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August 10th, 2009 – by: davidsutton
We spent most of the time over the next day chilling out on the terrace with a view overlooking the small lake half-way down the hillside towards Burryana beach which was only 400 metres away. The temperature was in the high 30s though - even the locals thought it a bit on the warm side and there was not much breeze, so we sought the shade much of the time and kept ourselves refreshed with ice cold San Miguel.
During the week we ate several times in the town which was about a 20-minute walk away.
Nerja was always quite a busy little town, but in the twelve years or so since we last visited it has grown considerably and been 'improved' - whether for better or worse I'm not sure, but the whole Burryana beach area now has proper roads and shops, bars and restaurants as well as many of the original beach bars.
When he was a boy, Ayo and his friends discovered the local caves (Cuevos de Nerja) and in later life, he set up a restaurant on the beach where he cooked Paella. We were delighted to find he's still there although the restaurant although it has changed since the beach area was improved. Find it at http://www.ayonerja.com. It's a little more expensive than it was, but still packed out - especially with Spanish visitors - and he still cooks the Paella in large pans on an open fire using old pallets for fuel. You can still go back like Oliver Twist and ask for more and they'll happily dole out second and third helpings for those with a healthy appetite. They even provide take-away containers now for those who just want to eat it al fresco.
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