10 | COSTA DEL SOL + CordobaSettle into the good life on the Costa Del Sol at the absolutely charming beach town of Nerja. Expect drool-worthy tapas and sangria, lots of sunshine and a beautiful walkable old town. Move on to the famous city of Cordoba with the beautiful Mezquita, winding streets and peaceful plazas. If you’re up for a quicker pace, throw in a visit to Granada’s Alhambra!
Unfortunately, the Costa Del Sol is not what I remember from 20 years ago (perhaps this contributed to my recent meltdown?) and we were soon pouring over the map planning our next stop. But then I remembered something: the charming, ancient white villages that dot the countryside throughout the south of Spain. There is something haunting and fairy-tale like about these little villages. I couldn’t leave without a visit to at least one. Fortunately, three of the most interesting “pueblo blancos” in Spain lie along a stretch of the same road, heading away from Manilva toward the mountains that frame the coastline. Ronda, Casares, and Gaucin are ancient villages that trace back to before Roman times. Ruins of forts, castles and towers in these little towns attest to their significance in the distant past, but a list of notable people who walked their streets in more recent history (Hemingway, for example) suggests a magic that is timeless.