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Any bar or building undergoing a building alteration is now, under Spanish law, bound to make the access wheelchair friendly.
Bars must make access to the bar AND the toilets suitable for wheelchair users.
Whilst all this is very commendable and a step in the right direction, the paved streets of Nerja do NOT come up to scratch and are anything but wheelchair friendly. Some pavements are barely 8 inches wide whilst others have semi perminant power line poles right in the centre of already narrow pavements. So who is kidding who?
On one hand the Spanish government, albeit probably at the behest of Brussels, seems to want to improve facilities for the disabled and then on the other hand the pavements and roadways cannot support the rest.
I would hate to be a wheelchair user in Nerja.
Updated Nov 11, 2005
It's not just hot countries where mosquitos proliferate but damp, wetland areas; or to be more accurate a combination of the two.
The science bit:
Mosquitos are attracted to Carbon Dioxide and Pheremones.
A readily available commercial repellent is called 'Autan'. Available from chemists and even supermarkets in the UK. It smells of Lemon and was in the form of a rub on stick but is probably available as a spray now.
Cures after being bitten:
Try to refrain from scratching, (May be hard to do but this makes the bite bleed). It also makes them itch worse!
'Afterbite' is a rub on stick available in most countries which, although stinky, relieves the itchy effect and stops the bleeding.
Another is to use a slice of lemon rubbed on the bite.
Many people think that eating plenty of Garlic in your food dicourages Mosquitos from biting you in the first place and keeps them (and people) away.
An electrical solution is a 'plug in' mosquito 'Zapper' available cheaply from many shops in the UK with Spanish 2 pin for plugging straight into a wall socket. Run 24/7, they take very little power. Only problem is, if you are in an hotel, most use the smart card system for power when you enter/exit the room. Zapper will be turned off when you go out.
If you have air con., keep the windows closed at night having closed them prior in early evening and made sure that THEY are not already inside!
Spray rooms with insect repellent, available from most supermarkets in town.
Your own place:
If you are plagued by mosquitos and have no fitted sliding mesh screens on your windows, (particularly bedroom windows), put up net curtains which deter their entrance as long as the curtains are pulled taut. For this you need curtain wires or rods top AND bottom.
If you can get hold of an 'African Pyrethum' plant it will discourage all insects as it is the basis for most insecticide sprays. Try a garden centre if you are here for a long amount of time.
Updated Nov 11, 2005
This information is correct as of 19 Sep 2005.
There is major building work just up from the new Mercadonna supermarket. the pavement is not very wide there anyway, but now we have to contend with wooden power poles in the middle of the pavement.
So you may find that is safer and easier to walk on the other pavement. (the Guardia Civil side). Take great care crossing the road it is one of the busiest roads in Nerja.
Neither side is really suitable for wheelchair passage. Wheelchair users would be better to use Calle Pintada if coming up from the Balcon to the top of town or bus station.
Updated Nov 11, 2005
Be careful of the sellers of music CDs that go round the bars and restaurants flogging cheap CDs. Sometimes the box does not contain what it's supposed to.
The only real way of checking is to play them, so if you can, see if the bar/restaurant will let you check them out on their CD player
Written Sep 28, 2005
The telephone numbers for the local police are
NERJA: Calle San Miguel - 95 252 0091
COMPETA: Avda de Torrox 21 - 95 251 6097
FRIGILIANA: Plaza del Capitan Cortes 3 - 95 253 3003
TORROX - 95 253 8008
NERJA - 95 252 1545
TORROX - 95 253 8115
TORROX PUEBLO - 95 253 98 28
Written Sep 23, 2005
OK, it's just a personal thing but I hate those people who pose as living statues. There used to be none in Nerja but the last couple of years they are starting to multiply and are fast taking over the entrance to the Balcon de Europa.
Written Sep 20, 2005
It seems around the area of Tutti Frutti Square a group of youths that can be indentified by a feather earring have caused me unease a few times, they are no more than any other towns idiots, just as a warning if you spot one of them try not to antagonise them, because they will have a few friends close to hanD!
Really they just tend to prefer being left alone by foreigners, unless they are women! Nothing much to be fearful, it can just prevent any trouble before it happens if you know what to look for.
Written Feb 10, 2005
This is the busy carriageway which starts in Malaga and runs right through into Nerja, I walked along here a couple of times at night because the beach was isolated, and the traffic is mad!!
Walk along the beach - Not this busy road!!
Updated Nov 3, 2004
Not really a warning or a danger, but one thing I dislike seeing British style pubs in Spanish resorts. The seem to cater for the British tourist who are too nervous or narrow minded to experience anything new or different. To me it seems to be the kiss of death to a town with so much character, I just hope this trend does not continue here.
My suggestion would be to experience the local Spanish bars, you will get a friendly welcome and will often have the benefit of trying the local tapas, and experience something new.
Here was a Welsh bar, as a Welshman myself I can vouch that it is not really typical of Wales. Its called the Three Cliffs, after the well known Bay on the Gower peninsula in Wales.
Updated Jul 4, 2003
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