Nerja Local Customs

  • Mercadona
    by Pauldelabar
  • Local Customs
    by stickynickyuk
  • Sevillans
    by amapola66

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  • List of helpful numbers,Airport,police

    by stickynickyuk Written Feb 6, 2006

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    Useful telephone numbers:

    Malaga airport (arrivals) 95 204 88 44/38

    Malaga airport (departures) 95 204 88 42/48

    Bus station 95 252 15 04 Post Office 95 252 17 49

    Taxi rank Plaza Ermita 95 252 4519

    Association Taxistas 95 252 0537

    Local Police 95 252 1545

    Local Ambulance 95 252 3131

    Ambulatorios Tourist Office 95 252 1531

    Emergency Services Central number for Fire, Police & Ambulance 112
    Police 091
    Fire Brigade 080
    Guardia civil 062

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    Siesta from 2pm until 5pm.

    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 19, 2005

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    Most shops and some bars close from 2pm until 5pm for a Siesta (Snooze) Mondays to Fridays.
    On Saturdays, some shops close at 2pm and do not reopen again that day.
    On Sundays many shops and some bars are closed all day.

    Getting money (Euros):
    So as Cambios and Banks also close, either remember to get your money changed before they close ,
    use your CARD in an ATM (Hole in the Wall) so that you are not left short of cash.

    Tabacos (Tobacco shops) all close for Siesta. Nearly all are closed all day on Sundays. So if you smoke, stock up on Saturdays.

    If you are really stuck without cigarettes on a Sunday, some bars have machines and, unlike in the UK, do not charge much more than the Tabacos although you will have to settle for what brands they have. You may see newspaper booths that also sell cigarettes and cigars but you will be paying MUCH more than at the Tabacos shops.

    A place with such a machine and always open is the 'Hostal Ermita' bar/restaurant - just through the LEFT hand door and on your immediate left. Location - Calle San Miguel.

    Essentials on Sundays:
    Bread shops (Panaderias) are open every day including Sundays. The big supermarket, Mercadona, is CLOSED all day on Sunday, but MAS is open (prol. Antonio Millon).
    Fresh vegetable shops are usually open on Sunday mornings until about lunchtime.
    Bars vary their opening times and closed days through the week but there are a large percentage that close on Sundays or do not open until the evening.

    Mercadona has a website so that you may find the nearest to where YOU are staying in Spain. Link below.

    Mercadona You can get cigs here.
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    Free magazines are useful

    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 19, 2005

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    I cannot extol enough the absolute necessity of picking up a FREE copy of either "Nerja Essential" or "The Market Place" if you are new to Nerja. These can be found in most bars and outside Estate agents.

    Inside you will find :-
    A town street map.
    Fiestas etc.
    A bars list with reference to the map (grid).
    Restaurant list.
    Coach timetable.
    Useful telephone numbers.
    Articles which will give you a flavour of the area.
    And much, much more.

    Nerja Essential has a website where you can keep up with the news of the area and even see articles from their archives. Link below.

    Nerja Essential Magazine cover.
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    Dress code.

    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 12, 2005

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    I know the weather can get hot - VERY HOT, on the Costa del Sol.

    But when going into Restaurants and bars, also when dining in most Hotels, both Spanish and English do prefer you to wear a shirt. (and other clothes of course).

    In other words, keep the beach wear purely for the beach in respect for the Spanish, other nationalities living here, and other customers alike.

    Shorts and 'T' shirts are acceptable. Swim wear is not.
    The exceptions are some bars that are actually ON the beach where beachwear is unavoidable if you've just been on it. But in the towns, please cover up to a respectable degree.

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    Fiestas and Ferias

    by amapola66 Updated Sep 23, 2005

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    Fiestas de San Antón de Maro
    16 and 17 January

    Carnival - February

    Crosses of May - 3 May

    Romería de San Isidro - 15 and 16 May
    (my intention is to make this one, it has been highly recommended by a local).

    San Juan - 23 and 24 June

    Nerja cave festival - July

    Day of Carmen - 16 July

    Feria de las Maravillas de Maro
    7 to 9 September

    Feria de Nerja
    9 to 12 October

    Processions and Easter floats
    Holy week

    New Years Eve - Party in the streets.

    Feria - Nerja
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    New Years Eve in Nerja

    by amapola66 Updated Jun 19, 2005

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    As with much of Spain, a really good time to visit Nerja, is New Years Eve.

    Due to the kinder climate, the event is held outside on the Balcon de Europa, which is a walkway constructed on a large natural cliff, with stunning views along the coast.

    The band set up in the nearby square and the whole town come out, dressed up to the nines, and party the night away until dawn.

    The atmosphere is incredibly friendly, with people bringing cold boxes with champagne and peach juice which is shared round happily.

    Dressing up is a must, it is like a fashion parade, with everyone in evening dress, the ladies in particular, looking absolute stunning.

    At midnight, you have to eat a large grape everytime the clock strikes (harder than you would imagine) - there are fireworks and you can buy a party bag very cheaply containing various party items including plastic noses, streamers etc

    There is none of the slightly nervous aggressive feel of similar outside events in much of the UK (not Brighton though, I hasten to say). All ages are out dancing and singing from babies to Grandparents.

    We left the party at around 4 am and it was still going strong. The gutters were knee deep in empty champage bottles, which somehow, ahd miraculously disappeared by morning (amazing!)

    Highly recommended for a fabulous time and without the need to worry about baby-sitters!

    Party night, New Years Eve, Nerja
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    by amapola66 Updated Mar 14, 2005

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    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).

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    Other festivals

    by Carmela71 Written Jul 4, 2003

    In november there is a day called the DAY FO THE RESIDENT, as this area has lots of people residents living there, with actuations... really fun

    Also in september there is a day called the DAY OF THE TOURIST, since the 60´s, with actuations and parties.

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    New Years Eve

    by Carmela71 Written Jan 15, 2003

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    Sandra and me, we went to pass the 2001-2002 night there...

    We had a great dinner at the restaurant of a friend and them went out till morning..

    I love nightlife in nerja, we went to Obelix most of the night with our friends.

    My friend Placido who used to be the discojokey there, has open a new pub, as soon as i tried i will bring updated information ....

    Sandra NYE 2001-2002
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