Between one thing and another, Ben and I haven’t had a chance to hop on a plane and take a holiday so far this year. Which is perhaps why I’m going through the pics from last year’s trip to Andalucia, trying to squeeze some sun out of those pixels.
Around this time last year, we landed in Malaga, hired a car and drove to the tiny little town of Colmenar, and into our home for the week, a gorgeous old farmhouse surrounded by mountains. (By the way, I can’t recommend Airbnb enough – lovely user interface, very transparent system, and some truly amazing gems. We used it for our trip to San Fran in 2011, and had a great experience so decided to go with it again.) The farmhouse, run by Marina and Nacho, was about an hour from Malaga, and discreetly nestled among stunning mountains. It’s quite a way off the main road and the slow, windy drive up to it did freak us out just a little, but once we got there it was totally worth it. We spent the first few days reading by the pool, breaking only for a lunch of cured meats and cheese, washed down with some Spanish wine and playing with Marina and Nacho’s friendly cats. Each day began with a delicious smoothie and a typical Andalucian breakfast of freshly chopped tomato, virgin olive oil and crushed garlic on toast made by Nacho.
In the evening, we might head to Colmenar for some rustic and cheerful local fare, or take a drive into Malaga (which is way underrated and much nicer than I’d expected). Far and away our favourite place to eat in Malaga was Tapeo de Cervantes. This is a fantastic little tapas bar, and a great Tripadvisor find. It was crammed with locals as well as tourists, which is always a good sign. We squeezed and jostled our way trough and ate at the bar, having one of the nicest dinners of the holiday, before heading to an atmospheric shish bar or wandering the pretty cobbled streets, woozy and content.
After a few days of chilling, we took a scenic drive up to Granada, with plenty of fun pitt stops – pics from that adventure soon!