Visitors to Nerja often miss the chance to venture outside the town itself.
Take a car, a bus or a walk outside Nerja and you will find a wonderland that you don’t always read about in the holiday brochures. Travel along the coast or head inland to discover how else you can enjoy eating out. There are beach bars, mountain restaurants and hidden secrets waiting for you to discover.
Visit the typical white washed “pueblo” of Frigiliana by all means. The village is five kilometres inland from Nerja in the foothills of the Almijara mountain range, perched above the Higueron River which lies in the Chillar Valley. Mingle with the massed crowds disgorged by the increasingly frequent buses cramped into an increasingly built-up village that is still clinging its reputation of being quaint. Crane your neck gawping at the ceramic plates on the wall of the old “ceramica” and enjoy the over priced meals at your leisure. But for the more adventurous among you… ask about El Acebuchal.
El Acebuchal (pronounced “el a-thay-boo-chal”) is locally and variously known as the lost village, the hidden village or the Ghost Village. Recently rebuilt after being bombed during the Franco era, ransacked and finally deserted, this small pueblo is only a few kilometres from Frigiliana, tucked into the mountains of the “Parque Natural, Tejeda and Almijara”…El Acebuchal is well worth asking about, reading about and discovering for yourself and you will not be disappointed when you stop for refreshment at the local bar and restaurant.
Go east, past the caves of Nerja (Las Cuevas de Nerja), past the village of Maro and head for La Herradura (The Horseshoe) or further to Almuñécar. Following the coast road you will can enjoy the views of the craggy coastline and be pleasantly surprised when you cross the provincial border into Granada. Why?…because the “tapas” are still free with each beer! This road has been recently upgraded since the motorway (“autovia”) was built and as there is hardly any traffic you will be able to take your time and your photographs and videos in peace. You can even venture down some tracks to the isolated beaches where, during the summer months, the “chiringuitos” (beach bars) serve a variety of delicious foods.
Venture west from Nerja, again along the coast road and you will come to Torrox which claims to have the best climate in Europe. Take a look at the sign on the roadside it says “la clima mejor de Europa” (the best climate in Europe)…it’s written in stone so it must be so! The coastal road is flat here and there are several isolated beaches where you can be away from the crowds in July and August.
Torrox is divided into two parts; the Costa (the coast) and the “pueblo” (village) which is three kilometres inland. Recent expansion on the coast has seen the building of increasingly popular The Hotel Riu Ferrara. This colourful building is like a fairy castle.
Heading back home is one of Nerja’s fairy secrets! This is the delightful Restaurant,First at Punta Lara where you can sip a cocktail before enjoying a suptous meal and in winter a candlelit dinner with some of the most creative cuisine imaginable.
When visiting Nerja for your holiday be aware that there is more to explore than the Balcon de Europa! Eating out along the coastal strip east and west and little adventures inland will make your holiday all the more enjoyable. Buen provecho!