After twenty long months without setting foot on a plane, the moment finally arrived. I was off to Spain and I couldn’t wait!
There was a bit more preparation required this time, but nothing too taxing. I pre-booked a Rapid antigen test with a clinic not far from where we were staying, which we needed to take before our return flight, and pre-ordered our Day 2 tests, so that they arrived before we left home, ready to take when we returned. You need the booking references for the latter, to put on your Passenger Locator Form, before you come home. Being fully vaccinated, meant that we didn’t need to take a test before we went, we just had to fill out an online Spanish Health form to produce at check in, along with our Covid Passes.
We flew from East Midlands, and I was glad I paid extra for Fast Track as that allowed us through the express lane at security, so we got through much quicker.
On arrival in Malaga, they scanned the QR code on the Spanish Health form and did a forehead temperature check and then we were off. It was a 50 minute drive in our rental car, to the villa we were calling home for the next two weeks, just outside Frigiliana.
Staying in a villa was fantastic. No getting up early to reserve a sunbed and it gave us the space and freedom that we wanted.
Frigiliana is a pretty white-washed village set in the hills above Nerja, in Andalucia. It has narrow streets meandering through it, and plenty of character. There were enough restaurants to sample the local tapas or more international food for the two weeks that we were there, and some deserved a second or third visit. Wine was incredibly cheap. A glass of the house white was costing between 2 and 3 Euros, which was cheaper than a coke, and tasted better in my opinion! Food was reasonably priced as well, and we were paying less than we would for an equivalent meal in the UK.
When we could tear ourselves away from the pool, we took a short 25 minute drive to Torrox, another pretty village, not dissimilar to Frigiliana, and inland from its less attractive coastal counterpart of Torrox Costa. It was lovely to see somewhere different, and it was a great spot for lunch, taking in a view of the instagrammable, colourful umbrellas that they have hanging around the square. We also went to the coastal resort of Nerja, which is busier than Frigiliana, but is still a lovely place to wander around and have a cocktail, a meal or just peruse the shops.
The only other thing we had to do was to complete the Passenger Locator forms before we came back and show these at the airport together with our negative test certificates, produced by the clinic.
We had a fantastic, relaxing holiday, and I’m going to be planning my next trip very soon!
If you have any questions about the area that we visited, or if you want me to check any availability for you, please let me know.