I know it may seem a bit odd to do a Trip Report for a short trip along the coast but people are always asking so here goes.
We went along to Nerja to catch up with some friends and for San Isidro, stayed Tuesday to Thursday in the Mediterraneo Apartments ( at €18 per night for a one-bed apartment how can you say no? ). Cheap and cheerful, maybe a bit tired like many buildings of its age, but absolutely fine for a couple of nights. Not sure that I'd want to spend a couple of weeks there though, mainly because the apartments are so cheek by jowl. There weren't many people staying, I can imagine its rather noisy when there are. They do have British TV if you want a night in though, which we didn't!
Obviously because it was San Isidro many of the original Nerja bars were closed as their owners were busy with peña activities, but this was not a problem as there were still plenty of places to choose from. We ate in Sevillano's on the Tuesday night, I have to say I was rather disappointed with the food considering the price, it was very busy though (which is why we went there, a lot of places were quiet).
Wednesday was the day of the San Isidro procession, which meant that people had staked their claims to vantage points in bars along the route early. Unlike Nigel Farage, I cannot really face beer before noon so we headed down to the church to see the start of the procession. After the usual song and dance and flaffing about it finally started at about 1pm. There were some traditonal Romany horsemen and women, and some carts, but I was suprised to see floats sponsored by local businesses too. I suppose it makes the procession larger but it does turn it into more of a Carnival rather than a Romeria.
We followed the procession through the town (with an emergency stop at Los Bilbainos because we were going past and I like it in there) and then wimped out and got the shuttle up to the caves. Like all these things, it's fun for a bit but unless you're a member of a peña it starts to pale after a while, so an executive decisión was taken to return to Nerja.
As various drinks had been consumed by this point a late lunch was in order. The wind (did I mention the cold wind? More on that to come) had died down and the sun was out so we headed down to Burriana. As I am a chiringuito-boy we went to Jose Cruz, not strictly a chiringuito but a merendero by the beach so the next best thing. Excellent lunch, excellent staff, and a great atmosphere. I wanted early evening drinks in Sol y Mar but sadly they were closed. Burriana was quite busy.
Obviously the walk back up into town from Burriana leaves one in need of a beer, a quickie sitting outside Restaurant 34 (good tapas with it) meant we could make it to the end of Carabeo. If you ever wonder who actually buys the Daily Express just look in Allsorts newsagent at the top of Carabeo!
For some unfathomable reason some of our party wanted to look around the shops so we left them to it and went for some more beers. By this time the wind was beginning to gather strength again so sitting outside was only an option in sheltered places....
(I think there's a word limit on posts so treat this as Part I, Part II to follow).