|Dress: £29.99, H+M (still instore now). Bag: £350, Sophie Hulme. Sandals: £110, Ancient Greek Sandals|
|Balcon de Europa, Nerja|
And as lovely as it is to visit new places, there is something special about going back to the places you love - I know what clothes I'll wear (and what I won't), I look forward to dinners out as I know what to expect (there is a rotisserie chicken takeaway where we are regulars), plus we have a kitchen so can save money a few nights by cooking food ourselves (which sometimes I enjoy even more!).
|Playa El Salon|
We had great weather whilst we were away, just a couple of cloudy days - so we made the most of it and took long walks - the Caves are walkable (or there are local buses) and are fascinating. We walked to local village Maro (probably around 10k), but you pass the aqueduct and hills where people still live in caves within.
|Top: £26, Next. Shorts: £30, River Island. Sandals: £59.90, Birkenstock|
All beaches on the Costa Del Sol are man-made so you won't find the lovely light sands on the Costa Brava, but they're still pretty amazing. Without doubt the prettiest is Burriana - it's more manicured with hills behind, beautiful villas, rentable sunloungers and great restaurants - 'Ayos' always has a great vibe for paella and Ayo himself is a local celebrity.
|Playazo Beach wearing dress: Asos (sold out). Bag: £125, Missoni Home x Amara. Sandals: £35, Teva at Urban Outfitters|
|Ice cream from Albi's on Balcon de Europa. Top: £28, Asos. Jeans: £38, Asos. Shoes: £38, Next. Bracelets: Large, And Other Stories, Small, £145, Astley Clarke|
For special occasions and views, try 34 Carabeo (but book ahead for an outside table). We went to La Joya at the top end of town which might just be my new favourite - it has a gluten free menu and amazing specials - I had a tuna steak which was out of this world (not bad daiquiris, either). We love Za Za rotisserie chicken too for a great affordable meal, and the Brazilian restaurant by Torrecilla beach is €12.90 for all the meat you can eat!
Tapas is the best in Nerja - traditional tapas - buy 1 drink for €1.50 and get free food - (you shouldn't really pay for tapas). Try Pepe Moles, Sevillano, El Pulguilla (very Spanish) or the Dutch Oven.
|Wearing dress: £9.99, H&M|
Tutti Frutti is where everything kicks off late - don't expect any bars to be busy until 1am. We usually have a few pre-dinner cocktails at Cochran's for a lovely view or La Casita towards the top of town(€4.50 and made in front of you) - it's not fancy but has a roof terrace and you're pretty much done after 2 drinks!
|My favourite tipple: gin and tonic (and it came with a side of free anchovies, naturally)|
My absolute favourite place is El Molino - a wonderful local tavern with a local flamenco singer, Jose Manuel. Get there around 11:30pm as it fills up fast and at midnight they turn off the lights and he sings the most beautiful song to the Virgin Mary. Order sangria (as spritis are expensive) and sing and clap along to classic Spanish songs as the locals dance to flamenco. It really is enchanting.
I know a few of you have been to Nerja and love it as much as I do - where do you recommend?