Good afternoon everyone! I am a worker of SOLTRANSFER and I would like to tell you something. Now that spring has arrived and there is nice weather in Nerja, we are receiving many bookings. Many clients know that in May we have a very popular celebration called »San Isidro» and, of course, they don’t want to miss this wonderful party.
San Isidro takes place on 15th May. It is the patron saint of farmers, and many villages celebrate it with processions through the streets. The statue of San Isidro resides at the Nerja Caves, near Maro. However, for San Isidro celebrations, the statue is brought to the town just before the event and then makes its ceremonial journey back to its home in the company of thousands of ‘pilgrims’.
If you want to enjoy this tradition, you are more than welcome! If you need a transfer, it is simple: visit our website https://bemycab.com and make a booking with us. You will find the best prices. Our wonderful team will be happy to give you the best treatment.
Hello! I am Peter and I am one of the drivers of https://bemycab.com. On April 22nd, I had the opportunity to pick up some clients at Málaga airport. They are some clients from Norway who have booked our transfer service for the first time. They had never been to the beautiful town of Nerja and they wanted to spend a fantastic week here. They arrived at Málaga airport at 9 o’clock in the morning and we had already arrived in Nerja at 10 o’clock in the morning. They were lucky to arrive on a nice day in which »Día del Pedal» was being celebrated.
This is a non competitive sporting event that has been held each year in the town which sees locals and visitors cycling around the town according to an official route. There are participants of all ages and all manner of bikes and scooters rolling around the town starting from Plaza de España.
These clients loved the atmosphere of Nerja and they were very lucky to see this event in the morning. After this, I recommended them to go to a very popular bar called »El Pulguilla» in which they could enjoy »El pescaíto frito», a traditional dish of Andalusia.
We want to remind you that we are specialists in all types of transfers with a lot of experience and a fleet of new quality vehicles. We make transfers every day of the year, 24 hours to the entire eastern Costa del Sol. Do not hesitate, if you want a quality transfer service at the best price, make your reservation now at https://bemycab.com, without prepayment and without obligation. We will wait for you!!
Good morning, my name is Emily and I am one of the youngest drivers of https://bemycab.com. Yesterday morning, I had the privilege of doing a very special service, tooking some clients from Nerja to Granada. We arrived in Granada at 12:00 in the morning and we went back to Nerja at 20:00 in the afternoon. For me, this transfer service was so special because I have studied in Granada and I had the pleasure of talking with these wonderful clients during the trip and recommend them the places they should visit in this beautiful city. They went to visit »La Alhambra de Granada» which is one of the wonders of Spain.
Then, they visited »El Mirador de San Nicolás» from where they could contemplate the whole city of Granada and also »La Alhambra de Granada». They enjoyed the views with some typical »tapas», which are very popular for their quality and quality and their low price.
We recommend to all our clients this unforgettable experience of visiting Granada. If you need a transfer to any destination to Granada, do not hesitate to visit our website https://bemycab.com. You will find the best prices. Our wonderful team will be happy to adjust the prices so that the offer is perfect. A greeting to all our clients and new clients are welcome! Thank you!!
Good morning, my name is Antonio and I am one of the drivers of www.soltransfer.com. Specifically I am on the night shift, so if you arrive too late or leave very early, surely I will see you. I will be happy to receive you, depending on your transfer. Our customers are very relieved to know that there will be always a driver from www.soltransfer.com waiting for them, whether they arrive late, or whether they leave very early and, of course, without additional cost, always with the best prices at Malaga airport!!
I love the night shift because at night there is no traffic and the airport is very quiet. Besides this, I requested this shift to the company since my wife starts to work very early so that I can take the children to the school in the mornings. I am very grateful to www.soltransfer.com since they have facilitated my life and I can better reconcile my family life, and more in my case because I have four small children!
Dear clients, we are looking forward to welcoming you and we will be happy to take you to your accommodation so that you can enjoy the good weather we have, as well as some wonderful holidays. I show you some pictures of the airport at four in the morning. Thank you and have a good day!
Remember to make your booking on our website www.soltransfer.com. There are transfers from Malaga airport to any place: Nerja, Marbella, Fuengirola, Torrox, Estepona, Almuñecar, San Pedro de Alcantara, Frigiliana…
My name is Dany, and I am one of the most veteran drivers of www.soltransfer.com. Today I had the privilege of doing a very special service, visiting the Bentomiz wineries with Liz and Linda, two of our usual clients. They are two lovely girls that we have known for a long time since they have a beautiful house in Nerja.
They come very often, and they also invite their family and friends to their house. They love visiting Nerja. Normally, they make the reservation through our web page www.soltranfer.com and select the option Malaga airport transfer to Nerja and vice versa (Nerja to Malaga airport transfer). Usual customers have a very special treatment, since they are not only clients, they are also our friends. We arrived at www.bodegasbentomiz.com at 1:50 p.m. and we came back to Nerja at 4.30 p.m. They visited the winery «Complete winery experience», which consisted of visiting the winery and the vineyards, including tasting all their wines. They also had a spectacular lunch with wonderful views of Sayalonga and its mountains. It was a beautiful sunny day without wind and a temperature of 23 degrees.
We recommend you this unforgettable experience and we invite you to visit Malaga and its wonderful villages such as Sayalonga. If you need a transfer from the airport of Malaga, do not hesitate to visit our website www.soltransfer.com, where you can find all the usual destinations at a surprising price. If for some reason you do not find your destination, do not forget to contact us at www.soltransfer.com. Our wonderful team will be happy to answer your requests and adjust the prices so that the offer is perfect. For example, if you plan to visit Nerja, you should select transfer Malaga airport to Nerja with an standard vehicle for 4 passengers, 58 euros. As you can see, our prices are the best!
Although we are a great company, the treatment to our clients is the closest and the most affectionate one. For us, our clients are the most important, and we try to give them the best service at the best possible price. The philosophy of our company is that the money is not the most important, the important thing is that our clients are happy and trust us. The money is just a consequence of a good job, that’s why we are always responsible from the beginning to the end.
A greeting to all our clients, new clients are welcome!
My name is Frank, and I’m a driver from https://bemycab.com. This morning I was in Sotogrande, in the NH Almenara Hotel and we went to visit Ronda with one of our best clients and his family. Mr. Dandoy arrived at Malaga aiport last week through a booking in our website https://bemycab.com, with a private transfer from Malaga airport to the Hotel Almenara, in Sotogrande (Cádiz).
In the morning when I went to pick them up, it was raining, something unusual at this time. In Malaga airport it was a wonderful day, well these things happen. We arrived in Ronda at mid-morning and fortunately the weather changed, the sun came up and they enjoyed the visit, accompanied by our local guide Daniel, a great professional, who always teaches all the corners and secrets of Ronda to our customers of www. soltransfer.com.
We invite our new customers who are encouraged to live this kind of experience. Remember to make your private transfer booking from Malaga airport to any destination in Costa del Sol with www. soltransfer.com . Drivers like me, they will be waiting for you at Malaga airport to welcome you with a big smile !! Thank you for reading my little story and thanks to Mr. Dandoy and his family for making it possible !!
If you are thinking of traveling to the Costa del Sol or Costa Tropical, you can get there through Malaga Airport, Maria Zambrano train station or through the port of Malaga. We recommend that you make your reservation in advance and get the best price on the market through www.bemycab.com
We are specialists in all types of transfers with a lot of experience and a fleet of new quality vehicles. We make transfers every day of the year, 24 hours to the entire eastern Costa del Sol: Alcaucín,
Canillas de Aceituno,
Canillas de Albaida,
Rincon de la Victoria,
and Western Costa del Sol
Do not hesitate, if you want a quality transfer service at the best price, make your reservation now at www.bemycab.com, without prepayment and without obligation. We will wait for you!!!
Marbella is a city and municipality in southern Spain, belonging to the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalucía. It is part of the region of the Costa del Sol and is the headquarters of the Association of Municipalities of the region; it is also the head of the judicial district that bears its name.
Marbella embodies culture, entertainment and glamour; it is one of the most exclusive cities in the Mediterranean and the pride of the Costa del Sol. Twenty kilometres of coastline, four marinas, sixteen golf courses and a privileged climate, make it a destination beyond compare. Perhaps that is why Julio Iglesias, Sean Connery, Antonio Banderas, Eva Longoria and Naomi Campbell (just a handful of the many famous faces that are seen here) do not think twice when choosing Marbella as their holiday destination.
Visiting Marbella is a unique experience. From shopping in its luxurious boutiques to dining in its distinguished restaurants or having fun at their beach clubs, the possibilities are endless. But if the priority is relaxation, the city has twenty thalassotherapy centres and spas, alongside a first class selection of hotels in its three main centres: Marbella, San Pedro de Alcantara and Puerto Banus-Nueva Andalucía.
All of this has led to almost 4,000 Britons choosing Marbella as their place of residence.
NOT TO BE MISSED IN MARBELLA
Marbella is a destination that will not fail to surprise you. Even today its historical centre preserves the remaining fortress walls that surrounded the city in the Moorish period, and the Moorish castle. In one tower you can see built-in Roman capitals, revealing that even older construction materials were used to build the defensive enclosure.
An unmissable stop on the cultural route through the city is Cortijo Miraflores centre of culture. This 1704 mansion was a sugar cane press and mill. Today it houses the Museo del Aceite, rooms for temporary exhibitions, a library and a municipal art gallery. Behind the building, remnants of ovens and a rupestrian chapel from between the eighth and tenth centuries were found.
Also worth a visit is the Colección Municipal Arqueológica and the Museo Ralli, dedicated to the promotion of European and Latin American contemporary art. Furthermore, in the Avenida del Mar you can admire a collection of bronze sculptures by Salvador Dalí. This artery connects Marbella Marina with the Paseo de La Alameda, designed in the nineteenth century.
In the Plaza de los Naranjos, designed after the Christian conquest of Marbella, you have a view of the Hermitage of Santiago, the Town Hall and the Casa del Corregidor, built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. They are in the heart historic centre of the town, with its white houses and balconies bedecked with flowers.
Near the square are the Capilla of San Juan de Dios and the sixteenth century Hermitage of Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz, and the seventeenth century Iglesia de la Encarnación. The latter consists of three naves and its front door, carved in Rococo-style ochre stone; it is truly wonderful.
The Hospital Bazán, located in the vicinity, houses the headquarters of the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo, with works by Picasso, Miró, Tapies or Chillida. While the Museo del Bonsái, a short distance away, exhibits one of the most complete collections of its kind in Europe.
Marbella has interesting archaeological sites, like the Basílica Paleocristiana de Vega del Mar, in San Pedro de Alcántara. The remnants of the Roman town of Río Verde or those of the hot springs near Guadalmina also have some historical interest.
MARBELLA MOST IMPORTANT AREAS AND SURROUNDINGS
The coast of Marbella starts in Cabopino and finishes in Guadalmina, San Pedro de Alcantara. The following are the most prominent areas:
Marbella East – Los Monteros
Marbella Centre & Old Town Marbella
The Golden Mile
Guadalmina – San Pedro de Alcantara
The east area of Marbella, extending from Rio Real to the Port of Cabopino, is less developed and enjoys the best sand beaches, numerous “chiringuitos” and several golf clubs. The best known urbanizations are: Torre Real, Rio Real, Los Monteros, Los Altos de Marbella, Santa Clara, Las Chapas, El Rosario, Elviria, Hacienda Las Chapas, Marbesa and Cabopino. The small Port of Cabopino with some restaurants and bars, marks the beginning of the Marbella municipality by the East, coming from Malaga.
Marbella Center and Old Town Marbella
The original small village started here. “Old Town Marbella” is charming and traditionally Andalusian. It forms a labyrinth of narrowly paved streets, all leading to “The Orange Square” (Plaza de Los Naranjos). There are numerous shops, restaurants and cafes.
Marbella Center is the newer area of the city, with numerous businesses. The walk along the seaside promenade is very pleasant. This marble paved promenade stretches several kilometers, from the fishing port all the way to San Pedro de Alcantara. Some luxurious apartment complexes are situated here, like Gran Marbella, Los Cipreses and Jardin del Mediterraneo, by the Gran Melia Don Pepe hotel.
The Golden Mile
This famous stretch, between the Gran Melia Don Pepe hotel and Puerto Banus, is considered the prime location in Marbella, which received its exclusive reputation from the opening of the Marbella Club Hotel in the 50s. Aristocratic and elite families owned summer homes in this area, which initiated Marbella as an exclusive resort destination. Many of these beautiful old homes still exist today, such as Casa Los Llanos and La Coneja, which you can look up on our website. Today, this area boasts the best hotels, and many restaurants and shops along the roadway.
Mediterranean style urbanizations and single home villas have also been built in the hills above this area. The Mediterranean village “La Virginia” is on the Hills at the back of Marbella, as well as many other residential urbanizations like Sierra Blanca, Cascada de Camojan, Nagueles, Las Lomas del Marbella Club and Puente Romano. Nearer to the beach you will find urbanizations such as Casablanca, Santa Margarita, El Vicario, La Coneja, Los Verdiales, Las Torres del Marbella Club, El Ancón Playa, Oasis y Rio Verde. Luxury apartment complexes are here, like Alhambra del Mar, Marina Mariola, Las Cañas Beach, Marina Puente Romano and Oasis de Banus.
The famous Puerto Banus is home to some of the most exclusive private yachts in the world. HRH Conde de Barcelona (King Juan Carlos’ father) often sailed into Puerto Banus on his sailboat “Giralda”. Today, a bronze bust of Don Juan de Borbon sits near the lighthouse in his memory.
The port has grown into Marbella’s main recreation area, with the opening of high-fashion designer shops like Lanvin, Carolina Herrera, Armani, Louis Vuitton, El Corte Ingles department store, banks and countless restaurants, cafes, bars, piano bars and movie theaters. Some of the most luxurious apartment complexes are found here, like Los Granados, La Alzambra just across Puerto Banus, Playas del Duque, El Embrujo de Banus, Laguna de Banus, Malibu y Bahia de Banus.
Nueva Andalucia is almost a residential city of its own. It is called the “Golf Valley” due to its numerous golf courses. It is mostly residential, with beautiful single home villas and urbanizations, and is located on the hills by Puerto Banus. Albatross Hills, Aloha Park, La Corniche and Las Alamandas are among the luxury apartment communities in this area.
Guadalmina – San Pedro de Alcantara
The town of San Pedro is part of the Marbella municipality. San Pedro retains its quaint Andalusian village atmosphere, with many small shops and cafes. The new part by the sea promenade is called Nueva Alcantara. Guadalmina borders with San Pedro to the east, and splits into Guadalmina Baja on the sea side, and Guadalmina Alta on the hill side. Many beautiful seafront homes are located here. The Guadalmina small shopping center is lively with residents meeting for coffee at D’Alicia’s, or noon time aperitif and lunch at the many good restaurants and tapas bars. Many renowned personalities, such as former Spanish President Aznar, own homes in this area.
Benahavis is a quaint hillside village, which Marbella residents often visit for lunch at one of the countless village restaurants. The broader hillside area of the village includes such renowned and prestigious urbanizations as La Zagaleta, Los Flamingos with the five stars Hotel Villa Padierna, Monte Mayor, the Marbella Club Resort with its golf course and equestrian center, and El Madroñal, as well as La Alqueria, Atalaya and Monte Halcones.
Estepona municipality term borders with Guadalmina to the east, where Casasola is situated. The town of Estepona remains authentically Andalusian in spirit, as it has not been impregnated with the international flair of Marbella. The port offers a variety of restaurants and bars. The broader area is extensive, and includes such urbanizations as Menara beach, Cabo Bermejo, Torre Bermeja, Los Granados del Mar and Los Granados Playa, which together form a stretch locally known as “The New Golden Mile”. The five stars hotel Kempinski is located on this coastal stretch, as well as the Laguna Village shopping center. The best equestrian center on the Costa del Sol is also located here on the hills (Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol). Estepona offers several golf courses such as El Paraiso, Atalaya and Valle Romano on the west part.
Frigiliana is a Spanish town in the district of Axarquía located in the Natural Park of Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama, so their environment is privileged for lovers nature and that of trekking.
Its white houses, its traditional cuisine and its Moorish past of narrow streets and passages make Frigiliana one of the favourite enclaves of those seeking to enjoy their holiday with all five senses. This town owns the purest popular architectural province of Arab origin and received the 1st National Award for Beautification of the Towns of Spain in 1982.
It is noteworthy that the British community residing in Frigiliana, as well as throughout the Axarquía, is very large.
The Palacio de los Condes (Palace of Condes) of Frigiliana, popularly known as ‘El Ingenio’, is a Renaissance mansion of the XVI century. It is currently the factory of molasses Nuestra Señora del Carmen (Our Lady of Carmen), the only traditional factory of this product that runs in Europe. In its facade, the decoration paintings with geometric motifs are highlighted. It was built partly with materials from the Moorish castle, which can be seen in the stones of its facade.
If you get close to the Tourist Office of Frigiliana, you will see Casa del Apero, which also houses the town library and the Archaeological Museum. It was built in the eighteenth century and initially was attached to «»El Ingenio»». Within the Archaeological Museum we can find a skull of the Neolithic, Phoenician vessels or Moorish dagger.
The church of San Antonio is the most prominent monument of Frigiliana. It was built in the XVII century in Renaissance style almost entirely. In the temple, there is a sculpture of San Anton of XVIII century made of polychrome wood. In the entrance porch, there is the choir, with a crown of rococo style, and on its main façade, you can see a shield of Bishop Fray Alonso de Santo Tomas.
Another monument worth visiting in the chapel of Santo Cristo de la Caña. The building dates from the XVIII century and has a revered size of neo-baroque style ‘Ecce Homo’.
We can also find in Frigiliana, the remains of the Arab castle of Lizar. It is located on the top of the town and dates from the IX century .
Frigiliana is one of eight towns of Axarquía that is part of the Natural Park of Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama, allowing it to offer to its visitors, numerous outdoor activities. The eight trails that can be explored inside Frigiliana, four of them belonging to the Great Path of Malaga, makes many tourists decide to make a repeat visit.
The festive calendar starts on January 20 with the Festival of San Sebastian, the Saint of the village. On that day, a Mass and a procession in honour of the saint, accompanied by fireworks is held. Formerly, this festival was extended to celebrate the Fair known as «»La Funcion»» but in 1966, it was moved to the month of June.
In February, the Frigilian Carnival is celebrated, although it is a young tradition, which has great reception.
In Frigilian, the International Festival of Oriental Dance is celebrated in April, and in May, the Cruces de Mayo or Day of the Cross are celebrated. And colourful flowers flood the streets of Frigiliana.
Fair of San Antonio de Padua is celebrated in June. Although it lasts for 5 days, there are numerous activities, the main event is the traditional procession held on June 13 and which is carried in procession of the Saint Patron in a wagon pulled by oxen.
The last weekend of August is celebrated as the Three Cultures Festival. Music, food and culture which come together in this event that has been declared of Tourist Singularity in the province. It includes performances, parades, exhibitions, a craft market, workshops and gastronomic tours, lectures on Islam, Judaism and Christianity, etc.
A festival recently created but has had great success is the Day of molasses. Although there is no fixed day, held in late April and its protagonist is the product of the earth, molasses. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy numerous free recipes with this product. In addition, there are performances and various activities that accompany the holiday.
In the cuisine of Frigiliana, hearty dishes of traditional Axarquía cuisine are included like fried spiced lamb, fennel stew, the emblanco (a very mild white fish soup), or chick peas with tripe (usually pork). Another typical crumbs (bread crumbs sauté with garlic and accompanied by peppers and fried pork). As for the pastry they highlight the arropía and marcochas, homemade sweets based on molasses.
Traces found in the cave of Los Murciélagos attest to the presence of man in Frigiliana since the late Neolithic to the Chalcolithic or Bronze Age. There is also an Algar menhir, and the necropolis in Cerrillo de las Sombras belongs to the Phoenician period.
The Romans settled in the area in 206 BC by virtue of a pact with the native population, which meant Frigiliana was part of the Conventus Gaditanus (from Gades, Cadiz). The village»s name can be traced back to this period: Frexinius, a term referring to a historical character about whom very little is known.
Little is known too about the years between the arrival of the Arabs in 711 until the late ninth century, when they built their fortress. We do know, however, that the village was dominated by Umar ibn Hafsun and that it was part of the Nasrid kingdom between the thirteenth and the fifteenth centuries.
Frigiliana surrendered to the Christian army of the Catholic Monarchs in 1485 without bloodshed. The Moors lost their rights; they were allocated the least fertile lands; they could not speak in their native language nor could they wear their traditional costumes. This transformed the village into the seedbed of the Moorish riots in the sixteenth century. The Moors living in the regions of Axarquía and Montes de Málaga took refuge in Frigiliana»s fortress, waiting for the help Ibn Umayyah had promised them. There were 7,000 of them in the fortress, which, together with a rock, dominated the Sierra de la Almijara – an impregnable garrison.
In May 1569, the magistrate of Vélez charged, to appalling results for the Christian soldiers. 25 galleys of the Italian fleet were at that time sailing the Mediterranean Sea, and they were asked for help in fighting the rebels. 6,000 men were part of the second assault. The Moors resisted, but they were eventually vanquished, giving up on 11 June 1569. More than 2,400 soldiers were killed, hundreds were injured and thousands fled.
The battle of the Frigiliana Rock was the subject matter of a popular romance transcribed on ceramic tiles by Amparo Ruiz de Luna. The tiles can still be seen across the village.
With the expulsion of the Muslims, silk production came to a halt in the area. It was replaced by the sugar cane industry as the main economic activity, to which the Palace of the Counts of Frigiliana (Nuestra Señora del Carmen Sugar Cane Factory) and the Church of San Antonio de Padua are related. Frigiliana became a chartered village under King Philip IV.
Are you looking for a holiday where to combine all the comforts with a dose of adventure? That’s what gives you Nerja, a coastal town, 50 kilometers from Malaga will surprise you by the multitude of opportunities that it has for family travellers, couples or solo.
Nerja is one of the enclaves connecting the interior of the Axarquía region with the Mediterranean Sea. Its beaches are witnessed since the decades of expeditions of tourists from all corners of the world. Those who prefer to enjoy a beach day with the best services on foot of sand, find their place in the center of town, where dozens of restaurants await to try the local cuisine imbued with the flavours of the sea. Those seeking more tranquillity, meanwhile, can play hide and seek among the cliffs of Maro, a few meters from the center of Nerja, where you can discover small, winding wind protected coves and ideal for diving or kayaking.
There are few places in Malaga that allow to contemplate the magnitude of the Mediterranean Sea as the Balcony of Europe, a huge viewpoint at the end of an avenue surrounded by palm trees in the center of Nerja. This is the preferred place to finish a mid afternoon walk when the sun begins to hide until the next day.
Another recommended site visit is Acueducto del Águila. On the Maro river, in the XIX century, a sugar factory was launched to provide water supply. It has four floors of brick archways and in the center, there is a shrine with the inscription «»Pure and clean conception»».
The Church of El Salvador, the church of Señora de las Angustias (Our Lady of Sorrows) and the parish of Señora de las Maravillas (Our Lady of Wonderland) are some of the most outstanding monuments of Nerja.
Nature has turned Nerja in a privileged place, with the Cave of Nerja as the main exponent. It is a cave discovered in 1959 by five young and intrepid neighbours and has more than 100,000 cubic meters of history inside. Declared as the Property of Cultural Interest, researchers strive to certify that the Cave of Nerja keeps inside the first work of art known from the history of mankind. It is related with a set of paintings that could have been made by Neanderthals.
The Natural Park of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama form a mountain range that gives Nerja a significant environmental value due to the diversification of its fauna and flora. The landscape of these mountains is the perfect counterpoint to the Natural Spot Cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo, one of the biggest tourist attractions of the city. Both enclaves receive rigorous environmental protection and conservation such as protected areas.
The beaches of Nerja receive every summer, the most prestigious nominations for its quality and services. The most famous of these is Burriana, though, if you have enough time, it is worth visiting the beaches of Calahonda, Playazo, Chucho, El Chorrillo, La Torrecilla, Carabeo, El Salon, Carabeillo or Caletilla.
In addition to the water sports that can be performed on its beaches, Nerja hosts one of the most important spots of active tourism in the province of Malaga: Chillar River. With an average gradient of 7.3%, this river run every year thousands of hikers who trace their route in any season. Its layout, with an upward slope, allows travel in its initial phase by anyone, including children and adults. Only the bravest will be able to reach its origin at 1,200 meters above sea level in the Sierra de Almijara.
Nerja is a privileged place to enjoy the two routes through the province of Malaga enclave, because it is end (Torrox – Nerja) and start (Nerja-Frigiliana) of two routes of the Great Path, indoor track, and at the same time, it is the starting point of two sections of the coastal path that runs along the coast: the Paseo de los Carabineros and route of Playa Caletilla-Salon Beach.
The calendar of events in Nerja starts in January with the festival of San Anton in Maro, and continues in February with Carnival.
In March and April the procession of Palms and Olives marks the beginning of Holy Week, characterized by the penitential processions.
In May streets of Nerja are filled with colour with Cruces de Mayo, an ideal date to taste local products. During this month, the day of San Isidro is also celebrated, where the carts are directed in pilgrimage to the shrine of La Mina, near the Cueva de Nerja.
The night of San Juan in the early hours of 23 to 24 June, is another special festivities in this town. Burriana Beach hosts a great Moraga, after the burning of the «»júas (rag dolls), the younger ones jump on the fires and bathe in the sea. Another date linked to the seafaring vocation is that of July 16 to mark the day of the Virgen del Carmen.
Throughout the summer, the International Festival of Music and Dance is celebrated, which is being celebrated since 1960. Throughout yoir journey, you will receive orchestras, singers and most important ballets in the world.
Also in September, there is celebration in Nerja, since the fair of the Virgen of the Maravillas in Maro is held. In October, the celebrations take place in honour of San Miguel Arcangel and Our Lady of Sorrows in Nerja.
The subtropical climate of Nerja provides to its cuisine, an orchard with fruits such as avocado and mango, ideal for juicy and healthy salads at the same time. In addition, its pleasant temperature throughout the year, makes it possible that any time is good to taste soups and creams such as garlic soup (cold garlic cream and almonds that is usually accompanied by grapes), the emblanco fish (light soup of whitefish), noodle casserole or snails of this region.
Other local products of mandatory tasting are loquats, molasses and arropía, a candy made from such honey.
Fish lovers will find in Nerja, one of its greatest treasures. The variety of species (anchovies, salmonetillos, squid, flounder) and ways to prepare it (fried in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, on the spit or grilled) satisfy the requirements of the most epicurean palates.
The archaeological remains found in the Cave of Nerja attest to the presence of man since the Aurignacian period of the Upper Palaeolithic. No other traces reveal the presence of other civilisations before the Romans, who settled in a small village under the name of «Detunda» in Maro, very close to the cliffs and the cave.
The earliest record of Nerja as such is a text by Ibn Said Al-Mughrabi from the tenth century. The Muslim poet mentions a village-sized hamlet where they make fine silk. «Narija» or «Naricha» such was the name of the village stood by a fort whose ruins can still be seen in Pago Castillo Alto, on the old road to Frigiliana. In the tenth century, a tower was raised to watch for potential attackers.
In 1487, Vélez surrendered to the Christian troops. To avoid further bloodshed, Nerja sent off envoys to pay homage to the Catholic Monarchs. As soon as Pedro de Córdoba took control of the village, its dwellers began to trickle away. In an attempt to stop this, Joana the Mad broughtold Christians from Vizcaya, Valencia, Galicia and other parts of Málaga to live here.
In the sixteenth century, a new fortress was built where the tower of the Balcony of Europe used to be. The fortress was later destroyed. The men and women who had left the older building settled around it. The Shrine of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias was built in those years too. The sanctuary where the Patroness of Nerja is kept features frescos by the School of Granada in its dome.
In the late sixteenth century there came to this municipality in the region of Axarquía first cane sugar mill. Two centuries later, the first paper mill began to operate, using water from the river De la Miel. On 25 December 1884, a devastating earthquake affected part of Andalusia. When he visited Nerja in the aftermath of this natural disaster, King Alfonso XII came to Paseo de la Batería and chose the site to become the Balcony of Europe.
Finding of the Cave of Nerja
In pursuit of a flock of bats, five boys from Maro were the first to enter the Cave of Nerja in 1959. Through a crack in the wall they reached a narrow hall which was later called «Discovery Hall». Inside the cave, the boys could not believe their eyes. A year and a half later, the cave was ready to welcome visitors and to hold its International Dance and Music Festival.
Designated as a National Historical and Artistic Monument and an Asset of Cultural Interest, this amazing karst formation is one of the most popular tourist sights in Spain, welcoming almost 500,000 visitors a year. Besides, the cave is a unique archaeological site, with over 300 paintings and etchings from the Upper Palaeolithic. The cave paintings, however, are in restricted areas that cannot be visited for conservation reasons.