I had never heard of Nerja to be honest but Pilar told me I must go as it was beautiful. It is 40 km east of Malaga whereas the most well known places on the Costa del Sol tend to be to the west. I decided that this would be a good thing to do on Boxing Day (December 26th). I got up later than I had planned as in hitting the "snooze" button on my phone a few too many times. I made the bus with five minutes to spare. The trip there took about an hour and a half and when I got off the bus everyone headed off in different directions and I was thinking "what the f*ck" (I have been using that phrase a lot lately). The main drag is a normal city street with no charm whatsover. Thank goodness a British woman set me off in the right direction. As soon as I headed down the first street I felt an instant connection with this place. And once I saw the view from the Balcony of Europe - wow!
The balcony on the left? That's where I had my lunch!
I then started wandering down the side streets which is me and my cameras favourite thing to do.
I always thought this was a German/Austrian thing but guess it's all through Europe..Santa the pervert trying to climb in windows!
Orange trees are everywhere here.
I love fountains!
Okay...guess I will follow you down to the beach then...
I sat on a bench for quite a while just enjoying the view and the sun...
I loved this little house on the beach!
After all that sitting it was time to make my way back up to the town and go walking in a different direction - and to work up an appetite for (a late) lunch!
Beautiful view point along the way...
A bit over the top but fun to look at.
Sorry, couldn't resist!!!
I never get tired of the beautiful tiles here in Spain.
Well you knew there had to be a dog eventually right? This one was supervising the neighbourhood from its balcony.
Prawn, leek and zucchini lasagna. I do love my prawns and I needed some vegetables right? It was delicious but needless to say I could not finish it.
When I was first seated I was outside on the balcony but by the building. As soon as a table at the edge of the balcony came free I immediately told the server I was moving!! Can you blame me? What a view!!!
Back to the Balcony of Europe - this features in a lot of films. So beautiful!!!
The beautiful Church of El Salvador in the main square.
Then it was time to say goodbye to Nerja, I could have stayed longer but I was getting really tired. I decided to walk back via back streets and a park. Not a good plan as I got seriously "misplaced". Finally I found my way back to the main street and once again the bus pulled in almost as soon as I got there.
A great day! If I ever come back to Andalucia I think I will have to spend a few days here...Nerja wormed its way into my heart.