Fourth of July at Burriana Beach
When we talk about the Fourth of July we think of summer, fireworks, barbecues, parades family and friends. We are reminded of how much fun summer really is and how lucky we are to be able to celebrate this holiday in the United States. This year our Fourth of July strayed away from our traditional barbecue and fireworks. It was, however, still filled with food, fun and sun!
On Monday morning we got up early, we put on our swimsuits and packed our beach bags with towels, sunscreen and a sack lunch. The excitement as we boarded the bus was palpable! Soon enough we left the city behind and made our way down south to the Costa del Sol. We made a few stops along the way and visited the charming town of Frigiliana and the amazing caverns in Nerja before we making our way to Burriana beach for the rest of the day.
Once there we set up camp only a few feet away from the water. The refreshing Mediterranean Sea and the slight breeze were delightful and inviting. The water begged us to jump in and we happily obliged! Students were able to swim, lay out, buy snacks and eat at local beach bars typically known as chiringuitos. Playing volleyball, paddling, or using floats were other available options as was visiting Nerja’s beautiful city center. The students that chose to visit the city center were treated to one of the most beautiful views in all of Spain. The famous Balcón de Europa (The balcony of Europe) sits on a cliff facing Africa and offers sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the distance. It is quite spectacular!
Just as the sun went down and the heat let up it was time to go home so we packed up our belongings and slowly made our way to the buses. Judging by the laughter and permanent smiles, everyone had a great time! Although we did not have fireworks or our families, we did have each other and we all left Burriana beach a little tan and a whole lot more relaxed and happy. We hope everyone back home had a safe and happy fourth of July too!