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Postcards from Nerja, Spain

Last weekend I was lucky to attend a wedding in Nerja, Spain.

Nerja is located on the eastern part of Malaga’s Costa del Sol. Nerja and nearby Frigiliana are so beautiful and relaxing, and the ideal locations for a wedding!
Nerja afternoon - the traveloguer travel blog

Aside from the beautiful wedding, simply being back in Spain was a such pleasure. Once you touch down on Spanish soil, it instantly welcomes you with its warm familiarity.

Spain is where I took my first family holiday. There are pictures of me as a toddler running towards the waves, sun hat on my head and nappy on my behind. Memories of Spanish summer holidays blend together in a fond jumble in my mind.

Spain also equals Ibiza, the first and most intense location to steal my heart. Ibiza called to me the way India did. It dragged me to its shores like the pied piper, only the melody was trance and my fellow children were wide eyed clubbers.

Ibiza was my experience living abroad. A summer in 2006 ensured I would forever be tied to the White Isle, much to my liver’s dismay.

Nerja town - thetraveloguer

But anyway, I ramble. The point is Spain is a part of me, from cherished memories of summers in Ibiza to the warm feeling I get standing on any Spanish tiled footpath.

Being in Nerja served as a reminder of how right Spain feels. It’s sunshine and seaside, itchy grass and smooth footpaths. Courtyards showered in dappled shade from small leaved trees. Cafe con leche y jamon iberico. Laidback attitude and cheap tapas.

coffee in nerja - the traveloguer travel blog

While we were only there for a short few days, Spain worked its usual charm on us. Here are a few photographs I managed to take on our last day, which conveniently was the day we were blessed with blue skies. 

Nerja - view from balcony

We stayed just outside the town, up a very steep hill. Our accommodation was a lovely, old-fashioned, small Spanish hotel a few minutes from the wedding villa.

Nerja hotel - the traveloguer travel blog

Although the weather was mostly overcast, our balcony had a view of both the sea and the hills where farmers grew olives and other crops.

nerja postcard - view from above

We relied on taxis to take us to the centre, but we walked once, making our way down the shoulder of a main road and crossing two large roundabouts. It took about 30 minutes.

Nerja walk - thetraveloguer

To get to Nerja town, you cross a large cobblestone bridge. When you pass it in a taxi, the car shakes and you feel the vibrations in your brain. Walking across is a much nicer experience.

entering nerja town cobblestone bridge

 The food in Nerja was very cheap. Coming from Dublin, where our idea of tapas cost almost the same as a main course, it was strange to order tapas for €1.50 and be served a generous portion with a small portion of chips and bread included! This was even better value than the tapas in Barcelona

Nerja tapas - the traveloguer travel blog

Drinking wine in Spain is always an enjoyable experience. Sitting outside, watching the world go by, not being cold, it’s great. This was actually a very, very late breakfast when we first arrived!

Wine and tomato bread in Nerja - the traveloguer

Perhaps my favourite thing about Spain is gambas pil pil. As synonymous with Spain as sea and sangria, pil pil prawns feature in every Spanish daydream I have.

pil pil gambas - nerja spain

Although it was largely overcast during our stay, with a chilly wind at night, when the sun came out, it was gorgeous.

nerja spain - postcards- thetraveloguer

Nerja bke


nerja on a sunday - spain


Have you ever been to Nerja? Where is your favourite Spanish destination? 


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    Susan cooper
    May 15, 2016 at 3:27 am

    I haven’t been to Nerja but it looks fabulous. You can’t go wrong with laid back atmosphere, cheap tapas and good wine.:) it must be great to visit there with so many fond memories of the place.

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    May 15, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    It looks like such cute town. Your photos of the food had me drooling 🙂

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    May 16, 2016 at 12:33 am

    I’ve been to this place 3 years ago! They have great restaurants and the foods are awesome. 😉

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    Paula Morgan
    May 16, 2016 at 2:59 am

    We are heading to Malaga for a family reunion in October so I will be sure to check out Nerja while I am there. Those tapas are great value for the price!

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    Sharmistha | That Girl's Life Stories
    May 16, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Wow! this place looks surreal – amazed that I had never heard of it before ! Beautiful pics, too !

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    Castaway with Crystal
    May 16, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Ohhh my I can’t wait to visit Spain. I feel like it’ll be one of those countries I’ll never be able to leave again. That’s why I’m so scared of going there!
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    May 16, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Never been to Nerja or any where in Spain, but totally love to go. Soon, hopefully. For now, I will be enjoying your photos.

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    May 16, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I’ve never been to Spain before, but Nerja certainly does look beautiful. I will hopefully visit one day!
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    May 16, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Awh Nerja looks so cute and quaint like a sleepy old town! I’ve only been to Spain a handful of times and usually hitting up the big spots…even Benidorm (shock horror!). I’ll have to make more of an effort to check the smaller places. Why did you decide to go here? I’ve not even heard of it!
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    Carol Colborn
    May 16, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    We were in Costa del Sol last year! All the coastal towns look the same. Nerja is as colorful as Benalmadena where we stayed!

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    May 17, 2016 at 5:24 am

    I haven’t yet made it to Spain, but it’s next on my list whenever the chance arises. From the climate, to the art, to the food, to the architecture… it’s safe to say I’m already in love 😉

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    May 17, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Spain is one of my most favorite countries in the world- I suspect the wine and tapas have a lot to do with that! I would love to go to a local wedding. I think it’s one of the best ways to really get to know a country.

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    May 17, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Great post. I loved Nerja. You didn’t go to the beach though? The view over the cliff is stunning!
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    May 17, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I’m from Spain but I have never been in this nice little town. I’ll keep it in mind for whenever I decide to discover my own country… 🙂

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    May 18, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    I’ve never been to Nerja but from those pictures and food I need to go! I’ve been dying to go to Spain for a while now. Hopefully next year I’ll make it there!

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    Nerja Taxis
    May 25, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Enjoyed reading your post about Nerja! We love this town and it has so much to offer, fantastic beaches, great food and quaint streets with some lovely shops. In my opinion everyone should visit Nerja at least once.

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