So, thanks to a friend, we’ve managed to get away from walls being smashed down around us as our house/office is refurbished & have found a beautiful piece of Andalucia where we’re currently working – and using as a base to explore Southern Spain. Perfecto!

2014-04-16_0003 2014-04-16_0004 2014-04-16_0005 2014-04-16_0006We’re based in Nerja, about 50 km east of Malaga, so really accessible from Manchester, as there are daily direct flights. The traditional styled Andalucian house is about a km up the hill from a beautiful beach, but because it’s high, gives you the most beautiful views. Literally all we’ve heard for the last week has been the general sound of bird-song.

Nerja is a perfect base to explore from – tomorrow, we’re heading off west, to experience a full-on Semana Santa in Seville, only about 250 km away. It maybe a bit hopeful, but we’re also hoping to get to Ronda, Granada & Jerez – as well as some local highlights which have been recommended.

If you fancy getting yourself out here and catching some early summer rays, the apartment is owned by Simon Connolly’s family (the *other* Simon, from Greens, West Didsbury) & booking details can be found here. Simply cannot recommend this place highly enough!

Our review of Calle Capuchinos

We stayed in Calle Capuchinos in Nerja, which is about 50 km east of Malaga, so it’s really accessible from Manchester, as there are daily direct flights. The traditional styled Andalucian house is about a km up the hill from a beautiful beach, but because it’s high, gives you the most beautiful views.

The apartment was the perfect play to stay, to explore not only Nerja and the nearby coastal region, but also because we’d hired a car it was a great base from which to travel quite a bit further afield. During our stay we headed out west and managed to visit Puerto Banus (close enough to do in a day) and see how the other live! We also visited Ronda, Seville and Tarifa, so definitely an excellent base if you do like to explore. A little closer to the apartment, and up the hills behind Nerja, we visited the beautiful Andalucian town of Frigiliana – white washed traditional houses, narrow cobbled streets and with a view of the sea to die for.

Calle Capuchinos 24 is extremely easy to find, because of the excellent directions you are given by Leanne. It’s accessed by a stone staircase, with a two tiered terrace in front of the apartment, which is incredibly well equipped. There was literally nothing that we were lacking when we stayed – and an additional bonus was super fast, reliable broadband, for a small additional fee. Well worth it. The kitchen, although quite small, is well equipped and is connected to the living room, so feels spacious, and there is a washing machine which is another bonus. We stayed as a couple so had plenty of room – it’s certainly big enough for four people/a family and you do also benefit from access to the complex pool (literally two mins away), with lawned areas for sunbathing, overlooking the sea below.

Nerja is a short drive down the hill, about 30minutes to walk and really lovely town. The beach was perfect when we visited (late April), although it is large (and very clean) so I’d imagine even in the summer it wouldn’t feel overly packed. We took the advice of the owners t visit the paella restaurant on the beach (there are quite a few but this one is at the far end of the beach, away from the town) – huge portions, cooked in front of you, very inexpensive and packed full of Spaniards. Always a good sign. The town itself has plenty of places to eat, but as we just wanted some R&R we opted to cook in the apartment most nights. There is a brand new Mercadona supermarket (bottom of the hill, turn left and it’s on your right), which we frequented a lot. Sitting on the top terrace watching the sun go down and the lights of Nerja twinkling below, was really magical.

Leanne is an exceptional owner, on hand if you need anything and is an absolute fountain of knowledge about the area. Given the combination of factors – ease of access from Malaga, location, base for further travelling, beautiful apartment, weather, views etc , we simply couldn’t recommend Calle Capuchinos highly enough.

Top tips from Leanne & Simon :

• Car hire – “You Do Spain” online booking – we’d never heard of them, but had the best customer service & ended up with an upgraded car
• Visit Frigilana – stunning
• Pour a glass of wine, sit on the balcony – and take in the view. We did – and we still dream about it now!