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.
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.
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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..
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.
The view while you’re eating your breakfast isn’t too shabby either..
Where to eat?
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.
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.
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.
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..).
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..
If those pretend palm trees aren’t enough to tempt you then what would?
Where to visit?
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.
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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.
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”.
The town square:
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??
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.
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.
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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