Saturday, 19 August 2017

Where have you been? Nerja.

 I did it, I took a break. Well i did Instagram the hell out of my trip, but having been in Ireland for a few days and then on a pretty much back to back trip to Spain, i haven't uploaded a blog post in about 2 weeks. Of course i had all the intentions of poolside blogging, but 30 degree heat and the desire to half fall asleep and read my book was just too tempting. So here i am, two weeks later. Where have i been? Nerja is the answer. 

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017


I'm not the type of person to visit the same location over and over again, but this is my third trip to Nerja so that is seriously saying something. It's one of the furthest tourist towns along on the Costa Del Sol, but think much less brits abroad, and more white washed houses, flowers and a good helping of palm trees. The centre of Nerja is largely unspoiled, although the buildings house literally hundreds of shops and restaurants, the streets remain the way they were years ago - even the newer buildings are in keeping with the Spanish style. Prepare for a lot of blue ..and palm trees ..and flowers.

Where to stay:

We stayed at the Hotel Toboso which is right in the town square, a small 32 roomed hotel, with staff so lovely the receptionist even hugged us on our way out. The location couldn't be more perfect, with the balconies looking down on the pool in the centre and out to sea. My favourite thing to do is walk out onto the balcony of an evening after getting ready for dinner, your body gets so used to the cool air-conditioning inside that you forget you're in Spanish summer evening heat; but you aren't long remembering once you're hit with it and the view of the terrace bar and palm trees to your left. 

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

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The terrace bar was also the location of the hotel breakfast, you can see it from the balcony and it proves a pretty lovely backdrop..

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

In the morning we walked down a short beach pathway to the terrace, i will never get bored of catching the view of the sea at the bottom of the path on the way each morning. 

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

The view while you're eating your breakfast isn't too shabby either.. 

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Where to eat?

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

D'vinos Gastro Bar:

D'vinos gastro bar has become my new favourite restaurant, it's unfortunate that it's in another country but it's an excuse to go back right? The best restaurants in Nerja have roof terraces and D'vinos is no exception, complete with white walls, hanging blue bulbs and a host of instagrammable accessories along the wall - not to mention the food is pretty great too. 

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

 Instagrammable food alert.

I peaked early with this one, we visited here on the first night and the poached Salmon was the best meal i had for the entire duration of the trip - the portion sizes were small but perfect, i'd easily eat this every night for a week while on holiday. 

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

My cousin had the tuna tataki, complete with tiny little mushrooms that looked like trees, if food was makeup this food would have Charlotte Tilbury packaging .. have i gone mad? Yes, probably. 

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Scarletta's restaurant:

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Scarletta's is an old favourite of ours, we've visited on every trip and this time we went twice. Beware, you do need to book to secure that perfect roof terrace but it's worth the wait if you at least get to it once. The food is perfect, the portion sizes are big and if you're one for a burger piled high with filling, needing a stick to old it together you're in for a treat. The steaks are amazing too, i didn't actually have one myself but both my dad and uncle had 4 between them (over two nights of course..).

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Volk's Bar:

Okay so technically this isn't a restaurant, it's a cocktail bar but you have to visit this place. You're going to have to take my word for it (major blogging fail) because i didn't take any photos of the interior - every time i visited it was dark and i left slightly less capable of taking blog worthy shots if you get my drift .. My fails aside this place is so cool, it's a roof terrace with a bar inside of a volkswagen and obviously you're going to have to visit to see it yourself but for now, have a picture of the exterior..

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If those pretend palm trees aren't enough to tempt you then what would? 

Where to visit? 

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Balcon De Europa:

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017 balcon de europa

The Balcon De Europa is the main attraction in Nerja, if you couldn't already tell (you probably can, but humour me) it translates to balcony of Europe, because the balcon de europa is a man made balcony hanging over a cliff looking out to sea - as if on the edge of Europe. This place comes alive at night, down the palm tree lined balcony you'll find performers, artists and music. Everything is covered in an orange tinge and the sky seems to merge with the sea in the darkness, even little children are still dancing at midnight. 

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

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Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

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Playa Burriana:

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Playa Burriana is the biggest beach in Nerja, it's about a 10 minute walk out of the town, but it'll be worth it to secure a little corner for yourself away from the small and busy beaches just below the Balcon De Europa. 

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

This beach also has amazing white washed viewing platforms, perfect for that "casually leaning over the balcony" insta shot. Unfortunately it was a little windy when i tried to achieve mine so i'm less "insta goals" and more "keeping my hair out of my face goals". 

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

The town square:

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Just off the Balcon de Europa is the town square, everything leads off here so i should label this section "the town square and the roads off the town square" but that isn't as concise, is it?? 

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

The church is the heart of this town, when i said the location of the hotel was perfect it's just to the left of that tree you see above, so you couldn't stay anywhere better. Everything happens around the church, it provides the most classic spanish backdrop to the new restaurants and bars and still chimes on the hour. It's worth a drop in even if you're not religious, the statues inside are amazing and a must see if you're in the area. 

I call the next section of this post "random pictures of streets" because i'm being practical and that's what it is really, a load of streets in Nerja - because why not, especially when they're this pretty. 

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Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

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The final night meant another trip to Scarletta's and an evening of trying to pull of a see through shirtdress, while wearing nude bikini bottoms because i forgot to save my white underwear for this outfit, great pre-planning Maria.. 

Also i'm standing on a ledge in the picture below to try and look slightly less like a scaled down human next to my 6ft cousin, i think we all know who hogged the tall genes and it's those two featured in this post. 

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

Nerja pictures where to eat what to do 2017

That's it for my Nerja travel guide / a load of photos i took on holiday. I also realised while writing this it's probably the first time there has ever been family members on my blog before, so i hope you enjoyed seeing some slightly genetically similar people other than me for once! Have i convinced you to visit Nerja? - Maria x 

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29 comments

  1. Ohh this looks like you hat the best time! I love the pictures and really want to go on holiday now. Of course I'm glad you're back to blogging now but you did absolutely deserve these 2 weeks off!
    xxx Yella


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    1. I did!! Thank you so much lovely, it's so nice when people understand breaks are needed! x

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  2. Gorgeous photos - looks like you had a lot of fun! Plus it's always good to have a break. I've never heard of Nerja before but will defo keep it in mind for future holidays :)

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    1. Thank you, i really did! Add it to your list of places to visit, it's just beautiful! x

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  3. It looks like such a gorgeous place to visit! I've added it to my list of places to visit! Beautiful photos too, I love the palm print co-ord you are wearing! Looks like you had the perfect rest and break!
    Zoe- lifeinlustre.com

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    1. It is so beautiful, yesss i hope you get to visit some day! omg its my new favourite outfit!! x

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  4. Beautiful photos, it looks like the most gorgeous place to visit! It's now on my list of places to visit and I swear that list is already a mile long - love your outfits, especially the floral and flamingo playsuit. Looks like you had a brilliant trip and a lovely break!

    Beesytimes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! ahaha i know the feeling, so glad you've added it to your list! I really did, thank you for reading lovely x

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  5. I love the Costa Del Sol but I've never visited Nerja before - it looks lovely! I love the two piece with the palm print too x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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    1. omg you MUST it's the best location, i'd love to know your recommendations though! That's my new favourite outfit x

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  6. I love the photography and the way you edited your photos! I hadn't heard of Nerja before but the place looks lovely :) x

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    1. omg thank you so much that's so lovely, it's such a lesser known place but it's one to visit! x

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  7. Such beautiful photos Maria - I've been to Nerja before, when I was much younger but I remember it being so lovely there and would love to visit again at some point!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Thank you so much! Omg you have to go again now that you're older, it's such a lovely location x

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  8. These are the most beautiful photos!! Would you consider doing a post all about your photography/editing for some inspo? That would be amazing xx
    Liv
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    1. Thank you so much, i'm actually planning some about lenses and stuff but i do have some older ones in my blogger help section for now but they're definitely in the pipeline! x

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  9. So glad to hear that you had such a nice holidays. You really deserve it. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

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    1. Thank you so much lovely, it's so nice to hear people don't mind if i take a break! x

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  10. Oh Maria, everything looks so beautiful! Your Insta pics have had me crazy with wanderlust but thankfully it's only 6 more days until I head off to Mallorca haha! I'm glad you had ana amazing time xx

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    1. aww thank you, so glad you enjoyed the instagrams, i loved uploading them everyday! omg have an amazing time, can't wait to see the pictures x

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  11. These are such beautiful pictures, it looks like it's been an amazing trip.

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    1. Thank you lovely! It was a fantastic time! x

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  12. Beautiful photos Maria! I went to Nerja when I was around 13 or so I think and remember having a great time but I would love to go back as an adult to appreciate some of the little details and pretty streets which I probably wouldnt have paid as much attention to. Glad you had a lovely time! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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    1. Thank you! It's definitely worth a trip back now you're older, i get what you mean, when you're younger you never fully appreciate things like that x

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  13. My god! These photos though, they're so dreamy I want to be part of the background ��. It's important to take some time off, blogging is a quite a job so it's good that you relax every once in a while ��. Lovely post as always ��

    Gen
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    1. aww thank you, i hope you get to visit some day! I'm so glad everyone was understanding with the time off, it made me even more motivated to get back into it!! x

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  14. It sounds like you had the nicest time! Your pics are all SO beautiful!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

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  15. This place looks amazing and the photos are incredible! I've been searching for the next place to visit with my bestie and, thanks to you, I think I've found it! All your outfits in this post are so pretty, too.
    Astrid
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