I'm not really sure what the the internet cafe that we used was called, maybe the Europ@ Web judging from my photo of its exterior. Whatever it was called, it was located only a few hundred feet away from our Hostal Marazul and very close to Plaza Fabrica de los Congrejos where the rough waves of the Mediterranean Sea crashed ashore.
It came in handy a few times, for checking both the weather and emails from home (not to mention VT of course!). The first time we used it was the morning after our arrival in Nerja - to check up on the now deteriorated rainy weather situation. The forecast did not look good for the next few days on any of Spain's coasts within a few hundred miles of Nerja. As a result, we made our decision to pack up and at least head for the wilder and undeveloped Atlantic coast northwest of Tarifa, since we had not yet had a chance to explore there (it turned out to be a great decision!).
Fondest memory: This internet cafe also came in handy four nights later when we returned to Nerja near the close of our trip. We decided to just wind down and stay in town for two nights without having to think about anything - got caught up on our emails and just chilled out before leaving for one more night on the road in the fantastic 'El Cabo de Gata' area east of Almeria as we prepared to fly back to Madrid. Their rates were not too bad, about the same as all the other internet cafes we tried.
Our first visit to Nerja started out from Torremolinos as per this terrain map. After we made the short drive east from there to Malaga's airport to drop Sue's sister off, we were on our own with no planned accommodations. We decided to keep heading east along the coast until we almost reached the spot where the red Nerja 'arrow' comes ashore. It was there that we took a short loop up into the coastal mountains to check out the 'white villages' of Sayalonga and Cómpeta. By the time we finished with them and completed our loop back to the coast, we emerged at Nerja and decided we might as well give it a try. It took some doing, but we finally stumbled upon Hostal Marazol right on the Mediterranean shores, which we were delighted with. Since the internet weather forecasts showed rain for the next few days just about everywhere along these coasts, I said to Sue that if it is going to rain everywhere, let's at least go to where we want to be - namely the Atlantic coast that we had not yet touched. Off we went first thing in the morning - all the way to Tarifa.
Fondest memory: We got lucky, because the sun came out for us on the Atlantic coast and we spent 3 days exploring there. As our trip was coming to a close, we had to get back up the Mediterranean coast, so we returned to Torremolinos for New Year's Eve. In the morning, we headed along the coast toward Nerja once more, but this time we veered off into the mountains sooner than last time, as we wanted to visit the inland gorge town of Alhama de Granada - well worth it! Not wanting to backtrack from there, we continued onward almost to Granada itself before turning straight down toward the coast again. Once there, we failed to find any available accommodations in either Lanjarón or Salobreña to the the east of Nerja. That was when we decided to head west the short distance to Nerja, where we hoped Hostal Marazul would put up with us once again. We were very relieved when they did at about 6 PM!
The heart of Nerja is its spectacular BALCON DE EUROPA or Balcony of Europe, which is a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff, with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, the small coves and beaches below and the dramatic mountain range - Sierra Almijara.
The Balcon area was originally known as La Bateria in reference to the gun battery which existed there in a fortified tower. It was built in 1487 on the site of a 9th century Moorish Fortress.
The Promenade is lined with palm trees and benches - a real "people" place. On the afternoon we were there, we were treated to a parachutist who was trying to land at the end of the Balcon (Photo 3) . He didn't have much luck as it was quite windy that day. It was still quite fun watching him maneuver his parachute over the cliffs and through the air.
Favorite thing: The OLD QUARTER if Nerja is still unchanged with narrow, winding streets and whitewashed houses. As you stroll through town, you can't help but feel the excitement of this bustling town. Wonderful tapas bars, brimming with people, mostly standing room only. Wonderful shops! I had no idea Nerja was such a tourist favourite. The last time we were here ( in 2001 ) we did not even visit the town as we visited the Nerja Caves. I'm so glad Hans and I had the opportunity to come here and to top it off, we were with our very special friends. Who could ask for more!!!
Completed in 1697 the CHURCH OF EL SALVADOR has three naves with square supports and round vaults. The exterior features a four sided bell tower built in 1724.
The interior features a contemporary mural by Francisco Hernandez Dias, which depicts the "Annunciation" set on one of Nerja's beaches.
Well, this beach (I am pretty sure this is called 'Carabeo Beach' ) is just a climb down from the Acapulco Apartments. and never crowded in late May.
There is a friendly little bar half way up/down for refreshment and further along, the beach restaurants of Burriana beach.
The climb back up (steps) is a little hard for in the heat if you are not a good walker.
Fondest memory: Never had to hurry.
Lazy days, good food and late nights.
I simply must tell you about this bar that although being purpose built as a bar near the coach station, never opened and is still empty today.
Perhaps it's the name of the bar. "Boni", or BONY, if you like. You see, it's location is close to the CEMETARY !, which means that, unwittingly, the Spanish have a sense of humour here, or so it would seem.
The bar is located on a quiet back street and probably has very little chance of being opened. At least until the train station is built at Nerja. Then, with increased number of people arriving, it may become a desireable place to open as also may the closed bar called the 'Bus Stop'.
Fondest memory: I have a large section on the bars of Nerja on my Nightlife (Link) section.
When on the Costa del Sol, you may like to tune into a Spanish radio station that broadcasts in English for the English comunity who are visiting or live there. the radio station is Coastline Radio. it is on 97.6 FM. They also have a web site
Phone nr. 952 534 177
The General Post office, or Correos, is located on Calle Almirante Ferrandiz; which is better known by the English ex Pat. locals AS Post Office Street for that very reason.
Its location is just up from the Balcon de Europa (right hand fork).
Be prepared to wait in a queue if you need to use the counter services.
When. (I say WHEN because EVERYBODY who visits Nerja has to see, at least once, the Balcon de Europa.) Anyway, when you take in the view from the Balcon, (Balcony of Europe), you may wonder at the life size bronze statue at the seaward end.
This is a statue of King Alfonso XII of Spain. He was the king who, upon visiting Nerja, stated that it was "The balcony of Europe" and lo and behold the Balcon as it stands now was built upon the ruins of a sixteenth century castle.
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
Fondest memory: still here still enjoying what as not been changed yet in nerja
Straight around the old Spanish bars, winding down the streets to the Balcon for a great warm welcome, fantastic culture with lovely tapas and cheap drinks!
Fondest memory: I miss most the possibility of strolling around in the warm sun, before being able to enter a Spanish bar and be treated fantastically, in a town with true character.
If you need advice on what to do in and arround Nerja or if you just need a map of the city stop into the Oficina de Turismo de Nerja. This small office located just off the the square at the Balcon de Europa is full of information from a city map to directions to local attractions and they can additionally help you with booking tickets to one of the many summer concerts in the Nerja Caves.
Location: C/ Puerta del Mar, 2
Tel: 95 252 15 31
If you're looking to hop on the internet while in Nerja to check your e-mail or to get some information on your next destination then make your way to a little computer shop called Digi. They have about 6 PCs, very reasonable prices (about €1 for an hour) and very friendly service.
Location: San Miguel 24 "B"
Tel: 952 528 614
However, the heart of Nerja is its spectacular Balcón de Europa, the "Balcony of Europe".
Look the panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the small caves and beaches below. And what about the mountains.... love them
Fondest memory: Look that views..... the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below and the mountains at the end.