Words by Lizzie Derry
When we think of the Costa Del Sol, we might think chubby Brexiteers, cheap beer and Jasmine Harman’s boobs from A Place in the Sun. We might be inclined to forget about its lovely white-washed seaside towns, mild winter climate and amazing food.
Having just got back from a fantastic five days in Nerja, I feel compelled to dispel the stereotypes and promote the Costa Del Sol as a top travel destination. It is certainly not to be missed by the more refined traveller.
More Than The Scenery..
Where is Nerja (pronounced like: N’air’-ha)? It’s in the Andalucía region of southern Spain, in the foothills of the Sierra Almijara Mountains. Its top feature is the Balcon de Europa which is a seafront promenade set high above the beach. Offering stunning, panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. In addition to gazing at the view, there are plenty of other things to do in Nerja.
A day on the beach is a given (don’t miss the amazing little house with the blue door built into the caves!), as is a stroll into El Salvador Church. You can also do a Segway tour of the town for 40 whole euros. However, don’t be seduced by the pretty ladies they employ to promote the experience… pretty sure they’re not your average guides.
For the more outdoor loving traveller, the Sierra de Tejada, Almijarra Natural Park and the Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo natural site lie just on Nerja’s borders. A trip to the nearby Cuevas de Nerja (caves) is also easily achievable. If you want to venture a little further, Nerja is very well placed on the south coast for explorations into the nearby towns. Grenada is located 50km to the north and Malaga is 50km to the west.
I love my food. I can’t mention any destination without a thorough assessment of its culinary delights. Nerja has a plethora of high quality eating establishments, it really does have something for everyone. From Mexican to quintessential Spanish tapas, to Indian. The world’s food is your Oyster (Poor food pun alert).
A particular favourite of mine would have to be Cielito Lindo which is a very tasty Mexican restaurant serving a great selection of food. The vegetarian enchiladas were particularly delicious. Yep sorry, I chose a Mexican restaurant in a quintessentially Spanish town…I’ll go back to Benidorm.
Nerja also has a very accommodating nightlife. Given that we went in November, very much out of season, we managed to find an amazing cocktail bar called ‘Buddha Bar’.
When we entered, the place was dead (understandably given it was mid-week and November. The ever accommodating staff however, allowed all 15 of us to come in and basically have a private party. They have a dance floor on the second floor, below the roof terrace and gave us carte blanche to take over their Spotify playlist. It was a fantastic night and a great bar.
To conclude, broaden that mind and destroy those mental images you get when hearing ‘Costa Del Sol’ and book yourself some flights to Nerja to experience some real Spanish culture. You won’t be disappointed.
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