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

Friday, 23 August 2019

Festival Frigiliana 3 Culturas - Frigiliana 3 Cultures Festival

One of the highlights of the local festival calendar is the Festival Frigiliana 3 Culturas which takes place at the end of August each year in the beautiful pueblo blanco of Frigiliana - perched on the hillside above Nerja. Many plan their holidays in and around Nerja to coordinate with this special event!


The festival for 2019 kicked off yesterday, Thursday the 22nd August 2019 and will run until Sunday the 25th August - culminating in a firework display on Sunday night at midnight. With activities throughout the day and well into the night, the festival is steeped in history, celebrating the three main cultures which have influenced Frigiliana - the Christians, Jews and Moors.

The small town comes alive with music, dance, storytellers, stalls selling goods relating to the three cultures and creations of local artisans. A highlight is the "Ruta de Tapas" - the "Tapas Trail" - pick up your free map at the information centre when you get to Frigiliana and follow the map to get stamped at each Tapas stop. If you manage to complete the route, you will get a free t-shirt!

As you can imagine, the festival drawers big crowds so plan your trip in advance and avoid driving - parking is a problem! Cheap buses are provided from Nerja and leave form the main bus station which run late into the night. 

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Nerja Summer Events - next up: The White Party!

Nerja put on lots of entertainment throughout the summer to make your holiday here amazing!

The next big event scheduled is the White Party ("Fiesta Blanca") - which will take place on Wednesday the 14th August at the intimate, centrally located beach "El Salón" - right next to the famous Balcón de Europa.

The White Party is a very cool beach party with music and drinks in an unforgettable setting. Dress all in white and come and enjoy the vibes until the early hours! Here is a taste of what you can expect from a video taken at last year's party;

During your holiday here in Nerja on the Costa del Sol, make sure you visit the beautiful Balcón de Europa where there are acts and entertainment put on every night - from singers to bands to artists who can capture your magical moment!

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Virgen del Carmen: 16th July 2019

On the 16th of July, like many villages and cities around Spain, Nerja celebrates the Day of Saint Carmen, Widow of the Sea. This event is especially important considering Nerja was, and still is a Fisherman’s town and many people in Nerja still work as fishermen.

The celebration begins with the Mass at the Church of El Salvador at 6:00 pm, accompanied by the Coro de la Peña Nerjeña. At 7:00pm at the door of the Church you will be able to enjoy some live music and dance from the Municipal Folkloric Group of Choirs and Dances. After this, there will be a procession through the streets of the old town of Nerja with Saint Carmen being carried on the shoulders of the Brotherhood bearers, accompanied by the Band of Music towards La Torrecilla Beach.

The procession will pass by the following streets: Puerta del Mar, Pintada, La Cruz, Ánimas, Granada, Plaza Cavana (where there will be more music), El Barrio and Castilla Pérez, until it reaches Torrecilla Beach. Once it has reached the beach the crew will embark her into a traditional fishing boat which will navigate along the coastline of Nerja finishing in Calahonda Beach before the Saint is taken back to El Salvador Church. To finish up this event you will be able to enjoy some amazing fireworks.

Ruta del Arte Frigiliana - the fourth edition

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