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.

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: 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

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 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

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.

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?

A Place in the Sun Channel 4
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

Channel 4 place in the sun
“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 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

Jellyfish alert for the Costa del Sol - Free Jellyfish alert app
Don’t care much for Jellyfish? Get the free Infomedusa App

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.

Jellyfish alert for the Costa del Sol - get the free Infomedusa App
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 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.

Nerja Self-Catering Holiday Apartments and Villas

Why Choose a Nerja self-catering holiday?

Nerja Self-catering Holiday to the Spanish Costa del Sol
Nerja Self-catering Holiday apartments just above Burriana Beach, Nerja

When you need a break from the world, a holiday in Nerja is the perfect escape. Located just 45 minutes from Malaga Airport, Nerja is a hidden gem that is perfect for self-catering holidays.

Whether you want to relax on the beach, explore the town and nearby attractions, or simply enjoy being in the fresh air, Nerja has something for everyone. This quiet town is a great place to recharge and experience the real Spain.

If you’re looking for a self-catering holiday in Nerja, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got everything you need to feel like a local and enjoy all the best the area has to offer.

Our Nerja self-catering apartments offer you the perfect base from which to explore the area and head out on the town when you want to.

You can cook at your apartment. Or, you can choose one of the many bars, restaurants, or Chiriguitos. When you book one of our villas or apartments, we’ll provide all the necessary equipment and accommodation you will need.

Nerja Food and Drink

Nerja self-catering holidays on the Ciosta del Sol, Spain
Ayo’s Paella has been the subject of many TV travel programs.

Nerja’s seafood dishes are on the menu always. But, the culinary highlight is paella, a rice dish that is cooked in olive oil and typically includes seafood, chicken, sausage, and Spanish sausage.

Ayo’s Paella is world famous and the subject of many TV travel programs. Ayo’s Chiringuito is located near the end of Burriana Beach.

Spaniards are known to love their food, especially their paella, a rice dish that originated on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Many different variations exist, and the best ones are made in the Valencia region.

The most common ones are Valencian paella, which consists of rice, chicken, lamb, seafood, and vegetables cooked in a large paella pan (the dish is actually called ‘Arroz’ or ‘Rice’ the pan is the Paella) on the stove, and Valencia’s version, which is a pilaf-like dish cooked in a clay pot or a pan on the stove.

Self-Catering 2 Bedroom Holiday Apartments in Nerja

Holiday Rental in Nerja, Edificio Coronado 156, Parador Area

Self-Catering is the way to enjoy a Nerja Holiday

I’ve said this countless times; self-catering holidays are the best way to enjoy your time abroad. Why? Freedom!

The advantage of choosing self-catering accommodation is that you get more freedom, more choice, more space and more beds for the price of an all-inclusive holiday.

A self-catering holiday is basically like having a home away from home. You get privacy and you can come and go as you please. You are not tied to hotel or resort itineraries.

Nerja Beach Holidays has some of the best self-catering accommodations on the Costa del Sol. Here we would like to feature a lovely 2-bedroom apartment that is close to the Parador in Nerja.

Paradores are a network of 97 state-run hotels (96 in Spain & 1 in Portugal). They are marvellous properties consisting of restored Castles, Monasteries, Convents, Fortresses, Manor Houses, and Palaces as well as some exceptional modern properties.

Edificio Coronado 156

Self-Catering 2 bedroom holiday apartments in Nerja on the Costa del Sol, Spain
Coronado Self-Catering 2 bedroom holiday apartment has access to a lovely swimming pool.

This spacious 2-bedroom apartment is located on the 1st floor in the building Coronado in the Parador Area within a short walk to Carabeillo and Carabeo beach.

As you walk into the apartment, you will find the living room with a large sofa, ample seating and the dining area.

Self-Catering Apartments are fully equipped

There is free WiFi and a large screen Smart TV with international channels.

The master bedroom has a king-size bed, and storage area and leads to the private balcony. The twin bedroom has two single beds, a storage area and also leads to a private balcony.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a hob, oven, fridge freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle and washing machine.

The quirky pink bathroom has a walk-in shower, a bathtub, wash basin and toilet.  There is free on-street parking around the building and a big payable car park within a short distance from the apartment.

It has two communal pools, one for adults and one for children which are open from the beginning of April to the end of October.

Shops, Bars and Restaurants

There is a Coviran supermarket with all your essentials just across the street. Also in the streets just surrounding the apartment block you will find various coffee shops, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, a tobacconist, launderette services, an ATM and more…

Access to the Balcon de Europa is easy as it is located within 8 minute walk from the apartment. See more

If you need more information or would like to book this apartment, please contact Nerja Beach Holidays.

(+34) 644 793 168

Laws on entry into Spain tightened – Scaremongering Press!

Laws on entry into Spain tightened. Brits must Prove they can spend 85 pounds every day to enter Spain

Laws on entry into Spain tightened - Scaremongering Press!
Scaremongering Press! Don’t be put off your Spanish holidays

Brits (that’s British to you and me) are asked to make sure they have a minimum of 85 pounds to spend for each day of their Spanish holiday.

Holidaymakers entering Spain could be asked to show they have enough money to fund their trips at the rate of €100 or £85 per day.

The financial requirements go even further, as visitors must have €900 minimum (£766.94), together with two other forms of proof: a return or onward ticket and evidence of accommodation. (Daily Record)

This was enough to start a Twitter storm!* Every local newspaper, from Lands End to John O’Groats was running with the headline in various forms of fear.

The British tourists would need 85 Pounds per day headline in one paper, which became  595 pounds (7 days break) and 1190 pounds (14 days) in another.

Some publications, such as the Liverpool Echo were a little more European by quoting the cost in Euros (100€ a day looks scarier than £85.22). Other restrictions include possessing proof of a return ticket or onward journey and evidence of accommodation.

Laws on Entry into Spain

Most of the Twitterati, Facebook lawyers, Instagrammers and other social media platform users lost the plot. They overlooked one little word: ‘May’.

language note: May is a modal verb. It is used with the base form of a verb. Your use may indicate that something will possibly happen or be true in the future, but you cannot be certain. “We may have some rain today”, “Manchester United may win the Premier League this year…” (Nah! that’s stretching things a bit)

Do we think the Spanish government would shoot itself in the foot by alienating the biggest group of tourists into Spain? Pre-pandemic 18.1 million UK tourists entered Spain.

Post-pandemic the numbers are rising again as people start to travel more. 2021 4.3 million UK residents holidayed in Spain. That number will rise.

So, if your country made 4.8 billion euros from British tourism in 2021 (73% down on 2019 due to the Coronavirus pandemic), burdening the tourists with ever more rules and regulations is not the wisest of moves.

Also, how many more officials would you need to both check and enforce these new laws? How would you prove you have spent the requisite amount each day?. Would the tourist need to keep receipts?

I don’t know ANYONE who has been asked to prove any of this. Do you? I would be very interested to know.

Meanwhile, in true Brit tradition; Keep Calm and Carry on Abroad!

Remember the fear stories about the ‘hellish weather ‘horrible heatwave’  etc from last week? The UK didn’t turn into a burned piece of toast; did it?

Remember to check out the Nerja Beach Holidays website. Some great apartments, villas and townhouses are available for your all-inclusive holiday to Spain.

*a period characterized by a sudden increase in the number of posts made on the social media application Twitter about a particular issue, event, etc., especially controversial one.

Travel News For Airports on the Costa del Sol Spain

Chaos at international airports. Strikes and Staff shortages hit foreign tourist arrivals on the Costa del Sol

Travel News for the Costa del Sol Spain
Long-suffering tourists in long-suffering airport queues. (Daily Mail)

Travel News – It doesn’t look good!

As if the poor tourists haven’t had a bad enough time. It’s horrible enough that the poor souls have to contend with the cost of living crisis at home in the UK. Added to that, rising inflation, rail strikes, and the chaos at ports that has followed Brexit.

Having to queue to get in and out of ports hasn’t helped at all.

Reading the Sur in English online, today, it doesn’t look good at all.

Strikes and staff shortages at airlines and major hubs are making flying a nightmare this summer, and hotel occupancy forecasts for foreign guests have been revised downwards as a direct result

An article, by Pilar Martìnez, is a ‘must read’ if you have travel plans from the UK to Costa del Sol.

A slowdown in foreign tourist bookings and cancellations has affected occupancy forecasts for hotels on the Costa del Sol.

The Hoteliers Association of the Costa del Sol (Aehcos), in its latest report, has revised downward the expected numbers of international travelers – to a 60 percent occupancy rate, a fall of ten percent. However, Aehcos said the decline will be offset by growth in domestic demand.

The association blames the Ryanair and EasyJet strikes and also the chaos at European airports for the decline.

Read more of the Pilar Martìnez article here.

Travelers really do need to keep an eye on the news channels. Industrial action is one thing; at least you get a warning. Staff shortages: they are a different kettle of fish altogether. These often cannot be accounted for.

Being the harbinger of bad travel news is not what I’m about, but, I do feel for people who have had holidays ruined or canceled because of no fault of their own.

I know! because I had flights to Lanzarote canceled by those charlatans at in 2020 (I’m still waiting for my reimbursement but that’s another story)

I wish you all the best of British luck; I hope you get your well-deserved holidays.

Self-Catering Apartments for Rent in Nerja Spain

One Bedroom Self-Catering Apartments for Rent in Nerja

Self-catering apartments and holiday villas are the best way to enjoy a Nerja holiday. Staying in hotels and all-inclusive resorts is fine. But, if you want the freedom to move around; self-catering accommodation is the best bet.

Being tied to hotels or resorts’ itineraries can be a bind. Nobody likes the idea of having paid for an all-inclusive break, only to pay for meals outside of the resort. After all, people are inquisitive, they like to explore the area, town, or city they are staying in.

Other people, like to go farther afield. This is where the self-catering option is best. You are free to come and go as you please. You decide where and when to eat, and what entertainment to see.

One Bedroom Self-Catering Apartments

Nerja Beach Holidays has a great range of apartments, villas, and townhouses in and around Nerja on the Costa del Sol. On the main website, you will find something for everyone.

If it’s the beach you prefer, then look no further than the apartments behind Burriana Beach. These have fantastic views of the Mediterranean and Burriana Beach.

If it is the town centre you want, no problem, they have you covered.

Holiday Rental in Nerja: Apartment Capistrano Playa 411 Close To The Beach

Self-Catering Apartments for Rent in Nerja Costa del Sol Spain
What a great view from Capistrano Playa 411 – this could be your view.


Situated on the Capistrano Playa complex this tastefully modernized one-bedroom apartment is ideal for those wanting easy access to beaches and restaurants.

The apartment is on the lower level of the complex overlooking the famous Capistrano Playa lagoon with views out to the nearby Burriana Beach.

The apartment offers an open plan living area with very comfortable leather sofas (one being a sofa bed which sleeps 2), an air conditioning unit with heating, a TV with international channels, a DVD player, a dining table with seating for 4 and a fully fitted kitchen with all the appliances needed for your self-catering holiday.

Capistrano Playa 411 -see more.

Holiday Rental in Nerja: Apartment Gran Plaza 4. A great apartment right in the heart of Nerja town

Self-Catering Apartments for Rent in Nerja Gran Plaza 4
Town centre Self-Catering Apartments for Rent in Nerja – Gran Plaza 4

This modern 1 bedroom apartment is located on the first floor of a newly built apartment block right in the heart of Nerja within only a few minutes’ walk to the famous Balcon de Europa.

As you walk into the apartment, you will find the kitchen with an open space dining area leading to the living room. There is free WiFi and a TV with international channels.

The master bedroom has a double bed and storage area. The sofa bed can accommodate 2 people.

See more of Gran Plaza 4

There are plenty more self-catering apartments, villas, and townhouses to see. If you need help, you can always contact Nerja Beach Holidays.

(+34) 644 793 168

Virgen del Carmen is Celebrated again along the Costa del Sol

Dia de la Virgen del Carmen is Celebrated all along the Costa del Sol 2022

Día de la Virgen del Carmen is celebrated on July 16th in many coastal towns and villages throughout Spain.
The Virgen del Carmen took out to sea

Día de la Virgen del Carmen is celebrated on July 16th in many coastal towns and villages throughout Spain.

Places as diverse as Almuñecar, on the coast of Granada province, and Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife share the festival with many other coastal communities in Andalucia, Nerja, Murcia, Valencia, and Catalonia.

Hundreds of years later, many pilgrims came to this holy place with the purpose of keeping the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmelo safe. Today, the Virgen del Carmen is the protector of all waters, seamen, and fishermen. The dedication to Virgin Mary became an important part of many Catholic-based countries

The Costa del Sol towns and villages had to forgo the Virgen del Carmen celebrations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now though, they are back with a vengeance.

I searched my favorite online newspaper, the Sur in English, for photographs. I was not disappointed.For anyone interested in events such as Virgen del Carmen and who wants to check out the festivities, try these photographs from Sur in English.

You may want to make a cuppa, there are over 80 great images to see.

There are many fiestas and other events all along the Costa del Sol and inland places. Renting a Nerja villa or apartment gives you the freedom to pick and choose which you attend.

Nerja has its own traditions; such as:


International Festival of Music and Dance of the Cave of Nerja

Day of the Virgin del Carmen, July 16. The feast in honour of the patron saint of sailors is being held in all municipalities of the Costa del Sol and is one of the most beautiful ones. Among wreaths the Virgin is carried into the sea in a sea procession, there are fireworks and a popular Moraga (grilled Sardines at the beach) accompanied by traditional music and dance of the area.


Feria de las Maravillas de Nerja around September 8. Feast in honour of the patron saint, the Virgen de las Maravillas; this day takes place a procession of the Virgin through the streets and there are fireworks.

Tourist day: Since the ’60s is celebrated at the Balcony of Europe a day for the tourists with food and drink typical of the area and dances.

There is also the Nerja Fair and Columbus Day, Halloween, and so on. There is plenty to see and do. Check out this website for Nerja and other Costa del Sol Locations. Malagaweb.

Enjoy yourself!

Terral Wind and Hot Weather Warnings in the UK

Terral Wind will give you an insight as to what your hair feels like under a hair dryer

Terral Wind weather warnings

Terral: what is it?

Wind! Very hot wind. That is the best and only way to describe ‘La Terral’ as we call it in the Malaga province of Andalucia, Spain.

If you have a good head of hair like me, you will have used the hair dryer at some stage. Well, imagine standing in front of a massive dryer, you get the picture?

Many people think that this horrible phenomenon comes from the Sahara Desert via the North African coast; it doesn’t.

Where does Terral Wind come from?

Cold wind from the north of Spain travels south and through the mountains around the Malaga area. A rapid increase in atmospheric pressure combined with a loss of moisture and increase in temperature gives you this hot, dry blustery wind.

It doesn’t end there: once this Terral Wind reaches the coast, it displaces the surface moister. This in turn makes the colder, deeper water rise to the surface. Viola! you have very cold seawater.

That is why, during these how and windy days, the sea is rather cold.

There is a great website with more information on the Terral Wind and other subjects of interest. Malaga Web, go check it out.

UK very high temperatures and weather warnings

Terral Wind in the UK is called Helm Wind. The Helm Wind is a named wind in Cumbria, England, a strong north-easterly wind which blows down the southwest slope of the Cross Fell escarpment. It is the only named wind in the British Isles, although many other mountain regions in Britain exhibit the same phenomenon when the weather conditions are favourable. Wikipedia

It comes to something when some parts of the UK are even hotter than Spain. Temperatures are getting to 40ºC in some parts of England. This is causing some concern at the UK weather centre. So much so; that they are issuing severe weather warnings.

It does make the older generation laugh. Take a peep at this Wikipedia snippet: The 1976 British Isles heat wave led to the second hottest summer average temperature in the UK since records began.

At the same time, the country suffered a severe drought. It was one of the driest, sunniest and warmest summers in the 20th century, although the summer of 1995 is now regarded as the driest. Wikipedia

How ever did we cope?

El Terral and the high UK temperatures
The UK finally gets a nice bit of weather and, guess what?

If you had the same scaremongering media back then, none of us would have left the house.

The Daily Mirror leads with a story of passengers ‘passing out’ in ‘boiling terminals’ after long flight delays.

The Washington Post really goes for it, with; National emergency in Britain as ‘deadly’ heatwave hits Europe.

The Sun is edging its bets with: Scorching heatwave to last at least eight more days befor ending with a bang! as thunderstorms set to hit the UK.

The Daily Star: With record-breaking temperatures forecast for much of the UK over the next few days, Kit Malthouse is chairing an emergency Cobra meeting at No 10 Downing Street. It goes on to tell us that there will be ‘temperatures never experienced’

How to survive the terribley hot UK weather

The trick is to get plenty of liquids down you. There is more advice available from the UK Government.

Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat. avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day. make sure you take water with you if you are travelling. take care and make sure to follow local safety advice if you are going into the water to cool down. Check the UK Gov website for more sage advice on how to survive in the very hot weather.

Coming soon:

How to survive the torrential rain and storms that are due to follow the very hot UK weather.

Stay safe;-)

Nerja Holidays and Exploring Malaga Province

Nerja Holidays are great, although you would be surprised what you will find inland of the Costa del sol

Nerja Holidays – Try Inland of Malaga

One of the great advantages of renting a self-catering villa or apartment is freedom. That’s correct; freedom. By that I mean you are not tied to hotel or resort itineraries. You are free to come and go as you please.

Nerja itself has lots to offer the tourist. If you fancy discovering what lies beyond the Costa del Sol, then, head inland and north.

There are many small and large villages and rural communities to visit. Some towns and cities are a ‘must see’.

Antequera is one such place but, I’ll do a separate blog posting  on Antequera as there is so much to pack in.

There is one village I would recommend you to visit; Villanueva del Trabuco.

Villanueva del Trabuco

Villanueva del Trabuco Malaga Andalucia Spain
The village of Villanueva del Trabuco in Malaga, Andalucia, Spain

Villanueva del Trabuco is a town and municipality in the province of Málaga, part of the autonomous community of Andalucia in southern Spain. It is situated in the northeast of the province. Villanueva del Trabuco is located in the comarca of Nororma.

Nororma, a group of towns and landscapes where tradition, culture and fun go hand in hand.

What is there for the tourist in Villanueva del Trabuco?

Not a lot. Trabuco is a pueblo blanco (white village) which is located north- west of Nerja, about an hour drive. The town itself is not particularly large. You can walk from one end to the other in ten minutes.

Although bereft of tourist sights, Trabuco is a great place to stop off and sample traditional Andalucian food and drink . There are plenty of good bars and restaurantes. Tapas are generally free with a drink (how’s that for temptation?)

There is a delightful church just of the main plaza (I cant call it the main square as it is actually Tobelerone shaped). The church of Nuestra Señora de los Delores.

The main attraction for this part of Malaga is the area itself. Tucked in behind the Sierra Gorda and San Jorge mountains and south of the Antequera plain, Trabuco is an outdoor paradise.

Not far from Trabuco is the main attraction, Fuente de los Cien Caños (Fountain of 100 pipes). This is a man-made feature but very interesting nonetheless.

Fuente de los Cien Caños near to Villanueva del Trabuco Spain
Fuente de los Cien Caños near to Villanueva del Trabuco, Andalucia, Spain

Olive groves and wheat fields are mixed with fields of asparagus and all manner of fruit trees. This is a great place to walking or hiking. There are few fences to speak of and then, they are mainly to safeguard the animals.

Biking of all types is common here as is camping. Birdwatching here is at its finest. There are Eagles, Hoopoe Birds, Hawkes and many other wild and wonderful species. Check out this website What to do in Villanueva del Trabuco.

There is a complete list of fairs and fiestas. Easter and September being the main events.

Trabuco ExPats

Baz and Phil at Bar Tacones in Villanueva del Trabuco
Entertainment is often laid on at Bar Tocones in Vva Del Trabuco – Baz and Phil, expats doing their thing.

Just like many parts of Spain, Villanueva del Trabuco has it’s own expatriate community. Although not as numerous as pre-Brexit, there are still a few of us knocking about. Many live in the campo or ‘countryside’ around the town.

Expats make up to 5.5% of the population of just over 5,300 inhabitants (Circa 2019) See more demigraphics.

As with all expatriate communities, they do like their fish ‘n’ chips and Sunday lunches, as well as a good chin-wag.

One focal point for the UK expat community is a recently opened bar / Restaurante just opposite the newly built indoor fish / meat market.

Bar Tacones is a great place to stop off if you are visiting Trabuco.

Nerja Holidays - Bar Tacones in Villanueva del Trabuco is a great expat bar
Inside Bar Tacones – Fancy a beer and tapas? How about breakfast or Sunday Lunch?

Darren and Sass, the people who run Tacones have a great menu as well as a pick-up takeaway facility just in case you don’t fancy cooking for yourself. Tapas are also served.

There is often entertainment on: Bingo, Quiz Nights, music events and such like. The food is good, the prices are fair and I would recommend you stop in and say hello. Check out their Facebook page.

You can also contact them:

Tel:+34 951-566-030


So, enjoy your Nerja holidays in the Nerja Beach Holidays apratments but, please, take time to visit the other great loacations close by.