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Nerja. The name Nerja comes from the moorish word for the village “Narixa” which means abundance of water, but the abundance is not through rain!
Nerja has 300 days of sunshine which makes it a great all year round destination. Nerja is still nearer to the real Spain, and just a few minutes walk from the Town centre and you can still occasionally see Oxen pulling a plough, and just a few more minutes drive away is some of the most magnificent scenery to be seen anywhere. Although Nerja has succumbed to tourism it has managed to keep a lot of it’s character, particularly the old part of town with narrow (some still cobbled) streets and loads of great Tapas Bars. Nerja is less than two hours drive from the Sierra Nevada (Europe’s most Southerly Ski resort) so you can be on the beach for the morning, and skiing in the afternoon!
The Nerjanow Latest :
The concert performed on the Balcon de Europa last night by the town’s junior band was most excellent, a great selection of music. These young talented musicians deserve the massive applause they got at the end of the evening. Well done!
I also got to see the new lighting of the cliffs at Calahonda beach for the first time
Nerja is very busy now, parking is a bit of a nightmare and last night most of the bars in the west of town were doing a roaring trade. We called into Cafe Paris (used to be French/La Tren/Gastro bar etc) for the first time for a caña and tapas and were very impressed, not a huge choice of tapas but very, very tasty and friendly smiling staff.
10 out of 10 for this one!.
Cafe Paris is almost at the top of C/Chaparil on the right, or coming down Castilla Perez it’s the first turning on the right and on your left.
La Tahona Holandesa are having an authentic Indonesian Buffet Saturday 26th, reservations only please ( Tel 653 417 466 )
Currently they are open summer hours; from 5pm in the evenings and will be closed from 10th August until 28th August for holidays and when they re-open they will be offering a regular Saturday night Indonesian buffet and on Sundays a traditional Sunday roast but with a Dutch twist of course.
The former Stereo/Chique/Rafael bar on C/Chaparil re-opens this Thursday as Retro Bar offering all drinks for 1 euro each: house spirits/wine/draft beer/bottles Alhambra/mixers/tea/coffee. Now owned by Cullen Leisure who own Potters/El Pino/Sportsman bars. Phew a lot of forward slashes there!
So… my car needs a new ITV so I logged onto the ITV website to book an appointment with no success. It kept telling me that “the appointment date needs to be a date” Doh.
So I rang them and was told the earliest date was 10 days after my ITV runs out!
So off I went this morning to the ITV centre at Algarrobo and got a walk in appointment. Five and a half hours later I got my ITV all sorted.
The moral of the story is to book early LOL.
Well, over the last couple of days the temperature has clicked up at least a couple of degrees and Nerja seemed to suddenly fill up with people, last night everywhere seemed really busy!
Well done to Papagayo bar on Calahonda beach for last night’s DJ event, we didn’t get there until well after 3am and the place was still bouncing. Just in time to catch DJ Tony Almeda’s last set. Hopefully this will become a regular event through the summer months.
The Balcon de Europa. Night and Day:
While there are quite a few beaches actually in Nerja there some slightly hidden gems along the old coast road to La Herradura and most of them take a little figuring out how to get down there.
This one was deserted on Tuesday (although not a drop of sand in sight the water was superb and the views loverley) and apart from us there was just one surfer but within a couple of hours there were a dozen of them (the pic doesn’t do the spectacle justice!)
We were invited to a birthday party at El Varadero on Playazo beach yesterday and although it was a bit blowy to say the least, we had a fantastic day, the entertainment was provide by Maika Lavera and los Grajos.
If you EVER get the chance to see this band do not miss it. This is the third time I have seen them and in the short time they have been together they have just got better. A faultless performance and without doubt the best band I have seen in Nerja. (pic courtesy Laura, El Varadero)
We called into Marbella (formerly Casa Luque) on Plaza Cavana on Sunday night and walked through to the lounge at the rear. The terrace was closed for the night but the lounge is very very nice, big chairs and sofas, mood lighting, a lovely bar and really nice staff. Even though it was late we were made to feel very welcome and the wine was good too, both red and white and not too expensive considering it was after 2am. Definitely recommended for a night cap or just a drink in lovely surroundings!
The new helipad is complete, but this is the first time I have seen a town name on one. Maybe the pilots get lost sometime LOL
The Nerja donkey Sanctuary is to close, this is from their website
“After 10 years of hard work, Nerja Donkey Sanctuary is closing at the end of June.
We have decided to close the charity: it has been a very emotional choice, but Harriet feels it is for the best.
For the charity to continue we would need to move to new premises which would run to around 10,000 Euros.
At the moment the charity does not have the right licences. In order to get these we need to move. We would also need to obtain building permissions and all of this requires a lot of time and money, neither of which we have.
The donkeys are moving to El Refugio Del Burrito in Antequera. Chuleta is also going to Antequera. Carretta and Espanyola will stay with Harriet. Shaggy is moving to Frigliana, Chispa, Rosie and Poppy to Coin, Siloueta to Marbella.
Campeone the horse is looking for a home as a companion, the pigs are also looking for homes as is Sammie the dog, five cats, and another four dogs. If you are able to help re-home any of these animals, please contact Harriet at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
La Tahona Holandesa is holding it’s next Indonesian buffet this Saturday 7th June.
Next Sunday (1st June) from 2pm The Chapel Bar will be hosting `The Big Lunch´, an afternoon get – together for friends and neighbours.
For some years now this has taken place on this day in the U.K.
The idea to bring communities together for one afternoon with events and street parties. To join in all you have to do is bring along a plate of food and enjoy the fun.
I had a great night at El Varadero last night.
Billy Preacher & Sons is the best band I have seen in a long time, and the news gets better, on Sunday June 1st from 3pm Mama Paula Blues band will be playing there. It’s going to be busy so get your table booked now!
Like many people I really like El Playazo beach the way it is, but I always felt it needed somewhere to sit and a bit of shade, well my wish has come true over the last few weeks the town hall has built some bench seating and now they have planted mature (although a bit pruned right now) trees where the new seats are…well done.
What is this place, who used to “live” there? read more
The townhall’s plans to re-open the coastal walkway from the Balcon de Europa all the way to Burriana seemingly includes the demolition of Papagayo bar on Calahonda beach?
Well May is here and San Isidro is just a couple of days away and the jacaranda is in blossom (a bit of a grey day today though) and a reminder that your vehicle tax should be paid by 16th May
La Tahona Holandesa has a new summer menu available form 1st May, you can see it here
Phew, after a scorchio weekend we’ve got a scorchio Monday with the mediteranean like a mill pond, this is the view to the balcon de Europa from the paseo at Torrecilla:
A couple of photographs taken today of the construction of the sewage treatment plant here
There are lots of things to do this weekend in Nerja, at Valadero on Playazo beach on Friday Midnight Mechanics and Kap’n Krap, on Saturday St Georges day party at The Chapel and The Spring Fiesta in Tutti Frutti and on Sunday it is Resident’s Day on Plaza de Espana with an impressive list of participants see the full list
Congratulations to Tahona Holandesa who will soon celebrate their first anniversary and would like to invite you for a snack and drink from 8pm on 3rd May. They are also offering 20% discount on meals (drinks not included) for the whole of the month of May!.
On Saturday 26th April in the afternoon the Chapel will be holding their annual St. Georges day celebration in the Plaza outside the bar:
* British Legion Tombola stall.
* Tug of war.
* Chapel Derby ( have a bet )
* Man in the stocks ( probably an estate agent )
* Ball through the hole competition.
* Burger stand.
* Premiership football will be showing, so you won´t miss it.
* Show your patriotism, wear your colours.
Tonight sees the start of the Semana Santa processions (although of course there is one on Palm Sunday) from around 6pm from San Salvador Church on the balcon….read more about Semana Santa
I am quite a big fan of the Simpsons cartoon series and I always thought that the beer that Homer drinks was a fictitious brand but it is actaully on sale in Nerja! read more
The last 4 days the weather has been hot n sunny and shorts and t-shirts are everywhere with highs of 28C! Time for beer on terraces and in the west of Nerja 3 bars are opening soon read more….
Well the mystery over the long closed Codfather in Nerja is over. Terry (original owner of the Codfather), and Nick Rowley are re-opening the place as a bar, but are looking for suggestions for the new name.
First Restaurant are offering a free glass of cava to old and new clients to celebrate their new 6 course menu on Saturday 5th April.
Many thanks to Michael Hunt for these photographs of the recent Nerja Carnaval. see pics
It seems the wildfire season has started early this year, this afternoon a fire broke out on the hillside behind Torrox Pueblo.. read more
The old Centurion Restaurant is set to open next week as Fitzgerald’s Bar Restaurant. read more
National Police have broken up a Bogus Gas Inspector network after a 2 year operation. read more
It is always good that shops and bars and restaurants have their opening hours on display, and even better when there is an emergency telephone number displayed. read more
Some news that may be good for the bars on El Playazo beach that were fined and told to cease trading earlier this year. read more
The Boatyard bar on El Playazo beach is set to re-open this weekend under Spanish owners and as well as the main bar, the small bar at the entrance will be open. They will be offering tapas as well as a full menu.
After spending millions of euros over the years replenishing sand on Ferrara beach at Torrox, work to implement the solution of building a break water has begun at the El Morche end of the beach.
Just before midday today there were some strange vapour trails in the sky above Nerja.
4 aircraft were obviously playing catch me if you can!
Well the rain that was forecast for today’s Carnaval pretty much stayed away and although it is windy the atmosphere is great. See first pics here
Another lovely day here in Nerja and what a great weekend ahead. Friday is Dia del Pedal where many hundreds of cyclist enjoy Andalucia Day by cycling around Nerja. This year is the 26th year of the event and last year nearly 2,500 cyclist took part.
Saturday is the Carnaval procession and a great spot to watch it from is the Chapel where a pre carnaval party will take place from 4pm, with fancy dress (Grease is the theme so 50′s style!) the procession starts around 5pm from Verano Azul. more on the carnaval
Sunday is the Burial of the sardine that starts in Plaza de Espana behind the town hall. more on the Burial of the Sardine
Meanwhile this was Torrecilla beach at 2.30pm today:
A message from The Costa Animal Society ( CAS):
Animal Rights Laws
As a result of the rising number of rescue calls which the Costa Animal Society (CAS) has already received this year, the charity must emphasize that it is a criminal offence to abandon or abuse a dog or cat.
In 2003, the Junta de Andalucía enacted a set of basic animal rights laws which have gone a long way to improve the care of animals on the Costa but have not solved the problem of pets being left behind when their owners return to home.
The following is a short list of what is covered by the 2003 animal rights laws so anyone grossly violating these obligations should be reported to the Seprona branch of the Guardia Civil.
But remember, these laws follow common sense and certainly only the most serious offenders will face the toughest punishment.
Obligations – Owners of animals must care for their animals as indicated below:
1. In good hygienic sanitary conditions with proper lodging
2. Provide food, water, vaccinations and treatment for the health of the animal
3. Microchip at three months of age
4. Dogs should always be in the view of their owners in public areas
5. Owners must dispose of excrement left by their animals in public places
1. Maltreatment or physical abuse of animals 75 – 30,000 €
2. Abandonment of an animal 2,000 – 30,000 €
3. Keeping an animal tied up permanently 500 – 3,000 €
4. Dog/Rooster fighting 2,000 – 30,000 €
5. Leaving poison in public places 2,000 – 30,000 €
Preparing your pet for return to the UK.
Preparing your pet for return to the UK
In recent years, the Pet Travel Scheme in Britain has been streamlined to make it quicker and easier to move back to the UK with your beloved dogs and cats.
The six month quarantine has been replaced with a short 21 day waiting period, which can be done either in your own home or at a boarding kennels. If you cannot wait with your animal for the full 21 days, contact your local kennel or pet transport company for advice.
The first step is to make sure your pet has a microchip implanted by your vet and that a Pet Passport is issued. Either on the same day or anytime after the microchip is done, your animal needs to be fully vaccinated against rabies and then wait 21 days before it can travel to the United Kingdom.
Finally, canines must be wormed for more than 24 hours but no longer than five days before entering Britain and this must be documented in the Pet Passport by a vet. There is currently no worming requirement for felines.
Once all of this is completed make sure to keep the rabies vaccinations up to date in the Pet Passport so that your doggie or moggie can travel back and forth to the UK whenever you wish.
Losing UK TV here and the BBC have moved all their channels but don’t panic... read more
Residents’ Day Meeting Wednesday, 12th February at 13:00hrs
Nerja Town Hall Foreigners Department is preparing Residents Day 2014 and has the pleasure of inviting your association or club to the meeting that will take place on Wednesday, 12th of February at 13:00h at the meeting room “Salon de Plenos” of the Town Hall, second floor.
Residents Day will be on Sunday, April 27th and will be celebrated at the same place as last year, the Plaza de España, behind the Town Hall.
There will be stands showing their information, bars offering food and drinks, and a stage with music and entertainment all day. The opening will take place at 12:00h and the stands and bars should be ready by that time.
Stands will be open to the public from 12:00 to 17:00. Bars will be open until 19:00h as well as the stage.
Each association will bring their own white tent as last year. We would appreciate that at the meeting you confirm if your association would like a stand and / or a bar. If possible, please confirm previous to the
meeting, if your association will be participating at Residents Day by sending an email to the Foreigners
Department to email@example.com
In case of rain, Residents Day will be postponed to the following Sunday, 4th of May.
For further information, please contact Jacky at Nerja Foreigners Department any day at Tel. 952 54 8401 or by email.
Some great “new” old photographs of Nerja from 1983/6 and 1996 many thanks to Brian Coptcoat for sending them. You can see them here
If you fancy winning a meal for two at Meson Antonio then get your names down for the Valentine’s Night “Mr & Mrs” competition at The Chapel. The fun starts at 8pm, Friday 14th February!
Well after an absolute glorious Saturday and Sunday today had sunny skies but blowing a bit, and you can tell that it is near the end of January as the almond blossom in the countryside is in full bloom.
The new design (2 old pipes with sand and gravel) of the footbridge over the Rio Chillar continues to impress with the failure of it’s design.
This continues a long tradition of bad design for this footbridge that was washed away during the really bad storm a few years back.
The original (1 old pipe with sand and gravel ) design failed magnificently for a couple of years before being replaced with the new one. LOL
Well we are in the lull after the seasons festivities are over and after some glorious weather (Sunday was like a summers day!) we have had a couple of grey and damp days. Quite a few bar/restaurants take this time of year for their annual holidays but there are still loads of places open to wine and dine. Jamaica restaurant are having some work done inside during their annual break and Sevillana are also having some work done as well.
We don’t have to wait long for the next excuse for a party with Nerja’s famous carnaval procession on 1st March (it always seems to be the Saturday before Shrove Tuesday although the townhall are always a bit late in announcing the schedule of events for the days leading up to the procession.) You can read more about the procession here
The Indonesian nights at La Tahona Holandesa are such a success that this weeks night is fully booked but don’t worry, an extra date has been added on the 17th.
The Three Kings procession has started it’s journey around Nerja
Just after 2pm and even though the wind is blowing quite a bit making it feel chilly, there are people sunbathing on the sheltered part of Torrecilla beach. There is also a massive bank of cloud to the east of Nerja.
It seems that all the businesses on the beach, including the four bars, at El Playazo beach, Nerja have been given 6 weeks notice to quit!
The notice is from the Junta de Andalucia.
Hey! It is the Spanish celebration of the Three Kings on Sunday!
The procession passes the Chapel bar around 5pm, then later at 8pm it´s party time.
The Three kings will be breaking off their busy schedule to give out all your presents with the Chapel bar’s very own Secret Santa. To take part is easy.If you´re a Her you buy for a Her. If you´re a Him, buy for a Him. The price cap is around 5 €, clearly mark your pressie Him or Her. You can buy something as daft, zany or stupid as you like as it is only a bit of fun. There is also a free buffet, some party games and great music.
A bit of a wet start for the xmas party in Tutti Frutti from 1pm, but the bars are up!
Remember if you bring a kilo of non-perishable goods for local families in need you get a free drink!
If you are still unsure what to do for New Year’s Eve La Tahona Holandesa are offering all drinks and non stop tapas including a bottle of cava per couple to take to the Balcon for 44.50 per person.
Christmas Day started wet and windy and ended up blowing a hoolie and of course the footbridge over the Rio Chillar made it’s disappearing act.
Today the weather is back to normal with blue skies and sunshine.
It’s Christmas Eve!
I would like to wish Nerjanow’s many friends and supporters a very Merry Christmas, and for those who miss the snow here is a slightly adjusted photo of the town hall. Ho Ho Ho
On Saturday 28th December in Plaza Tutti Frutti there will be a Christmas party from 1pm. There will be live performances by the group Son del Arte and the choir Saro as well a sDJ`s and more guest artists.
Throughout the day there will be free Mijas and drinks served at popular prices. More importantly the will be a food bank collecting for less fortunate families in Nerja. Anyone donating a kilo of nonperishable food will be rewarded with a drink.
The party is organized by businesses in Tutti Frutti Square, in collaboration with the Delegation of Youth council of Nerja.
Organizers ask the people attending this party not to forget to bring drums or musical instruments in order to create the best holiday atmosphere.
On December 23rd Papa Noel (Santa Claus) is making an appearance in Nerja at 5pm, his float will leave El Barrio then go through Plaza Cavana, C/Carmen, C/Pintada, Plaza Ermita, C/Granada and finish on the Balcon. Ho Ho Ho!
On Sat 28th December there will be a baking competition in the Plaza de Espana, with 3 prizes of 100 euros. See more on The What’s On Page
This Sunday is the 29th Nerja cycle race with the start and finish line on the Balcon de Europa. The fun starts at 4pm.
First Restaurant in Nerja still has a few spaces left for their Christmas evening dinner, you can check out their menu here
Get into the xmas spirit and support the now very popular carol service at Chapel Bar on Sunday 22nd December at 7.30pm .
All things Christmassy include Carols, mince pies, turkey sandwiches and mulled wine and finish with a prize draw with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal…so come on down and test those tonsils.
The belen (nativity scene) has made it’s annual appearance in the window of Muebles Hermoso on Calle Pintada and Cudeca also have one in their window in C/Almirante Carranza.
A lovely day in Nerja and Playazo beach looked lovely, but the access by vehicular traffic is now closed at the western end at the Rio Seco. Machines are digging part of the track up and the waste is being unloaded further back along the beach.
I guess this is for the winter clean up of the Seco before the winter rains come.
Damian from holiday rental marketing specialists, NeedMoreRentals.com, invites holiday home owners from Nerja to come down to the Balcon for a coffee and discuss your rental business on Saturday 4th Jan 2014.
Damian will answer your questions and give you the opportunity to find out how to significantly improve your online marketing and get more bookings. 1100-1300 Nerja Balcon – Location TBC (venue dependent upon numbers – max 20) Free.
Please confirm your attendance with Damian at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will confirm the location a few days before.
It was cold last night and a walk through town saw most places very quiet.
The Christmas lights are up and on in: The Balcon, Plaza Cavana, Diputacion and Pintada.
Ozone has re-opened with a flashy new facade that changes colour and a new name: Rockefeller.
The Christmas lights are up but with the weather so nice it doesn’t feel like Christmas is just around the corner.
The railings around the Torre between Chucho and Torrecilla are being replaced on one side with a nice wooden fence and a huge wall on the other.
Restaurant First are having a pre Christmas party with live music on Friday 6th December more
An appeal from the Chapel Bar: Does anyone have a musical keyboard that they could lend, or even play at the bar’s charity Carols night on 22nd December? You can contact Ian at the bar or call 686 632 773
In the same Chapel vein this Friday you can enjoy a traditional pub night from 8pm.
* Darts and Domino ( 5s & 3s ) competition.
* Fish & chip supper from the newly opened Pisces restaurant (5€)
* Sing – a – long to finish
A big thank you from Mark and Steven to all the well wishers who came to the re-opening of Linda’s Bar last night, there seemed to be a never ending stream of people all night. Opening hours are still the same 7.30 till late every night (closed Thursdays)
Coastline are proud to announce that they will be back on air from 10am Monday 6th January 2014.
Broadcasting to Nerja, Frigiliana and the surrounding area ‘Live and Local’, with new programming and some old favourites, it will have a fresh new feel and it will be back on it’s original frequency…. 97.6 fm, 24 hours a day!!!
“Our loyal listeners and advertisers have always been important to Coastline fm over the last 24 years and they demand the best, so they can expect great music from old and new presenters, plus exciting competitions and interviews as you would expect, and of course news from the BBC at the top of the hour together with Scandanavian and Irish news on the mornings half hour!
Interviews with local people who are ‘Living the Dream’ together with Restaurant and Bar reviews in the Mornings, plus ‘Where in the World’ competition and ‘Spanish’ news at Lunchtime, ‘Comedy Clips’ and ‘Where to go and What to do’ around the area in the afternoons. Plus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ‘THE’ best new music around, together with classics from the last 50 years!”
A brilliant and unusual photograph of a horse. click here
Work started yesterday at the bottom of Castilla Perez to upgrade the drains.
The bus stop near the cigarette shop has a sign advising that while work continues the nearest stop for the town bus is opposite the hotel Jimasol on Chaparil.
I think the winter has finally arrived, it is really chilly early morning but thankfully once the sun comes out it warms up nicely
To get you in the winter mood The Chapel has a conker competition tonight, conkers provided! (remember before H&S banned conkers from schools?)
Cold ‘n windy today but had a great night last night at Linda’s Bar for Linda’s last time at the Helm.
New owners Mark & Steven will re-open Linda’s bar on 1st December.
Last night was a touch on the cold ‘n windy side and resulted in the first snow on the mountains behind Nerja this morning!
18th Nov Pt2
After fifteen years Linda’s bar will close on Wednesday evening and after a quick re-fit in a Colonial/Cuban style will re-open on 1st December with new owners Mark & Steven who are best friends of Linda.
The “new” Linda’s will be a contemporary bar with great music and great atmosphere for the 30ish and over crowd.
Linda is joining her sister Margareth and husband Dirk at La Tahona Holandesa just around the corner.
No leaving party is planned for Linda’s last night but I suspect a lot of people will be there to have a last drink with Linda behind the bar
After a quite chilly start to the day the sun has come out once again and it is a lovely day!
La Tahona Holandesa Indonesian Night was a huge success last Thursday and the restaurant was fully booked. You can see the photographs here
They will be closed from 20th November for a well earned break and will re-open 5th December
A note from The Phoenix Club:
“We have commenced their Christmas collection of food for Los Angeles de Axarquia and La Cruz Roja, the Spanish Red Cross, Axarquia.
The Angels of Axarquia feed families in need at breakfast and in the evening, at their soup kitchen just outside the indoor market in Torre del Mar. The families who queue for food grow every day and they need our help.
La Cruz Roja help families in the whole of our region and they too are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with the demand. If you can help by donating any dry foodstuffs, (preferably in twos which makes it easier to share out) we would be most grateful. Pulses, rice, pastas, oils, all help towards filling a basket of food for these families, especially at Christmas.
Let us do our bit to help and be generous to those less fortunate than ourselves.
We will continue to collect food until the 17th December when we will invite both local charities to come in and collect our gift to them.”
**If anyone would like help with transport for donated food please contact me (Neville) I would be more than happy to help. 678 501 473 email@example.com
On Saturday 30th November The Boatyard bar is holding a Christmas Fair: 12-4pm Market stalls, bouncy castle, chestnuts, Father Christmas. New & old Christmas clasic music, mince pies, mulled wine and a lot more fun. Book your stall now 3 euros goes to charity.
From 13th November parking will not be allowed on the “temporary” car park at the site of the new health centre in Nerja. The sign says “to move earth” and will be closed for parking until the work is completed.
Last night’s Special Dutch buffet evening at La Tahona Holandesa was a huge success (see more pics here) Their next special evening is a Special Indonesian buffet on 14th November. Reservations only!
IT´S BACK ! ! ! ! The opening ceremony of the 2013/14 Cheese Club is this Wednesday from 7.30. Just bring a nice lump of cheese down to the Chapel bar and you can have a little nibble of everyone elses while they are nibbling on yours….. sounds fun eh?
Tomorrow is All Saints Day and a visit to the cemetery in Nerja might be in order... read more
Halloween fever comes to the west of Nerja with Ian’s fabulous Halloween party on Thursday, Irish Annie’s bash with Flip the same day then The Boatyard Halloween bash on Friday 1st November…. Scary.
The old Alameda bar on C/Jaen is set to re-open under what seems the umbrella of the Sevillana group. Woo Hoo another tapas bar in the west of town.
Sunday 27th October Nerja Donkey Sanctuary are having a Halloween Party: 11.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Free entry for adults and children.
Live Music, Bar, BBQ, Pony Rides, Bouncy Castle
Childrens’ Fancy Dress Competition (free entry) and Treat Hunt (5 euros entry to include children’s meal).
There will be a table top sale at the International Club in Calle San Juan 42 Nerja on this Saturday 19th October at 11am to 1.30pm free entry for non members and the bar will be open for refreshments!
The International Club is a registered social and cultural association over 30 years old.
Don’t forget that Jim Bowen will be hosting Bullseye at the Chapel Bar tonight.
“Lets have a look at what you could have won!”. Well Jim Bowen will be played by Mog! LOL
The madness amd fun that ids Nerja Feria is all over like a wedding and Nerja has returned to normality and the weather is still glorious!
Work has started to tile the pavement on C/Chaparil that was just concreted over as it wasn’t finished in time for the summer season.
An early (8.30pm) walk around the Feria ground this evening.
It is great to see that every bar in Tutti Frutti has got into the the Feria spirit and today at 10am lots were still setting up and no doubt hoping for a busy day. The fun starts at midday and at 4pm we have Dance Acadamy and Flamenco with El Sarao and SON DEL ARTE
The Feria starts tonight with speeches and the Nerja band from 8.30pm then the opening fireworks at 9.30pm ish.
The programme of this year’s Nerja Feria (9th to 12th October) has finally been released and for the second year there is quite a bit happening around the town, mainly Tutti Frutti and Antonio Millon:
Wed 9th October 20.30 Opening speeches and Nerja band at the Feria ground with Antonio Cortes
21.30 (ish) the illumnation of the Portico and fireworks
23.30 Caseta Municipal: The selection of the King and Queen of the Feria with live music and dancing
Thurs 10th October 12.00 to 20.30 – Daytime Feria in Antonio Millón & Tutti Frutti Square, Calle Cristo, Calle Gloria and Calle Pintada.
12.00 Caseta Municipal selection of theJunior King and Quen of the Feria
13.00 Announcement of the winners!
13.30 Caseta Municipal: “El Cortijo” entertainment with PACOYO
16.00 Calle Antonio Millón: Dance Acadamy and Flamenco with El Sarao and SON DEL ARTE
20.00 Church of El Salvador on the Balcon: Procession of the Patron saints accompanied by a choir ending up at The hermitage Ermita
22.00 Caseta Municipal “El Cortijo”: Live music with LOS HADOS NEGROS
23.00 Live music the the big sound of ALALBA
24.00 Caseta Municipal: Homage to Marifé de Triana with ANTONIO CORTÉS, JOANA JIMÉNEZ & ERIKA LEIVA
Fri 11th October
12.00 to 20.30 Daytime Feria in Plaza Tutti Frutti, Antonio Millón, Pintada,Cristo & Gloria.
13.30 Caseta Municipal “El Cortijo”: Live Music with PACO EL APAÑAO
14.00 Caseta Municipal: Homage to the third generation: Coronation of the Queen and King of the Feria forthe Third Age and the 2013 Grandparents.
Dancing later with the Alalba orchestra.
15.00 Plaza Tutti Frutti: The 2nd Tortillas competition and music with SON DEL ARTE.
18.00 Calle Antonio Millón: Live music with LOS HADOS NEGROS
22.00 Caseta Municipal “El Cortijo”: Live music all night with DÚO COMPÁS
23.00 Caseta Municipal “El Cortijo” local Nerja singer MÓNICA MARQUEZ
24.00 Caseta Municipal: Live music with NO ME PISES QUE LLEVO CHANCLAS
Sat 12th October
12.00 Church of El Salvador on the Balcon: A mass in honour the patron saint of the Guardia Civil the Virgen del Pilar
12.00 to 20.30 Daytime Feria in Plaza Tutti Frutti, Antonio Millón, Pintada,Cristo & Gloria.
13.00 Verano Azul Park A Procession of Feria Floats through Antonio Ferrándis, Chanquete, c/Jaén, c/Diputación,
Plaza Cavana,c/Carmen,Balcón de Europa, c/Puerta del Mar, c/Pintada, c/Herrera, Oria, c/Ruperto Andúez, c/Frigiliana,
and ending at The Feria Ground
13.30 Caseta Municipal: “El Cortijo”: Live music with DUO COMPAS
18.00 Antonio Millón: Daytime Feria with rock band JUKEBOX
18.30 Casita Municipal: Childrens entertainment with TV competition winners AVENTURAS DE PENEQUE ELVALIENTE
22.00 Caseta Municipal “El Cortijo” Dancing to live music from ALALBA
24.00 Caseta Municipal: ancing to live music and 10 years of hits with CHAMBAO
Sunday 13th Oct
12.00 to 20.30 Daytime Feria in Plaza Tutti Frutti, Antonio Millón, Pintada,Cristo & Gloria
14.00 Caseta Municipal “El Cortijo”: Dancing with DUO COMPASS
15.00 Plaza Tutti Frutti: Live music with TV show winners FILIU Y CIA
You can read more about the Feria here
La Tahona Dutch Oven is now open from 12 until late and have their new winter lunch menu with lots of tasty choices. You can see their new menu here
A Place in the Sun are currently filming in Nerja and over the last couple of days they have been filming a couple of apartments for sale in Torrox as well as Nerja by Villasol Real Estate.
On Friday 18th October Bullseye comes to the Chapel bar in Nerja, well Mog will be doing his best Jim Bowen impersonation. Secret prizes and lots of fun to be had then!
The Chique lounge (previously Stereo) which had a big for sale/rent sign in the window has had the sign removed. Could it be opening soon?
The Coral CoraXalia are beginning their 2013-2014 season musical season and are inviting new male and female singers to become members. You can find out more about Coral CoraXalia on the Clubs & Societies page.
If you are a hurling fan then Irish Annie’s will be showing the replay of the All Ireland Hurling final between Cork -v- Clare at 6pm on Saturday with the TV’s inside the air conditioned bar and also a TV on the terrace outside for the smokers etc.
This Thursday is Arthur Guinness’ Birthday so guess what? A party at Irish Annie’s. Guinness 3 euros a pint and lots of pressies at Irish Annie’s Nerja.
The planned closing down party at the Boatyard this Friday has magically turned into their 5th birthday party. How good is that? the Boatyard lives on!
There will be live music and wine beer, soft drinks and house spirits for 1 euro.
Other bar news is that the old Zigamar on Antonio Millon is to re-open as an Irish bar once the town hall has processed all the paperwork.
A bit of late news: Bernie & Fred (The Keys) are appearing tonight at Capella del Mar and Sat night at Caeli bar, both from 9.30ish.
There is a clean up of the rio chillar in Nerja planned for this Sunday, you can register your attendance at the Civil Protection office in Hernando de Carabeo.
Dont you love September in Nerja?
It is my favourite month, still baking hot during the day but cooler in the mornings and evenings, most of the crowds of August are gone, parking is easier and the holiday visitors have changed from lots of families with young children to an older crowd mainly of singles and couples. A great time to explore Spain from as walking is back on the agenda if you time it to miss the still mad heat of the afternoon. September is also the start of the gorgeous sunset season and the time for spaceship like clouds.
I love it
After a couple of days with a nice cooling breeze that saw September in we are back in August weather again!
The date for the Boatyard’s final bash has been brought forward a day to Friday 27th September, music and fun and drinks 1euro (beer wine soft drinks and house spirits!)
A slightly belated big thank you to Les and Niall and of course Frigiliana town hall for a great night on Saturday. A bit of an early start with a wander around Friggy then up to the football stadium just in time to see local musician Lee Townsend entertaining the audience before Mama Paula Blues Band and then the Bootleg Beatles.
Too much fun, too much drink, too much dancing, so all in all a jolly good night.
I hope that we will be seeing more events from Les & Niall in the future…well done
Bootleg Beatles concert transport update:
The ticket price includes one free drink at the venue (either water, beer or Tinto de Verano) and free transport for Advance Ticket Holders only, to and from Frigiliana, from pick up points along the Eastern Costa Del Sol.
THE PICK UP POINTS AND TIMES FOR THE FREE BUS TO THE CONCERT AND BACK ARE AS FOLLOWS: You will not miss the concert so don´t worry see Band times at the bottom of this page!
From East (Costa Tropical) going West to Frigiliana
ALMUNECAR Bus Station 7pm sharp (19.00 sharp)
LA HERRADURA Bus Station 7.20pm sharp (19.20 sharp)
PLAYA DEL CANUELO Roundabout on N340 7.25 sharp (19.25 sharp)
MARO at the Roundabout Bus Stop 7.35pm sharp (19.35 sharp)
NERJA Bus Station 7.45pm sharp (19.45 sharp)
From East of Malalga going East to Frigiliana Costa del Sol East
RINCON DE LA VICTORIA Bus Station Portillo Centro 7pm sharp (19.00 sharp)
TORRE DEL MAR Bus Station 7.25pm sharp (19.25 sharp)
CALETTA at Hotel Paraiso 7.40pm sharp (19.40 sharp)
TORROX COSTA Bus Station Alcina 7.50pm sharp (19.50 sharp)
There is also a bus direct from Nerja Bus Station at 7.50 pm sharp (19.50 sharp) to Frigiliana stopping at Los Lomas on the way at 7.58 sharp (19.58 sharp)
** Please make sure you get on right bus, look at the front for Bootleg Beatles **
*** RETURN BUSES WILL LEAVE AT 01.15am , time may vary ***
*** The Multi Storey Car Park will be open for the concert and a nominal charge to use it will be made ***
***If you would like to bring a folding chair then please feel free as there will be an area cordened off for placing them……you may also sit, on a first come basis on the tiered steps in the stadium (cushion maybe advisable!)……there is also a Disabled area that has a great view and is flat!!!***
***EXPECT TO BE SCREAMING AND UP AND DANCING THOUGH!!!***
*** OUR SPECIAL GUESTS MAMA PAULAS BLUES BAND WILL BE STARTING AT 8.45pm (20.45) AND THE BOOTLEG BEATLES AT 11.15pm (23.15) Times are Approximate ***
After a very overcast but warm day yesterday followed by about an hours rain around midnight which cleared the air nicely, today is back to hot ‘n sunny
News that the Boatyard bar will close at the end of September after 5 years that included some great live music, Jazz & Jam sessions, some fun charity nights and a couple of Battle of the bands days means somewhat the end of an era. Good luck to Paul and family with their other ventures in the Boathouse, Potters bar and El Pino in Torrox Park.
The closing party on Sat 28th should be a night to remember with live music and fun from 6pm with all drinks 1 euro.
There are still tickets available for the Bootleg Beatles concert at Frigiliana football stadium this Saturday more information and ticket venues Here . The schedule for the free transport should be available tomorrow at the latest (I will post here) and if you don’t wish to take advantage of this, the underground car park will be open to park for a nominal fee. See you all up there
Mog is at the helm of the Chapel bar while Ian and family have a holiday. Call in and get your welcome whelk or grape and when you leave you of course get a goodbye gherkin! On Friday Mog will be hosting the Bar Olympics with TonyTastic’s Travelling Food Fest.
This weekend sees the 3 cultures festival in Frigiliana 22/23/24 . Get the green Friggy bus for a euro each way and the bus runs until 2am.
It is also the Malaga Fair this week , the longest one in Spain, it runs for 8 days from 16th August.
The Vuelta starts this weekend an this year for the first time Antequera is included (1st September)
But more importantly has anyone seen these around town and if so where? This one is at the bus station and I have posted it upside down to make it hard for you to read to read…
you know you want to LOL
Do you remember the hole that appeared in the middle of the road? (avda Mediterraneo 9th August)
No Comment…pics form Saturday evening and Sunday Here
Jonny Unplugged at the jam session at Pepe Mesa on El Playazo last night
Tonight’s Fiesta Blanca was err a washout. read more
An update on the Bootleg Beatles concert in Frigiliana on 31st August:
Tickets can be bought at the following places in Nerja..
Cyber Espacio Internet Cafe, Castilla Perez 19, Tel: 664062561
Nerja Property Services, Castilla Perez 5, Tel: 9525203443
The Dubliners Bar, Tutti Frutti Plaza, Tel: 693700810
Annies Irish Bar, Calle Almirante Caranza 28, Tel: 952526747
Bar Uno, Calle Los Huertos 1, Tel: 634367100
The English Barber, Calle Gomez 2b, Tel: 656692404
Donna Monroe´s Hairdressers, Calle Jaen 7, Tel: 952522518
Rio Dance Club, Calle Antonio Millon, Tel: 666118602
Viajes Verano Azul, Calle Chaparil 9, Edit. Cordoba, Bajo,
Bruxelles Restaurant, Playa Burriana, Tel: 952520928
OLAS (Overland and Sea) Bar, Playa Burriana Tel: 952523683
A bit of a ride out yesterday along the old coast road to Salobrena for a stroll along the sea front where even though it was still quite early the beach was already busy and like anywhere this time of year parking was a bit difficult.
Up through Orgiva to Lanjaron for something to eat and drink. The main street has quite a few bars and restaurants and a surprising amount of Hotels all in one area. The public swimming pool was in full swing and the town was about to start a childrens fiesta in the park that evening and readings of Federico García Lorca were also being held in one of the hotels as well. Lanjaron als0 celebrates a 3 cultures festival in September.
In the high street there were a couple of properties that obviously would have been glorious at some point before they fell in disuse.
There was also a sort of park with gates and a small building that said “CONTROL” near the entrance that was locked, but there was a poster announcing opening times of 8.30 to 9.00. Very strange.
The view across the gorge back towards the coast.
A quick drive back to Nerja and then along to Torrrox Racing club to see the Mama Paula Blues band.
What can I say? The best live music I have seen for quite some time. Fabulous.
Mama Paula are the support band for the not to be missed Bootleg Beatles concert on Saturday 31st August in Frigiliana.
You can find out more about the concert and where to get tickets here
excuse the rubbish pic LOL
Nerja is busy, the beaches are full and there is quite a lot on in August, the plaza de fabrica de cangrejo has something on every night and Torrecilla beach hosts the Noche Blanco next Wednesday from 9pm until 2am. Dress all in white and enjoy 5 DJ’s.
There are other fiestas/ferias in the area: Alcaucin, Canillas de Aceituna, Colmenar and Motril all have something happening this weekend and in Almunecar on 15th August the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Antigua sees a huge firework display. The 15th is also a public holiday as it is the Day of the Assumption in the catholic calendar, which celebrates the taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her life.
This weekend is usually great for seeing shooting stars, actually debris from the tail of the comet Swift Tuttle and more commonly called the Perseid meteor shower but the name Tears of St Lawrence is used, the name comes from St Lawrence of Rome who was martyred this time of year in 258.
From now up until the 12th you can still catch some spectacular shootings stars again in the hours just before dawn, just find somewhere where light pollution is not a problem and just lie down and look up into the night sky towards north.
The showers peak in the hours just before dawn on the 11th & 12th August.
Don’t even bother with binoculars or a telescope as you will have too narrow a field of vision and simply miss them
So set the alarm for 4am and get to a place where there is little or no light pollution and watch the show which ranges from tiny shooting stars (as small as a pea) that only last a second or less, to fireballs ( bigger than a grapefuit) which can last three or four seconds and are the only ones you can say “there’s one!” and be proved right!
World exclusive: shortly before 6pm a massive (well maybe not) hole appeared next to a manhole cover in the road outside the Jamaica restaurant. Chaos ensued (well two men were very interested in what was happening) Someone is looking into it. We will keep you posted as events unfold!
It is Linda’s birthday this Saturday and to celebrate Linda will be partying at Irish Annie’s bar with Flip providing the musical entertainment from 4 to 7pm everyone welcome!
On a serious note Donald from Nerja is looking for a partner, not a young chick but one a bit more grown up and mature. Donald offers accommodation by the beach with swimming pool and lots to eat and drink.
If you know of suitable applicants please call 634 778 731 or drop me an email.
Oh by the way Donald is a duck lol
The previously walled off pieces of land to the west of Nerja in the general Chaparil area have re-opened as free car parking woo hoo (see post from July 2010 here ) But honestly you could not make this up LOL.
A little taps run in the west of town last night again saw a 10/10 for Jaime’s on Calle Jaen, as always a warm welcome, great tapas (fab boquerones) and a nice red from the fridge. Well done Jaime:
You can now book your ITV appointment online…read the whole grisly story
Do you remember the plots of land in the west of town that our lovely mayor forced the owners of to wall off to stop the land being used as car parking, and sort of encourage people to use the failing underground car park on Verano Azul (that is now closed to the general public)
Well…..what is happening I wonder? a car park or two perchance LOL
Congratulations to Cathy the new boss of Potters bar which re-opened yesterday afternoon. As the bar is now part of the Boatyard empire there is the almost obligatory great offer on bottles Carlsberg and pints of draft lager both for 1 euro each!
New Choir in Velez Malaga:
“Do you live in Axarquia? Do you like to sing but find yourself singing alone at home or in the car? Would you like to sing with new friends? Why not join us? Bel Canto is a multi-national group from across the region who likes to get together once a week to sing in a variety of musical styles. We meet in Velez Malaga. We have a professional musician to direct us and to help us improve our singing. From time to time, we give public performances, but above all we take pleasure in singing together. All nationalities are welcomed.
If you would like to know more all you have to do is give Louise a call on 952 534 173. If you leave a message with your number Louise will call you back. (For Spanish speakers call Mariángeles on 952 510 173)
Rehearsals will start early in September. Don’t miss this opportunity to make new friends!”
YEAH YEAH YEAH…The Bootleg Beatles are playing Frigilina…....read more
A bit of pub “news”: The Boatyard group extend their empire with the acquisition of Potters Bar which is expected to re-open this weekend under the stewardship of the lovely Kathy.
Meanwhile the Chapel celebreates 3 years in business by holding a Back to School party.
Starting with assembly taken by our headmaster Mog. Best behaviour will be in order as lines, the slipper and even the cane will be to hand. We have a tuck shop, school dinners for a token fee ( or bring a packed lunch )and the highlight an end of term disco with Kap´tn krap.
There are also dinner ladies, a lollipop person and lots of other school related nonsense.
So don´t forget your uniform or come as a teacher – you could be punished if you forget.
This Friday evening 26th July from 7.30pm.
The service for Jimmy will be held at 8.45pm on Wednesday.
Sad news. Jimmy Napier died this morning. Jimmy and Maureen are well known long term residents of Nerja and Jimmy will be sadly missed. Maureen would like to invite friends to the service at St Michaels Anglican church on Wednesday evening, the time is not confirmed but expected to be 7/8pm. No black clothes please.
Just a note for fans of Irish Annies’ music nights that for August live music will be Wednesday nights only (now I did not know this but apparently musicians ocassionally need a holiday!)
See more photographs from last night HERE
It is the Virgen del Carmen procession today with the procession starting this evening ….read more
With the recent 10% increase in tax duty on spirits in Spain will this see the end of the “free pour” and the larger measures than the UK that we are used to here?
Jimmy’s on Antonio Millon is already using 25ml optics (that are also connected to the till!)
What is happening on Chaparil…it has been suggested that a roundabout is to be built.
Aren’t roundabouts great? but in the middle of a one way street? Work starts on Thursday so I guess we will have to wait and see.
A hot and sunny day yesterday so..…read more
Lovely sunset last night:
Summer fruit and vegetable prices are coming down with tomatoes from 50 cents a kilo and avocados down to 2 euros a kilo, but to get these prices give the big supermarkets a miss and use the small independent fruiterias.
The beaches are very busy with lots of people enjoying the sun and clear blue skies.
Another great San Juan in Nerja, too many sardinas, too much cerveza, too much sun and not enough sleep.
Got home a t 10.30 and had breakfast and straight to bed LOL. pictures of San Juan here and if you have any you would like to send me please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
San Juan -1 lots and lots of people and tents and stuff on the beach already…read more
The town hall announced that people could start camping on El Playazo beach from Saturday for San Juan but early this morning there were loads of pitches marked out with re-bar and posts and tape.
Alan from Rafters Rastro was busy unloading part of the living room set (sofas, TV coffee table standing lamp etc LOL) when the local police accompanied by a town hall van came along and told him not to…..unless it was a tent. Alan rang me and we quickly erected a tent on the pitch we wanted.
The ayuntamiento workmen then proceeded to remove all the markers for pitches that didn’t have a tent.
A reminder that as visitor numbers increase in Nerja just like any popular destination, so do the number of thieves, robbers and villains!
Do not carry large amounts of cash with you, or credit cards, flight tickets or your passport unless absolutely necessary.
Be wary of people who seem to want to ask directions especially if they are two or three and they crowd you.
If driving watch out for another car trying to flag you down (unless it is the police obviously)
Keep all valuables out of sight in the boot and certainly not on the passenger seat.
Do not leave your car unattended with your luggage in it.
In supermarket car parks watch out for anyone trying to distract you.
Watch out for lucky heather type sellers or someone trying to sell you a winning lottery ticket that they can’t cash in because they need to catch a flight.
Be careful while getting money from a cash point machine and don’t walk out of a bank ot money exchange with cash in your hand.
Ladies keep you handbag across your shoulder and under your arm.
Having said all that, Nerja is no less safe than anywhere else and keeping common sense in mind you will have a safe and enjoyable stay here
A reminder: The Chapel Bar San Juan beach Party. the last day to buy tickets is tomorrow ( Wed ).
Tickets 20€ includes Kap´tn Kraps disco, Marky Marks B.B.Q. and all you can drink!
A bit breezy today but hey look how good El Playazo beach is…..
Well after a nice break away from Nerja for a few days I am back in sunny Nerja, well right now there is a massive sea mist rolling in so no sun LOL.
This Sunday sees the biggest beach party in Spain when everyone heads to the beach to celebrate San Juan.
and this year’s event will also see a peligree full moon. This is when the moon is at the closest point to the earth so it will look bigger than usual.
San Juan is the only day of the year people are allowed to camp overnight on the beach and this year because it falls on a Sunday no doubt lots of people will be sneaking an extra night.
So whether you are doing the full camping on the beach or just a wander along enjoying sardinas and cold beer have a great time. more on San Juan
Don’t forget tomorrow is the 6th annual Rock Factory in the car park next to Pepe Mesa on Playazo beach, from 12 noon. Entrance is 5 euros including paella. Groups: Scythe, The Vihen Zanta, Zero Nation, The Vigil of the Rock, LA Breeding, HDM, Kassia, Trayazo, Mad Casino, Maikel and Foundling.
Congratulations to Paul and Carolyn Cullen and family on the official re-opening of EL Pino in Torrox Park last night. Free food and drink, music and a hypnotist were some of the ingredients to a great day and night!
I have been contacted by Greater Manchester Police to try and help locate a missing person.…..read more
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First Restaurant’s regular Friday Night Fever is becoming more & more popular, the next to be held on Friday 21st June. The restaurant is also looking for staff: A young waitress with some experience – a young cook or somebody who wants to learn to cook & somebody to wash up for the summer months.