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Review of Carabeo 2000,

     Vacation rental apartment on the Costa del Sol

                       Nerja, Spain



Our vacation apartment at Carabeo 2000 proved to be a great location for our family while staying in Nerja, Spain. On a quiet passage, just a short block from two restaurants with sidewalk dining, even our jetlagged late-night landing was eased by a short stroll in the night air and dining al fresco with the kids who had been cooped up in too many airplanes and airports.


From the apartment, we enjoyed access to one lovely beach across the street, and a 5-minute picturesque stroll down the pedestrian-only Carabeo Way to the Balcony of Europe, where we made a daily ritual of ice cream, visiting the town's well-cared for cats, and enjoying that most-photographed of Nerja's beaches: Calahonda Beach.

We had no need of our rental car to get from the apartment to any of a dozen restaurants or cafes in Nerja, including a French bakery around the corner. The Minimarket Aurora at the end of the lane proved to have every grocery I needed to stock our kitchen, including eggs, produce, sauces, milk, diapers and baby food, plus some of the best salame I think I've ever eaten which only cost 1 Euro - yes, I returned for more! Free parking was available both on street and in the parking lot just behind the apartment building.


The Apartment


The original Nerja apartment I'd hoped to stay in--which you might also consider if available--was located in the same building and featured two bedrooms and one bath with a full sea view from two balconies. Since that apartment was not available all of the dates we needed, the owners told me about this apartment that had two bedrooms, the advantage of an extra half bathroom, and one balcony with "diagonal sea view" you can see when on the balcony, which was kid-safe enough to be able to relax and enjoy time on it even with a 1-year-old.


Our kitchen was fully equipped with full-size refrigerator, oven/stove, microwave oven, toaster, and electric kettle. The half bath included a small high-efficiency washing machine and laundry powder--a terrific convenience for us while staying with three very young children. Laundry lines were ready as needed on the sunny balcony.


The apartment was also stocked with beach towels and and sand toys, and knowing we had a baby along, the owners of the apartment were happy to provide a high chair and portacrib (like a soft-sided Pack 'n Play, but slightly longer) with linens for our stay for no additional fee.


Other Amenities


An elevator made coming and going with our stroller (and suitcases) a breeze. The apartment building also features a rooftop terrace with lounge chairs, a shower, and small swimming pool with a delightful view, though the pool is emptied during the winter months, so plan accordingly.


I would add a note that the very friendly owners made themselves quite available to us and were a great resource in our planning both before arriving and also during our stay. Knowing we had a very late arrival, they even stocked our kitchen with cookies and milk for the children.


The Bottom Line


Did we enjoy our stay at Carabeo 2000? Definitely yes. Would we recommend the apartment to friends? Yes. Would we stay there again? Absolutely.


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