Day 3: Evening
After an incredible but tiring tour of the Alhambra, my boyfriend and I took a much needed nap. Then we headed for a special dinner at Faralá, which is on the 2023 Michelin list. The interior was super chic, the staff were ultra attentive, and the food was amazing. We did the Emotion and Culture tasting menu. Each dish was so unique and delicious! This was one of top 2 meals that we had in Spain.
Day 4: Nerja
The next morning, we bused from Granada to Nerja, which is a beach town in southern Spain. We stayed at the cute Hotel Casa Torreon 109 in Fragiliana, about 15 minutes from the more touristy Nerja. Fragiliana is a charming mountain village that could be mistaken for Santorini. The hotel was lovely and even had a rooftop pool. I was excited to lay out on the beach but by the time we got there, checked into the hotel, and cabbed back into Nerja, it was already sunset. Additionally, the food in Nerja was very much catered to British tourists (interpret that how you will). I got the impression that Nerja would be more enjoyable for a week long vacation with a rented house.
If I could have redo this part of the trip, I would have gone to Seville or Valencia instead.
That being said, we got to see some beautiful views!
Day 5: Back to Madrid
The next morning, we bused to Malaga and hopped on a train back to Madrid. It was our last full day in Spain, so we made the most out of it. We went to the National Archeological Museum where we saw the COOLEST Roman and Egyptian exhibits. I was blown away by the Roman tiles, jewelry, and legal documents etched into metal.
Afterwards, we walked to dinner at Don Dimas, another Michelin star restaurant. We tried the tasting menu and absolutely loved the Spanish comfort food, especially the chickpea dish and the cannelloni. The service was also excellent.
Day 6: Travel Home
The next morning, we were so sad to have to leave. Technically this was our Day 7 because of the time change on the way to Spain. I would have stayed for much longer but my boyfriend’s schedule didn’t allow it. Everything in Spain was amazing… the food, the culture, the sights. I speak very little Spanish, but between that and Google translate, it was enough to get by. As a night owl, I also appreciated having dinner late in the evening. Spain also very reasonable compared to countries like France and Italy. I will absolutely be returning one day!
If you have any questions about the trip, don’t hesitate to drop a comment below 🙂