Rain in Spain

Nerja Rain is needed after riverbed clean-up annouced

The second phase of the plan is to clean and clear the riverbeds of the Río Seco and the Barranco del Puerto ravine.

Nerja rain? That’s not something the tourist would hope for! However; the Nerja Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) people will be hoping for plenty this autumn; why?

This short article from our friends in the Sur in English will explain.

Nerja rain will be most welcome

In the hope that the arrival of autumn will bring rain to the Axarquía, Nerja town hall has announced that it will carry out the second phase of a plan to clean and clear the riverbeds of the Río Seco and the Barranco del Puerto ravine.

“In addition to the cleaning, pruning and repair work recently carried out in a section of the Río Seco, we are going to carry out a new action in the rest of the riverbed up to the border with Frigiliana, as well as in the Barranco del Puerto ravine”, explained Javier Rodríguez, councillor for the environment.

See more of this report from Sur in English

Malaga Weather on average

The area of Malaga has a warm Mediterranean climate, which characteristically means long, hot, dry summers and very mild, sometimes rainy winters. Malaga enjoys about 3000 sunshine hours per year.

I’ve lived in the Malaga province for almost 21 years. You can take it from me, the weather in the autumn and winter can be very unpredictable. I have seen bitterly cold winters that are dry and, warm winters that are soaking wet.

My own location is to the north of Nerja and, a bit higher up, so, we get slightly different weather. Our rural location depends on getting “the right weather”. To us, this means rain in October and November is welcome. Rain in December and January not so much. This is due to the olive harvest.

Rain is either a friend or an enemy, sometimes both. But, for the people working on the Nerja clean-up project, the rain will be a godsend.

Fear not though; if you are on vacation during the autumn in Nerja, you still get beautiful days of sunshine. You can check this out from this weather website.

Apartments Gran Plaza 1 Nerja - New Year 2023

Apartments for rent in Plaza de España Nerja Town Center

Apartments Gran Plaza – Right in the heart of Nerja and close to the Balcòn de Europa and Tutti-Frutti Square

Gran Plaza Nerja
Gran Plaza; The place to be when there is a fiesta to be had

The location is excellent; the apartment is next to the entrance to the Plaza, at the car park entrance end. This is great as you have the car parking underground and the entrance is a great place to catch a taxi if you are off out and about in Nerja.

Apartment Gran Plaza

The front of the apartments are white and grey painted with traditional rejas (ornamental bars on the windows) and Juliet balconies. Modern built but still retaining traditional Spanish features.

The apartment itself is ultra-modern. In the kitchen area, there is a black granite kitchen top and white fixtures and fittings. A fridge /freezer, coffee machine and microwave along with the necessary pots, pans, dishes and cutlery complete the kitchen. There is a small dining table as well.

The bathroom, like the rest of the apartment, is very modern. There is a WC, wash-basin and shower with a glass screen. Also, a hair dryer is provided. A large window allows for natural daylight.

The lounge area has a large sofa/bed a coffee table and an excellent TV with many great channels. Again, the coffee table and TV stand/drawers are white and modern. There is an Internet connection which was good.

The bedroom is a good size with a very comfortable double bed. Bedside lamps and an open wardrobe stand complete the bedroom. The doors to the bedroom and the bathroom are the hidden sliding doors type.

The apartment is very clean, comfortable and well situated. There is the added bonus of a roof-top pool and seating area.

Plaza de España Apartments

Plaza de España is a large square or ‘plaza’ surrounded by shops, offices, hotels and apartments. The Plaza is situated just off the Balcòn de Europa and close to the church of El Salvador next to Tutti Frutti square. There is an entrance via the Town Hall arch and the other end via the underground parking entrance.

During the festive holidays, such as Christmas and New Year there are bouncy castles, Santa cabins and other festive paraphernalia dotted around Plaza de España. The bars/cafes and restaurants are busy and very lively.

Your stay could include takeaway Indian and Chinese meals as well as a fantastic breakfast just outside the plaza. Taxis to the restaurants are quick and easy to catch and, in general, your break should be hassle-free and happy.

If you don’t want to pay for parking, there is a free car park before the last bridge at the entrance to Nerja. This is a short walk away from Plaza de España.

You can book Apartmentos Gran Plaza and many other villas, apartments and townhouses from the Nerja Beach Holidays website.

Check out this and other great 1 bedroom Nerja apartments from the Nerja Beach Holidays website.

Nerja Winter Holidays 2022/23 Burriana Apartments for rent

Winter Holidays 2022/23 in Nerja Costa del Sol Spain

BOOK NOW! WINTER HOLIDAYS IN NERJA 2022/23 – it’s never too early to book

Winter Holidays 2022/23. It is never too early to book your winter holidays. OK, it’s coming to the end of August, you may have already had your summer holidays, you may even be waiting to go on your break. Nonetheless; planning your next break is a great way to banish those end-of-summer blues.

Nerja is a very popular location all year round. Often, if you leave your plans too late, you may not get the apartment, villa or location you really want.

Nerja Holiday Villas and Apartments 2022/23

Nerja Beach Holidays are focused on providing bespoke self-catering Holiday rentals and property management services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction in Nerja, Spain (Costa del Sol).

We offer a selection of exceptional holiday apartments, villas and townhouses available to let in Nerja at the best possible prices, backed by a level of service and attention to detail. ​

Our aim is to provide you with stress-free holiday rentals. Nerja Beach Holidays are open 365 days a year. We speak Spanish, English and French. We can help you choose the perfect accommodation that suits your needs.

Nerja Beach Holidays offers a virtual tour experience so that you can visit your future holiday accommodation yourself in 360 degrees. Your winter Holidays 2022/23 with us are guaranteed to be happy ones.

Nerja on the Costa del Sol

Nerja is a resort town along southern Spain’s Costa del Sol. Its seafront promenade, Balcón de Europa, tops a promontory with views of the Mediterranean and surrounding mountains.

Below it lies sandy beaches and cliffside coves. Cueva de Nerja, a nearby cavern with unusual stalactites and stalagmites, hosts popular summertime concerts. This popular tourist attraction is also known for its palaeolithic paintings, viewable by guided tour. More

There is so much to see and do in and around Nerja, you will have a fantastic holiday. Book now and get yourself one of our wonderful apartments, townhouses or villas.

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Please check out the main Nerja Beach Holidays website. If you need any help or have any questions, we are always happy to help. Have a great New Year, wherever you are.

Marbella and Puerto Banus have marinas

Marbella on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain – Purto Banus is close by

Use your time in Nerja to visit other locations along the Costa del Sol – Marbella and Puerto Banus are a must

Where is Marbella?

Marbella Arch

Marbella is a city and resort area in southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, part of the Andalusia region. The Sierra Blanca Mountains are the backdrop to 27 km of sandy Mediterranean beaches, villas, hotels, and golf courses.

West of Marbella town, the Golden Mile of prestigious nightclubs and coastal estates leads to Puerto Banús marina, filled with luxury yachts, and surrounded by upmarket boutiques and bars. Wikipedia

What is so special about ‘Marbs’?
The weather is a major factor. The Costa del Sol enjoys 320 days of sunlight throughout the year and an average temperature of 19°C.

This is due to its micro-weather, given that Marbella is surrounded by the warm Mediterranean and the Sierra Blanca mountains, which protects it from harsher meteorological conditions. Winters in Marbella are very mild and bright, while summers are warm and dry. January will get an average of 16.4ºC and December 19.5ºC

Sun Sea and Sand

Another great reason for living, working or having a vacation in Marbella is the three ‘S’s: Sun, Sea and Sand. Marbella has more than 27 Km of golden sandy beaches. These beautiful beaches stretch from San Pedro de Alcántara (west) to Calahonda (east).

Some of the very best of these beaches are;

Playa del Alicante.
Playa de Artola.
Bounty Beach.
Playa Nagüeles.
Playa de Puerto Banus.
Cabopino Beach.
Playa de la Fontanilla.
Playa Hermosa.
Playa de Artola.
Check out this great blog and find out more about the Marbella and Costa del Sol coastline. 25 reasons…

Marbella Old Town

According to our friends at Google: The quaint Old Town is home to Renaissance-era whitewashed buildings, flower-draped balconies, and narrow, winding streets.

Plaza de Los Naranjos draws visitors with its orange trees, 15th-century Ermita de Santiago church, and restaurants with terraces, serving traditional dishes like gazpacho and meatballs.

Avenida del Mar is a long, narrow plaza dotted with palm trees and bronze sculptures by Salvador Dalí.

Puerto Banùs

Puerto José Banús, more commonly known simply as Puerto Banús, is a marina located in the area of Nueva Andalucía, to the southwest of Marbella, Spain on the Costa del Sol.

It was built in May 1970 by José Banús, a local property developer, as a luxury marina and shopping complex. Purto Banùs is famous for its great nightlife. Along with Marbella and Torremolinosos, Puerto Banùs is a magnate for the part people.

Marbella has a fantastic Marinas

A playground for the rich and famous would not be complete without having a fantastic place to “park your boat”. If it’s celebrity spotting you like, or, you enjoy looking at expensive seacraft, then these marinas are for you.

Marbella has to be amongst the liveliest coastal stretches anywhere in the world with its two major marinas, Puerto Banus and Puerto Marbella catering for everyone from the nautical novice to the super-rich and famous.

What else is there in Marbella?

There are beautiful parks and places to sit and people-watch. The shopping is world famous and, of course, it is the in-place for the VIP. Soccer stars, actors, politicians, oil magnates and every other type of well-heeled and super-famous person to be seen. It is the des-res, the in-place or Shangri-la of the southern coast of Spain.

There are many more reasons why Marbella and the surrounding areas are great places to live, work or take a holiday. Here is a link to a great blog that lists the 25 reasons to visit Marbella. Some I have already covered but, there are others that may be of great interest to you.

Check out our Nerja apartments while you are here.

Tourist relaxing on Burriana Beach in Nerja

Best Things To Do In Nerja Spain – Nerja Holiday Ideas

What are the best things to do in Nerja? It all rather depends on how many times you have visited this fantastic coastal town.

Burriana Beach. It is a fantastic day out for the family or just the two of us. Burriana Beach has it all; sun, sea, sand and plenty of great places to eat and great shops as well. Nerja has many beaches, all of which are lovely in their own particular way.

Nerja also has a magnificent church of El Salvador, just off the Balcon de Europa. El Salvador church is beautiful inside and out and I would strongly suggest you have your camera handy, the statues, paintings and other ornaments are beautiful.

The Balcon de Europa (Balcony of Europe) is another favourite Nerja stop-off for us. I do enjoy sitting outside the hotel restaurants, ice cream and a drink and watching people walking up and down this outcrop of rock, enjoying just being there.

Best things to do Nerja according to…

TripAdvisor.com. We think everyone has read at least one review o the TripAdvisor website.

As far as we are aware, most people won’t book a vacation until they have read up on the reviews that are posted on TripAdvisor. It is a great source of information, both good and bad.

There is a posting on this site for ‘Best things to do in Nerja’ The page lists things to do or see in and around the town of Nerja and along the Costa del Sol.

Some are standard selections; Balcon de Europa, Nerja Caves, Church of El Salvador and so on. Others such as Nerja Diving gets rave reviews as does X-Bike Nerja. Check out the TripAdvisor website for more ideas.

Our advice to anyone coming to stay in Nerja with Nerja Beach Holidays is this; do your homework and research Nerja before you arrive.

Self-Catering Villas and Apartments

Having a self-catering villa, townhouse or apartment in the town allows you the freedom of movement that you don’t get with hotels or resorts. There is no itinerary to tie you down to mealtimes and so on.

Explore Nerja and the many great towns, villages and tourist attractions further afield. Some places leap to mind in an instance, such as the Alhambra Palace and Ski slopes of Granada ad the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Malaga City, Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Marbella and other great places are along the coast. Historically famous towns and cities such as Antequera, Ronda and Cordoba are within comfortable driving distance.

There are Water Parks, zoos, Galleries, golf courses and much more besides. For many people the favourites are the Alhambra Palace in Granada. Antequera for its great monuments and Ronda for its history and place in modern culture. After all, the place was a backdrop for Hemingway’s novel ‘For whom the bell tolls.

For Whom the Bell Tolls is a novel by Ernest Hemingway published in 1940. It tells the story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to a republican guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War.

The famous actor and writer, Orson Welles was another who fell in love with Ronda. And, like Hemingway, he is honoured with a plaque and a street named after him. The ashes of Orson Wells are buried beneath a Linden tree in Ronda on a bullfighting ranch owned by his close friend, Antonio Dornez.

Hire a Car to get the best out of your Nerja holiday

If you are hiring a vehicle, you are in for a great holiday in Andalucia. There is so much to see and do. Two weeks was never enough time. Then again, there are people who like to just chill out.

In which case, a villa, townhouse or apartment from Nerja Beach Holidays will fit the bill to perfection.
I would be interested to hear what you enjoyed most about Nerja, the Costa del Sol or Andalucia, on your visit.

What is a Rallador de Ceramica or Spanish Grating Plate?

Sometimes life grates on you

I’ve been looking for a rallador de Ceramica for some time now; actually, for a long time. As ridiculous as it may seem, even after two decades of living in the Malaga area of Andalucia, I never got to buy one. Honestly!

What is a Rallador de Ceramica?

The rallador is a fantastic device that Spaniards use to grate garlic, tomatoes, ginger, cucumber and just about anything else.

A traditional Andalucian breakfast is a Mollette con Tomate, a powdered bread bun, toasted and then spread with tomato, garlic or olive oil. There are some people, like me, for instance, that have all three.

The rallador is a ceramic plate or bowl that has a serrated centre on which you rub or grate garlic, tomatoes, ginger et al.

It is a simple but practical device that also looks good in the kitchen.

Searching for the ceramic grater

You really do have to take my word that I have tried for years to get hold of a ceramic grater. Even my trips into the Malaga mountains. I tried in such out-of-the-way places as Soportújar and Pampaneira.

Other places nearer to home, such as Vinuela and Velez Malaga were also fruitless.

These two villages had plenty of artisan craft and pottery but not one had the grater. Nerja was another place that proved to be a non-starter. I was very surprised as Nerja is a great place for tourists and you would have thought this particular item would be a great seller. But, no!

I was not alone – there were other grater-less Brits

Rummaging around on the social media platforms, such as Facebook opened my eyes to the fact that I was not alone in my search. There were other people who were also searching for this wonderful bit of pottery but, to no avail. It was cold comfort. Everyone was asking the same questions and, we all got the same answer.

Success! I actually found some Ralladors de Ceramicas!

The great thing about living in and around the Malaga area of Andalucia is that there is plenty to see and do. We decided to leave our base in the campo (countryside) close to the Andalucia white village or “Pueblo Blanco” of Villanueva del Trabuco and headed to the coast.

We had decided on a day out at Plaza Mayor, a sizable open-air shopping spot with a wide selection of apparel stores, including global brands, restaurants, shops, bars and a cinema. We wanted to watch BELFAST, a new film recently released. Also, we wanted to have a nice meal beforehand.

The meal and the film, I will save for another post.

To cut a long story short: between the meal and the film, we had some time to kill. We decided to do a bit of shopping and so headed towards o0ne of the many malls at Plaza Mayor.

Sat in the middle of the walkway outside the Mercadona store was a ceramics stall. My eyes popped when I saw, not just a few, but, hundreds of ralladors, all different shapes and sizes.

They ranged in price, from quite cheap to a major purchase. However; if you bought more than one item, you got a discount on both. Happily, I purchased a plate and a bowl. For 15€ (this was after a 2€ discount) I had, at last, got what I had been searching for.

This may seem like a paltry purchase, after all, there was all manner of shops I had been in, at the Plaza Mayor, including one that sold Japanese Sushi knives at 500€ a pop (yes! I’m a bit of a foodie) but, after so many years, its practical and emotional value was priceless.

Speaking to the lady who sold me these items, she told me they have a shop in Malaga city, close to the Hard Rock Cafe.

So, if you are looking for a rallador or two, you know where to go.

Chiringuito Ayo Food of Spain Award

Ayo Chiringuito of Burriana Beach Nerja Recieves Food award

Nerja Extraordinary Food of Spain award

‘Chiringuito’ beach restaurants have been awarded the Extraordinary Food of Spain award 2021 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Food, recognizing the variety of these establishments and their commitment to traditional cuisine.

The panel of judges decided to present the award to the Ayo chiringuito in Nerja, which in the 54 years since it opened has become a benchmark in Andalucía, Spain, and Europe.

“The owner, Francisco Ortega Olalla is, at the age of 83, an example of dedication and commitment to his environment, both in employing people of different nationalities and also sourcing emblematic products from the coast and making one of the most famous and characteristic dishes that Spanish gastronomy has to offer, paella,” said a statement from the Ministry. Read more from Pilar Martìnez of the Sur in English.

What is a Chiringuito?

A Chiringuito is a small enterprise, usually a bar, selling mainly drinks and tapas, and sometimes meals, in a more or less provisional building, often on a beach or loose surface where a more permanent structure may be inviable. Wikipedia.

These days though, the name ‘chiringuito’ or ‘chiringo’ can be attached to a large building situated on or near the beach. Such sites can hold many clients and be very busy during the high season. The floor is sand or other loose material.

Burriana Beach in Nerja has the famous Ayo’s and La Barca chiringuitos. Both are excellent. Ayo’s is world famous, mainly because of the number of times it is featured on TV travel programs. You cannot make any sort of travel or food video about Nerja without mentioning the Bacon de Europa or Ayo Paella.

La Barca Merendero and Ayo Chiringuito are very different in what they offer. La Barca is itself well known for the ‘fresh-from-the-sea’ Espeto sardines and other fish. Ayo, as I mentioned, is the top Paella place. Although both have a varied and interesting menu.

My own favorite from the La Barca menu would be the BBQ Lubina (Bass) or Dorada(Guilt Head Bream) fish.


La Barca Burriana Beach
La Barca is well known for cooking Espeto style. Espeto is a traditional way of cooking freshly-caught sea fish, most often sardines.

A picnic table is a table with benches, designed for impromptu outdoor dining. The term is often specifically associated with rectangular tables having an A-frame structure. Such tables may be referred to as “picnic tables” even when used exclusively indoors. Wikipedia

Don’t worry too much about this description; a ‘merendero’ is a chiringuito by another name.

When you come and stay with us at Nerja Beach Holidays, you really must visit both of these restaurants. They are really very good.

If you want to see a lot more photographs and comments on Ayo’s (not everyone is of the same opinion as the Ministery of Food and Fishing) then check out these Facebook pages.

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Nerja Water Sports Activities – Burriana Beach has plenty of Water Sports

Water Sports and Other Activities in Nerja

Burriana Beach is a great place for water sports and other types of holiday activities
Burriana Beach is a great place for water sports and other types of holiday activities

As you would expect from a town located on the coast, Nerja offers a wide range of water sports. Of particular interest to many of our visitors is the Kayak tour of the Nerja coastline. From Burriana Beach and Maro Beach, you head off east along the coast, in crystal clear waters to discover some of the most beautiful coastlines anywhere in the Mediterranean.  On your own or with a guide, it is your choice.

Scuba Diving in the Mediterranean Sea

Scuba diving schools are also very popular with visitors and locals in Nerja. There are five-star PADI dive centres in Nerja Just in front of Burriana Beach. These diving schools also offer PADI courses from beginners to professional levels, Discover Scuba and Discover Scuba Diving programs, snorkelling, and boat trips

Jet Skiing, Banana Rides and more

Here is a great short video taken off Burriana Beach in Nerja – Paddle Surf and Kayak

Other water sports include Jet Skiing, Banana Rides (getting pulled along by a speedboat whilst sitting on a giant inflated Banana!). For the braver among us, there is Parasailing. Strapped into a parachute and pulled through the air by a speedboat. I can think of nothing more thrilling than seeing Nerja from a speeding parachute.

If all you want to do is lay in the shade on the beach and watch the world go by, you can do that. Burriana Beach has plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes as well as shops to keep you entertained. It’s your holiday, you can do as you please.

We look forward to hearing your tales of great times while staying with Nerja Beach Holidays.

Please check out our main website. There you will find a wide range of Nerja apartments, villas and townhouses available for holiday, long and short-term rentals.

Ice. How to make ice

Why There Is a Shortage of Ice in Spain – Sweating Like the Duke of York

There is little or no ice to be had anywhere in Spain; Why?

Ice, Ice Baby!

There is little or no ice in most of the regular outlets in Spain. Here, in the Malaga province of Andalucia, the ice has dried up (no pun intended). Ice is a hot commodity (groan!). If you can get your hands on some frozen water, buy it!

Places such as garages which normally have lots of bags of ice, now, have none! Supermarkets are the same; they are all out of ice.

Why no Ice?

Certain factors come into play here; the long, very hot weather and the very expensive utilities. Because it has been very hot (40ºC+) for such a long period, people want cold drinks. Ice makes drinks nice and cold.

The trouble with the cold cubes is that you need to make them using electricity. This, in turn, makes the product very expensive.

Spain has one of the most expensive electricity markets in Europe. So, it would make the production of Spanish ice cubes expensive. No?

Why is Spanish electricity so expensive? I could explain but, it would be technical and boring. So, instead, I’ll let those nice people at Endesa, the electricity suppliers bore you to death (I mean, explain)

Another factor for the lack of ice apart from the electricity price and the hot weather is the influx of tourists. There are a lot more tourists, now that the pandemic has been brought under control. So, production is having a hard time matching demand.

What about my cocktails?

Ice is important when making cocktails - Mint Julep
Ice is important when making cocktails – Mint Juleps need lots of ice

I love cocktails! I drink cocktails all the time but, a nice Old Fashioned or Mint Julep needs lots of ice to make it nice and cold. Usually, I would buy a bag of frozen H2O from the garage or the supermarket. In emergencies, I would scrounge ice from the local bars.

Now, I have to make my own.

OK, it’s not hard and, there are many ways to do it. However; if you have never had to do this for yourself, ice making at home is as follows:

  1. Get a container: Ice cube-making trays can be bought everywhere. The rubber ones are the easiest to use.
  2. Fill the container with water.
  3. Put the tray, containing the water, into the coldest part of your freezer.
  4. Wait until the water goes very hard and cold.
  5. Pop out the cubes from the rubber ice tray into a large freezer bag.
  6. Repeat this process until you have enough ice.
  7. Viola! End of an ice emergency. You can now make your cocktails cool down your drinks or do whatever you need ice for.

Forgive me, if you already know how to do this but, there are people out there that don’t know (really…)

So, when visiting Nerja Beach Holidays on the Costa del Sol, you may find ice is rationed.

Sweating like the Duke of York?

It has been a very hot summer and, it seems to want to continue. So, why not spend your time fruitfully? It is too hot to work! even going for a walk will get you wilting.

So, why not sit inside with a nice, cold drink or sit on your balcony or in your garden of the villa or apartment you have rented from Nerja Beach Holidays? Enjoy!

Ryanair Strikes in Spain – Ryanair Workers to Strike

Ryanair Strikes in Spain – Ryanair Workers to Strike

Ryanair strikes in Spain: these are the 61 flights affected this Tuesday, 9 August

The Irish low-cost airline operates Spanish bases in Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Girona, Malaga, Seville, Valencia, Alicante, Santiago de Compostela, Palma and Ibiza

Why is it industrial action always affects those who least need it? If it isn’t the French Air Traffic Controllers, it’s the Baggage Handlers in London, the cabin crew in Greece or whatever.

People work hard all year and their two weeks in the sun are the highlight of the year. So, why should they suffer? I’m not a political animal and, I don’t want to be expressing such views on a holiday blog but; come on!

When are Ryanair Strikes?

According to our friends at the Sur in English, that fine publication for the south of Spain, the strikes are as follows:

The industrial action, announced by the Unión Sindical Obrera (USO), will continue for five months – until 7 January 2023 – every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

This is going to cause people travelling to and from Spain problems, never mind causing Ryanair a problem.

Can I claim compensation from Ryanair?

Ryanair Strike Cancelled Flight Compensation

If your flight was cancelled due to a Ryanair cabin crew strike, you qualify for additional monetary claims if you find out less than 14 days prior to your flight departure and Ryanair failed to provide you with an alternative flight or fully refund your ticket

There is more information relating to your consumer rights on this website Airadvisor.com

As always, you will need to check the news updates. Strike action can often be cancelled, just as fast as it started. You could try Ryanair Flight Updates. Simply add your flight details and you should know right away if your flight has been cancelled or not.
Hopefully, these disruptions will soon come to an end and we will all get our summer holidays. We look forward to seeing you at Nerja Beach Holidays.
Flamingos on the laguna at Fuente de Piedra Andalucia Spain

Flamingos at Fuente de Piedra give birth to 3,700 Flaminglets

Flamingo Ringing – Hello little Flaminglets!

Flamingos at Fuente de Piedra in the Malaga province of Andalucia Spain
Flamingo with new Flaminglet at Fuente de Piedra – Thanks to Cuteness.com

Pretty Flamingos

Once again, the Sur in English has come up trumps with a great story to cheer us up.

Flamingo ringing returns to the Fuente de Piedra lagoon, after the birth of 3,700 offspring or Flaminglets.

It has not taken place for two years because of the pandemic and then a lack of water. But now, 600 chicks have been marked by volunteers so their movements can be monitored in the future. See more.

Flamingos Facts

What is a bunch of flamingos called?

The collective noun to describe a gathering of flamingos is “flamboyance,” an appropriate term for these colourfully-feathered creatures. They flock together by the thousands on salt flats, lagoons, lakes, and swamps around the world, where they can filter-feed for shrimp, algae, and insects

As is normal for me and this blog, we have waded through the Internet to find you some fantastic Flamingo Facts.

Fuente de Piedra

Fuente de Piedra is a town and municipality in the province of Málaga, part of the autonomous community of Andalusia (Andalucia) in southern Spain. The municipality is located approximately 19 kilometres from Antequera and 73 km from the provincial capital of Málaga. It is located within the Antequera judicial district as well.

Fuente de Piedra is very easy to get to and, the laguna, with thousands of Flamingos standing, feeding and living on it, is a straight drive through the town.

I would take some binoculars as they are a fair bit away from the main entrance. You can go on guided tours though. Private, group or tailor-made guided tours.

As you can imagine, thousands of large birds, eating and then pooing in the lake can make things a trifle ‘ripe’ shall we say? That’s nature for you.

A vist to the Flamingoes at Puente de Piedra is a great day out. Check out the main website of Visit Fuente Piedra. It would take to 1 hour 15 minutes in the car (122 KM) A-7 and A-45 but, as I said, it’s easy to find.

A great place to visit when you stay with us is Nerja.

A place in the sun is in Nerja channel 4

Channel 4 A Place in the Sun: I never Knew That?

Not Spain Again!: Channel 4 A Place in the Sun – Things You Need to Know

A Place in the Sun

If you mention A Place in the Sun, people will usually think of that wonderful Stevie Wonder song of the same name. Or, you might think of the film?

Based upon the true story of Chester Gillette, who murdered his pregnant girlfriend in 1906. He was tried, convicted, and executed in 1908. The ghost of the victim, Grace Brown, is said to haunt Big Moose Lake where she drowned, in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. (Nice!)

These days, especially if you are a watcher of Channel 4, you will find yourself watching house-hunting Brits.

Property experts help British couples who are looking to move from their home in dreary Britain for the sun, sea and sand abroad.

The Channel 4 show is filmed for Most a staggering 48 weeks out of the year, with around 120 episodes filmed in any twelve months. Regular destinations include Spain, Italy and France. Mostley it is filmed in Spain (much to the chagrin of many of their viewers, if the APITS Facebook page is anything to go by!)

If you want to spend a pleasant hour or so, check out A Place in the Sun’s Facebook page. The comments range from the ill-informed to the seasoned travel experts, from pleasant banter to downright techno-rage! (Grrr!)

Why is it always Spain?

One of the most whined about topics: why is it always Spain? You will get this every time the program features the Costa del Sol or the Canary Islands etc. There is always somebody complaining. The fact that there are more UK ex-pats in Spain than anywhere else in Europe doesn’t seem to matter to them.

The Presenters – What are they wearing?

A Place in the Sun presenters
A Place in the Sun presenters before they decide to dress like mad Parrots.

Another topic guaranteed to raise the hackles in the APITS Facebook pit is fashion: yes, fashion! OK, some of the presenters do look like they have either dressed in the dark or, have been shoplifting in War on Want.

Some of the comments do get close to the knuckle. It’s a dress or a shirt, nothing more! If the presenters want to dress like mad parrots, let them!

Why are they always holding hands?

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Jean Johannson glues the guests together to prevent them from running away!

My pet hate is when the guests if they are male and female (dare I say that?) then you can guarantee, they look like these Climate Activists who glue themselves to Botticelli paintings. There is nothing more irritating than people holding hands whilst debating the merits of a one-bedroom apartment in Benidorm! Let go!

Showing a million-pound house: Why?

I don’t get this one. There can be a couple, with reasonable expectations (5 bedroom detached villa with pool and jacuzzi, stables, 4 car garage and, with a budget of €95,000) and we get shown a property worth millions? I suspect this might be for advertising purposes.

Time-wasters and Misers

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“How much? They are nothing but time-wasters!” Facebook does get a little excited

Often, the show will go the whole hog and the house-hunters find a property that matches their unrealistic expectations. They are asked by the presenter if they want to make an offer (I love this bit; guaranteed to get the  FB page wound up). “You do? how wonderful!” twitters the presenter.

On the blower, they get to the seller of the property. “I’ve got wonderful news for you, they want to make you an offer!” The poor seller is then told that Mr and Mrs Scrooge want to offer 20K below the asking price, and, they want it fully furnished.

It could be worse though. If the buyers decide they have not seen anything that makes them want to part with their money, then Mr and Mrs Facebook declare them to be ‘pathetic time-wasters!’ who should not be on the show.

A Place in the Sun-Too Many Questions

Many questions get asked by viewers and I found an article that might help.

I found an article in the Liverpool Echo (Yes, we can read in Liverpool) which is well worth a few minutes of your time if you like the program. Liverpool Echo

I once saw the show being filmed in my own village, it was the third or fourth time. I cannot understand why they get a table and chairs, some soft drinks and sit in the middle of a town square or the beach?. Answers below please.

Jellyfish on the Costa del Sol

Jellyfish Alert for the Costa del Sol and Animal Rights Laws

Don’t Get Stung on the Costa del Sol-Jellyish Alert For Some Parts of The Costa del Sol- Get the Free Jellyfish Warning App

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Jellyfish Alert

The western strip of the Costa del Sol has some unwanted guests; Jellyfish! According to The sur in English.

Jellyfish and sea jellies are the informal common names given to the medusa-phase of certain gelatinous members of the subphylum Medusozoa, a major part of the phylum Cnidaria. (amazing what you can learn on this blog)

The dreaded jellyfish are once again making an appearance on the Malaga province coastline at the start of August. The Aula del Mar marine observatory reports this Monday, (1 August) a higher concentration of these invertebrates on the western strip of the Costa del Sol, specifically between Benalmádena and Torremolinos, where the level of jellyfish is in the middle (yellow) range. See more.

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Yuk! Jellyfish are not the most pleasant of sea creatures and can give a nasty sting

The Infomedusa app indicates a higher density of these invertebrates from Benalmádena to Malaga city.

Infomedusa is an application that shows a daily forecast of the presence of jellyfish. Get the App Free!

Other Animal Rights News

It’s good news week for a range of much malaigned animals. The Spanish government is implementing new laws that will protect pidgeons, dolphins and animal mostley seen in Zoo’s. Sadley though; Not the dear old bulls.

Again, drawing from the Sur in English, the free newspaper for the South of Spain.

Spain’s new animal rights law bans pigeon shooting, zoos and dolphinariums.

Dogs, Cats and Ferrets are not allowed allowed to be sold in shops. The law also bans the use of wild animals in circuses and activities in which animals could be damaged or killed, such as cockfights and pigeon shooting.

However, the text does not make any reference to bulls or bullfighting, although government sources have said a last-minute modification could be possible. See more

So, there you have it: stay updated with jellyfish news by using the Infomedusa App.


Nerja 3 bedroom apartments Burriana Beach

Nerja Self-Catering 3 Bedroom Holiday Apartments

Nerja Self-Catering Holidays – 3 Bedroom Apartments Close to Burriana Beach

Burriana Apartment

I never tire of telling people about the advantages of a private holiday self-catering apartment. It beats hotel or resort holidays hands down. You are free to come and go, there are no itineraries to hold you back.

You eat when you want to and whe re you want to. Can’t be bothered to cook? No problemo! There are lots of bars and restaurants in Nerja and along the Burriana beach front. Can’t be bothered to walk to the beach? Again, no worries; you can dial a Pizza, Indian or Chinese takeaway

About Nerja Self-Catering  3 bedroom Apartment.

A stylish 3 bedroom frontline apartment located on Burriana beach with private parking. The apartment offers outstanding views of the beach and promenade from the large south-facing 75m2 terrace.

The apartment is well furnished to a high standard with high-speed internet and air conditioning included in the rental price. 3 double bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and an open plan lounge/dining room with sliding doors to the fantastic south-facing terrace with comfortable outside furniture. See more details about this fantastic apartment.

Burriana Beach

Burriana Beach, considered one of the best in Nerja, stands out for its crystal clear waters and fine, golden sand.

It has a wide variety of amenities, such as a number of bars and restaurants.

These restaurants vary from Chinese to Spanish, from the UK to Indian cuisines, and updated facilities make it a popular destination for both locals and visitors. It possesses a Q for Quality seal since 2018 and has flown the Blue Flag year after year.

Only a kilometer from Nerja, there is a lovely beachfront promenade full of souvenir shops and other businesses. You can also enjoy its restaurants and beach bars like the famous Chiringuito Ayo, known throughout Spain for its wood-fired paella. Ayo has been featured on many TV travel programs

If you don’t want to drive to the beach, Nerja Taxis are quite cheap. There is ample parking on and close to the beach. See more details.

Please check out the Nerja Beach Holidays website for more 3-bedroom holiday apartments in Nerja.