Monday, 11 January 2021

Travelling to Nerja - everything Covid and Brexit related

UPDATED 20/01/2021

At Nerja Paradise Rentals we understand the concerns around travelling during the Covid pandemic and after Brexit and as such want to provide as much information as possible to provide answers and reassure our clients wherever possible.

ARRIVING INTO SPAIN

You should check with the Spanish Embassy in your country of residence for current travel advice and restrictions for entry into Spain.

Travel from the UK is currently not permitted (unless resident in Spain) until 18:00 on the 19th January 2021. This is to be reviewed and may be extended. 

As of July 2020, all foreign nationals arriving in Spain must complete an FCS form and obtain a QR code. This is done online here: https://www.spth.gob.es/.

As of the 23rd November 2020, all foreign nationals arriving in Spain must have proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of their arrival (see https://www.spth.gob.es/info-pcr). 

TRAVEL INSURANCE MATTERS

Andalusia is providing all non-resident international travellers (non-EU) with free Covid insurance for stays at any type of regulated establishment in the region between 1 January and 31 December 2021.

As a regulated member of the Andalucía segura programme, all clients staying with Nerja Paradise Rentals will automatically be covered for this Covid related insurance which covers;

  • Medical, surgical and hospitalisation costs,
  • Medical costs of transportation and repatriation,
  • Transportation and repatriation,
  • Costs for the extended stay by the insured and companions (including quarantine).

Check out the following link for more information; https://www.andalucia.org/en/travel-assistance-insurance

Given that almost all travel insurance policies will not cover Covid related costs, this is a huge advantage to tourists visiting Nerja and Andalusia!

For UK citizens travelling to Europe after Brexit on the 1st January 2021, your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or the new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will be valid if you’re travelling to an EU country. Check https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-1-january-2021 for more information.

EU citizens are covered for healthcare as normal in Spain.

LENGTH OF STAY POST BREXIT

Non EU and non-UK tourists will need to apply for a Schengen Visa https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/ - the process for application depends on your nationality. 

If you’re a tourist travelling from the UK, you do not need a visa for short trips to Spain. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

EU tourists have no restrictions on the length of stay in Spain, but must register with the National Police for stays of more than three months.

Non EU and UK tourists wishing to stay for longer than 90 days may apply for a visa to stay in Spain - depending on their specific circumstances. There are different visas for retiring to Spain, for non-lucrative residence, studying in Spain and working and living in Spain. You will need to check with the Spanish Embassy in your country of residence for the visas available and application process.

UK residents should check the Spanish Consulate website http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/LONDRES/en/Consulado/Pages/Visas.aspx.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN NERJA

UPDATED 20/01/2021

Restrictions related to the Covid pandemic change frequently. As of midnight on the 19th January 2021, the following restrictions are in place in Nerja;
  • Masks must be worn in all public places and social distancing measures must be followed.
  • Travel is limited to within the Málaga province - you may NOT travel to any other province (Granada, Córdoba, Cadiz, etc.).
  • BUT - communities within Málaga province with a high infection rate will also be completely closed; as of the 17th January you may NOT travel to Velez-Málaga (including Torre del Mar), Málaga City or the majority of the Costa del Sol but you may go to Torrox, Frigiliana, Competa.
  • Check the following interactive map to see which communities are restricted - you may NOT travel to those coloured dark orange or brown - only those which are the lighter yellowy/orange colour: https://www.mapacovid.es/
  • There is a curfew from 22:00 to 06:00 (The Andalucian government are requesting that this be extended to 20:00 to 06:00 - but this must be agreed by the National government - until then, it will remain at 22:00 to 06:00).
  • A max of 4 persons may meet at any one time - in public and private.
  • All shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants must close at 18:00. We will keep this updated - so please bookmark this page for easy reference.

Saturday, 21 November 2020

The Pico del Almendron - one of Nerja's many impressive walking trails

Nerja is a beautiful tourist town well known for its beaches and the natural setting of the Maro cliffs, perfect for multiple water sports. However, it also offers a beautiful natural park (known as the Sierra) where you can go hiking, running or cycling during your holiday in Nerja.

Among the many hiking routes that the Sierra Almijara has to offer is the Pico del Almendron loop, a 10.3 km moderately trafficked loop trail rising to a height of 1,510 meters above sea level, accessed from the recreational area of Los Pinarillos behind Maro and which takes between 3 or 4 hours to climb. 

The ascent has a steep climb from the esparto fountain of about 1,000 meters. The peak is above 600-meter cliffs and offers spectacular views of the entire Sierra Almijara and Sierra Tejeda, and on clear days the African continent. 


It is recommended to go with a GPS and study the area beforehand - or go with a local guide or someone who knows the area well since it has a certain level of difficulty. Reaching the peak is not suitable for all people due to the cliffs and narrow ridges.


Thursday, 29 October 2020

Cantarriján Beach - A natural and naturist haven!

At just 9 kilometres as the crow flies from Nerja - Cantarriján Beach is set in the National Park of Cerro Gordo in a natural bay surrounded by steep slopes seemingly far from civilisation. The beach is nudist - but clothing is optional and it is well worth a visit during your stay in Nerja! Everybody is welcome!

The beach is 14km in the car along the N340 coastal road in the direction of Almeria. During the summer months, you need to park in the car park directly on the N340 road and take the minibus down to the beach (2 euros per person). From September through to June you can drive all the way down and park directly behind the beach.

There are two lovely chiringuitos directly on the beach where you really can relax and chill out - La Barraca and Bola Marina. Both serve great food, drinks and also offer sunbeds with beach drinks service! 

 

This spectacular beach is nestled between Cañuelo Beach to the east and La Herradura to the West - we would well recommend a day trip along the coast to experience these natural delights! 

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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Ruta del Arte Frigiliana - the fourth edition

The fourth edition of the Frigiliana Art Route 2020 took place last weekend 2-4th of October 2020. For those of you who have never heard of this event, this is a collective exhibition of different artists who show their works; painting, photography or even sculptures in different houses and places in Frigiliana.


The event was organized by Maribel Martín and Brendon Taylor (AMARTE studio-gallery) in collaboration with the Frigiliana Town Hall.

If you are interested in art this is a great opportunity to come next year and enjoy the lovely village of Frigiliana, combined with a stay in Nerja as Frigiliana is only 6 kilometres away from Nerja and just over fifty kilometres from Málaga. 



Frigiliana was voted as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain and has also received numerous awards ad the most beautiful towns in Andalusia. It’s known as a “pueblo blanco” because of the whitewashed houses and in typical Andalucían style it’s full of charm and interesting streets to explore. 




For more information on Frigiliana, particularly in this amazing event which takes place at the end of August: Las tres culturas event visit our blog post 

Friday, 2 October 2020

Autumn in Nerja - ideas of things to do

Nerja comes to it's own in Autumn - with the amazing Autumn light bringing the sea and mountains to life - and it is a great time of year to visit! With average temperatures staying around 21 degrees - Autumn is the perfect time to make the most of our beautiful town and surrounding area without all of the crowds!


Whilst this year will mean that we don't see our usual Autumn festivals (such as the amazing Feria de Nerja in October), there are still plenty of things to do! Here is just a few our our favourite recommendations;

Hit the Beach!

Spending the day on the beach is so amazing in the Autumn! The summer crowds have gone - along with the crazy summer heat... so apply the sun-lotion and make the most of Nerja's wonderful beaches! Whether you stay in town and walk down to Burriana, Carabeo, Calahonda, El Salón, Torrecilla, Chucho or Playazo or decide to jump in the car and head either east towards the wonderful Herradura bay or west towards Malaga - the choice is just incredible! 

Chill in Nerja

As a year-round resort, Nerja's many shops, bars and restaurants stay open throughout the Autumn. Have breakfast whilst watching the spectacular Autumn sunrise from one of the cafés around the Balcón de Europa, lunch in the Chiringuitos down on Burriana Beach, wander back to the centre of Nerja and do a little shopping before having a few tapas in your favourite bar - the pace is slower and it is easier to get a table than in the height of summer! 

Visit Frigiliana

The neighbouring hillside town of Frigiliana makes a delightful excursion in the Autumn! Either drive up - it is easier to park at this time of year - or take the regular Nerja - Frigiliana bus service from the bus station - and enjoy the boutique shops and numerous restaurants and bars of the lovely town.


Take to the water

Hire a kayak or paddle board from Burriana Beach and paddle along the spectacular coast to Maro - or speak with us here in the Nerja Paradise Rentals office and either hire your own boat for the day or join an organised trip to explore the Nerja coastline! There are many beautiful bays, waterfalls and coves to explore - and if you are lucky, you may get to see the dolphins!


Go underground

Nerja's famous caves - the Cuevas de Nerja - offer a great option for a day trip. You will be amazed by the cathedral like underground space with it's many natural formations - truly spectacular! A great day out for all the family.

Follow the miles of forest trails

The natural park behind Nerja provides hundreds of kilometres of marked trails for hikers and mountain bikers of all levels. The cooler autumn days offer the perfect opportunity to climb through the surrounding woodland to the higher peaks which offer incredible views back down to Nerja and the coast. 

Explore Andalucia

Andalucia's cities can be simply too hot to enjoy in the Summer months - but Autumn provides the perfect climate to explore! 

Málaga City is an easy 40 minute drive from Nerja and with the highest density of museums of any city in Spain provides plenty of options! 


Granada - with its famous UNESCO World Heritage Site the Alhambra - is about an hour's drive through stunning scenery. You may even see the beginning of the snow capped mountains in the Sierra Nevada mountain range! 


Córdoba's rich history is within easy reach just 2 hours drive from Nerja - make sure you visit the unbelievable Mezquita -  the World’s third largest mosque & UNESCO World Heritage Site.


And of course - no visit to Andalucia would be complete without a trip to it's capital city, Sevilla! It is also within easy reach for a short trip at only 3 hours drive from Nerja. Major landmarks include the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giralda.



Thursday, 12 December 2019

Magical Christmas, New Year's Eve and the Three Kings in Nerja

Nerja is the ideal place to spend the magical Christmas and New Year celebrations! And Nerja Paradise Rentals have homely self-catered rental properties to provide the perfect home away from home for your Christmas in Spain!

As in most countries Christmas in Spain is very much a time for family. For Spanish people Christmas Eve, known in Spanish as 'La Nochebuena' or 'Vispera De Navidad', is more of an event than Christmas Day with tradition being for family and friends to come together for a large family feast, generally eaten quite late in the evening. Indeed, some of the more religious families may well eat after midnight mass. The menu can vary with lots of different traditional dishes but you can be sure that Turron, polvorones or mantecados will make an appearance somewhere. After the meal it's common for families to go out to the local bars and meet up with extended family and neighbours.


With Christmas Eve being of greater significance, Christmas day is a little different to what you may expect. The day is a public holiday but restaurants, cafés and bars will be open and often with Christmas menus to cater for functions and tourists.


There’s normally lots going on over the Christmas period in Nerja. Take a look at some events which take place every year!

Typical Christmas Period Events:

  • The municipal band will give its traditional Christmas performance.
  • 23rd December / 5pm – Father Christmas parade. Leaves from the Verano azul park and continues along Calle Jaén, Diputación, Granada, Plaza Ermita, San Miguel, Plaza Catarero, Pintada, Puerta del Mar and finishes on the Balcón de Europa.
  • Christmas Carol Concert - An afternoon of Spanish Carols performed on the Balcón de Europa.
  • The Great Nevada begins in Plaza Cavana - Those attending are welcome to hot chocolate and King’s cake (Roscón de Reyes).
  • 31st December / from 11pm – New Year on the Balcón de Europa - live music and celebrations.
  • Navipark playground - Plaza de España will be transformed for the day into a playpark including ice rink and bouncy castles with fun for the whole family.
  • Cartero Real - The official postmen of the Three Kings arrive in Nerja to accept letters from the local children for Balthasar, Caspar and Melchior. Los Carteros Reales will be found in the Plaza de España along with their paiges.
  • 5th January / 4:30pm – Three Kings Procession. The route is as follows Parque Verano Azul, Calle Jaén, Calle Diputación, Calle Granada, Calle San Miguel, Plaza Cantarero, Calle Pintada and finally the Balcón de Europa.


New Years – Nochevieja:

If you're in Nerja on New Years Eve there's only one place to be, the Balcón de Europa with a glass (plastic is best) of Cava in one hand and a little bag of grapes in the other. The Balcón is the centre of the celebrations in Nerja with a temporary stage erected and live music from 11pm. Its customary in Spain to eat a grape at each strike of the clock at midnight. If you can eat all twelve grapes in time you're supposed to have good luck in the new year. There you can watch the firework display which is set off at the very end of the Balcón de Europa which looks beautiful with the backdrop of the lights, trees and Andalucian architecture.


Three Kings - Los Reyes Magos:

Coinciding with the feast of epiphany when the three wise men arrived in Bethlehem this is the most important event for the children of Nerja as this is the day that they'll finally get their presents. In Spain the tradition of Los Reyes Magos is more popular than Santa Claus and is celebrated with a parade through the streets. In Nerja this parade begins each year at the Verano Azul park and finishes on the Balcón de Europa. As the floats with the Three Kings pass, sweets are thrown to the kids (and adults) in the crowd with the inevitable competition of who can collect the most! The parade sets out on the 5th January normally at 5pm.



The procession is a really nice tradition to go and see if you're in Nerja at the time and lasts for a few hours so pick yourself a spot on the parades route and see how many sweets you can collect!

Everyone at Nerja Paradise Rentals wishes you a Very Merry Christmas and an extra Happy New Year for 2020!

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Feria de Nerja - Nerja's biggest annual festival in October!

October the 9th 2019 sees the start of the Feria de Nerja - an annual festival which runs until the 13th October and provides heaps of entertainment for all! Make the most of your holiday in Nerja and join the locals for the festivities!  5 days of eating, drinking, dancing and general enjoyment!

Based around the religious festivals honouring the Virgen de las Angustias and San Miguel Arcángel, the festival includes traditional flamenco dance and music, folklore performances, sporting and cultural events, music concerts, beauty pageants, carnaval style floats, processions, fireworks and a funfair!

The Nerja Feria always includes October 10th, the Fiesta del Virgen de las Angustias and San Miguel Arcángel which is a holiday in Nerja and October 12th, the Fiesta del Virgen del Pilar, the patron saint of the Guardia Civil which is a bank holiday across Spain.

The funfair occupies the central part of the feria ground (Parking Carabeo) which is surrounded by large tented areas known as "casetas", where various different organisations stage all sorts of activities, including the election of the "Reina & Caballero" (Festival King and Queen). Each "caseta" has its own bar and offers food - and at night, these come alive with music and dancing until the early hours! Get your Flamenco dress on and enjoy the atmosphere!





Most events are free - although some of the music concerts have a small entrance fee.

During the daytime, from 12:00 to 20:30 each day, Plaza Tutti Frutti and calle Antonio Millón have now become the principal areas for music and entertainment.




Pick up a programme from the Nerja Tourist Office - but the key dates and activities are as follows;

Wednesday 9th October


20:00 - Feria ground (Carabeo) - Official opening of the Feria Gate with live musical concert 


22:00 - Plaza España - Election of the "Reina & Caballero" 2019 (Festival King and Queen)

Thursday 10th October


12:00 - Feria ground (Carabeo) - Election of the child "Reina & Caballero" 2019 (Festival King and Queen)

20:00 - Streets of Nerja - Procession of the Virgen de las Angustias and San Miguel Arcángel saints from the Iglesia de El Salvador on the Balcón de Europa to the Ermita where there will be a traditional firework display.



23:30 - Plaza España - Concert: Lola Indigo (15 €)

Friday 11th October


13:00 - Plaza España - Election of senior "Reina & Caballero" 2019 (Festival King and Queen)

23:30 - Plaza España - Concert: José Manuel Soto(15 €)

Saturday 12th October


12:00 - Iglesia del Salvador - Service for the Virgen de Pilar, the Patron Saint of the Guardia Civil

13:00 - Streets of Nerja - Procession of carnival floats and horse parade - from the Verano Azul park through the streets of Nerja ending at the Feria ground (Carabello). Passes by C/ Antonio Ferrándiz Chanquete, C/ Jáen, C/ Diputación, C/ Plaza Cavana, C/ Carmen, Balcón de Europa, C/ Puerta del Mar, C/ Pintada, C/ Alejandro Bueno, C/ Herrera Oria, C/ Ruperto Andúez, C/ Torrox, C/ Rodríguez Acosta.

16:00- Feria ground (Carabeo) - Flamenco music and dance shows

17:00 - Plaza Tutti Frutti - DJs and entertainment

23:30 - Plaza España - Concert: Café Quijano (15 €)

Sunday 13th October


13:00 - Plaza España - Dog show 2019

16:00 - Feria ground (Carabeo) - Flamenco music and dance shows

17:00 - Plaza Tutti Frutti - DJs and entertainment

00:00 - Feria ground (Carabeo) - Firework display

Travelling to Nerja - everything Covid and Brexit related

UPDATED 20/01/2021 At Nerja Paradise Rentals we understand the concerns around travelling during the Covid pandemic and after Brexit and as ...