By Regina Winkle-Bryan
My first experience in Malaga was a bit of a let-down. All the fish and chips and Irish bars put me off, as did the endless housing developments. Of course, Marbella is also just down the beach from Malaga and those who love ritz and bling will adore this wealth-centered area. Famous for yachts, luxury resorts, celebrities and politicians, Marbella’s Puerto Banús caters to those who want and can afford the finer things in life.
But as a freelance writer, I cannot always afford the finer things in life, and am usually on a budget. I was back in Malaga recently, on my way to a yoga retreat in the mountains just north of the city. I had a car and decided to explore some of the tiny villages not far from Malaga, which is how I ended up in Nerja. While I can make a safe bet that Nerja is crowded with tourists in the summer months, in February it was sleepy and peaceful. There were people sunbathing on the beaches (even swimming) and locals in the cafes. Painted in chalk white and blues, Nerja is sure to inspire the photographer or artist.