Monday, November 02, 2009

Day 7 - Nerja & Frigiliana

On our last day, we hit the beach again. Having 2 beach days was really nice. We were tired of driving long distances & needed a little down time before the long trip home. I was surprised that Ross, who is the least beach enthusiastic of us, even said that if we were staying another week, he would need a second beach day before hitting the tourist trail again.

Playa Torrecilla

I've never felt strongly about any European beaches. They are nice, but we have so many beautiful beaches in the United States, I've never day-dreamed about sitting on a beach in Europe. But, as we walked around Nerja, I found myself wondering how the stars would need to align so that we could spend more time in this town.
Playa Calahonda?

Part of the allure may have been our surprise - Nerja was more like what I expected Marbella to be. When I was researching our itinerary, I picked Nerja because it was close to Granada. We were considering spending the night in Granada & thought we could stop in Nerja on the way back to our condo in Mijas. The Balcon de Europa is where most of the action is.

Oh, wait.

Once again, Cecilia made the very wise food choice - fresh potato chips


So, so tasty. Nerja used to be one long beach, but now is a series of beach coves. With only one day, we decided to go to Burriana Beach.
One Last View

It was about a 30 minute walk from Balcon de Europa. We ate paella at the famous Ayo's Restaurant.


It was a little overrated, but we enjoyed it immensely (Ross & C elected to have spaghetti another locale). The beach was so relaxing - the water was COLD!

Nerja is where I found Ella's favorite souvenir (they stayed in her classroom for nearly a month)
Favorite Souvenir

Cecilia also bought fresh mango & a pomegranate (less bitter than what we were used to). I think we all could have spent more time soaking in this city. As the afternoon clouds rolled in, we packed up & headed back to the car. We didn't have enough time to visit the caves, so we stopped by nearby Frigiliana.


This is a cute little white town about 2 miles from the beach. We bought sweet wine, ceramics & olives here to round out our souvenir purchases. This last photo gives you an idea of what Nick was facing all week. This is a two-way street with loads of pedestrians & people eating in the streets at a restaurant.

Two Way Street

With more time, we would relax on the beach, eat more mangoes & pomegranates & visit the caves.

You can see all the Nerja photos here.

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