Playa de Carabeo, Nerja, Soain
Fortunately we were in Nerja during the fiesta, celebrated every year, in honor of the patron saint of the town. We got to see some awesome local dance and music performances at the square. Women, children and a few men were dressed in traditional Andalucian outfits and it was a treat to the eyes. It’s worth visiting and if you happen to visit in mid-October, do book your stay well in advance as lots of tourists come here to visit the fiesta.
Folk dance at the fiesta
Locals in traditional clothes