22 May 2021
Although we could have gone anywhere in Spain, we didn’t know, when we booked, that we would be able to leave the province. So we chose to remain within Málaga and go to Frigiliana, near Nerja, in the Axarquía.
What a stunning place! Prettier than our second home village, Montejaque, and that’s saying something! We rented a house in the casco antiguo, Casa Morango, a former ice cream parlour, for four nights.
The owner of our casa rural gave us 4 nights for the price of 3. Tuesday night’s accommodation was my birthday present from Conchi. We’d never even met up to that point, although we have done subsequently when we had drinks and tapas later in the week.
We enjoyed breakfast on the terraza of the Parador de Nerja, overlooking Burriana Beach and the blue Mediterranean beyond.
We went early to the zoco (market) in Frigiliana, before getting breakfast en route to Torrox-Costa again. We had an appointment to view a front-line studio apartment, which is for sale at a very interesting price. Tiny, but frontline. But way too dear at 87,000 euros.
At 3 pm we had my official birthday lunch at Restaurante El Sacristán in Frigiliana, where they do a mean steak au poivre (English style). We both had that. Our steaks were prepared to perfection and at 22 euros well-priced.
We drove into the hills above Frigiliana to the lost village of El Acebuchal. After a delicious, if expensive at over 22€, breakfast, we went back to Torrox-Costa and viewed three further properties.
At one, totally unplanned – we just bumped into this random Italian guy Giuseppe on the street and the next thing we knew we were in his car on the way to view a huge apartment, 100 metres from the beach on a large estate with a massive pool.
Then on to a Covid Vaccination Centre in Ronda for our appointment to get our second Covid jab (Pfizer). We are now the proud possessors of a digital certificate on our mobile phones, which means we should be able to travel without needing PCR tests nor having to quarantine.
Our impromptu dinner at Ian and Elaine’s rounded off a delightful birthday week.