T R A V E L // Nerja, Costa Del Sol, España
At 28 weeks pregnant we set off for 3 glorious weeks in Spain to celebrate the love of two of my favorite couples. Our fist stop: Nerja.
Nick had me a little worried that Nerja was going to be a bit "Brits on holiday" since it is in the Costa Del Soul which is a popular and very accessible (by every cheap airline) part of Spain but we found the small costal town completely charming.
The bright white buildings against the view of the Mediterranean made for a gorgeous view from almost any part of town. The streets close to the down town were narrow and full of life. Sure, there was the normal 'tourist crap' being sold in every other storefront but looking up you saw beautiful iron terraces and clothes lines (one of my favorite sites throughout Europe) and clay tile roofs.
The best part about Nerja? Very affordable. We ate some pretty amazing meals that we shockingly cheap. And for a pregnant lady, a big ol' scoop of gelato for €1.50 easily became a daily treat (possibly why I gained 8lbs in 3 weeks? Noooo... that was the baby....).
Our favorite beach was a little cove beach accessible from the center of town called Playa El Salon. To be fair, the only other beach went to was Burriana Beach and I wasn't a fan (too big, too windy, too touristy but great paella place... more on that below). Perhaps I loved this beach so much because I watched two of my favorite people say 'I do' in the sand here.
Jim, my brother-in-law, and Tash's ceremony was absolutely beautiful. A chuppah covered in deep red and cream roses, eucalyptus leaves and greenery framed the sea perfectly. Chairs sat on either side of a vintage oriental rug that made the isle on the sand and guests shaded themselves with multi-colored paper parasols. Other than the topless woman walking behind the chuppah mid-service, I would say it was an absolutely perfect wedding location.
Jim & Tash Get Hitched
Since we only had 4 days to explore Nerja I am sure we missed some good spots but here is a list of places we really enjoyed:
Julies - a tiny spot tucked in the back corner of a plaza with lots of restaurants. The food was an eclectic mix of tapas (mediterranean, spanish, middle eastern) that are ALL amazing. The mojitos (so I heard...) we pretty amazing and for €5/ea, a bargain. We had almost everything on the menu and even went back a second time. The bill was never more than €40 for us as a family.
Hotel Carabeo - Restaurant 34 was the venue for Jim & Tash's reception and the food was AMAZING. I don't know their regular menu but every single one of the 5 courses that came out were perfection. The pool and the view were pretty great too so I can imagine it would be a nice place to stay.
Chiringuito de Ayo - PAELLA! Ok we had our fair share of Paella in the 3 weeks we visited Spain and this was one of the best. It's not fancy and that's the way it should be There is an old man with the biggest paella pan I have ever seen just whipping the stuff up by the gallon. The open-air restaurant is near to the end of the long promenade at Playa Burriana. Top Tip: Don't sit on the other side of wall behind where the men are cooking... you will leave covered in ash and smelling of smoke from the wood-burning fires that they cook over (at least on a windy day like the one we had!)
Mar Bella - Tapas restaurant across from our hotel that was surprisingly delish. We sat outside in the square for late-night bites a few times and the food was great! We missed the inside loungey bit due to my not drinking (29 weeks pregnant durning our stay) aaaaaaand having a toddler. I am sure it is lovely.