2nd – 6th February 2016
Whilst up in the mountains I’d received a text from a close friend of my sisters Angie asking if we were anywhere near Nerja as she was there visiting her brother, so as the weather was taking a turn for the worst in the hills we decided to head down there. The weather was also due to rain at the coast, but only for one day which would give us the opportunity to find a place with internet and do some research on Greece (more about that later). We made our way to Nerja a pretty coastal town about 45 mins from Malaga. We’d first come here 3 years ago (before Boris was born) and had even muted renting a property here on our first trip, so it felt kind of like coming home as there was a certain amount of familiarity in returning. We parked on a huge car park at the top of the town along with around 15 or so others (GPS 36.749842 -3.878821) and headed on foot into town with laptop, I pad, phones oh and our umbrella in search for wifi.
With a chill in the air we found a café with a log fire and parked ourselves in front of it for the afternoon. Our mission was to research the possibility of taking a ferry to Greece to save us having to drive all the way. Several hours later it was mission accomplished as we booked a ferry that would take us from Barcelona to Civitavecchia in Italy at the end of March. We will then spend 2 weeks in Italy as we both really want to see Rome and then take another ferry from Ancona to Igoumenitsa on the Greek mainland. We are more than just a little bit excited!
The following day we managed to arrange a rendezvous with Angie and her brother Pete who is currently living down the coast in Torrox costa. After sharing lunch and getting acquainted/re acquainted, we were joined by another couple of Pete’s friends Chris and Geoff. So our afternoon was spent chatting over a few beers. Paul and I had intended to head back to the motorhome for the evening until Pete suggested that we all reconvene a little later to watch a band that were playing in the resort, so after a couple of hours re-charging our batteries and having a bite to eat we headed back out again to Fitzgeralds Irish Bar. The night was a lively one with lots of dancing and singing and we finally rolled in around 12.30!
Fantastic surprise rendezvous in Nerja
In the morning we headed out for a walk to check out some other beach parking near to Playazo beach which is situated around 30 mins walk from the centre, it was a much prettier spot, but as the six nations rugby tournament kicked off today Paul wanted to suss out a place to watch it. Once achieved we strolled back to Boris for lunch before the kicks offs at around 3.30pm. England’s performance wasn’t the best, but as the result went our way Paul was a happy boy. Still a little jaded from our late night we were back at Boris for 8.30pm and in bed for around 10.30pm.
With the weather being a pleasant 16 degrees with sunny skies but blowy conditions on Sunday we decided to work off some of our extra calories so I took off for a 5km run followed by some arm work with the resistance bands and Paul did a workout routine. After showering we walked to Burriana beach stopping to buy a baguette for lunch and eating it overlooking the sea. As there was another Rugby game on Paul went off to the pub and after mooching round the tourist shops for a while I carried on back to Boris to chill.
We’d arranged to meet with Pete again the following day so that he could give Paul a guitar lesson. We decided it would be easier to drive to Torrox (GPS 36.740319 -3.949243) and stay on his campsite for the night. Camping El Pino is located in Torrox Park around 2 kms from the beach area. We found it a little tired in places with tight access for emptying and getting onto pitches, but we only intended to stay one night anyway. With the weather at 18 degrees Pete was able to give Paul his lesson outdoors. In the evening we offered to buy Pete a beer as a thank you and went across the road to a bar which happened to have a happy hour that lasted 4 hours coupled with karaoke. Although we went with good intentions of having a couple of drinks and an early night, after both Paul and Pete giving several Karaoke performances we finally headed out of there around 11pm.
Guitar lesson at El Pino Torrox
Love Andi & Paul xx