Local area. There’s no reason to go anywhere at all if all you want to do is just totally relax and unwind. But there’s lots to see and do if you want to explore. The beach. 5min walk. Awarded blue flag. Lifeguards. Beachfront restaurants and shops. Hire loungers. Volleyball. Diving. Nerja. 15-20min stroll along beach. [5min car]. Explore the winding streets of the Old town. Many of which remain virtually unchanged. White washed houses. Wrought iron balconies overflowing with brightly coloured geraniums. Visit local food shops to stock up with freshly baked bread. Cheeses. Hams. Seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. Galleries. Boutiques. Experience the fiestas. Fires on the beaches. Fireworks. Processions in the streets. Stroll along the balcon de europa. Wide palm-fringed promenade along the edge of a towering cliff on the site of the great moorish castle. Sit and watch the world go by. Dine at the many restaurants. We love the hotel carabeo. Enjoy drinks overlooking the sea. Watch the tango dancers in the church square. Just east of nerja [20 min stroll. 5 min drive] you can visit maro and also the cuevas de nerja. They’re really stunning and well worth a visit if you can drag yourself away from the lounging. [The cave’s treasures include wall paintings believed to be 20,000 years old and a stalactite over 63 metres. The longest in the world. One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall where many performances are staged during the summer months]. Where the almijarra sierra meet the sea the acantilados de maro-cerro gordo [cliffs of maro-cerro gordo] appear. An enclave of unusual beauty declared paraje natural.

 

There are many quiet coves and beaches along here. A short journey inland [15 mins] visit frigliana. A beautiful mountain village. Wander the steep winding cobbled streets. Visit galleries. Craft shops. On from there the road winds into the national park. A day trip away see the picasso museum in malaga [45mins]. The dramatic gorge at ronda [90mins]. The glitz and glamour of marbella and puerto banus [45mins west of malaga]. The breathtaking setting of granada and the alhambra on the high plains [90mins east of nerja]. The sierra nevada mountains. You can be sunbathing in the morning and skiing in the afternoon!

 

weather. A lot of people consider the costa del sol to have the best climate in mainland europe. Averaging over 320 days of sunshine a year. Not over hot in summer [when other parts of the med exceed 38oC nerja is likely to be 27oC]. And warmer sunnier and drier in winter [when most of europe is below freezing the warmest place is likely to be the costa del sol. Jan temps in mid 60's. Nerja however has a better climate even than the rest of the coast. It has its own micro-climate as a result of the sheltered bay and the mountains directly behind. El capistrano playa itself is very sheltered. There is nearly always a cooling breeze in the summer months and the lower terrace at the apartment is lovely and sheltered even for sunbathing in january. There is a local saying that well describes the climate. ‘the sun spends the winter in nerja and the breeze spends the summer’.

 

Alhambra
Church at night
Competa rooftops
Balcon at night
Marina at Puerto Banus
Paella cooking over fire
Looking back at apartment