Nerja- The Balcony of Europe & the road to ‘La Manga’

Tuesday 30th January 2018

Nerja – The Balcony of Europe and the road to La Manga

We had wanted to go and see Nerja as our guide book mentioned it and it has just been added to the top ten beach resorts in the world and apparently it is the only one in Spain that made it in. It was 35 miles along the N323 and what a glorious 35 miles they were – enough about my love for amazing roads. All I can say is drive it if you can, views all the way and white towns like Salobreña, Almuñécar hug the high ground to the sea each with its own castle.

Nerja delivered. We parked close to the “balcony” and walked the last few hundred yards through the pretty streets. Nerja sits atop a cliff with numerous staircases leading down to small attractive bays. The old town centre is alive with bars and restaurants many of them having only a small door onto the street but with large balconies overlooking the sea on which to eat on. The furthest point south of the old town is set over to a large promenade which did resemble a balcony and gave great views both up and down the costa del Sol.

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It was windy so we didn’t linger long on the windswept viewpoint,

just long enough to take a few shots of the coastline and witness Prince William (or a look alike) braving the cold swell in just a pair of trunks. He didn’t last long in the water and strangely worked his way up the beach doing push-ups (show off).

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That was enough of that! we needed sustenance and found a nice bar in full sun and out of the wind €15 brought us two coffees a beer a coke and five tapas.

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We made our way back and decided to visit the caves that were only discovered in the 1950’s however they closed at 4pm and it was five past. Nothing for it apart to drive back alone the N323 again taking in the scenery from the other way.

 

Wednesday 31st January 2018

We had a journey to complete in order to get to our next booked and paid for venue on 1st so we decided to head east again by another two and a half hours drive and have arrived just outside Àguilas. The journey was uneventful and for the first part dominated by poly tunnels until we were way past Almeria. The towns of El Ejido and La Mojonera were totally engulfed! As the A7 turned inland huge swathes of land were under plastic until we finally emerged back at the coast at Àquilas. Our Aire tonight GPS N37.388470 W 001.616065 Is immaculate with everything you would expect from a high end quality campsite even including washing machines and WiFi but at Aire prices of €10 a night including electric. As a result it is very popular despite their being free wild camping on the beach just down the road. We considered joining the beach crowd but the access road in was very bumpy and rutted and the weather was not quite beach hot. If we were staying longer and the sun was out we would have given it a go. Today we will find out all about La Manga Love it or Loathe it it is a Marmite site of over 1500 pitches. We will just have to wait and see

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