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Report 1970: Three Travellers in the Costa del Sol, Barcelona and Paris

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Fall 2011

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Page 2 of 8: Costa del Sol - Arrival

photo by Doug Phillips

Casa Charlotte, Nerja

We spent eight days, from Monday October 10 to Tuesday October 18, 2011, in the Costa del Sol, based in the seaside community of Nerja. We arrived in Malaga late Monday morning and picked up a rental car. Friends who have been to Nerja indicated that having a rental car in the Costa del Sol was not necessary. Everything in Nerja is within easy walking distance and the bus service was fine for getting around the coastal area, even to and from the Malaga Airport. They only made a car rental for a couple of longer day trips away from the coast. However, when I was considering rental vehicles on AutoEurope, one option seemed very attractive. There was a mid-sized vehicle available, with inclusive coverage for $CAD225. The rental company was Advantage, an unfamiliar name. I found out that Advantage is a division of Hertz, and tends to feature vehicles with more kilometers (kms) and maybe a bit more wear than newer rentals. Reviews are a bit mixed, but we were very pleased with our decision. We ended up with and Altea XL – a Spanish brand, but basically an Audi. It had about 10,000kms on it and was spotless inside and out. There were a couple of extra charges – €90 for a full tank of diesel (about double the actual cost) and an optional €28 extra charge for insurance against damage to the windows or tires. I made sure to return the car with an almost empty tank.

It's about a 45-minute drive from the Malaga airport to Nerja. We rented an apartment in Casa Charlotte on Calle San Pedro in the old section of Nerja. We were met by the owners, Frans and Nuttee, who were very friendly and helpful. Frans went over a map of a Nerja, making several recommendations for shopping, eating, and activities in the area. By recommending a few restaurants, he was eliminating hundreds of others, most of which cater to the tourist trade in the vicinity of the Balcon de Europa, the focal point of the town. The balcon is a promontory with excellent views out over the Mediterranean and some nearby mountains. It is always busy with people walking about. We wandered down a couple of evenings for an ice cream treat after dinner, but the area didn’t hold much additional appeal.

Frans indicated the quickest way of getting to Burriana beach, the best of several beaches in the area. We visited Burriana several times during our stay, often mid-to-late afternoon after returning from a day trip – excellent beach.

Frans' restaurant and tapas bar suggestions all turned out fine. These included La Puntilla restaurant at the end of our street, Bar Dolores about 10 seconds from our front door, Ayo's on Burriana beach for very good and inexpensive paella and La Taberna del Pescadores a couple of blocks away. Our favourite was La Mariposa tapas bar on calle Cristo.

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