Spain – walking through Nerja and Málaga

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Costa del Sol, a.k.a. the Coast of the Sun, is proud to brag with its 325 sunny days in the year! We visited it in one of those (what are the chances, right?). Only about 2 and a half hours away, towards Sierra Nevada, you can ski (lucky us, on the 17th January 2014 in Bulgaria is hard to do that). Let’s get back to the warm weather. By the end of October it must be really nice to be able to swim in the sea.

We only touched the water with our toes, tough. After that we decided to walk to the nearby town of Nerja (means “rich with water” from Arabic) and the close-by caves. Finally, without a map or some real idea about the distances there, we tried to visit Málaga.

trip to Nerja in Spain

The cave near Nerja is famous with its murals and frescoes. They are ancient enough, so they can raise the question how people saw the world then and how they managed to paint it.

 

Surprisingly, visiting this gallery in the cave is forbidden. Only those with special permissions by the government or the municipality and the lucky archeology students are allowed to get in. The rest of us have no chance of seeing these Palaeolithic creations. However, it is still interesting to visit the cave. It has these giant galleries that give you a lot of space to walk around. Also, it is really warm and you don’t even need a jacket. In the biggest hall there are sometimes concerts and even ballet performances. We regret not knowing about this earlier, we could have organized a spectacle of our own.

cave in Nerja, Spain
cave in Nerja, Spain
cave in Nerja, Spain
cave in Nerja, Spain
cave in Nerja, Spain

 

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The cave was found by some kids who were playing around and trying to find rats/bats (not sure what they said). The kids entered a hole and saw a skeleton. However, they remained brave and told what they have found. This is how they turned the small village of Nerja into a tourist attraction. After that they told us how much prizes and honors this children got. We even started thinking about trying to find caves ourselves. However, we could probably never get so much honor as they did, even if we found a cave. We were told that one of the kids is still working in the cave as a guide. It would have been great to hear the story from him.

travelers in Nerja, Spain
travelers in Nerja, Spain
travelers in Nerja, Spain
travelers in Nerja, Spain
travelers in Nerja, Spain

Nerja is quite popular with those who like the sunny southern Spanish coast.

 

Balcony of Europe is a lively place that gives you the best views. It’s name is not a coincidence. It was called “balcony” by a king, because it looks to the not-so-distant continent of Africa.

Nerja told us goodbye with the sound of playing guitars and a couple of pubs, trying to get better after the tough night. We left the town of blueish streets with the wind in our backs.

 

travelers in Nerja, Spain
traveling to the harbor city of Nerja in Spain
traveling to the harbor city of Nerja in Spain
traveling to the harbor city of Nerja in Spain

Málaga is a bigger city. However, it somehow manages to have both romantic harbors and palm trees, and some old-fashioned buildings.

You can see a fortress or two at the top of the hill, as well as bullring (corridas not forbidden at that point of time) and fabulous gardens. Stairs – up and down. Our tiredness goes away in front of the long fortress walls and the colorful bushes, that look like candies.

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traveling to Malaga in Spain
traveling to Malaga in Spain
traveling to Malaga in Spain
traveling to Malaga in Spain
traveling to Malaga in Spain

With some Málaga wine, which is a really sweet desert red wine, it is great to have the tapas of the day. Be careful not to have too much, though. Too much sweat can give you a headache… or make you loose your photos… If you have crossed any line you might even stay at the harbor and the ship will sail away without you. True story! However, Málaga is not the worst place in the world for someone to be left behind.

 

traveling to Malaga in Spain
journey in Malaga in Spain
journey in Malaga in Spain
journey in Malaga in Spain
journey in Malaga in Spain
journey in Malaga in Spain

 

Nerja and Málaga were stops in our Mediterranean cruise. Among the other destinations were: sunny Morocco, party Barcelona, proudly Genoa and rainy Lisbon.

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