No expectations in Andalucía

Spain isn’t somewhere that’s particularly on my bucket list. But having been to Barcelona five or so times (and it’s still great every time!), I knew the food and weather had something to offer when an opportunity came up to stay in the whitewashed town (or perhaps village) of Torrox.

Set in the hills of Andalucía, Torrox is a gorgeous southern coastal town about 45 minutes drive east of Malaga. A family friend has recently brought a casa there so I couldn’t resist a visit with my two fellow twenty-something friends, particularly after nabbing some cheap flights.

The town/village itself is quaint with a central plaza containing a handful of restaurants. We didn’t see any other English people which was refreshing and the food and drinks were so reasonable. There’s plenty more dining options available not far town the road in Torrox Costa (approx 5-10 min drive away), along with a gloriously long beach, cycle hire (at the dive shop) and plenty more – although it’s definitely more touristy on the seafront.

We enjoyed visiting Nerja Caves and the beaches on the coastal roads nearby, but our three favourite trips were:

  1. Visiting the mountainous town of Cómpeta – the narrow streets were a bit difficult to navigate in our SUV but once parked, we enjoyed hunting down the main square (follow the church spire). Tapas lunch in the small square next to the church is a must.
  2. Tasting the rosé at Bodegas Bentomiz, a vineyard nestled in the hillside. I’ve been on a bit of a journey to know more about wines, so I love to visit a vineyard when I see one.
  3. Paddle boarding in the Mediterranean – the sea was like a bath (warmer than it felt in Crete in July) and we found exploring the coast so much fun we did it twice!

September is a great time to go, with temperatures reaching 32 degrees on one day. But above everything, the food is pretty fantastic with seafood, tapas and sangria ready to catch your eye at every table you walk past. I’ve already booked to go back next year and explore Grenada, as well as the rest of the region!

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