Nerja and Mijas
September 30, 2013
We managed to sleep in this morning and had a leisurely breakfast on the patio. Then it was off to Nerja. Nerja is approximately 32 miles east Malaga on the coast. It’s known for its secluded beaches and its flat roof whitewashed houses. Also, one of the main attractions is the La Cueva de Nerja. We did find the cave but they had just closed for two hours of siesta. We figured if you have seen one stalagmite, you probably seen them all, so we decided not to wait around. We finally found a parking lot in town only to find out they were closed because they were getting ready for a festival. We ended up parking by mistake parking in a private hotel lot but after pleading our issue, they said we could park for free. Yahoo! We walked around the towns winding streets and along the coast with its dynamic views of the ocean and its secluded beaches. The main attraction in the city is the Balcon de Europa. It’s a promenade that juts out into the Mediterranean. Spanish king Alfonso XIII named it after it was built in his honor, for his visit to the town in 1885. We had a very nice lunch of sandwiches and a cappuccino before heading back out of town. Where we are staying is in Malaga but it’s in the Torremolinos area. So we headed to the beach area, where we walked the strip along the beach, checking out all the tourist shops. We settled in a beachside bar for a cold beer and ocean watching. I read that topless sun bathing in Malaga is prohibited and could bring fines. However, there were no police handing out tickets, do I hear another yahoo? It was getting on to early evinging, so we headed back to the condo for some rest and made a decision to stay in for the evening. Do I hear one more yahoo?
October 1, 2013
October already, where does the time go? After a light breakfast we set out for Mijas. It was a winding road up the mountain that led us to this magnificent town of white houses. Parking was a breeze and the garage only charged one euro for the day. The donkey taxies are a hoot. There is a great walking tour that takes you to all the sites and some of the most spectacular views of the Mediterranean. On a clear day you can see all the way to Gibraltar and Morocco. Celtics and Moors were here before the tourist and I mean busloads of tourists. Setting that aside, do the walking tour, pass by all the restaurants that line the main streets and walk the back streets to find a nice out of the way place to eat. Annette found this Secret Garden. We stopped to check the place out, Annette went inside and the owner invited her to check out the garden. Out back was this wonderful area under olive and orange trees surrounded by flowering shrubs. We had to stay for lunch. The food was great and the wine was outstanding. If you go, plan on spending most of the day and just wonder around the roads less traveled. We headed back to the beach in the late afternoon for a cold beer and then it was back to the ranch for siesta. One more thing! You can pick out all the rental cars on the highway because when you start up a slight incline, they all move to the truck lane. I swear they only have one cylinder. You can go from 120 kilometers to 50 kilometers in the blink of an eye. Just saying! I think we are staying in again tonight. Yahoo!
Annette and Bob