Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Nerja checked off

When we found that the bus from Lanjaron to Malaga goes right by Nerja, we decided on a quick stopover in this Costa del Sol resort town.

Nerja itself is a pleasant seaside village with three streets. Warm weather seeking northerners have mushroomed Nerja into a major resort town in the Costa Del Sol in the last few decades. One can hardly fault them, as the area's particular suitability for human habitation had long been evidenced by prehistoric cave paintings nearby (not being cave fans, we gave that a miss).

A century ago, the area grew sugar cane; even now vegetable and fruit fields extend all the way to the water. A good part of the fields have turned into housing developments for people from northern Spain and above who both vacation and retire here. I remember reading about such developments during the last financial crisis. We didn't think the area looked particularly boomy or depressed as there were a good many baby boomers roaming around muttering a multitude of languages. We so got the idea is Costa del Sol is like Florida for Europe!

Looking WEST from Balcón de Europa.
Nerja, Andalucía, Spain

And then EAST....Cliffs and beaches, no?
Nerja, Andalucía, Spain

And the Balcón itself faces SOUTH (more or less.)
Nerja, Andalucía, Spain

Streets at night.
Nerja, Andalucía, Spain

And in in the daytime.
Nerja, Andalucía, Spain

Lifeguard stand, and paddle boat with slide.
Nerja, Andalucía, Spain

Beach with elevator access.
Nerja, Andalucía, Spain

At the edge of town, fruits and vegetables are grown below this modern-ish irrigation channel.
Nerja, Andalucía, Spain

On our walk to Maro, a town 4 kms to the east, we passed this 19th century aqueduct. It brought water to a sugar factory.
Nerja, Andalucía, Spain

Maro.
Nerja, Andalucía, Spain

I was joking with SL that although Nerja was reminiscent of South Florida there were no early bird specials; then we saw this. ;-)
Nerja, Andalucía, Spain



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