Semana Santa or Holy Week in Spain 2023

Semana Santa (Holy Week) Spain 2023

Semana Santa or Holy Week is from Sun, Apr 2, 2023 – Sun, Apr 9, 2023

Holy Week is the most sacred week in the liturgical year in Christianity. In Eastern Churches, which include Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and Eastern Lutheran traditions, Holy Week occurs the week after Lazarus Saturday and starts on the evening of Palm Sunday.

Here in Spain, Semana Santa (Holy Week) is probably the biggest event of the calendar year. Far more important than Christmas or Day of the Kings. Most of the processions take place from Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter Sunday) to Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

If you have never seen the Holy Week parades, then you are in for a treat. My first parade was way back in the 90s in the town of Algeciras. This is a city in the Cadiz province, not far from Gibraltar. The parade was very impressive and featured people carrying crosses, blindfolded, chained and some barefooted. Apparently, such people have made a special promise or are asking for divine favour.

Where is Semana Santa most popular in Spain?

Córdoba holds one of the most popular Holy Week in Andalusia. 37 brotherhoods take part in processions with elaborate “pasos (steps)” which represent the scenes of the events of The Passion of Christ.

What are Brotherhoods?

If you’ve ever seen photos of Seville during Semana Santa, you will have seen hoards of ominously cloaked figures. These people are a huge part of the culture of the city, we’re going to take a quick tour through the history of these people in Spain.

Family and tradition are hugely important to Spanish culture; family friendships (and feuds) go back generations; and it’s expected the children will be a part of the same clubs and groups as their parents. In Andalusia especially, this includes hermandades (brotherhoods). The brotherhoods of Spain play a huge role in day-to-day life, especially in the south, organising every aspect of the social calendar. But what are they exactly? And what does it actually mean to organise every aspect of social life? Let’s take a closer look. See a lot more information on the Semana Santa Brotherhoods.

Almost every town and village will have their own Semana Santa parades. Nerja is no exception. If you want to see traditional Spain during the most sacred of weeks, then you need to book yourself a place to stay Now!

Nerja Beach Holidays has an impressive portfolio of apartments, villas and townhouses in Nerja. Check out the main website and book yourself a great stay.

Archidona Dog Show 2023

Dogs Shows in Spain – Archidona Dog Show

Archidona dog show prepares to celebrate its 30th birthday

The town will celebrate three decades of one of its best-known events on 5, 6 and 7 May


Just like Crufts, only in Spain

If you are a doggie person (who isn’t unless you are a cat?) then the Archidona dog show is something you shouldn’t miss. It is all things canine. 

Where is Archidona?

Archidona is a town and municipality in the province of Málaga. Part of the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. It is the centre of the comarca of Nororiental de Málaga and the head of the judicial district that bears its name. It earned the title of city in 1901. Wikipedia

From Nerja, just head north to Granada and you will soon find Archidona. It takes 1 hour and 10 minutes of very easy driving along the A-7 and A-45. Directions

Whilst in Archidona, use the same trip to visit nearby Antequera. I assure you, the place is an absolute wonder for history and culture buffs.

Archidona’s dog show

This is one of the town’s most important annual events will be celebrating its 30th birthday this year. The town is currently getting ready for this year’s Feria del Pueblo which will take place on 5, 6 and 7 May.

Isabel Alba, who runs the event, said that the bulk of the programme will be announced after Easter, although she confirmed that the town’s iconic Plaza Ochavada will host one of the event’s special moments, the well-known ‘Archi de Oro’.

Classic events will also take place, such as the parade, exhibitions of sports and skills and visits to nursing homes and daycare centres with dogs.
You can read the rest of this article from the Sur in English website.
Using your Nerja Villa, Apartment or Townhouse, these locations are within easy reach and make for a great holiday.


Potato Omelette. Why is potato omelette day celebrated today, 9 March?

International Potato Omelette Day March 9th

Yes! It really is Potato Omelette Day

Potatoe Omelette Day, this is a Joke; right?

From the Sur in English website, I find out that March 9th is dedicated to the humble potato. As it happens, I am a huge fan of tortilla or potato cake, potato omelette or whatever you prefer to call it. I have also made this dish on many occasions. 

How do you like yours… with onion or without? However, there are many other options with peppers, tuna, tomato or mushrooms… the number of possibilities with a potato omelette is almost endless, it’s just a matter of taste and imagination.

The popularity of the tortilla de patatas is so widespread the dish now has its own day in the international calendar of special events, and the chosen date is today – Thursday, 9 March.

The potato omelette can be served as an appetiser, accompaniment or single dish, and its fans are numerous, but how it originally came about is still unknown. Some theories suggest that it was invented in 1604 by a Belgian priest, Lancelot de Casteau.

However, others claim the Spanish origin of this staple dish in Spain and point out that it was invented in Extremadura, specifically, in the town of Villanueva de la Serena at the end of the 18th century in 1798. And in this municipality, the tortilla is a very precious commodity and in summer they hold a fair with this dish as the centre of attraction. Read more.

Can I find Potato Omelette in Nerja?

You would not be the least bit surprised to find out that you can get it everywhere in Nerja! Shops, bars, and restaurants, all sell this Spanish omelette. You can get them with or without onions, you can get large omelettes, small omelettes and more besides.

Try it for yourself. Spanish omelette or “tortilla” is not hard to make. Some spuds, eggs, onions, oil, salt and pepper and you are onto a winner. Take a look at the image above, this is my own effort at Tortilla or Potato Omelette.


Saint Patrick's Day Nerja 2023

Saint Patrick’s Day 2023 – Paddies Day in Nerja

Saint Patrick’s Day Friday the 17th of March 2023

What is Saint Patrick’s Day?

Saint Patrick’s Day 2023 – Paddies Day in Nerja
The look on the face of Saint Patrick – It’s as if he knows what to expect.

St. Patrick’s Day is the feast day (March 17) of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 CE to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools.

Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity. Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts. Check out more about Ireland’s favourite sain from Britannica.

As an ex-Irish Guardsman, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be as enthusiastic as anyone when it comes to having a little celebration.

Just like everywhere else in the world, you can find yourself in the company of Irish folk in Nerja. Cochrans, Irish Annies, The Harp, and Buskers Bar to name just a few will be bouncing with people celebrating Saint Patrick’s weekend (Yes! Some people make a weekend out of it; why not?)

Staying in Nerja for Saint Paddies Day

The best way to enjoy the weekend would be to rent a villa, apartment or townhouse. Having a base to explore, not just Nerja but, the rest of the Costa del Sol gives you freedom from hotel and resort itineraries. But, make sure that you book now as the Paddies Day festivities can attract a lot of people.

Check out the Nerja Beach Holidays website and see what is available. If you need help, we are always ready and willing to sort a villa or apartment that will suit your needs.

Come and stay with us and help to celebrate this most wonderful of Irish Holidays.

I Bedroom Holiday Apartments in Nerja Spain for Semana Santa

Holiday Rental in Nerja – Apartment Tetuan 44

Description of the apartment

This beautiful 1 bedroom apartment is located on the tranquil Oasis de Capistrano with its wonderful gardens. The apartment comprises one bedroom with twin beds, fitted wardrobes and a ceiling fan. The bathroom has a bath and an overhead shower. The open-plan kitchen leads to the living room. The kitchen is fully equipped with a fridge, oven, hob, microwave, coffee machine, washing machine and all other amenities needed for your self-catering holiday.

There is seating for 4 people within the lounge and dining area. The lounge also has a very comfortable sofa bed (sleeps 2).

The patio doors lead from the lounge onto a lovely private terrace, that has plenty of sunshine and sea views in the distance. Oasis de Capistrano has two community swimming pools, a large children’s pool and an on-site bar/restaurant. Burriana Beach is a 15-minute walk away, and Nerja centre is around 20 minute’s walk. There is a regular local bus service within two minutes of the apartment.

For larger parties, we can offer this apartment along with Tetuan 6 (a 2-bedroom apartment) as they are within metres of each other and can sleep a total of 8 persons. See this apartment from the main website.

Semana Santa or Holy Week

Semana Santa or Holy Week 2023 in Nerja Spain
Parades, such as this, will take place all over Spain – Semana Santa or Holy Week

Holy Week is the most sacred week in the liturgical year in Christianity. In Eastern Churches, which include Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and Eastern Lutheran traditions, Holy Week occurs the week after Lazarus Saturday and starts on the evening of Palm Sunday. For Hispanic countries, this is as big a fiesta as you can get.

Nerja is no exception. Just like in the rest of Spain, there will be several days of celebrations, both sombre and happy.

Booking a villa, apartment or townhouse in Nerja with Nerja Beach Holidays, you can catch all that is happing in the town and other locations along the Costa del Sol.  there will be so much happening that having your own place in Nerja will be a must.

Check out this wonderful apartment Tetuan 44 on the Nerja Beach Holidays main website. There are plenty more 1,2 and 3-bedroom apartments for rent. Make sure you book now though; Semana Santa attracts great numbers of tourists and quite often, accommodation is hard to come by.

We look forward to seeing you, here in Nerja very soon. Meanwhile, why not check out this great Nerja website that offers you all the information you will need for Semana Santa in Nerja 2023.

Deadly processionary Pine caterpillars make an early appearance in Spain

Pine Processionary Caterpillars in Spain

Processionary Caterpillars are a danger to humans and animals alike!

Pine Processionary Caterpillars 

The pine processionary is a moth of the subfamily Thaumetopoeinae in the family Notodontidae, known for the irritating hairs of its caterpillars, their processions, and the economic damage they cause in coniferous forests. Wikipedia

From the Sur in English Newspaper:

Deadly processionary caterpillars make an early appearance in Spain

The nuisance of the pine processionary caterpillar (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) has returned with force to the cities, towns and villages of Spain, «putting the health of its inhabitants and pets at risk every year», according to the country’s national association of environmental health companies (Anecpla). The organisation has insisted «systematic prevention measures are carried out to help minimise the harmful effects of this pest».

According to Anecpla, the rising temperatures and low rainfall is causing «a systematic advance of the first specimens of processionary caterpillars, well before they usually appear in late spring».

According to the president of the association, Sergio Monge, «biocidal chemicals have remained as the only, but most expensive treatment, which must be always applied by specialised professionals. It is a very effective control technique that is respectful of the environment, but the high cost is, unfortunately, a limiting factor», he said.

General director of Anecpla, Jorge Galván, warned, «minimal contact with this species can cause everything from dermatitis to eye injuries, hives and allergic reactions and even death in certain cases.»

«Direct contact with the caterpillars is not even necessary,» explains Galván, «just touching one of their hairs (which they throw as a defence strategy when they feel threatened), is enough to cause irritation and allergies, especially if they reach the eyes. These hairs are called »trichomes« and it is estimated that each individual has around 500,000, ready to act as poisoned darts when they feel they are in danger.

Despite being barely 4 centimetres long, the processionary can cause harm to animals much larger than itself, according to the group. Due to the high toxicity of their trichomes, these insects are «extremely dangerous, especially for children and domestic animals

«In the case of pets, especially dogs, this contact can even lead to a tragic end», warned the general director of Anecpla.

See more of this story.

If you are visiting Nerja, make sure to keep yourself well away from these little devils.

Dia de Andalucia or Andalucia Day 2023

Dia de Andalucia or Andalucia Day

It’s a day off work tomorrow – In Andalucia, that is!

What is Dia de Andalucia?

Dia de Andalucia. Andalusia Day is celebrated on 28 February and commemorates the 28 February 1980 referendum on the Statute of Autonomy of Andalusia, in which the Andalusian electorate voted for the statute that made Andalusia an autonomous community of Spain.

Many cultural phenomena that are seen internationally as distinctively Spanish are largely or entirely Andalusian in origin. These include flamenco and, to a lesser extent, bullfighting and Hispano-Moorish architectural styles, both of which are also prevalent in some other regions of Spain.

Andalusian food comes from the southernmost region of Spain. It features plenty of fresh seafood, cured ham, local produce, traditional tapas, sugary sweets, and unique drinks such as sherry wines. Regional specialties include salmorejo, rabo de toro, mojama, torrijas, and pescaíto frito, among many more.

Dia de Andalucia, Andalusia or Andaluzia?

I’ve seen all these different ways of spelling the name “Andalucia”. The correct way to spell the name is Andalucía (with the with the accent above the “Ì”. The Arabic name Al-Andalus was originally applied by the Muslims (Moors) to the entire Iberian Peninsula; it likely refers to the Vandals who occupied the region in the 5th century

Is Nerja in Andalucía?

Nerja is situated at the eastern tip of the Costa del Sol, in the province of Malaga, 50 kilometres from the city of Malaga and within an hour and a half’s drive from Granada and the ski resort of the Sierra Nevada. 

As far as holiday locations go, Nerja is up there with the best. Famed for it’s caves, the Balcón de Europa ( a walkway that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea) and even the Paella is known worldwide, this is of course Ayo’s Paella on Burriana Beach.

Nerja Beach Holidays have villas, apartments and townhouses for self-catering holidays in Nerja. Use these accommodations to discover other parts of Andalucia, such as Ronda, Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Cadiz and many for fantastic locations.

There is a fantastic website for the region called

why are there shortages of tomatoes in the uk

Why are there shortages of Tomatoes in the UK Stores? Who is to Blame?

No Tomatoes? Oh, dear me!

Fluctuating temperatures, increased production costs and the knock-on effects of Brexit are all contributing to the vegetable shortages that have led some UK supermarkets to introduce rationing, according to Spanish growers.
I’m not one for dabbling in politics, I find the whole subject very boring. But, being a regular user of Social Media platforms, one cannot but help to read the endless postings about the lack of fresh produce on supermarket shelves in the UK.
Twitter is ablaze with arguments and counter-argument as to the cause of the great tomato shortage crisis.
Those supporting the government argue that the cause is nothing to do with BREXIT * and everything to do with bad weather in Spain and north Africa. This bad weather has caused crops to dwindle or fail. The weather was also said to be the cause of delivery problems for suppliers. Even cancelled ferries have been used as an excuse.

Well; there have been bad weather and supplier problems and, of course, Brexit has added to the problem with the extra paperwork and border controls. The government has also a case to answer, or, as some would suggest, for not supporting local growers.

So, it’s a bit of everything. But please, don’t tell them that on Twitter and Facebook, you’ll only start them off again.

Here in Malaga province, we have plentiful supplies, thank you very much. So, if you are coming to Nerja for a self-catering holiday, may I suggest a nice tomato salad?

Brexit (/ˈbrɛksɪt, ˈbrɛɡzɪt/; a portmanteau of “British exit”) was the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) at 23:00 GMT on 31 January 2020 (00:00 1 February 2020 CET). The UK is the only sovereign country to have left the EU or the EC


High-speed trains from Malaga to Madrid to increase to 18 a day as ticket prices fall

Malaga to Madrid by Train Via Nerja Beach Holidays

The increase in frequency brought in this week by Renfe and the arrival of private competitor Iryo in March is pushing prices down.

Yet there is more good news for tourists and locals alike. Any reduction in prices, be it for food, clothing, travel etc, is always welcome. There is an excellent article in Sur in English from Ignacio Lillo to explain.

Malaga to Madrid by train

Travel between Malaga and Madrid will become easier from now on as the frequency of high-speed trains between the two cities.  This will increase significantly as the year goes on.

Travellers will find the previous ten departures from Malaga a day, on a service hit last year by cuts and seat shortages, increase to reach 18 in the summer.

This is due to a combination of more trains every day being laid on by Renfe, currently the only operator of an AVE high-speed service between the two cities, and the arrival of the first private operator, Iryo, which will start to offer an alternative to passengers at the end of March.

From this week, Renfe has increased the number of trains covering the service to 13 a day, which is more or less back to the frequency on offer before the Covid pandemic.

Nerja – Malaga- Madrid

Just think; using your self-catering accommodation in Nerja as a base, you can see Madrid in a day. Travelling from Nerja by bus to Malaga, you can get the train to Madrid and be back on the same day. How cool is that?

This is just one of the many advantages of using self-catering accommodation.

There are many more great destinations you can reach, by car, bus or rail, from Nerja. Do your homework and you can have the very best self-catering holiday ever.

Madrid for the Tourist

Madrid, Spain’s central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry. ― Google

Top 10 Must-See Attractions in Madrid

Cosori Air Fryer

Cosori Air Fryer – I have a new Gadget in the Kitchen to play with

I decided I needed an Air Fryer in my life – Stand by for loads of recipe posts

I have bought gadgets for the kitchen, just like anyone else. I have also resisted buying gadgets for the kitchen due to the ones I bought ending up stored away. I’ve had coffee machines, sausage makers, mincing gadgets, pasta machines and all sorts of “kitchen aides”.

The new kid on the block is a machine called an Air Fryer. It would seem that I’m the only person I know that isn’t using one. My sister has one, and my sister-in-law has one and they both swear that an Air Fryer is both quick, easy and cost-effective.

Looking at Air Fryer Machines

We decided that we would investigate these new-fangled food machines. Thanks to Youtube, there were endless videos of all types and makes of this frying machine. I must admit; on the face of it, I was impressed. They all had bells and whistles on them (figuratively speaking) and they all cooked food quickly and with little mess. They also used a lot less electricity, definitely a bonus in this day and age.

After much humming and ahhing, we decided on a Cosori 5.5 litre air fryer.

Cooking with an Air Frying machine

After taking delivery of our new toy, we set about reading the documentation that came with it. One is a great recipe book and the other user guide and cooking instructions. You know; do not put plastic objects in the fryer, type of thing. For this machine to work, you need to plug it into the electric supply, and so on.

On the first day, we had a little play with it and found it was quite easy to use. There are little pictures of fish, chickens, chops and so on, so you know which setting to use for your chips etc.

Finally, we decided to have a go at cooking something. Frozen fish in breadcrumbs was the food of choice. Cook from frozen, for 8 minutes (5 minutes to warm the machine up). Rub a little oil on the fish, place it into the basket of the machine then just press the snowflake icon. That was it!

Halfway through the cooking process, the machine (I must give it a name) gave a series of alarms, to let me know I should turn the fish over.

Job done! Fish cooked and ready to eat.

Stand by for a load of cooking posts

I must admit, it takes some of the excitement out of the cooking process ( Yes; I get excited about cooking) and the preset timings mean you don’t really have to think much about how long you should cook things. It is also quite clean to use as it uses very little cooking oil.

I think I will be adventurous and start cooking the Spanish dishes that I like. I wonder what Rabbo de Torro will come out like. I will post any of the dishes that might be interesting to readers of this blog. I will also post any disasters and how to avoid repeating them. Watch this space.

Cosori facebook page.

Nerja 2-Bedroom Self-Catering Apartments – Acapulco Playa 35

A two-bedroom apartment right in the heart of Nerja

Nerja Beach Holidays have some of the best apartments, villas and townhouses in Nerja. This particular apartment is no exception and you will have the best of both worlds. Sea views and central location. What more could you ask for?

Description – Acapulco Playa 35

​Situated in a prime location, only a 5-minute walk to the iconic Balcon de Europa. This 2-bedroom apartment is located on the 3rd floor in the quiet building of Acapulco Playa overlooking the Mediterranean sea and the beach of Caletilla. There is easy access to the apartment via the lift/elevator. The building also has a private gated parking area.

As you enter the apartment, you will find the open-plan kitchen with a dining area. The kitchen is equipped with all the essentials for your self-catering holiday, complete with a fridge/freezer, oven, hob, kettle, toaster, microwave, and washing machine.

Leading on from the kitchen area is the cosy living room area complete with a TV with international channels, a sofa and 2 armchairs. Free WiFi is provided.

The living room opens onto the spacious balcony with scenic views over the communal gardens, and pool as well as the sea and Balcon de Europa.
The apartment has two bedrooms – one master bedroom and one single room.​

The master bedroom has a double bed with a TV and a sea view. The single bedroom has a single bed and storage area. Both the bedrooms and the lounge area benefit from air conditioning/heating units. (COMING SOON)

More than just a 2-bedroom Apartment

The apartment has a bathroom with a walk-in shower, a washbasin and a toilet.​

The building has a communal swimming pool with grass and shaded areas.​

Balcon de Europa and Caletilla Beach are approximately a 5-minute walk away.

There are a large variety of shops, bars and restaurants in the vicinity of the building.

If this is exactly what you are looking for, then, take a look at the Nerja Beach Holidays main website for full details and more photographs.

Calima in Andalucia - Weather report

An Old Problem Returns to the Costa del Sol – Calima is back

Calima is dust from the Sahara but mix it with rain…

Calima: A right old pain

Many towns and villages were turned from Pueblos Blancos (white villages) to Pueblos Maronnes (brown villages) the last time this dust nuisance paid us a visit. Usually, the Calima blows in, covers your car, dog etc with a fine layer of red dust and then it blows away or gets brushed off. Mix this Calima with rain and, you have reddish-brown paint!

The last visit decimated towns, villages and even cities in Spain. To say the landscape looked “biblical” is not an exaggeration.

What is Calima?

Calima in Andalucia - Weather report
The last visit of Calima caused lots of buildings to look like this

‘Calima’ is set to return to Malaga and the Costa del Sol this Wednesday, 15 February, the director of the Aemet weather centre, Jesús Riesco, has confirmed. Calima, or haze, is the Spanish word used when there is Saharan sand or dust suspended in the atmosphere, resulting in orange martian-like skies and red dust colouring pavements and balconies.

“It will be a moderate to weak episode, very typical in southern Spain; in principle, it will not be like last year,” the meteorologist said. He was referring to the calima of March 2022, which saw the highest concentration of dust since historical records began. Then the orange skies lasted for days with many streets and façades dyed red by the mud-like rain.

This week the skies should clear by the weekend. “The low altitude depression over the Canary Islands eases by the weekend so that Saturday would be the last day,” said Riesco.

Sur in English

As usual; the good news of this latest “blessing” is brought to you by our friends at the Sur in English. From here you can read the rest of this report. Undoubtedly, those of us who spent days behind a power washer, cleaning our houses, will be holding our breath.

Properties for Sale on the Costa del Sol – Welcome to Olive Grove Realty

New Link Partners; Olive Grove Realty

Olive Grove Realty Spain - Properties for sale along the Costa del Sol, Spain.

Welcome to our latest link partner; Olive Grove Realty. Based at Mijas Costa which is located west of Malaga city on the Costa del Sol, Andalucia, Spain. Nerja Beach Holidays are happy to be associated with this excellent company.

Mijas Costa

Mijas Costa is a diverse stretch of coastline on the Costa del Sol, nestled between Fuengirola and the east Marbella resort of Cabopino.
The area encompasses the popular holiday resorts of Calahonda, Riviera del Sol and La Cala de Mijas. Mijas Costa is an ideal destination for both family and friend holidays, with safe beaches and local shops, bars, restaurants and golf on hand in each resort.

Olive Grove Realty is an independent family-run business that offers that personal touch in helping you purchase the home of your dreams.
Whether you’re looking for a holiday home, an investment property or looking to relocate, we are here for you.

We believe in listening to your requirements and showing you only the best and most suited options.
We pride ourselves in delivering top-class personal service in this highly competitive market!

Properties for Sale and Other Services

With Olive Grove Realty Spain we have thousands of homes, villas, apartments and other properties for sale on the Costa del Sol. We can help with your Search, for instance, the latest new developments for sale, luxury apartments, villas, penthouses and townhouses along the Costa del Sol. We also offer the best advice on buying a home in Spain, including, purchase costs, the property-buying legal process & so much more.

It’s not just property – We can help with a range of services

We have a list of local contacts in all aspects of the Costa del Sol property market that we are happy to recommend, whether that be help with obtaining a mortgage, a builder, architect, or surveyor and we have a team of local independent lawyers that speak all European languages who will ensure a smooth and effortless buying process.

We will accompany you on this journey from the start to the very end and we offer after-sales care that is unparalleled so get in touch today and let’s begin this journey together!

Olive Grove Realty Spain
Calle Granada, Urb El Faro.
Mijas Costa. 29649. Malaga
Tel: 0034 711 068 439

Best Self-Catering Holiday Company in Nerja 2022 Award goes to Nerja Beach Holidays

Nerja Beach Holidays – Spain

Best Self-Catering Holiday Company in Nerja 2022 Award gors to Nerja Beach Holidays


Best Self-Catering Holiday Rental Company 2022 – Nerja

Well, according to the Lux Review website, Nerja Beach Holidays scooped a great award. Yes! really!

Imagine our surprise (not at being recognised for our excellent services and accommodation, but to be told we had won an award for being so good.) when the award announcement dropped into our email.

Travel and Tourism Awards 2022

We are not complaining; oh no! we go out of our way to make sure our clients receive the best accommodation and service that we can provide.

Lux Life Magazine

LUXlife is delighted to announce the return of the Travel and Tourism Awards for 2023! Now in our seventh year, the Travel and Tourism Awards 2023 will pay homage to the experts within the industry and welcome nominations from businesses and individuals across the globe. From travel agencies, guided tour experts, food and beverage service providers, sustainable travel specialists and everything in between, the Travel and Tourism Awards will recognise these prestigious companies by revealing their dedication and hard work.

Best Self-Catering Holiday Company in Nerja

With travellers once again welcome to explore, experience and enjoy long-awaited excursions to global destinations, the industry is finally returning to its former glory after what can only be described as a challenging couple of years.

Now as we approach 2023, holidaymakers are making up for the lost time by upgrading elements of their latest adventures and relying more on travel professionals to make their trips perfect. Industry authorities are excited to note that revenue has climbed to 81% of pre-pandemic levels, and by 2023, is expected to make a full recovery and is estimated to contribute almost $2 trillion to the US economy alone – a positive future for tourism!

Check the website for yourself.

It’s nice to be recognised.

UK to Spanish Driving Licence Exchange News

Spanish Government’s driving licence exchange review imminent says British Embassy

UK to Spanish Driving Licence Exchange News and updates

Spanish Driving Licence Exchange

There is great news for all of those people waiting to change their UK driving licence, to a Spanish one. It’s been a long time coming and people have been getting angry and frustrated but, here we have it. From the Sur in English, the English version of the Sur for the south of Spain.

An agreement allowing British residents to swap their UK licence and be able to drive in Spain without taking a test is expected at a Cabinet meeting “very soon”

The British Embassy in Madrid has issued an update on its negotiations with Spain, where British residents who were unable to exchange their UK licences for Spanish ones within the allotted time period are currently not permitted to drive. Posting on the Brits in Spain Facebook page this Wednesday morning (8 February), the message was as follows:

“We know you are anxious for news about when the driving licence agreement will go before the Consejo de Ministros (Council of Ministers). Also, we continue to press the Spanish Government for a precise date and, while they have not confirmed one yet, they have assured us that it will be very soon. We recognise this is frustrating but, as a Spanish Government process, it is not in our hands. Thank you for your patience.”

Previously the embassy outlined provisional answers to pertinent questions from worried drivers:

My UK licence has expired. Will I be able to exchange it without taking a test? Yes. The text includes a provision for expired licences to be accepted for exchange, provided they were valid at the time you began living in Spain.

Do I have to give up my UK licence? Why can’t I keep both? Once an exchange agreement is in force, you can drive in Spain on your UK licence for the first six months of living here, during which time you must exchange it for a Spanish licence. It is not possible to hold licences issued by the UK and Spain at the same time. If you return to live in the UK at any point, you will be able to exchange your Spanish licence for a UK one without taking a test.  See more

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