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Mag-2013

Nerja, Europe’s balcony

The difference between the province of Granada and the province of Malaga is noticeable, accordingly to the people who live here as well. We decide to spend an evening in Nerja, twenty kilometers from Almunecar and both of them along the coast of Costa Tropical. As soon as we get there I feel like I’m in Villasimius (small town in the south of Sardinia) in summertime during its golden age, where the streets are full of people, mostly tourist coming from all over the world. While in Almunecar I keep seeing “for rent” and “for sale” signs all-over, here all the businesses in the historical center are open until late at night, accommodating those who go out for dinner or for a walk around town. Yes, I believe the economical crises has affected all or most countries in Europe and therefore Malaga and its province as well, but here it’s definitely less tangible than other areas I’ve visited so far.

Europe’s balcony – Nerja (Spain)

One of the mandatory stops is the “Balcony of Europe”, a terrace on the Mediterranean Sea facing the African continent; the Moroccan Coast, only sixty kilometers away, is visible from here during the clearest days. A group of musician is singing Spanish songs in the main square to entertain the public and the souvenir stores sell ceramics and leather products from Andalusia.  I have to buy few things: it is inevitable as I cannot go back home empty handed!!

We are an international group today: two Italians, two Brazilians, a Spaniard and a Japanese-Brazilian couple with their two young daughters, born in Japan and raised in Spain. My head is ready to explode with all the different languages trying to communicate with each other. I give up and start saying “yes” to everything due also to the beers we had at El Pugilla, one of the busiest bars in town. Thank goodness the drinks here are accompanied by free “tapas”, small food portions served with each order of alcohol. Another way to increase business…and it works!! We leave Nerja late at night, with my shopping bags full stuff of and happy for the things I bought.

Yes, I really like Malaga’s province!

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