After weeks of pestering D-Man to take me to El Balcón de Europa, which faces Africa, I awoke Saturday morning to D-Man telling me it was time to get up. Then Tessa trotted into the bedroom and mashed her nose up against mine, wagging her stubby tail. I pushed her wet face away and rolled over. She sighed loudly and lay down, probably willing me to get up with her mind. Then D-Man proclaimed, “Up, up, up! We’re going to Nerja.”
My eyes flew open like the living dead and I skipped to the kitchen, gulped down my coffee, hopped into the bathroom to brush my teeth, and off we went.
I’ve been wanting to go on a hike around Nerja’s caves for ages, but the day was muggy – you could see hot, dark fog floating around Nerja for miles around – so we settled on basic admission, which is a stroll through the caves instead of the hardcore hike, which was fine by me.
Then we moved on to the Balcony of Europe.
It looks nice and bright in the photo because D-Man used a lot of ISO on the camera, but the weather was strange. It was foggy, really hot and stuffy, and you could feel the sun beating down on you even though you couldn’t really see it. I felt a little bad for the sticky Spanish bride having her wedding photos taken on El Balcón.
Preventing my forehead from getting melted off by using a 3€ parasol. Succeeded in poking D-Man’s left eye.
We got to the tip of the Balcón and I was pleasantly surprised by how crystalline blue the water was.
Typical potted plants of Andalucía: my favorite contrast against the whitewashed houses and patio walls.
We ended our day trip at La Esquina, a cozy Spanish restaurant with a French chef, and indulged in a variety of media raciones, or half rations, of Manchego cheese, chicken curry, blood sausage, ensaladilla rusa, tender beef in a tomato-based sauce (and in a mustard-based sauce), and refreshing gazpacho. One of the best things about eating in these tiny agricultural towns in Andalucía is that you can really taste the difference in the food. The ingredients are fresh and local, and the prices are incredibly decent.
What local day trips, or local foodie experiences, have you indulged in lately?