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Continuing our journey heading towards Almeria, we decided to make an overnight stay in Nerja. After a quick visit to the tourist office and some local knowledge from the hotel staff, we set out to explore this quaint coastal town.
The accommodation we chose was the “Apar Turis Yoboso,” a small Apart-hotel which included breakfast and a spotless decent sized room. They also had a pool, which will be nice during the warmer seasons. We thought it was good value and the staff was pleasant and helpful.
The hotel receptionist told us to try the very popular round bar (“Bar Redondo”) for drinks and tapas, so that became the first stop on our list. He mentioned that typically in Almeria and Granada tapas are normally included when you order a drink and not to be surprised at the size of the portions. We are not big drinkers so instead we ordered extra tapas. The receptionist wasn´t kidding, they were definitely large and definitely delicious.
Costing only one euro for each one you have to be careful not to gorge yourself, which is easier said than done when you see the choice on display: BBQ Ribs, Chorizo sausage, Meatballs in an Almond sauce, Veal Stroganoff, Moussaka, Paella, and each one tempting you to devour it.
Just before the sun began to set, we made our way to the balcony of Europe (“Balcón de Europa”) which is a beautiful plaza surrounded with fine bars and restaurants. Towards the end of the plaza it acts as a sort of promontory that extends over the beach towards the ocean. The views of the shoreline and mountains are stunning so make sure not to forget your camera. It’s a brilliant meeting place to enjoy a drink with friends and watch the sun setting. If you feel up to it, you can return early in the morning to watch the sunrise. We managed to drag ourselves up and take a few photos that you can see below.
Our final time was spent at “The Cave of Nerja” just outside the town and accessible from the A7 highway. It was an interesting tour albeit with a sort of chilly eerie feeling with the low lights and damp atmosphere. The giant pillars of stalagmites rising to meet the hanging stalactites were a sight to behold. See full article of Cave of Nerja here.
Unfortunately our visit ended and we were back on the road to Almeria. We will certainly be making another trip there in the future.