Sevillanas is a dance associated with flamenco but it is not strictly flamenco and is believed to be an old Castilian folk dance.
It is danced in pairs (based on the old style of courtship, but it doesn't 'have' to be a man and a woman) and usually danced by groups during the Feria de Sevilla and has made its way into discos and bars as a popular dance form in recent years. It is a social dance, most Spanish children learning it from a young age.
Both the songs and the dance always have the same structure, the same rhythm, the same pattern and you can dance sevillanas with everybody at parties, ferias and fiestas. The sentiments expressed are normally festive or amorous, with plenty of room for humor - Sevillanas is fun!
The dance is in a set of 4 verses and takes some effort to remember the steps. Ideally, you could do with a workshop to get the basics as there are steps, arms, clapping (palmas), timing and style to consider and all at the same time. Some people also dance it with castanets.
Steps include the Sevillana step, pasadas (passes), stamps, endings, turns and more.
There is so much to remember, but once you have it, you can add your own personal style to make it your own, yet still fitting in with everyone else.
When in Nerja, check out what's going on in one of the free local entertainment rags, there are classes (highly recommended and reasonably priced) and shows to see . (Try the Caves of Nerja to see what's on).
(Pictured here, the lovely Lola's class I attend here in Brighton, performing Sevillanas at a show in London last year).
Bar Barbados, tropical theme (Calle Fray Junipero)
British Sports Bar.
Sports, especially motor racing, on TV at the Barbados (If you like that sort of thing). The observant of you will have noticed the Formula 1 posters and the model cars as part of the decor as Mark is devoted to motor racing.
Free nibbles on the bar.
Draught Guinness, Carling Black Label served here.
Good value for money.
Motor racing theme throughout.
From around lunchtime util about 11:00 pm.
Level access but toilets access is too narrow for a wheelchair. Casual
Only bar near the NEW Market. (Urb. Almijara 2)
Genesis is the only bar anywhere near to the new market site in Urb. Almijara II. Where the Sunday market has already gone to.
Barbecues are held on Fridays from 7.30pm and live entertainment is a regular feature. This is a bar with a large terrace and very comfortable.
Good value for money.
Busy place. Take some company.
Small ordinary pub inside. The large outside terrace is where everybody is. No particular theme.
From 11am until 3pm and from 7.30pm Tuedays to Saturdays. Closed Mondays
Opens at 9am on Sundays for the market.
Quite a long way from Nerja. Casual
Chinese cuisine at China House.
An excellent place to dine if you like Chinese food is Chinese House. This is a truly large and popular restaurant.
All the usual Chinese items are on the menu plus a few more that you (certainly I) may not have heard of.
For those who like to eat their Chinese at home, (for home read apartment or Villa), they do a take away service. (Last take away orders 11.45pm). They will also deliver.
Fully licensed. Spare ribs, Beef Chow Mein, Chinese beef Curry, Chop Suey, Beef in Black bean sauce, Spring Rolls.........The list is endless and all good.
One thing only. Sauces are a lot thinner than we are used to in the UK.
This is not a reflection on this particular restaurant. All over Spain, Chinese sauces tend to be thin.
Level access but pavements very narrow for wheelchairs.
Nerja's most spectacular attraction is undoubtedly its fascinating caves, located just three kilometres from the centre of town. They include archaeological treasures such as paintings over 20,000 years old and other pre-historic remains. One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall, where many performances are staged during the summer.