Nerja, A Costa Del Sol Beach Town That Hasn’t Lost Its Charm
When we needed a vacation from our vacation, we followed a friend’s advice and stayed in Nerja, Spain.
Nerja has been famous for its unspoiled beauty for a long time. In 1884 King Alfonso XII of Spain visited Nerja after a devastating earthquake. He looked around from this same view point in this pictures and exclaimed, “This was the most beautiful view in all of Europe.” Then he nicknamed the spot The Balcon de Europa.
As you can see, there are no huge condominiums or ugly hotels here. Nerja is a Costa Del Sol Beach town that has NOT lost its charm.
Our home away from home was a beautiful condo in a small complex called “El Tuhillo”. We stayed on the third floor with breathtaking views. There were two bedrooms so everyone had a little space. The kitchen was brand new and easy to use. The owner Vivianne O’Brien always answers emails immediately and is a wealth of information. Sitting on the balcony of our condo was almost as nice as being down at the beach! Sunsets were gorgeous! We had many wonderful meals right here.
There are 7 beaches in Nerja, most consist of small perfect skipping rocks, smooth and white. Our favorite was Playa Burriana, a long and popular beach with many beach rentals and little beach restaurants called chiringuitos, most specialize in Paella. A man was cooking a huge pan of paella for hundreds at this popular cafe right on Playa Burriana!
our balcony view
There are also many villages to visit some in the nearby mountains, others on the beach. There are many trails for hikes or bike rides and boat rides all around. There’s a place right next to Playa Burriana where you can rent bikes and boats or get a tour if you’d like.
Every morning John and I walked down a pedestrian street to a little cafe where we had delicious cafe con leche with a wonderful view. I discovered my new favorite breakfast here, too: Tostada con aceite y tomates (Toast with olive and crushed tomatoes).
Wherever you might go and visit along the Costa del Sol, you’ll always want to get back to Nerja! It’s the Costa del Sol town that hasn’t lost its charm.