Our first visit to Nerja and we absolutely loved the town. Big enough to be interesting but small enough to wander around the narrow streets safely. The Riu Monica is a short walk from the Balcon and the town centre and about 25 minutes walk from Burriana Beach - which was our favourite beach. The beach infront of the hotel, Torrecilla is OK, but Burriana had a more cosmopolitan buzz about it - plenty of beach bars - superb paella and barbequed sardines and sea bass. 8 euros for 2 sunbeds and a parasol, so not too expensive.
The hotel was very good - all members of the staff were exceptionally friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We were in Room 13 which overlooked the pool and the sea - in fact the view was almost identical to the photo used at the top of this page. there were plenty of sunbeds and parasols around the pool and in the hotel gardens. The food at the hotel was good - buffet breakfast and dinner with plenty of choice. For one week it was excellent - especially if you like salads. The room was comfortable and clean, but is getting close to needing modernising - but it is OK.
There was entertainment every night - the Flamenco show was very good, and whilst the other acts were good the songs they sang were so dated - lots from the 50's and 60's - Elvis, Tom Jones, and Frank Sinatra - I spent my teens avoiding listening to this and still find it very old fashioned. They just need to put some current songs into their acts. It would have been nice to have had a Spanish guitarist too - you can find them playing in the bars in the town though. We spent most evenings wandering around the town, having a drink in the vast variety of bars and cafes and watching my wife look at the seemingly thousands of shoe and handbag shops (that may be a slight exaggeration) .
We went with Thomsons and went on 2 trips - Granada and the Alhambra Palace - a must if you haven't been before, and the free "Blanket Trip" which included a few hours in Malaga - a fantastic city full of street art and fabulous tapas bars - worth putting up with the couple of hours of sales spiel for.
We have been to the other side of Malaga many times, and I am sure that we will be returning to Nerja very soon. It is a very Spanish feeling town, not many high rise blocks - in fact this hotel is one of the few high rises in the town. The beaches are good, but a little gritty but best of all as you walk past the restaurants there are NO touts trying to persuade you to use their restaurant!
Just a thought in case someone from Thomsons read this - whilst the food in the hotel is good, there are so many restaurants in this town that we will probably go self catering next time - If the hotel offer a "quarter board" option - breakfast and say 3 or 4 dinners leaving the other evenings free to us to eat out we would almost certainly take it up - yes we could just miss the evening meal at the hotel, and if the food was poor we would have done, but when we have paid for meals and the food is good, you feel you should eat it. The other option would be to be able to swap a dinner for a lunch - could be a take out to eat on the beach - would be good.
Overall a good hotel and good holiday and the negatives would not stop us booking their again in the future.
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