At Balcón de Europa in Nerja

Back in Spain, we took an afternoon trip to Nerja, another famous tourist town just a 20-minute bus ride from La Herradura.  I wanted to see Balcony of Europe, a plateau on the edge of a cliff with grand views off the coast under the mountains and the infinite sea. It was once a part of a fortress and is now the greatest tourist attraction located in the old center of Nerja.

The Paseo Balcón de Europa or the promenade leading to the balcony has a line-up of coffee shops, restaurants, bars, souvenir and gift items´ stores all nicely incorporated in the old and rustic setting that has made Nerja so famous as a tourist destination.

We ate lunch at Puerto del Mar restaurant with a fantastic view of the beach under us, continued with ice-cream from one of the many ice cream parlors surrounding the balcony and walked down to a statue of King Alfonso XII standing relaxed by the railing.

Here are a few photos to illustrate our little tourist excursion in our new neighborhood:

 

Parasailing over the Balcón de Europa

 

Legend has it that if you stand on the central area of the raised star at the Balcón de Europa, your dream will come true

 

View from the balcony

 

Restaurante Puerto del Mar

 

Italian and French cuisine with a Spanish twist

 

Beach below the restaurant

 

Enjoying helado at the rustic entrance to the balcony

 

Together with Spain´s King Alfonso XII 🙂

 

Walking along the path leading to one of the beaches

 

 

Remains of a great fortress

 

Fuente de Europa – monument representing the European Union

 

 

 

 

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