Today was by far my favorite day so far for two reasons: we went into a magnificent cave and we finally got to visit the beach! The cave was gorgeous, creepy and full of stalactites and stalagmites. Unfortunately I was not expecting to go into this cave so I left my phone on the bus and have no pictures of it – but it was unforgettable.
The beach was called Playa de Nerja. The Mediterranean Sea was so gorgeous… and cold. It was a lot colder than the beaches back home, probably about as cold as St. Augustine beach was in early Spring. The sand was replaced with lots of pebbles and rocks. The ground was like walking on hot coals, though, so getting into the water was very refreshing. The only white water that existed was right where the water met the beach. It was quite salty, but that just made it easier to float. I went for a nice little swim around a giant rock to another small patch of beach. After doing this trip three times, my arms are a little tired! However, it was exhilarating!
For lunch, a few of us went to a little restaurant right up the beach. We each got a three-course meal for 10.50 euros. I had calamari, grilled fish and chips, and then peaches and cream. It was all very delicious. Donn tried pate for the first time, but he did not like it at all. Afterwards, we walked into a few of the shops on the beach. Most of them were no different than any small surf shops at home.
Beyond the shops and restaurants, this beach had a lot to do! There were paddle boards, kayaks, and even paddle boats with slides for rent. It was also lined for a great deal with lounge chairs and beach beds for rent. They looked incredibly comfortable but most of them were actually already taken by the time we got there. We talked to Adela, our friendly tour guide, and she said that she would try to arrange for us to go back to the beach one day this week after school. i hope it works out!