We always love to stretch our legs where we can as it helps us both keep fit and active and allows us to see more of the world and ponder what we are seeing.
During our flying visit to Nerja, our friends suggested a straight forward ramble from the town centre over to the close but quite different looking hillside town of Frigiliana about 4 miles inland. The route took us along a pretty riverbed, although the first parts of the river walk were a little litter strewn with the standard set of Spanish stray dogs wandering past.
The walking was easy with just a gentle slope inland (apart from a steep haul at the end of our walk into the town itself). The only slight distraction was that some of the walking underfoot was river sand and pebbles which slowed us up ever so slightly. The low aspect below Nerja gives you a good and rather scary aspect of the apartments and hotels which appear to be precariously perched on top of soft and crumbling rock formations. I'd certainly take a stroll along the river if I were looking to buy an apartment in this region just to check it out.
At Frigiliana, the route arrives in the less attractive new part of the town, so it is worth taking the extra haul up the hillside to the pretty whitewashed and narrow streets of the old town. Unfortunately the route up isn't wonderful as you have to take some steps along the ugly and busy Spanish highway but it was worth it in the end.
In the old town of Frigiliana there are plenty of places to stop off for a beer and little tourist shops to explore. While we found the old town quaint and quiet, there were some signs that the place would be murder in high summer. The number of bus stops for tourist coaches certainly gave the game away. One little eyesore of an area was the fairly newly built shopping centre and car park which appeared abandoned. As part of its budget plan the car park was intended to be a charge paying car park, but for whatever reason the authorities refused to allow the owners to charge for parking. The economic crisis then gave the place the final nail in the coffin and it lies abandoned; a modern concrete mess in the middle of a pretty old village setting.
For our return journey, we simply retraced our steps back to Nerja, but if you are feeling footsore or need to get back into town in a hurry there are busses which leave from the main square in the old town.