Marbella on the Costa del Sol Spain

Marbella is a city on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain

Marbella Costa del Sol Spain

The famous arch of Marbella Costa del Sol Spain

Where is Marbella?

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 are 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 Alicate.
  • 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 Banus Marina close to Marbella Costa del Sol Spain

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.

Are you thinking of buying property in the Marbella area?

Marbella properties

Marbella properties. Reference: L32B (Villas – Marbella)

The Property Advisory can help you purchase many of the fantastic properties in Marbella and along the Costa del Sol.

Our website has a host of the best properties available in these areas. Please, check out our main website to see what we have to offer. https://thepropertyadvisory.cz/spain/

 

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Nerja Apartments for Rent – El Litoral 2B

Nerja – Featured Property – El Litoral 2B

Nerja Apartments for Rent  - El Litoral 2B

Relax in the sunshine on the balcony of El Litoral 2B

Nerja Apartments: El Litoral 2B Description

This modern 2 bedroom apartment is located in the very popular area of Burriana Beach and offers holidaymakers comfort and style with the beach, bars and restaurants being less than two minutes by walk.

The open plan lounge/kitchen diner is fitted with an oven, hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, toaster and kettle – all the things you need for a self-catering holiday.  Seating for 4 is provided within this space for dining inside as well as 2 comfortable sofas.  Free WiFi, International television and air conditioning/heating are also provided.

The lounge doors lead onto the outside terrace with views down to the Burriana area and access to the restaurants, beach, cafés, shops.

The beautiful, modern fully refurbished bathroom offers a walk-in shower, toilet, hand-basin and anti-mist mirror.

The double bedroom is fitted with a ceiling fan, bedside cabinets, lamps and wardrobe space. The twin bedroom is fitted with 2 single beds, ceiling fan, bedside cabinet with lamp and wardrobe space. There is also a safe.

You will be able to use the community pool which is in a very quiet and secluded area in the complex.

Key Features

  • Sleeps 4

  • From 395€ per week

  • ​Air conditioning

  • Free WiFi & UK TV

  • Burriana Beach location

  • Community pool (Open April to October)

  • Strictly no smoking apartment

  • ​VFT/MA/03555

This is just one of our wonderful apartments, please check out all the details on the main Nerja Beach Holidays website. If you have any questions or require more details, we have a live chat available. You can also contact us via phone or email at any time.

Please book early if you want to rent this lovely apartment, it is in a very popular area of Nerja and an early booking would avoid disappointment.

 

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Las Alpujarras Soportujar and Pampaneira

A fantastic day out in Las Alpujarras – Visits to the pueblo of Soportujar and town of Pampaneira

I’ve been writing about Nerja and the surrounding areas for nigh on 20 years now. I never get tired of visiting the inland towns and villages of Andalucia. There are some truly magnificent little Pueblos Blancos or “white villages”.

I’m based in a town set in the Andalucia mountains of Sierra Gorda, northeast Malaga province. This is about 1 hour from Nerja itself. The town hall has regular trips to many of the inland towns and villages, these trips are mainly for the over 55’s.

This month trip, November 4th took us to the Alpujarras.

Las Alpujarras

Las Alpujarras mountains as seen from Soportuja

Part of Las Alpujarras as seen from Soportuja

The Alpujarra is a natural and historical region in Andalusia, Spain, on the south slopes of the Sierra Nevada and the adjacent valley. The average elevation is 1,200 metres above sea level. It extends over two provinces, Granada and Almería; it is sometimes referred to in the plural as “Las Alpujarras”. (Wikipedia)

Getting there by coach was interesting. We pass places such as Loja and through Lanjaron; this place is famous for its bottled water. We stopped here so those with a weak bladder could pay a visit. Then, it was onward to our first port of call, the bewitching town of Soportujar.

Soportujar

Soportújar is a municipality located in the province of Granada, Spain. According to the 2015 census, the city has a population of 296 inhabitants (Wikipedia)

This was possibly one of the strangest towns I’ve visited, anywhere! Soportuja is only a small place, you could walk around it in half an hour or less. It is a tangle of little alleyways and narrow streets. Not many on the level, so, you need strong legs.

The this with Soportuja is that it is infested with witches. Yes! Witches.

There is a legend that the most famous of all witches, Baba Yaga.

In Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga is a supernatural being who appears as a deformed or ferocious-looking old woman. In Slavic culture, Baba Yaga lived in a hut usually described as standing on chicken legs. Baba Yaga may help or hinder those that encounter her or seek her out. More.

How she got to Soportuja from her Slavic abode is a bit of a question, she most probably flew? Nonetheless; the house of Baba Yaga is indeed in Soportuja and does stand on two giant chicken legs, they have ferocious claws.

There is also a rather colourful house made from an assortment of M&M’s and other chocolate attractions. You can buy all sorts of witchy paraphernalia, from simple witches on a string to the complete rig-out. This pueblo is very witch orientated. There are a couple of caves you can visit and a giant witches head that makes for a great photoshoot for the visitors.

There are 3 bars/restaurants and a few shops but also some fantastic views that go all the way from the mountains to the Mediterranean Sea.

Pampaneira

Pampaneira is a village located in the province of Granada, Spain. According to the 2005 census, the village has a population of 355 inhabitants. It is one of three mountain villages of the Barranco de Poqueira in the Alpujarras region. (Wikipedia)

After leaving Soportuja, we headed even higher into Las Alpujarras, to the town of Pampaneira. The drive there is not for the feint-hearted! There are endless mountain curves to navigate and, believe me, it is a tad scary. Imagine ‘The Italian Job’ coach at the end of the film and you will have a good idea.

The town itself is a fair size. Again, you will need a good pair of legs to get about the streets but it is worth it. There are plenty of bars, shops and restaurants and the prices are good. You can stock up on freshly made chocolates of all shapes and sizes and as well as handmade rugs and other articles.

There is enough to see and do as this is definitely a tourist-orientated town.

After 3 or 4 hours in Pampaneira, it was back down the very scary mountain roads and passing Granada and Loja, we were back in our own village.

It was a great day out. Nerja has plenty of offers of visits to these types of towns and villages, so, when you come and stay with Nerja Beach Holidays, check out what’s available.

Have a great day out.

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Dia de Los Muertos Day of the Dead in Spain

What is Dia de Los Muertos? (Day of the Dead)

Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dean (

Dia de Los Muertos in Spain is a great occasion.

Spain has some unique festivals and, it also has some shared ones. One of my favourites is Dia de Los Muertos or, in English, Day of the Dead. I’ve pinched a few pieces of interest and included some links for you to read more.

One of my all-time favourite websites is History.com. This site is an absolute goldmine of interesting information. So, it’s not unusual (sang Tom Jones) that I would pillage some facts and information relating to Day of the Dead.

The Day of the Dead (el Día de Los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration.

A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31-November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 1 is “el Dia de Los Inocentes,” or the day of the children, and All Saints Day.

November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families for 24 hours. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2.

Is Day of the Dead in Spain any different?

The days of celebration in Spain are November 1, All Saints’ Day (día de Todos Los Santos ), it is celebrated that all the saints have ascended to heaven and on November 2, which is the day of the dead (día de Los Difuntos), all loved ones are reminded that have passed away.  Read more

These days are similar to Halloween in as much they are an occasion for a great family gathering. It is also a time of reflection and remembering those who have passed before us.

What is Halloween and why do we celebrate it?

The festival marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the ‘darker half’ of the year and occurred about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is often associated with death, as Celts believed that ghosts returned to the earth on this day. See more.

Nerja is no different. The children will happily celebrate Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos and Todo Santos. They don’t miss a trick. LOcal families and holidaymakers alike will be enjoying this great time of the year.

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Apartments for rent for Christmas and New Year 2022 in Nerja

Book Now! Apartments for rent for Christmas and New Year 2022 celebrations in Nerja

Book Now! Apartments for rent for Christmas and New Year celebrations in Nerja

Nerja villas, townhouses and holiday apartments from Nerja Beach Holidays

OK, so it’s only October and Christmas and New Year 2022 are over two months away, so, no rush? Wrong!

Nerja is a very popular place over the Christmas and New Year periods. People like to book apartments, houses and villas to enjoy Christmas and New Year 2022. Having somebody else to cook the Christmas dinner is a bonus. There are plenty of places available to eat out in Nerja.

The same can be said for New Year’s Eve. Nerja is a great place to see in the New Year and again, if you wanted to eat out, then there are many places to can visit.

Make sure you book your villa, townhouse or apartment with Nerja Beach Holidays. We have a great choice of properties available in and around Nerja town centre and at great prices. But, again, you need to book early because they will soon be snapped up.

Spanish New Year Traditions

There are many traditions attributed to New Year all over the world. In Scotland, for instance, the “First Footing” is a tradition celebrated on Hogmanay, a Scottish New Year’s celebration. It is supposed to bring luck and prosperity to the household for the new year. It is a ritual involving the first person to step into a household from the outside in a new year.

Spain has its own traditions, some of them are as follows:

  • 12 Lucky Grapes. It’s the seeds that get ya! …
  • Lottery Luck. An El Gordo lottery ticket from Alvy via Flickr CC. …
  • Lentil Soup for Lunch. Rich and totally satisfying. …
  • Cupid’s Red Underthings. Shopping for plenty of red at this time of year. …
  • Gold and a Glass of Cava. …
  • Starting the Year on the Right Foot. …
  • Cookies and a Coin.

If you are interested to learn more about this, please check out this great website.

For most of us, New Year’s Eve will be spent with our families and friends and, at the stroke of midnight, we will be swallowing grapes at every stroke of the midnight bell that rings in the New Year 2020.

We hope to see you in one of the many great self-catering villas, townhouses and apartments in Nerja on the beautiful Costa del Sol.

 

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Nerja Rental Apartment for sale Aljamar 10B

Nerja Rental Apartment for sale Aljamar 10B

Nerja Rental Apartment for sale Aljamar 10B

One of the best ways to enjoy a holiday on the Costa del Sol is to rent your own apartment. It’s even better if you own that apartment. You can rent it out for a second income, use the apartment yourself for holidays or, a permeant residence. Aljamar 10B is a fantastic property.

Nerja Rentals Apartment for sale: Description

This stunning 3 bedroom apartment has been refurbished to a very high standard and offers guests a modern, comfortable and fully fitted holiday apartment.

The apartment is situated in a new residential area only 10 minutes walk from the popular Burriana Beach resort where guests will be spoilt for choice with a huge range of bars and restaurants, as well as a large sandy beach offering a variety of watersports and activities for families.

The apartment has 3 bedrooms, one is a King, one a double with en-suite bathroom and the third one is furnished with twin beds.

All bedrooms have ceiling fans. The main living area is open plan lounge, kitchen, diner with air-conditioning and fully fitted kitchen with all modern appliances including fridge/freezer, hob, oven & grill, breakfast bar, microwave, toaster, dishwasher and there is also a washing machine in the utility room.

There is a family bathroom with a shower, toilet, sink, heated towel rail and anti-mist mirror.

Additional facilities offered in this apartment are radiators, sun loungers and an iPod docking station that you can use.

A sunny terrace leads from the double french doors of the lounge and is furnished with rattan seating of table and chairs. Views of the town, mountains and sea can be seen from here. The terrace has the luxury of getting sun all afternoon and evening, making it ideal for al-fresco dining.

This apartment comes with a garage that you can use. This private community offers a large outdoor communal pool and terrace located close to this apartment.

There is UK & international TV with free WiFi in this apartment.

This Nerja rental apartment is for sale. If you are interested, please contact us.

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Walking Holidays in Malaga Region of Andalucia Spain

Walking in the Malaga province of Andalucia, Spain

If you love walking, then, walking in the Malaga province in the autonomous region of Andalucia, Spain, is for you. Spring and early summer bring forth an array of beautiful flora and fauna. One of the most striking displays comes from the humble Corn Poppy.

What is a Corn Poppy?

Corn poppy, (Papaver rhoeas), also called field poppy or Flanders poppy, annual (rarely biennial) plant of the poppy family (Papaveraceae), native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. The plant has been introduced into Australia, New Zealand, and North America and is one of the most commonly cultivated garden poppies. The corn poppy is also the source of a red dye used to colour some wines and medicines.

The corn poppy is an erect herb, typically no taller than 70 cm (28 inches).

The solitary flowers emerge from drooping hairy buds and are borne on stems some 25–90 cm (10–35 inches) long. The flowers measure some 7–10 cm across and have four petals and numerous dark stamens. The petals are usually a brilliant red, sometimes with a black basal spot. The edible seeds are borne in egg-shaped capsules.

In Europe, the corn poppy was formerly a widespread weed in cultivated fields, with seeds lying dormant for years and sprouting when the soil was turned (see soil seed bank). During and after World War I, fields that had been disturbed by battle bloomed with corn poppies, and the flower has become a symbol of that war. The flowers are an important symbol for Remembrance Sunday in the United Kingdom. Thanks to Britannica.com

Walking Holidays in Malaga

Nerja has many great walks to keep anyone happy. However; walking in the countryside further deeper into the Malaga area of Andalucia has its own benefits. The picture above shows the Corn Poppies in the fields around the Pueblo Blanco or “white village” of Villanueva del Trabuco.

This, along with many other areas further inland is a walking paradise. Acres of unfenced land, rolling hills, dramatic mountains, olive groves as far as the eye can see and, some fantastic birdwatching sites.

Book your villa or apartment through Nerja Beach Holidays and get your hiking boots on. You can have the very best walking holidays in Malaga to enjoy.

 

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Self-Catering Apartments for rent in Nerja Town Centre

A modern apartment for rent right in the heart of Nerja

Spain is open for business once more. Tourists from the UK are now allowed to take holidays in Spain. Nerja, on the Costa del Sol, is a firm favorite.

The best way to enjoy a Nerja holiday has to be with a self-catering rental apartment, villa, or townhouse. Nerja Beach Holidays can offer you some of the very best Apartments for rent in Nerja.

Here we have a new edition to the Nerja Beach Holidays portfolio of Nerja properties; Edificio Chaparil.

Self-Catering apartment for rent – Description

This modern 1 bedroom apartment is located on the 5th floor of a quiet building, with an elevator.

As you enter the apartment, you will find the living room with a TV and free WiFi, and a comfortable sofa. There is also a dining table for two people. You will be able to enjoy the sea view as you open the sliding doors to the balcony.

​The sofa bed can accommodate two children or one adult.

​There is a kitchen fully equipped with a dishwasher and washing machine. There is air conditioning in the bedroom and the living room.

​In the bedroom, there is a king-size bed and plenty of storage. The bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with a shower.

​The apartment is located in the city center of Nerja at 200 meters to Torrecilla beach.

  • Sleeps 3

  • Air conditioning

  • Free WiFi

  • Nerja city center location

  • 200 meters to the beach

  • VMT Number pending

Facilities

General:
Check-in: from 14h / Check-out: by 11h

Linen & Towels provided

Lift in the building

No smoking inside

Pets not allowed

Outside:

Balcony,

Inside:
WiFi, Air conditioning / Heating, Washing machine, TV, Iron, Ironing board

Kitchen:
Fridge freezer, Ceramic hob, Oven, Microwave, Kettle, Coffee machine, Dishwasher, Dishes, and silverware,

Bathroom:
Walk-in shower, toilet

Beds:
1 king-size bed (2×2 meters)

Extra Services:
Malaga Airport taxi transfer (69€ for 4 people)

You can check this fantastic Nerja apartment out via the Nerja Beach Holidays website. I would advise you to book your Nerja Villa, Apartment or Townhouse NOW! The Brits are on their way and accommodation in Nerja and other locations along the Costa del sol will be a premium.

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Nerja on the Costa del Sol May 2021 in Nerja

May holidays on the Costa del Sol in sunny Nerja

in your Burriana Beach we do not forget you

The banner reads; On your Burriana Beach, we do not forget you – from the Town Council

Nerja on the Costa del Sol is a beautiful place for a May holiday break. Living as we do, 99km from Nerja, 682 meters above sea level, at the foot of the Gorda and San Jorge mountains, it’s nice to get to the coast, once in a while.

Nerja is our usual choice of a seaside location. There are many reasons for this; Indian, Chinese and other food outlets are available. Also, staying on the lovely Capistrano Playa site is a bonus.

Capistrano Playa is directly behind the lovely Burriana Beach. There is a private path from the apartments that leads down to the beach. This private path is packed with all sorts of plants, palms and water features. Some of the ponds contain exotic fish and turtles.

Nerja on the Costa del Sol is open for business

The Covid pandemic has caused all sorts of problems. Local, regional, and national lockdowns have conspired to keep beaches and tourists apart. The unfortunate consequences can be seen everywhere. Nerja is no exception.

Sadly, some of the bars, restaurants, and cafes we are used to visiting have closed. Some temporarily, others permanently. The Coach and horses in Nerja town center is one such place. The Chinese restaurant on Burriana Beach is another to have succumbed to the pandemic. There are more besides.

However; Nerja is slowly getting back on its feet. There are still plenty of bars, restaurants, shops, and hotels open.

Burriana Beach

Burriana Beach was deadly quiet. It is an experience I have never had in Nerja. Almost deserted beaches, Chiringuitos closed and the smells of the BBQ’s at La Barca and Ayo’s paella were missing.

The town center had plenty of life, not, as we would expect, the bustling amount of a Nerja in May during pre-pandemic times, but enough.

Nerja Itinerary

We already had a plan of what we were going to do on our Nerja break. We were celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary and my wife’s birthday. A takeaway Chinese meal was one of the treats we had planned and, we were not disappointed. Eating a Chinese meal while overlooking the Capistrano Playa complex and Burriana Beach was a delight.

We were going to have an Indian meal but, whilst having a vino and tapas in Bar Redondo (Round Bar), the camarero who we know well told us about a great restaurant called Pinnichios.

He wasn’t wrong; we had a beautiful meal. I opted for the house Piza and my wife went for the Osso Buco (Osso buco, in Italian, literally means hollow bone, which refers to the way of cutting and presentation of the pieces of meat that are used. It is a stew prepared with veal shank, always cut into slices that include the bone and its marrow.).

The dessert was a lovely Tiramisu. It goes without saying, a couple of bottles of Italian wine were consumed. The price was also a pleasant surprise.

If you get to Nerja soon, try Pinnochios restaurant at Calle Almirante Ferràndiz, 48

As luck would have it, we also managed a great Sunday Lunch on Burriana Beach at the Steakhouse. This is another place you really must try. The food was fantastic and at a great price.

We also stopped in two of the other restaurants that were still open on Burriana. A tapas and a nice beer or two were very welcome.

Relaxing in the apartment

The apartment was great, and, as I mentioned, the views were fantastic. I read one of the many books available, an autobiography by Martin Bengtsson titled “If you’re not in bed by ten, come home!” 

Trust me; this is a brilliant book. I read it over two days.

The extraordinary memoir of a gentleman-vagabond, adventurer who partied with Gracie Fields, Errol, Flynn and came out standing. Bengtsson’s voice, witty, debonair and emphatically non-conformist -, sings from the pages, whether he is describing his, career as a stuntman in Spaghetti Westerns or, revealing his secret life as a spy., Contains all the ingredients of a best- selling, novel – murder, intrigue, crime, sex, royalty, piracy and espionage – and yet it is all true.

Time to leave Nerja

After a lovely, quiet week above Burriana Beach, we left for home. It was a memorable week, not just for the food and beverages but being in Nerja when it was so quiet. Happily, as we were driving along Burriana Beach, there were plenty of vehicles and many more people.

Nerja will recover, the tourists will be back and the businesses will open. Check out the Nerja Beach Holidays website for some of the best holiday self-catering apartments, villas, and townhouses in Nerja.

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How to Make Spanish Omelette – The Best Tortilla in Spain

Where did Spanish Omelette, or, Tortilla de Patatas originate? Good question.

Tortilla or Spanish Omelette

The best Tortilla in Spain? of course, I made it.

Tortilla or Spanish Omelette

Nice and juicy on the inside and crispy on the base.

Well, according to a great website I found, they had this to say about one of Spain’s favourite dishes;

The potato omelette was invented in Extremadura in 1798. Until now, the legend of the invention (or rather recipe) was in Navarra in 1835 when General Tomás de Zumalacárregui during the siege of Bilbao in the First Carlist War . He was looking for cheap and nutritious food for his troops. Rather, the credit would go to the shrewd peasant who was commissioned by the military. This is what the expert Javier López Linage assures in his 2008 investigation. According to the documentary sources he has found, the conceptual origin of the famous potato omelette is in Villanueva de la Serena, towards the end of the 18th century. “It is curious, when I edited the book for the first time I had already seen that document, but until I have reviewed my papers I have not been able to understand the real scope of what was said there,” he says. Read more

Who am I to argue with that? Read the rest of this interesting article by following the link.

My homemade Tortilla or Spanish Omelette

 

The great thing about the Internet is that you can find almost any recipe you like. There is really no need to be going out buying books on the topic. Here I have added a Youtube video of a recipe similar to my own.

My own recipe calls for six eggs but you make it how you see fit. I also added fresh parsley to mine. Tortilla is a fantastic way to make a meal for the whole family or to use as a tapa. Hot or cold you will love this Spanish traditional dish.

My own way of consuming the Spanish omelette is with a dollop of Mayonaise and a splash of Encona super hot chilli sauce.

But I am a hopeless cook!

Can’t cook, won’t cook? No problems! Tortilla or Spanish omelette is to be found everywhere in Spain. You can buy this dish in the supermarkets, small or large, with onions or without onions and with all sorts of extra ingredients, such as peppers and herbs.

This dish is served as a tapa, the main course, or, sometimes in our local restaurant El Cortijuelo, as Patatas a lo Pobre (Potatoes of the poor). This is when they misjudge the tipping of the pan onto the plate and it ends up all broken. It still tastes fantastic.

When you visit Nerja this year, do try this fantastic dish. It goes well with any beverage.

 

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Self-Catering Holiday Rental in Nerja Apartment Tetuan 6

Apartment Tetuan 6 – Self-Catering

self-catering Nerja Villas and apartments for rent

This delightful two bedroomed apartment is situated on Oasis de Capistrano, Nerja, a private complex set in beautifully maintained gardens with palm trees, manicured lawns, flowering shrubs and plants giving a variety of colours all year round.

Entry is via a short flight of stairs into a small well kept private garden and south-facing terrace with table, chairs and sunbeds.

The apartment provides comfortable accommodation for four people with an open plan living/dining area and kitchen.

The living room has two sofas, a TV with international channels, a DVD player, a dining table, chairs and a music system. WiFi is free to use and there is air conditioning/heating.

The spacious fully modernised and the fitted kitchen has all the amenities for those wishing for a self-catering holiday including a washing machine.

Both the double and twin bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and ceiling fans and the double bedroom also has air conditioning/heating. The bathroom has a bath with overhead shower, washbasin and toilet.

Oasis de Capistrano

Oasis de Capistrano has two communal swimming pools, a large children’s pool and an onsite bar/restaurant. Burriana Beach is 15 minutes walk, Nerja centre is around 20 minutes walk. There is a regular local bus service within two minutes from the apartment.

For larger parties, we can offer Tetuan 44 (a one-bedroom apartment that sleeps 4) which is just metres away from Tetuan 6. Prices start from 535€ per week for both properties.

Self-Catering Facilities

General:
Check-in: from 14h / Check-out: by 10h

Late departure/early arrival is subject to availability

Linen & Towels provided

Free change over of linen for stays of 14 days & over

No smoking inside

Outside:
Two communal pools, Terrace, Barbecue, Terrace furniture, Street parking

Inside:
Free WiFi, Air conditioning/heating, Washing machine, TV, Safe, Fire extinguisher, First aid kit, Iron, Ironing board

Kitchen:
Fridge, Freezer, Ceramic hob, Oven, Microwave, Kettle, Toaster, Dishes and Silverware

Bathroom:
Bathtub with overhead shower, Washbasin, Toilet, Hairdryer

Beds:
1 double bed, 2 single beds

Additional Hire per stay:
Highchair (30€)
Extra bed (75€)
Extra cot (30€)
Beach towel (10€)

Extra Services:
Welcome pack of groceries (15€)
Wine pack (2 bottles) (6€)
Malaga Airport taxi transfer (69€ for 4 people)

For more photographs and information, please follow this link Tetuan 6

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Where is the best place to get a curry on the Costa del Sol?

There are many curry houses on the Costa del Sol and inland areas

Where can I get a Curry on the Costa del Sol?

Chez Spice – a fantastic Curry House

Curry on the Costa del Sol? It’s not really the first thing you think of when choosing a holiday, is it? But, you would be surprised how many of us do crave a good curry.

Nerja has, in our view, one of the very best curry houses in the whole of Andalucia. The Goa town in Nerja is excellent. I have written about the Goa town in Nerja on this blog before. Check it out via the link.

If, however, you are one of those people who like to explore, we have a treat for you.

Curry on the Costa del Sol or Inland – Chez Spice

Curry Houses on the Costa del Sol

Views from the restaurant Chez Spice across Lake Viñuela.

Not far from Nerja, about a half-hour drive, close to Lake Viñuela, there is a fantastic curry house. Chez Spice, Hindu restaurant. You need a head for heights but, the views are amazing.

The people running it, to my surprise, were not actually Indian. Not only that, but they also are not even Asian! A Spaniard who comes from Madrid and his wife, who does the cooking, is from the Dominican Republic.

You would not know that from the menu and the fantastic Indian / Asian food.

The Menu

I’m not the world best authority on Indian / Asian cuisine, but, the menu was so varied, there were lots of items that I had never even heard of, never mind tasted. The usual favourites were there as well.

I had a Phall. Phall is a British Asian curry which originated in the British Bangladeshi-owned curry-houses of Birmingham and has also spread to the United States. It’s the hottest curry and not for the faint-hearted.  I grow Jamaica Scorpion chillies, so, its to be expected I would go for this.

The starter was a classic pickle tray, consisting of Lime Pickle, Mango Chutney and Raita. This was served with Papadums and Khandari Naan Bread. The rest of the party had Basmati Rice, Gosh Maratha, Lamb Madras Paarsee, Mumbai Chaat and Botti Tikka.

Served with Indian Cobra Beer, San Miguel and wine. The cold water helped as well. The whole lot came to less than 23€ per head.

The food was fantastic, the service was excellent. Chez Spice is well worth the journey, not to mention the great day out at Lake Viñuela and the amazing views. Check out the Chez Spice Facebook page.

Please ask us if you need help in choosing a local restaurant. Nerja has a very diverse selection of places to eat. Book your apartment or villa today and get ready for a great holiday in Nerja on the Costa del Sol.

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When Can I book a Holiday to Spain?- Holidays in Nerja

Spain is to open its frontiers to Visitors – But when?

When can I book a holiday to Spain - Nerja villas houses apartments winter 2020

Nerja has many beaches – You can soon be here

When can I book a holiday to Spain – Start Now!

Anyone who reads my blogs will know I love the Sur in English. The Sur is a free newspaper for Andalucia. If you have read the paper you will know it is a goldmine of information.

Originally, the date set for opening up was 1st July 2020, but, Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish PM, changed his mind and called for the 21st of June. This has come as a great relief to businesses up and down the Costa del Sol, including Nerja.

However; (there is always “however”, the president of the Costa del Sol Tourism Authority, Francisco Saldo, has asked for clarification. It was proposed that people on flights from the UK would need to quarantine (mostly due to the late imposition of lockdown and high infections and mortality rates in the UK). Also, the UK government has a Covid-19 policy in place that requires visitors from overseas to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya has stressed that there has to be reciprocity in arrangements when travel between the two countries is allowed from Sunday

So, the rest of the EU countries will be fine to fly into Malaga and have a holiday on the Costa del Sol, Nerja included. The British tourists will have to wait until the political squabbling is resolved.

Check out the Sur in English for more on this matter.

Other Stories from the Costa del Sol – Andalucia to have the safest beaches in the country this summer, according to the Junta de Andalucia

Again, another great story from the Sur in English. Official met in Marbella to discuss plans to employ 3000 workers as beach monitors. These monitors will patrol the Andalucia coastline, including the Costa del Sol and Nerja.

The millions made available will go into ensuring the health and safety precautions, set out by the government, are respected. Specialist equipment, such as quad bikes, jet skis, surveillance towers and boats will all go to keeping things safe for all users.

Booking a holiday to Spain – Nerja

When can I book a holiday to Spain? Check out the main Nerja Beach Holidays website. There are many great self-catering holiday apartments, villas and townhouses available. We hope to see you very soon.

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When will Nerja Caves and Museum reopen? Monday June 8th

Nerja caves and museum reopen with restrictions and temperature checks from Monday 8th of June

When will Nerja Caves and Museum open?

Scenes from yesteryear. Music inside the Nerja Caves

Nerja Caves and Museum. Good news at last! Just when you thought we would never be allowed out and back doing what we like doing best. It seems like an eternity since I last visited the Nerja caves and Museum. It has really only been a few months.

From Monday the 8th of June 2020, we are allowed back into the Nerja Caves and Museum complex. There will, however, be heat checks carried out on people visiting the site. The Corona deaths and infections may have almost disappeared but we cannot be complacent.

According to an article in my favourite freebie newspaper, the Sur in English, people will be allowed back into the Nerja Caves and Museum site but with a much-reduced capacity and several safety measures to ensure we keep our social distancing and other actions.

Nerja Caves and Museum – Sur in English

Here is part of the article from the Sur in English. Please visit their main website for the full posting.

The Nerja cave reopened to the public on Monday, with restrictions including a 70 per cent reduction in ticket sales and temperature controls for visitors.

Hand sanitizer and gloves have been placed around the site and a distance of five metres must be kept between groups of visitors.

The reopening coincides with the 60th anniversary of the first visits to the caves on 12 June 1960 and as such the Nerja Cave Foundation has marked the date by creating a walk which takes visitors through the grounds, above the caves. The botanic gardens, home to 1000-year-old pine trees, will also be open from 9 June from 9 am until 3 pm.

Nerja villas and apartments

If you haven’t booked your Nerja villa or apartments yet, please visit the main Nerja Beach Holidays website.

You will find some great self-catering holiday villas and apartments in Nerja. Villas, townhouses and apartments in Nerja on the Costa del Sol. Book Now!

 

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Spain will welcome back foreign holidaymakers in July 2020

Spain will welcome back foreign holidaymakers in July, says Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez

Self catering apartments in Nerja - Spain will welcome back foreign holidaymakers in July

Hoorah! Spain will welcome back foreign holidaymakers in July 2020

Fantastic news from the Sur in English, the Free newspaper for ex-pats in Andalucia. They ran an article on the latest developments concerning the Coronavirus and its effects on the lives and the economy of the Spanish people.

Tourists will be able to come to Spain again from July “in conditions of safety”, prime minister Pedro Sánchez announced at a press conference on Saturday.

“Tourism is a vital sector for the Spanish economy,” said Sánchez, encouraging professionals in the sector to “prepare for an activity to resume in coming days” and for when Spain reopens its frontiers to international tourism in July.

“There will be a tourist season this summer,” said the prime minister, adding that the domestic market would return first.

He called for people in Spain to plan their holidays and to make the most of the “wonders” this country has to offer tourists. Many will be able to do this “very soon, from the end of June, onwards,” he said.

From 22 June the government is to create “safe corridors” to link areas of Spain that have moved into Phase Three of the plan to ease lockdown restrictions as well as with some European cities.

In terms of tourists coming from other countries, Sánchez confirmed what government minister Teresa Ribera said on Thursday, that activity would be able to resume in July. This would happen “in conditions of safety” he said, adding that tourists could “start planning their holidays in Spain now”.

Read more from the Sur in English article from this link.

Book your Nerja apartments now

Now that we know a little bit more, we can all look forward to a self-catering holiday on the Costa del Sol. Nerja is a fantastic place at any time of the year and the best way to enjoy it is with your own Nerja apartment or Nerja villa.

Check out the Nerja Beach Holidays website for the very best in self-catering holiday apartments and villas in Nerja. Book Now!

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Nerja Beaches- Beach holidays on the Costa del Sol

Where are the beaches in Nerja on the Spanish Costa del Sol?

I found a fantastic website that lists the beaches in Nerja on the Costa del Sol. The site is called Nerja Turismo. This website is full of fantastic information on what to see and do in and around Nerja. It also lists all the beaches. Take a couple of minutes to see where you can go on your Nerja holiday.

Nerja beaches - Nerja beach holidays Costa del Sol

  • Burriana beach. This is the most popular beach in town, and also one of the biggest. There are disabled parking and a car park. Here you can rent anything from sunbeds to jet skies. The restaurants and bars here are fantastic, I recommend going to the beach bars for some traditional paella.
  • Carabeillo beach. To get here you will need to walk down some stairs that you can find on Carabeo street. It’s a relatively quiet beach. It’s very pleasant to walk on because it’s mostly sand with some gravel. There are also showers for your personal use.
  • Playa de Carabeo. Playa con acceso desde la calle Carabeo a través de una escalinata empinada. Esta es una playa un tanto aislada, aunque de mucha afluencia. Dispone de los servicios de ducha, limpieza, servicio de socorro y quiosco.
  • Chorrillo beach. This beach is hard to get to because you must cross through Calahonda beach to get here. That said, it’s worth the effort because it’s a very quiet beach so it’s ideal for relaxing. Before you could access this beach from Carabeillo but now the route is closed.
  • Calahonda beach. It’s the beach you can see to the left of the Balcón de Europa. To access it you will have to go through the door known as “Boquete de Calahonda” situated at Puerta del Mar. It’s a small and sandy beach with showers, sunbeds and lifeguards. Some days you can still see the fishermen preparing their nets.
  • Caletilla beach. It’s the beach you can see to the right of the Balcón de Europa. It’s a small beach with a hotel behind it. There are sunbeds for rent. To access this beach you will have to go to Calahonda beach and walk around the small promenade.
  • Salón beach. This beach is next to Caletilla beach and you can access it by going down the ramp next to the Toboso building, opposite the El Salvador church. It’s a charming beach because some fishermen still live in the houses next to the sea. Here you won’t find any restaurants or bars but you can still rent sunbeds.
  • Torrecilla beach. Behind this beach is the Riu Monica hotel. This beach is very popular with Spanish tourists. To access this beach, you will have to either take the promenade from Plaza Los Cangrejos or take the small steps you can find next to the hotel. At this beach, you can find two good quality beach restaurants and you can rent sunbeds.
  • Chucho beach. Behind this beach in the Perla Marina hotel. It’s situated between Torerecilla beach and Playazo beach. It’s one of the best beaches to go with your family because it’s not very busy and access is easy. They have lifeguards, sunbeds for rent, toilets and showers at this beach. It’s mostly sand and gravel but the only problem is that there are lots of small rocks inside the sea which can make swimming in the sea a little uncomfortable.
  • Playazo beach. The biggest beach in Nerja, it’s 1800meters long. It’s the only beach where you can legally make a small barbecue. It’s very spacious and there are three car parks.

There is plenty of information on the Nerja Turismo site. Pick your favourite Nerja beaches and have a great vacation.

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When can I fly to Spain? – When can I book my summer holiday to Spain?

The Coronavirus deaths and infections are coming down rapidly. How long will it be before I can fly to Spain for my Summer Holidays?

Summer vacations on the Costa del Sol. When can I fly to Spain

When can I fly to Spain? Not yet but hopefully, very soon.

How are things now in Spain? When can I fly to Spain?

The Coronavirus deaths and infections look like fizzling out. Thankfully, we are getting the death rate into lower double figures. Also, the Spanish government has implemented a staged withdrawal from the lockdown.

Some areas, such as Andalucia, Madrid and Barçelona are a stage behind other areas with smaller death and infection rates. Also, the Spanish prime minister has asked for another 15-day extension to the current emergency powers.

However; week by week, things are getting back to normal. For instance; people are now allowed out for exercise as well as food shopping. Restaurants, bars and cafes are opening, albeit with limited capacity and social distancing.

Also, there are very strict rules on such things as the handling of menus, condiments and other multi-use items. Even these rules are set to be relaxed within the next few weeks.

Bit by bit, Spain is getting back to what has been termed “a new normal”

What is “A New Normal”

New Normal is a term in business and economics that refers to financial conditions following the financial crisis of 2007-2008, the aftermath of the 2008–2012 global recession, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Wikipedia

It also refers to how we will change the way we do things. For example; wearing face masks may become a normal thing for people in built-up areas, as it is in parts of Asia. Personal contact, such as shaking hands, or even the traditional Spanish greeting of kissing on both cheeks will become a thing of the past for some people. Not all, but some will be wary of any type of contact with others.

How we behave in places such as sports arenas, shopping malls, trains, buses and planes, remains to be seen.

For now, we are in stages 1 (Andalucia) of lockdown, so, we have a way to go yet. Spain has relaxed the rules on flights from Italy and some ports are also open.

For now, we must play it by ear. As soon as we are able, we will be back open to guests. Please keep a watch on the Nerja Beach Holidays website. You can choose whatever apartment, villa or house you would like, and, as soon as it is available, we can contact you.

We look forward to seeing you in Nerja very soon.

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Top 10 holiday destinations after Coronavirus Lockdown is lifted

Benidorm is the top destination of choice for post-lockdown Brits

Top 10 holiday destinations after Coronavirus lockdown

Top 10 holiday destinations after Coronavirus lockdown – Benidorm is Nº1

Where do you think will be the top 10 holiday destinations after Coronavirus lockdown? If we are to believe what we see on Twitter and Facebook, it’s Benidorm!

Reading through our twitter account, a tweet caught my attention. It was a list of the top ten holiday destinations that appeared on the Internet search engines. Now, it doesn’t mean people are booking their autumn or winter holidays already, but, they are searching for them.

Also finding themselves amongst the runners and riders are the long haul holidays. This makes a big change from 2019 holidays when the Algarve, Majorca and Tenerife were the locations most favoured by Brits.

Top 10 holiday destinations search according to Google

1. Benidorm

2. Maldives

3. Las Vegas

4. Tenerife

5. Orlando

6. New York

7. Cancun

8. Dominican Republic

9. Dubai

10. Majorca

As you can see, according to Google, Brits are looking to go to Benidorm and Tenerife in Spain, with Majorca (Mallorca) also another favoured destination, if only at number ten. Las Vegas, Orlando and New York City are all in the top six, with the Maldives at number two and Cancun and the Dominican Republic bringing the central America / Caribbean area ahead of Dubai.

I was surprised that France wasn’t in the top 10 holiday destinations.

Spanish resorts are considering charging as little as 50p a pint of beer, to get the Brits to visit. However; it is thought that Brits will be better to look at autumn and winter holidays this year.

Non-essential travel is still advised against due to the present Corona situation. The travel restrictions will vary from country to country.

Balearics Tourism minister Iago Negueruela said: “There are countries like the United Kingdom that have taken too long to adopt containment measures and that also puts us in a different situation with respect to them.”

Other advice given to travellers is to book holidays via package deals. This way your holiday is covered should anything go wrong. Doing it yourself is risky, so, make sure you get a no-quibble money-back cancellation assurance.

Also, a flight out of the UK will be protected under EU Air Passenger Rights 261. For extra consumer protection, pay with a credit card.

So, there you have it. Google thinks Benidorm is set to be the destination of choice from the top 10 holiday destinations after Coronavirus lockdown. Good luck!

Nerja is also a great place for a holiday at any time of the year. If and when you are able, try visiting Nerja on the Spanish Costa del Sol and see what you have been missing. We hope to see you soon.

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Horseshoe Whipsnake – Walking in Andalucia Spain

The Horseshoe Whipsnake and the Eagle. The weather has broken and I went for a walk around my local area. I spotted my first snake of the year as well as my first big bird.

Walking in Malaga Andalucia Spain

Walking uphill we saw a whipsnake and Golden Eagle

Due to the Coronavirus lockdown rules, movement is very limited. The weather is bright, warm and sunny and will continue to be so. It is past the fiesta of San Marco, this is usually the start of the shorts instead of trousers season.

Keeping 2 meters apart, my wife and I set off for a short walk around our area. We had gone no more than 50 meters and we cam across a whipsnake.

The Horseshoe Whipsnake

Horseshoe Whipsnake Malaga Spain

This Horseshoe Whipsnake was about 50 Cm long

The horseshoe whip snake (Hemorrhois hippocrepis) is an aglyphous colubrid that, even if it may bite if touched or grabbed, it’s not considered a venomous species. It presents a transversal mark on its head from one eye to the other, and another mark in the shape of a horseshoe on its neck, which gives this species its common name. It’s a species typical of rocky habitats. Thanks to Allyouneedisbiology.com

I have seen quite a few of these Whipsnakes during my time in Spain. They can move like lightning. This was my first encounter of this year. Maybe due to the fact we cannot get out and go very far.

The Golden Eagle

Spanish Golden Eagle

Thanks, @adriandavey your photo is better than mine.

Having left the snake to its own business, we carried on uphill. We were met with the wondrous sight of a bird of prey. It was a bit far away to get a decent photo or video, so we stopped walking and waited.

Eventually, the bird came with a few hundred feet of us and we saw it was a Golden Eagle.

In Spain lives the Aquila chrysaetos homeyeri subspecies. These impressive and large eagles need remote mountainous open areas far from human disturbance to stabilise their populations. Adults are sedentary and they build their nests either on trees of cliffs. See more information on Golden Eagles and other birds of prey resident in Spain from wildandalucia.com

Andalucia, Malaga and the Costa del Sol, including Nerja, are excellent places for viewing the wildlife of Spain whilst out walking. If you have binoculars, keep them handy, you never know when you will need them.

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Springtime Flowers in Andalucia – Springtime on the Costa del Sol Spain

Spring brings out the most beautiful of flowers and plants

We may be locked down due to Coronavirus but that doesn’t stop Spring and mother nature. Andalucia is in bloom. No matter where you go, you will see the most interesting and beautiful flowers in bloom.

You don’t need to be an ardent gardener to appreciate these gifts from mother nature. Nor do you need to know their Latin names or groups. You can simply wander through the fields and olive groves and admire the plants.

Mother Nature, the perfect gardener with springtime blooms

What has always amazed me is the way these plants seem to find each other. The old fashion adage of ‘red and green should not be seen together’ fails massively when you see the blood-red corn poppies hiding in their thousands amongst the green fields. They look spectacular. Some fields actually turn so red that they look as if they are on fire, from a distance.

Rapeseed is everywhere. Rapeseed is a bright-yellow flowering member of the family Brassicaceae, cultivated mainly for its oil-rich seed, which naturally contains appreciable amounts of toxic erucic acid. This is bedmates with Lillies and Convolvulus.

There are plenty of websites where you can get all the information on these spring flowers. One such website is called Spain Info.

A short drive from Nerja and you are in the Andalucia countryside. There are some fantastic walks as well around Nerja. You will come across all the beautiful flora and fauna while you also enjoy the mountain and sea views. This time of year is a ramblers paradise.

That is why it is more the pity that we are unable to take advantage due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully, we will be ‘released back into the wild’ in time to enjoy one of the most beautiful areas of Europe.

The photographs I have taken today are close to the village of Villanueva del Trabuco. Trabuco is about 45 minutes north of Nerja and has the most beautiful mountains and idyllic walking routes of anywhere in Spain.

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