Saturday, June 6, 2009

Nerja, Andalucia, Spain

Rebecca, Josh & I have just spent 10 days in the south of Spain with Mum & Dad (unfortunately Lionel was back at work and had to stay in England). We rented an apartment with a communal pool which was only a 5 minute walk to the beach (10 minutes back up the hill...) We had a very relaxing time and most importantly it was hot and sunny!
View from our balcony to the pool
Most days we spent at the beach, by the pool, reading, playing cards and wandering down to the beach front bars and restaurants to eat - I know, it was really tough!
Paella cooking at one of the beach front restaurants
Nerja is about 50 kms to the east of Malaga and is on the Mediterranean Sea, we swam at Burriana Beach which most days was really clean and calm, but the wind did whip the waves up at times, especially on the last couple of days. It also dropped away really quickly so within a metre or two of the shore it was really deep and we saw big fishing boats right up to within about 50 metres of the shore.
Burriana Beach
One day we took the bus up to Frigiliana which is an old white village about 8 kms up in the mountains. It was a pretty village with lots of narrow, steep streets and alleyways. Frigiliana

The day Mum & Dad left the kids and I went to visit the Nerja caves - it didn't look too impressive to begin with but then opened out into various large caverns with heaps of stalactites and stalacmites. It really was worth the visit. It was a cooler day and so we walked the 3 km back to Nerja and on the way went past a huge 19th century aqueduct which had been built to carry water to the local sugar factory.
We had an awesome holiday and came back very relaxed (and without our English whiteness).

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