Nerja & Frigiliana, June 2015

hiking Frigiliana ūüĒú Nerja

Happiness comes from the novelty of new experience and I am lucky enough to have met Rachael, who also turns out to be a kayaking instructor. So here we go, my first amazingly wonderful experience with kayaking.

kayaking with Rachael 01-06-2015

The weather turned out to be perfect, the sea was completely calm. We got our kayaking rentals from a stall on playa carabeillo, one of the most beautiful beaches in Nerja. The all inclusive rental comes at a mere ‚ā¨5.5 per hour. On a second thought, after spending a few months in London, everything from the south coast Spain appears to be ridiculously cheap!
Playa Carabeillo is an easy walk from the famous Balcón de Europa. As we paddle away, there are gorgeous waterfalls and secluded coves on almost every corner. The water is incredibly clear& I got to experience this 2 hours of pure bliss.

hiking Nerja ūüĒú Frigiliana with Rachael 31-05-2015

Frigiliana is one of the many Pueblos Blancos (white villages) you could visit in in Andalucia. Her rich Moorish culture and history could be seen in the Mudéjar district.

street of Frigiliana

This is the old district inhabited by the Moors before and after the Reconquista. Its name Mudéjar is used to describe the architectural style used by Arab craftsmen working in Christian territory. 


For four days at the end of August each year, Frigiliana hosts the Festival of the Three Cultures (Festival de las Tres Culturas), celebrating the region’s historic confluence and co-existence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions. (from Wikipedia)

streets of Frigiliana

sunset from rooftop in Nerja

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Undiscovered Andalucía-Spain 2015

The irony: during my four years living abroad in Houston, Texas; one of my favourite restaurants is called “Andalucia”. Back then, I was quite proud of my knowledge of tapas and flamenco as something distinctively Spanish and remotely Mexican. 

Embalse de La Bolera en Pozo Alcón

Fast forward four years later, when unexpected life events brought me to this part of the world, I realize how little I know about Andalucia. As the clich√© goes, the more you travel, the more you realise how little you know about the world. There is always a new place/ culture/ people that’s awaiting to be discovered. Of course, I am determined to educate myself. 

 

  
Andalucía and the Moorish influence

The Spanish occupation by the Moors began in 711 AD when an African army from Northern Africa invaded  Al-Andal√ļs, or Andaluc√≠a as it is today.  This 800 years of Moorish ruling has left some of the most magnificent art and architecture that could be seen in Spain today.