El Capistrano Village 3A, Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain
Casa Violeta, El Capistrano Village
We stayed at the Casa Violeta No.30 Calle Violeta in Capistrano Village. The village itself is beautiful with white washed houses and aromatic flowers, the pefume in the evening is beautiful.
We have been to Nerja many times, usually in October when the fiesta is on, and then it is truly lovely, but we would never go in August again because of the heat and the crowds. It does seem to have lost some of its charm and become more commercialised than it was three years ago.
We booked our stay through the Away Company who could not have been more helpful and were very efficient and extremely nice on the 'phone.
Unique Quality: Casa Violeta was right by the swimming pool and the fountain in a prime position. The villa garden was very well kept, although we didnt hear the gardener creeping in at about 6am to put the sprinklers on!!!! Inside the villa it was ok although the kitchen was not all that clean and needed a refurb, but it was acceptable, and I am VERY fussy at the best of times. We were surprised also that, what had been described as the second bathroom, was actually a shed in the garden with a toilet and shower and smelt of curry!!!!!!!! The only other downside was that in temperatures of 38 to 40 (this is August) there were only little fans in each bedroom and because of the mozzies we couldnt open the windows wide at night. You could open them and they had mosquito nets outside, but there was absolutely no breeze and no air. So through no fault of anybody we didnt sleep for a week because of the heat. Parking was also a problem, but apart from that it is a really lovely place to stay. There is a little cafe and bar, a swimming pool and a very well stocked and reasonably priced shop.
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View from Balcón de Europa
As the cruise ships go by
Parque Verano Azul
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i have been looking at the timetables for buses to and from malag to nerja the site is saying ther is no buses on the 15th aug. can you tell me bo thay stop running for the winter?
Re: bus times
The only reason I can think of is that August 15 is the day of Virgen de la Asunción - a National Holiday .
Hopefully someone with local information may come along to confirm this.
Even if buses are not running I'm pretty sure taxis will be. My daughter always uses a taxi and was there 6 weeks ago. I will try to contact her tomorrow and post again with fares.
Re: bus times
My daughter and her family paid 70 euros (4 adult passengers) one way from Malaga airport to the centre of Nerja. They used an online pre-booked taxi service that met them at the airport.
I have come across this website that shows bus schedules for 15 August.
Fares are very much less expensive than a taxi but it looks as though the journey starts from the Malaga Bus Station - so the airport bus or a taxi into town would be needed.
I hope this helps.
Travel Tips for Nerja
once a small fishing village by the sea now growing fast like the rest of spain still has its oldie charactor and winding white washed streets that spain is known for.
but many new buildings springing up all a round the place and not keeping in with the structure of the village yet again property developers gone mad on making a few bob
still plenty to see and do out here still got the old charm feeling of a fishing village
good restraunts - bars - cafe's - shops - night life entertainment still here still enjoying what as not been changed yet in nerja
Just outside Nerja (50 km east of Malaga) are some of the largest underground caves in Europe, sporting a maze of enourmous stalagmites and stalagtites. If you're lucky you might even be able to catch an opera or something similar in this spectacular setting. Set an hour aside for some amateur-spelunking! Probably too many stairs for the old or impaired though...
Don't go nuts at the Acorn (Avda Castilla Perez)
British Sports Bar.
This is a larger than most Sports bar with several TVs showing various sports activities but with a football bias.
There is also a pool table.
Plenty of windows giving a light and airy feel. The Acorn can get busy on Saturdays and Sundays afternoons.
Guinness and other English beers can be purchased here.
Good value for money.
Very sport oriented. So is the conversation.
Sporty with England flags adorning the walls and ceilings.
Around 7pm in the week. From mid day on Sat and Sun.
A set of steep steps up to this bar so not good for wheelchairs. Casual
One of our favourite dining spots in Andalusia
Because Nerja came to our rescue twice when we were looking for a place to spend a night or two, combined with the fact that we so enjoyed our three evening meals at Bar El Bosque, this little seaside town will always be one of our favourite memories of Andalusia. The El Bosque is actually a British-themed sports pub with large TVs mounted around its inside walls and is quite popular in the summer with its small streetside patio. As you can see from the photo, it did not look too attractive in winter with a seasonal heated canopy covering that part of the sidewalk. We walked through it into the dark bar area itself, picking the same corner spot each time. On our first visit we did not say much as we listened to the nearby patrons talking away with a strong British accent. Returning to the same spot a few nights later after our Atlantic coast adventures, the same couple was in the same spot. We ended up having great conversations with them and again the following evening. The guy turned out to be a Yorkshireman who had been a coal miner all his life and then retired several years ago at age 49, now spending his winters in Nerja as part of the British 'diaspora'. The bartender was a big friendly fellow who knew what he was doing (2nd photo) and his female counterpart, Adele, was apparently famous as a cook at a nearby establishment called the Crazy Cow. We tried some of her dishes there at El Bosque and they were fantastic. Our first one was a shared plate of creamy Afghan curry called 'Shoarma' served with rice, very tasty and with just the right amount of spice (3rd photo - no flash). We enjoyed the same dish just as much the second time when we returned after our little hiatus. On our third night, Adele, who interacted with these regular customers of hers that we were sitting with, suggested we try her Indonesian platter (4th photo). It contained a medley of chicken satay in peanut sauce, spring rolls, rice and a piquant salad for 7.50 Euros and was every bit as good as the curry meals. By the time our evening ended two glasses of wine and two Guinness beers later, the total bill was only 20 Euros ($US26). We always left Bar El Bosque with a smile on our faces as we made the short downhill walk back to Hostal Marazul!
Best Churros and Coffee in Town
The churros in La 4 Esquinos Café are the best in Nerja. The hot chocolate is divine, extremely thick and chocolately. The coffee is pretty good too.
This café is well used by Spanish locals and Spanish tourists providing a noisy but great atmosphere.
It's also very cheap. The churros are served up to 12.00 noon. Churros and hot chocolate.
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