In my last Spanish blog post I talked about three things I loved doing in Andalucía when I visited in September. In April I went back, and the experience was completely different. Not only because the weather wasn’t as warm, but the lack of visitors (tourists suggests a negative vibe, which isn’t really fair when you compare to the typical crowds on other European beach regions) was noticeable.
Like a return visit to anywhere, the experience is so much more relaxing. No need to worry about finding the accommodation, or that you’ve misjudged the area to be something it’s not. This time, things seemed to move at a slower pace and despite the evening chill and occasional rain shower (it was early April), it was rejuvenating after the grey English winter.
I throughly enjoyed visiting Granada, a city about an hour’s drive away from our base in Torrox. The streets are wander-ful, the gelato on point, and the Alhambra beautiful and if nothing else a great park to walk through – if you can manage the steep slope!
We also visited Nerja again, and this time experienced both a very local and a very touristy version! On the day when the weather was at its rainiest, we ventured in to play cards under a town square gazebo and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the locale. And then on a sunnier morning we were back, this time exploring corners we’d never have found on our own on a Segway tour (with Play Nerja). This was an excellent way of getting to know Nerja better, and something I’d highly recommend if you’re in the area and interested in learning about the town’s history in a different way.
There really is so much to enjoy in this region, from driving windy roads to find little gems like Frigiliana or cycling along the coastal villages in the cooler weather. My absolute favourite thing to do is to walk through the narrow roads down to Torrox village square and indulge in a table of tapas, without having to splurge out.