Oh hey there!
Welcome back to another episode of Weekend Wanders, where I do a quick recap of my latest quick weekend getaway. Because it was just a short weekend away, I don’t feel comfortable writing a full guide on the destination. One weekend is not nearly enough to claim that I’m an expert, so I simply tell my experience (good or bad) and you can get some inspiration and information from it.
Feel free to check out some other wanders in the series here.
So, here is Weekend Wanders Episode VII: Frigiliana, Spain
Where We Stayed
I stumbled upon the family owned Villa Morera Bed & Breakfast and man was it a find. It was perfectly situated 5 minutes from Nerja (the beach, downtown, eateries, etc.) and 5 minutes from the hill town of Frigiliana.
It had all the amenities we were looking for: a pool, breakfast included, free parking, some peace and quiet, and… a great VIEW!
The owners, Hans and Karen, were so lovely. They welcomed us at the gate, were attentive and friendly during our whole stay, and walked us to the gate to wave goodbye upon our departure. We’ll definitely be back, and bringing friends!
Evenings in Nerja
We popped down to Nerja in the evenings for wanders and dinner.
The first evening, we went for Spanish + seafood, a must at the beach. Restaurante Bar La Puntilla (not to be confused with Bar La Puntilla on the crowded main tapas street) was a bit outside the tourist area but not too far a walk. We ordered gazpacho, Galician octopus (pulpo), and two types of fish for the mains. The pulpo was a bit chewy (Galician pulpo is usually cooked to perfection, very tender with slightly crispy suction cups) but had good flavor. The fish of the day for Andy came in a tomato sauce with some vegetables and was very underwhelming. My swordfish with fresh steamed vegetables was very tasty and I’d definitely recommend it. I suppose it was just luck of the draw.
The second evening we went for Italian food at Ristorante Vitaliano. The Caprese salad was so refreshing and exactly what I wanted! I loved my seafood marinara fettuccini and the finishing touch of an espresso was perfect. The location is smack in a line of touristic restaurants, so there really isn’t a Spanish person in sight, however the food, service, and accordion busker were just lovely.
Cliff Town of Frigiliana
Andalucía is home to white cliff towns: seemingly teetering homes sprinkled in a mountainside with streets too narrow to even walk shoulder to shoulder with your love. You can see them in the distance while driving and they truly make you stare in wonder of what you may find. I had visited a few before – Ronda, Arcos de la Frontera – and they were absolutely wonderful. I hadn’t heard of Frigiliana until casually stumbling across a photo on social media, and since Andy and I were trying to get out of Madrid for the weekend, I jumped at the chance to explore it. Just 4.5 hours from Madrid and right by the beach AND a national park, we locked it in just days before heading out.