Fantastic scenic tours on quad bikes in the nerja and frigiliana countryside, this was so much fun and great for any age though you must be 25 to drive the quad bike my daughter who is only 8 was able to ride free as a passenger .
We saw some amazing scenery and had some really tasty tapas for lunch in a beautiful old spanish village all was included in the price which was very reasonable.
Our guide was really lovely and very interesting when giving info about the area ,we had lots of opportunities to take photos and had time to practice driving the quads before we set off from Nerja quad tours beautiful spanish villa in frigiliana. A definate must do for families ,couples or friends on holiday in the nerja area.
Playing Bridge is one of the most popular pastimes on the Costa del Sol however because Bridge is played indoors in air-conditioned comfort, it is even more popular than playing golf or tennis (or lying on the beach) braving the scorching sun at the height of the Summer months.
One of the clubs we play in is “Trumps Bridge” in Nerja which draws its players from the surrounding areas. However there are visitors who are just on holiday from as far afield as USA, Canada, UK, Norway, Sweden etc. so it is not just a pleasant mind-challenging activity but is a social event meeting new people.
Trumps Bridge plays Duplicate Bridge on Monday and Thursday afternoons at the Al-Andalus Hotel in Nerja which is located just 200 meters away from the famous Nerja Caves.
Their website for details is www.bridgewebs.com/trumpsnerja http://www.bridgewebs.com/trumpsnerja or contact Andrew 958 827 918 or Marion 952 522 362. Partners can generally be found for single players. All visitors welcome.
I have been visiting Nerja once a year for quite a few years now. It is a small town with a beautiful coast line just 45 minutes drive from Malaga.
Escaping up into the mountains is a wonderful way to break up a beach holiday or to get out into nature during low season.
I always take a day tour with Life Adventure, a jeep tour and walking company run by a lovely couple (Swedish and Dutch) who provide a range of options for enjoying a day up in the mountains surrounding Nerja.
On the trips I have gone on the company jeep picks you up and takes you up to a spot in the mountains. From there the chosen walk begins (I have been on easy walks and more advanced ones).
My favourite one was walking along the mountain water irrigation canals, it had fantastic views over the canyon and, in the distance, the sea. The walk took us down to the bottom of the canyon where it continued along the stream and included a couple of waterfalls!
The guide, Micheal, is very knowledgeable and I have always felt very safe. I would highly recommend spending a day with Life Adventure, their service is great and the mountains are absolutely beautiful!!
Another radio station that broadcasts in English is Sunshine Radio. They transmit on 99.1 fm. You can contact them by phoning : 952 528 047; Fax : 952 525 856; email : email@example.com;
Last year, (2004), Nerja Equine Sanctuary opened to provide a home for mistreated and homeless horses, donkeys and mules. The sanctuary, SEPE NERJA, is a local autonomous branch of S.E.P.E. (Sociedad Española para la Protección de los Equinos) a national Spanish society (charity) whose aims are the rescue and protection of all equines.
Last year they had 5 donkeys and 2 elderly mules, plus assorted cats and dogs that were left with them. These they do their best to find homes for.
if you like animals, this is a good place to visit and give some financial aid to as the animals are well cared for and all the staff are all volunteers.
They are open to the public from 10am to 2pm seven days a week. There is a kids club on Saturday, 10-2.
Harriet, one of the staff, has her own website and diary at www.harrietsdonkeys.org
Since Nerja was the only place during our entire 3-week trip in Spain that we actually stayed on the waterfront, we took some time out to simply relax on our balcony and enjoy the various activities taking place along the Mediterranean coast.
When we first arrived in town we made the very short walk from Hostal Marazul to a nicely landscaped and tiled promenade down by the beach, Plaza Fabrica de los Congrejos (Plaza of the Crabs). It is actually named after an old crab factory that used to be located in this part of Nerja. We experienced the first wet and windy weather of our trip on arrival in Nerja but still enjoyed the big waves coming in and crashing on the rocky shoreline below the viewing area. The large square azulejo-like tiles used for flooring in the plaza are actually quite slippery when wet, so a bit of caution is required if it has been raining.
It was great having a balcony with a seaside view at the Hostal - we spent a few hours there sipping wine while reading our books or just looking out, up or down at the various activities along the waterfront (2nd photo). One of the most exhilarating was watching a motorized paraglider (3rd photo) as it swooped over the sea just off-shore - what a view he must have had. Our birdwatching binoculars came in handy for that as well as for checking out the container ships and cruise liners passing by on the horizon (4th photo). We did a great deal of driving during this holiday, so it was a real pleasure to just sit still for a bit!
Most of our visits to Nerja were in February or March and on several occasions we were there for the Fiesta held usually on the weekend before Ash Wednesday.
It was always great fun and.although obviously managed and overseen somehow, it had an air of spontaneous organised chaos.
It was lovely to walk around in the carnival atmosphere that gripped the town centre in absolute safety; small children played freely and we never saw any drunkeness or anti-social behaviour.
We have not seen been there at the right time for several years so I only have reports that it has become a much bigger, more orgainsed event in recent years.
Not really sure if we were on the right track for Competa, we pulled the car over in Sayalonga and got out to see if we could gather any additional information on a Saturday morning.
Although inhabited since Roman times, the present-day architecture of Sayalonga is pure white-washed Moorish style and sits at an altitude of 355-m above sea level. Its 1200 residents make their living from the terraced hillsides as they harvest traditional crops of olives, almonds, citrus fruits and even Nisperos (Medlar Fruit), an exotic Asian species that was brought back from the far east centuries ago (when ripe they taste similar to apple sauce).
We parked our car and got out for a stroll to see if we could find the local tourist information office - we did but it was closed. However, we did enjoy our stroll through the almost deserted downtown area of the village - the architecture was quite amazing as various squares were connected by decorative steps. As luck would have it, one wall held a large decorative azulejo (tiled) map of the area that clearly showed Sayalonga was on the route to Competa! That made us feel better as we headed back to the car, where we met a young Englishman getting out of his Range Rover. We asked him just to be sure and he pointed us in the right direction for Competa. In the end, Competa was really busy on Saturday morning market day and we did not enjoy it as much as our unplanned walk in Sayalonga (see my 'Warnings & Dangers' tip and you will understand why!).
While leaving Nerja the next day for Tarifa, we detoured inland once more to check out Frangiliana, another village that is highly spoken of. However, it began to rain so we gave it a miss and continued on our long drive to the Atlantic coast.
Spain is known for its small and picturesque 'white villages', scattered here and there in the mountainous countryside just inland from the Mediterranean Sea, so we decided we had better go have a look for ourselves. There are a few of these villages just on the outskirts of Nerja - when leaving town just go straight across the main divided A7 coastal highway into the network of narrow, twisting but scenic roads that lace these mountains (they are smooth and in good shape though). It seems that we always do every backward because we never have any set plans - we made our 'white village' excursion while driving from Torremolinos to Nerja, trying to locate the village of Cómpeta to see what all the fuss was about.
Our large road map covering all of Spain was a bit 'sketchy' when it came to small secondary roads, so we were never entirely sure of where we were actually going when detouring onto some of those roads. However, we did not really care as we were enjoying the scenery and knew that we would eventually turn up somewhere. Don't sweat the small stuff - just drive around a bit taking in the sights and stopping to take photos if you see something that appeals to you.
If you have a rental car and some time to spare, you can even make a day-trip to the spectacular inland gorge at Alhama de Granada. This is another of Spain's many natural attractions, and one that tries to give Ronda a run for its money when it comes to having spectacular gorges in town - but does not quite do it!
We arrived there from Torremolinos at about 1 PM on New Year's Day and were really impressed by the gorge cut into the surrounding countryside by the Alhama River. The weak winter sun was beaming directly down the gorge at us, making it difficult to get decent photos of the quite impressive spectacle but we tried our best. It was amazing to stand on the precipice at the edge of Alhama de Granada and see the river headed straight for town (2nd photo). However, the rock walls won that battle and deflected the river east as shown in the 3rd photo. We really enjoyed our time just taking in the entire scene but, if you wish, you could be part of a group exploring the gorge itself, which can be walked from one end to the other alongside the Alhama River. If you want to return to civilization at the top of the gorge you have a choice of either steep slopes or steps (some of which are carved into the rock face) at several locations in the gorge.
As we continued east, we were amazed at the view we had of Lake Bermejales off in the distance (4th photo), a water reservoir that also serves as a great recreation area. In our case, it took us just over 2 hours to reach Nerja from Alhama (during our second visit to Nerja by way of the outskirts of Granada). However, if you are starting from Nerja, it only takes about 1 hour to cover the 69 km to Alhama de Granada by first travelling west along the Mediterranean shore before heading inland near Velez-Malaga (instead of the 148 km via our unplanned route past Granada). The mountain route from Velez-Malaga is really spectacular (as shown in my 'Torremolinos' page).
have a look, its best at night where the real colours emerge from the darkness and all the vampires come out to play. You can spot them coz of their long pointy teeth and lust for blood. Also the bats, swirling and swooping on the unsuspecting masses, it's just so like that village in Van Helsing and all the girls look like dem sexy vampires as well. Oh yes and the caves are real good, well worth a visit, and its a nice walk.
Another radio station broadcasting in English is Spectrum fm. They transmit on 105.5 fm.
Now broadcasting with Dave Lee Travis (The Hairy Monster) on a Saturday from 12:00 until 3:00pm Spanish time.
Yet another radio station transmitting in English is REM transmitting on 104.8 fm.
REM stands for Radio Europe Mediterraneo.
Now has the Emperor Rosko from Los Angeles on rem Saturdays at noon (Spains time. UK + 1 hour).
If you are staying in Nerja and are missing logging onto VT, then take yourself down to Cafe MedWeb.
Here for very reasonable rates you can log on and catch up with you E mails, search for cheap flights or log on to VT. You can print things in Black or in Colour. Windows XP and a Broadband connection ensures an excellent service.
Drinks both alcoholic or none are available. For those who do, you can smoke. They also do hot and cold snacks and they speak English. Also the place is not clinical as in a library, you may take a friens to show off your site or just for company and talking is not discouraged.
Take a walk ino the countryside and hills outside Nerja. The roads are quiet and as the road s rise up you get a great view of the surrounding landscape and the sea. You never know what you might see too.
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