Apart hotels along the Costa del sol – What is an Aparthotel? An apartment hotel is also known under the term apart’ hotel and describes a fully furnished suite or apartment

Apart-Hotel, Apart’hotel or Aparthotel?

The biggest difference to a hotel is that not only an individual bathroom but also an own kitchen is standard.

In contrast to a holiday home, however, services such as changing bed linen and towels are included. This gives you the service you are used to from a hotel, combined with the freedom that a holiday home offers.

In essence, an apartment hotel brings together the best of both worlds. Thanks, Smartments

There are many Apart-hotels along the Costa del Sol

This type of accommodation may not suit everyone. However, there are tourists who find the idea of accommodation without the itinerary of mealtimes and other restricts to be ideal. Self-catering Aparthotels offer the freedom of movement that allows people to venture further afield on their vacation.

What are the top 10 Apart Hotels on the Costa del Sol?

Apart Hotel Costa del Sol

One of my favourite places is the Marinas de Nerja

The top ten Apart Hotels on the Costa del Sol would be a hard list to make. There are so many different variables by which to judge, price, size, service, location and so on. Some of the more well known Apart Hotels along the Costa del Sol are:

  • Sunset Beach Club (Arroyo de la Miel)
  • Benalmadena Palace (Benalmadena -where else?)
  • Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus (Puerto Banus)
  • Hotel PYR (Marbella)
  • Sahara Sunset Club (Benalmadena)
  • Hotel El Faro (Marbella)
  • Hotel PYR (Fuengirola)
  • Marinas de Nerja Beach and Spa (Nerja)
  • Apartamentos Princesa Playa (Marbella)

There is a great website for Hotels, Apart-Hotels and other accommodation on the coast Expedia. 

This website lists the accommodation as well as giving you guest rating and prices. Take a good look and see what type of accommodation you can get for your money. You may also get some great bargains.

Always check out the quality and prices using sites such as Expedia, TripAdvisor and such like. These websites offer you real client responses by which you can make an informed decision.

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What are the 4 Costas of Andalucia in Spain and Where are they? Costa de La Luz, Costa del Sol, Costa Tropical and Costa de Almeria

Costas of Andalucia, spain

Thanks to Rachel Webb https://www.andaluciaexplorer.com

How many ‘Costas’ are there in Andalucia? There are 4. These make up the 800 Km plus of the coastline of the region of Andalucia in Southern Spain.

  1. Costa de la Luz (Huelva and Cadiz)
  2. Costa del Sol (Malaga province)
  3. Costa Tropical (Granada province)
  4. Costa de Almeria (Almeria province)

The Spanish word ‘Costa’ simply means ‘Coast’. So, we have;

  1. Coast of the Light
  2. Coast of the Sun
  3. Tropical Coast
  4. Coast of Almeria

Costa de la Luz

The Costa de la Luz is a section of the Andalusian coast in Spain facing the Atlantic; it extends from Tarifa in the south, along the coasts of the Province of Cádiz and the Province of Huelva, to the mouth of the Guadiana River. Wikipedia

Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is a region in the south of Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, comprising the coastal towns and communities along the coastline of the Province of Malaga. The Costa del Sol is located between two lesser-known coastal regions, the Costa de la Luz and the Costa Tropical Wikipedia

Costa Tropical

Costa Tropical is a comarca in southern Spain, corresponding to the Mediterranean coastline of the province of Granada, Andalusia. It is also but less frequently called the Costa de Granada or Costa Granadina. Wikipedia

Costa de Almeria

The Costa de Almería consists of the coastal municipalities of the province of Almería, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. The coast extends 217 kilometres and includes 13 municipalities, from Pulpí on the border with the province of Murcia to Adra on the border with the province of Granada. Wikipedia

There are more Costas along the South-Southe/East coast of Spain. Some are more well known than others, such as;

  • Costa del Azahar
  • Costa Brava
  • Costa Blanca
  • Costa Calidad
  • Costa Dorada
  • Costa Valencia

To the North of Spain, you have more Costas

  • Costa de Galicia
  • Costa Verde
  • Costa Vasca
  • Costa de Morte

The Costa del Sol is by far the most famous of the Spanish coastal areas Tourist flock there in their millions each year. Some of the towns and cities along the Costa del Sol have become legendary names in Spanish tourism as far as the British and European tourists are concerned.

Everyone has heard of places such as Nerja, Malaga, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Marbella, Benalmadena, that’s just naming a few.

Winter holidays along the Costa del Sol

When it comes to winter vacations to Spain, the Costa del Sol runs out a big winner. Due to the number of days of sunshine and warm temperatures, hotels,  apartments, villas and other accommodation do very well.

Golfers make up a high percentage of tourists. With more than 50 golf courses, the ‘Costa del Golf’ is the Mecca of Golf enthusiasts. They can play golf 24/7.

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Wasps; How to get rid of them without the use of pest control sprays Wasps in Spain generally don't bother you, unless you bother them but some folk just don't like them

Wasps in Spain are not as agressive as UK Wasps

People don’t like Wasps around them. In general, people are afraid of getting stung by Wasps and tend to swat them or spray them if they get too close.

I got stung on the Norfolk Broads by a Wasp, the little beggar just flew towards me and let me have it on the leg. It was painful, I can tell you. Since living in Spain, almost 18 years now, I have been stung 3 times. Each time it was my own fault. I unwittingly picked something up that had a Wasp hiding underneath. The sting wasn’t as painful as his mate’s in the UK though.

People on holiday can often come into contact with wasps, especially in the country. You can rent a villa or townhouse n the Malaga countryside and find that you have a nest of the critters flying about. The first thing is not to start swatting them, it just annoys them.

Getting rid of Wasps without sprays or poisons

How to get rid of Wasps without the use of pest control sprays

I have lived in the Andalucia countryside for 18 years. I’ve had my fair share of Wasps nests and I normally don’t mind them. Wasps are good for the environment. They play a vital role in protecting gardens and farm crops by controlling pest populations. They capture and consume insects such as flies, caterpillars and beetle larvae.

But sometimes, when there are too many in my garden, they just have to go. My method is clean, simple and without the use of poisons or sprays.

  1. Get yourself a bowl of some kind, anything will do. I use plastic tubs that would normally be discarded.
  2. Fill the container to the top with water
  3. Add a tiny drop of detergent (washing up liquid is great)
  4. Place the container close to the most wasp activity
  5. Wait

The Wasps are always looking for water. They will fly down for a drink and quite often venture on to the surface. Because you have added some detergent, you break the surface tension of the water and the creatures sink and drown.

That’s it! When you have topped a good few, change the water and repeat until you are Wasp free. You can easily rid yourself of a hundred or more in one day, depending on how many pots or containers you use.

If you are in a real state of Wasp invasion, then, at the last resort, you can call out the Pest Control and they will sort the problem for you.

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How to get cheap Hotels on the Costa del Sol – Top 25 Tips Martin Lewis the Money Saving Expert has 25 tips on cheap hotels and rooms

Cheap hotels and rooms on the Costa del Sol

The Money Saving Expert: Martin Lewis

Cheap Hotels and Rooms? Just how do I get them, you may ask? Martin Lewis of Moneysavingexpert.com shows you how to get the very best deals and cheap hotels and other accommodation.

If you have never watched his TV programs or seen his website then you really should. Martin Lewis has a fantastic reputation for saving people money, often thousands, sometimes tens of thousands.

If you were ever going to take advice from somebody on money-saving matters, then Mr Lewis is the chap.

I watched a program last night and part of the program was dedicated to tips on how to get the cheapest hotels and rooms. As usual, Martin has a trick or two up his sleeve. I’m not too sure the Hotels and other tourist accommodation suppliers would be happy about it though.

What Martin says, is this; If you have booked a hotel or room or whatever and it has a free cancellation clause, then check out the prices of hotels in the area you are going. If you find one that is cheaper than the hotel or rooms you have booked. Cancel and rebook at a cheaper rate.

The prices of hotels and accommodation are not static as they have to go with supply and demand. If the demand is high, the prices are high. However; if the demand is not as high as expected, hotels, rooms and other types of tourist accommodations will lower the prices.

Here are martins tips to get cheap deals, hotels and rooms. I’m sure the Costa del Sol is no different to anywhere else when it comes to business matters.

Cheap Hotels and Rooms: Top 25 Tips

  • Use a review site to check if the hotel’s OK
  • Bag the best price using comparison sites
  • Beware of hidden taxes and charges
  • Play detective – uncover ‘secret’ hotels
  • Save using the ‘rebook your hotel’ trick
  • Check if your hotel has a price promise
  • Use cashback sites for up to 13% back
  • Get email alerts to bag extra discounts
  • Scout around for special opening rates
  • Check loyalty schemes for mates’ rates
  • Airbnb can undercut hotels
  • Hostels – dirt-cheap, not dirty
  • Package hols can beat DIY booking
  • Book right to protect your holiday
  • Stay in a swanky spare room
  • Couchsurf with strangers for free
  • Pay the right way to get the best rates
  • Bag £100s off hotels with Tesco Clubcard
  • Try a house-swap holiday
  • Camp under the stars

There is much more on this subject on the Monsysavingexpert.com website Martin Lewis top 25 tips  Take a few minutes to read up on what Martin Lewis has to say and you could save yourself hundreds of pounds. If you can get yourself a cheap hotel deal on the Costa del Sol, then please let us know how you got on.

Good luck and have a great time on the Costa del Sol.

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Costa del Sol Winter Holidays 2019/2020 – Best Winter breaks deals to Spain The Costa del Sol is a very popular Winter destination - Possibly the best in Spain

Best winter holiday deals Costa del Sol 2029/2020

Mr J P Doyle enjoying the miserable weather on the coast

Using the search term ‘Best Costa del Sol Winter breaks deals’ the following company websites are the top ten best Costa del Sol Winter breaks deals on Google. As you can see, they are the usual suspects. The big travel companies tend to dominate the upper pages of the main search engines.

My advice is to start from 21 downwards as quite often you will pick up a great bargain from websites in the lower reaches of the SERPS. Because the main travel companies have massive sites, the smaller companies are pushed off the top. Did deep and you will strike gold!

Using the search term ‘Best Costa del Sol Winter breaks deals’ the following company websites are the top ten best Costa del Sol winter breaks deals on Google. As you can see, they are the usual suspects.

Best Costa del Sol Winter Breaks Deals via Google


Winter Sun holidays to Spain are very popular. Especially with people from countries such as the UK where the weather is pretty gloomy from October onwards. People who have the time and finances often jet off for a break in the sunshine. The Costa del Sol is often the location of choice.

Why the Costa del Sol

Best Winter Holiday deals to the Costa del Sol in Spain

An easy one that; the weather. Winter weather on the Costa del Sol finds the temperatures between December and February are about 14 °C. Winter is a wet season for the resort with December being the wettest month of the year with average rainfall at 100mm. The Costa del Sol receives between 5 and 7 hours of daily sunshine in the winter. quite often you will get dry winters and warmer weather. At least you are guaranteed some warm, dry weather and blue skies. Weather for Spain.

Golf is another factor. People come to the coast in their hundreds of thousands each year, a lot of them to play golf. Know as ‘the Costa del Golf’ due to its dozens of golf courses all along the coast, the Costa del Sol guarantees that the golfers will get enough time on the courses to keep them happy.

Price is another factor. Winter Sun breaks on the Costa del Sol can be very competitive. With the many hotels, hostels, private villas and apartments all offering winter breaks, you can find a real bargain. The advent of the Internet means that people can search, at their own leisure, for the best prices for their Spanish winter holiday breaks.

Flights are cheaper too. The budget airlines offer you the very best deals for flights into Malaga from all over the UK and Europe. Again, sites such as Skyscanner can get you a real hot deal winter flight into Malaga, although they are not the only company doing this.

Travel agents are also a great source of fantastic winter breaks to Nerja and other places along the Spanish coast. Quite often you will get an all-inclusive winter break for the entire family at a knock-down price.

Remember to search the Internet

Obviously business drops off during the winter months and so the hotels and other tourist accommodation businesses need to attract clients with juicy special offers. The travel agents can find these if you don’t want to search for yourself.

So, check out the Internet, travel agents, airlines and private villas and apartments for the best breaks deals in 2019/2020. A little effort may save you a lot of money.

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Where to see Flamingos – Fuente de Piedra in Andalucia The lake of Fuente de Piedra is the biggest of Andalucía and is home to tens of thousands of Flamingos

Holidays on the Costa del Sol - Fuente de Piedra Lake Flamingos

Flamingos on Fuente de Piedra Lake – Photo by M. Luque

Flamingos are one of the most beautiful and graceful of all birds. The name ‘Flamingo’ comes from the Portuguese or Spanish for ‘flame-coloured’. One look at these beautiful birds would make that statement self-explanatory.

Flamingos or flamingoes are a type of wading bird in the family Phoenicopteridae, the only bird family in the order Phoenicopteriformes. Four flamingo species are distributed throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean, and two species are native to Africa, Asia, and Europe. Wiki/flamingo.

Fuente Piedra Flamingos

Being as it was another beautiful day, we decided to take a trip on a different type of excursion. I had visited the Flamingos at Fuente Piedra some years back but my friend had not. So, why not a return visit? So, off we went.

Getting to the lake at Fuente de Piedra

No matter where you are located along the Costa del Sol, the route to the Flamingo Lake is quite an easy drive although from Nerja it is 1 hour and 20 minutes but well worth the drive.

The website for the company running the tourist facilities at Fuente de Piedra has an excellent website with easy Directions to Flamingo Lake.

The company offers private guided tours for those wanting to really get involved with the subject. There are kiddie-carts to help the younger members of the group to get around the many walkways and there are disabled facilities.

The Company Website

The lake of Fuente de Piedra is the biggest of Andalucía, and offers a privileged environment for the flamingo breeding. Also, it is a wintering and migratory place for many other birds. Flamingo nesting is one of the most amazing events of the year.

The natural reserve is located in the northwest of Málaga province, in the village of Fuente de Piedra.

In the natural reserve, we do, among other activities, guided visits to know the lake, its history, flora and fauna. We have permission to enter exclusive viewpoints, restricted for the public, from where we will enjoy a wonderful view of the lake and the flamingoes. Photo Galleries

If the great outdoors is for you and you would like to see beautiful Flamingos in their natural habitat, then please go to Fuente de Piedra Flamingo lake. Take binoculars with you. If you are not going on a guided tour the viewpoints are some distance from the birds.

There are literally tens of thousands of Flamingos, so, don’t worry about not seeing any.

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Best Things to Do in Nerja – My Top Ten Things to Do and See What The best things to do in Nerja? It depends on what you like doing, I suppose?

Nerja Best things to do – My Top Ten

Nerja Top Ten things to do and see

King Alfonso XII on the Balcòn de Europa, Nerja. He’s always ready for a photograph or two.

Nerja is a great place at any time of the year, not just in the summer months. There are lots to see and do in and around Nerja town. I’m using TripAdvisor for some of the stats on this one. I’ve also added my own personal favourites. You can book the trips directly from this website.

  1. Nerja Caves: The Nerja Caves are a fantastic day out. The Caves of Nerja are a series of caverns close to the town of Nerja in the Province of Málaga, Spain. Stretching for almost 5 kilometres, the caverns are one of Spain’s major tourist attractions. Concerts are regularly held in one of the chambers, which forms a natural amphitheatre. There are several concerts being held in the caves in July Wikipedia 
  2. Kayak & Snorkeling Tour in Natural Park ‘Acantilados de Cerro Gordo – Maro’. If you are a water sports enthusiast, then this is a trip for you.
  3. Visit Frigiliana: Frigiliana close to Nerja It’s known for its Moorish old quarter and narrow streets decorated with ceramic mosaics. El Ingenio is a 16th-century Renaissance palace now housing a sugar cane factory. Exhibits at the Archaeological Museum include Neolithic bones, Phoenician pottery and a 16th-century dagger. Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Natural Park shelters Spanish ibex and peregrine falcons. You’ll need strong legs if you are considering walking around Frigiliana. The streets can be very steep and narrow in some parts. It is well worth the effort though.
  4. Burriana Beach: For me, Burriana is the best beach on the Costa del Sol. There are plenty of Chiringuito’s (Beachfront Restaurants) as well as a great Chinese restaurant, along with traditional Spanish food. Shops, bars and Cafe’s aplenty and a great sandy beach with great views. Known worldwide for the best Paella, Ayo’s Chiringuito has been the subject of many top travel programmes.
  5. Church of El Salvador: The church of El Salvador is just off the Balcòn de Europa and surrounded by lots of places to sit, eat, drink and watch the world pass by. El Salvador (The Saviour) in the Catholic faith is, of course, Jesus Christ. So, it’s The Church of Jesus Christ, Nerja. On entering this great church, your eyes are first directed straight forward to a magnificent and ornate altar. This alters as an arch of gold leafed and ornate carvings, under which there is a large figure of Christ on the cross. El Salvador Church.
  6. The Balcòn de Europa: Along with the Nerja Caves, the Balcòn de Europa (Balcony of Europe) is another great attraction for the tourists coming to Nerja. The Balcòn is an outcrop of rock the juts out into the Mediterranean Sea. There are hotels, restaurants, ice cream vendors and musicians playing their trade. The Balcon has a permanent resident in the form of a statue of King Alfonso XII close to the end. He is great for a photo opportunity. People like to stroll up and down the Balcòn de Europa because there is sea vies, beach views and the mountains to the rear. Be sure to have your camera with you for this one.
  7. Trekking on the Chillar River: Water trekking on the Río Chilar is a refreshing excursion with a charm in the interior of the Chíllar ravine. It is a refreshing hiking route, ideal for any family member, regardless of age, since it is easy and fun, low difficulty. A journey of 8 kilometres between round and round, by the channel of the Río Chillar that is in Nerja, in the Natural Park of Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama. You can book a trip if you don’t want to head off on your own.
  8. Organised Day Trips to Seville: Using Nerja as a base, you can explore Malaga and the towns, villages and great cities of Andalucia. Day trips from Nerja to places such as Seville are well worth the money. If you don’t visit any other city while you are in Spain; go to Seville.
  9. Hiking around Nerja and up to El Cielo. If its breathtaking sights you are looking for (as well as breathless sights) then hiking in the area surrounding Nerja is for you. The Sierra de Tejada Almijarra Natural Park and the natural area of the Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo both offer you the opportunity of some great exercise and stunning scenery. Check out this article by John Kramer
  10. Nerja Segway Tours: Some people find walking around in the heat a bit of a hassle. So, what better way to see all the great sights and places of interest than going about on wheels. One and a half hour Guided Tour around Nerja, in a very small group, get to see the best places in town in the best way possible. Nerja Segway Tours

This is just my Top Ten Nerja sights and Activities, best things to do and see. There are many more places to go and much more to see, not just in Nerja but along the Costa del Sol, Malaga as well as wider Andalucia.

If I were to add to the list, it would be a visit to the ancient towns and cities, such as Granada, Antequera, Cordoba, Ronda, Malaga and the rural villages or ‘Pueblos Blancos’. I haven’t included Golf in my top ten as it goes without saying. The Costa del Sol has so many Golf courses, its nicknamed ‘The Costa del Golf’. You can play 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For foodies, Nerja is a great place to sample traditional Spanish tapas. There is a great Tapas Trail in Nerja that is highly recommended. Also, other cuisines are well represented, such as Italian, Chinese and Indian to mention a few. My own favourite is the Goa Town Indian Restaurant. Try the Fal extra hot curry, it is beautiful.

If you’re after some traditional Spanish culture, there are concerts and shows held in the fantastic Nerja Caves as well a Flamenco bars such as the Burro Blanco. Last but not least, Nerja is alive with buskers and street entertainers. Human statues, cartoonists, musicians, jugglers and more. There is something for everybody Burro Blanco Flamenco.

Whare your best things? Please let me know and I’ll add them to the list.

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Best Torremolinos Hotels and Benalmadena Hotels We have listed the best hotels in Torremolinos and Benalmadena according to TripAdvisor

Best Torremolinos Hotels and the best Benalmadena Hotels

Torremolinos Hotels and Villas

The beaches of Torremolinos and Benalmadena are beautiful and spacious


Torremolinos is a Mediterranean resort town on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, known for its sandy beaches such as El Bajondillo and La Carihuela. Nightlife, dining and shopping are centred on Calle San Miguel.

Away from the beachfront and its high-rise hotels are several golf courses and amusement parks, as well as pockets of traditional Andalusian culture such as the village of El Calvario.


Benalmádena is a town on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, known for its beaches and Tivoli World theme park. The modern Puerto Marina is home to the Sea Life Benalmádena aquarium and moored yachts.

In the traditional Andalusian old town lie the Castillo Monumento Colomares, a castle-style monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America, and the Benalmádena Stupa, a large Buddhist temple. Check out Benalmadena on TripAdvisor.

Torremolinos and Benalmadena attractions

There are many things to attract tourists to Torremolinos. Sea, sun and sand aside, there are the following:

  • Aqualand Torremolinos: Big family-focused water park with lots of slides, rapids & a surf beach area with a wave machine.
  • Crocodile Park: Small crocodile park with guided tours, a cafe & a petting area where visitors can hold a baby crocodile.
  • Molino de Inca Tropical garden: Tranquil botanical garden with an old flour mill, now a museum, plus a Japanese garden & Aviaries.
  • Parque la Bateria: Charming green space with rambling trails, a boat pond, children’s playground & fountains.
  • Calle San Miguel: If you want to go shopping in Torremolinos, then this is for you.
  • Playa de la Carihuela: Popular beach with an expansive sandy beachfront & boardwalk with numerous cafes & amenities.
  • Tivoli World: A Theme park with thrill & kids’ fun rides, plus regular shows & night-time garden illuminations.
  • Selwo Marina Benalmadena: Selwo Marina is a small marine park located in Benalmádena, Spain. It is the only park of its kind in Andalusia
  • Sea Life Benalmadena: Sea Life Benalmádena is an aquarium located in Benalmádena in Andalusia, Spain. It is one of the Sea Life Centres in Europe, which are owned by Merlin Entertainments.

There are many more things to see and do in Torremolinos and Benalmadena. Check out these places on Google before you set off on your holidays and hit the ground running.

There is a train that runs from Malaga to Fuengirola and stops at all the main towns in between, this includes Benalmadena and Torremolinos. Cheap return tickets make it well worthwhile.

Best Hotels in Benalmadena and Torremolinos

These are the top hotels and accommodation in Benalmadena that people are talking about at the time of writing.

The best hotels in Benalmadena according to TripAdvisor.

  • Hotel Spa Benalmadena Palace
  • Hotel Estival Torrequebrada
  • Sahara Sunset Club by Diamond Resorts
  • Hotel Best Siroco
  • Royal Oasis Club at Pueblo Quinta By Diamond Resorts
  • Hotel Mac Puerto Marina Benalmadena
  • Hotel Palia La Roca
  • Hotel casa Rosa
  • Hotel La Fonda
  • Hostal Sol y Miel
  • Tui Sensimar Riviera by MedPlaya

For more accommodation in Benalmadena and areas around Benalmadena see this link.

The Best Hotels in Torremolinos according to TripAdvisor

There is a great deal of choice for hotels and other accommodation in Torremolinos. Here are ten of the best.

  • Sol Don Pedro
  • Melia Costa del Sol
  • Sol Principle by Melia
  • Sol House Costa del Sol by Melia
  • Sol Timor by Melia – Apartments
  • Roc Hotel Flamingo
  • Essence Hotel Boutique by Don Paquito
  • Hotel Los Jazmines
  • Parasol Garden
  • La Barracuda Hotel

There are many more great hotels and other types of accommodation in Torremolinos. Please follow this link to the TripAdvisor website to see many more.

If you’ve stayed at these hotels and fancy giving them a rating, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to publish your remarks.

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El Capistrano Villas and Apartments in Nerja Spain El Capistrano Villages, San Juan de Capistrano, Capistrano Playa and Capistrano Oasis Villas and Apartments

Villas and Apartments for rent Capistrano Nerja

Image result for el capistrano village

If you have ever been to Nerja you will have at least heard of El Capistrano. The chances are that you have probably stayed at one of the ‘Capistrano’ sites. With so many rental properties between them, they cater to a large percentage of the tourists attracted to Nerja.

The oldest is El Capistrano Village. This is the original urbanisation, it is also the largest. With that in mind, it is easy to see why it also has the greatest selection of holiday villas and apartments. You can get hold of a single bedroom apartment or a large villa or house with 4 bedrooms or more. A lot of the villas and apartments also have their own private pools.

Capistrano Playa is close to the famous Burriana Beach with its even more famous Ayo’s Paella, the Capistrano Oasis and El Capistrano Village are situated opposite one another just off the main N340 road. It is easier to take the second exit off the A7 Autovia del Meditteraneo for Nerja / Maro / Nerja Caves. A couple of right turns and you are in Nerja with El Capistrano to your right, just before the Supersol Supermarket and opposite the new Mercadona Supermarket.

San Juan de Capistrano is situated at a fairly elevated location, so, if you are walking, you’ll enjoy the exercise. If you don’t hire a car then its a 35-minute walk into Nerja town or a few Euro on a taxi. You can also jump on a bus.

El Capistrano Holiday Rentals

There are several companies offering accommodation on the Capistrano sites. You are really spoilt for choice. Here is a list of some of the most familiar. However, a quick search of Google brings you up to a large list of companies and private rental properties on all of the Capistrano urbanisations.

You are also well advised to check out travel sites, such as TripAdvisor for client recommendations, reports and criticisms. These are an invaluble guide to the very best Nerja villas and apartments on Capistrano.

The Capistrano Villages: A Breezy 3-star hotel with a pool
El Capistrano: Vacation Home Rental Agency
El Capistrano Nerja Guy P.Way
Nerja Villas Capistrano: Apartment Rental Agency
Capistrano Playa
Apartments Las Rosas de Capistrano
Dimitri Villa: Real estate Agency

If you have stayed on these sites or you have recommendations for other companies, we are always happy to pass on the good, bad or indifferent news.

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Best Hotels on the Costa del Sol – Top Ten Hotels The best hotels on the Costa del Sol? Now, that is a very big question?

Best Hotels on the Costa del Sol?

Best Hotels Costa del Sol

Riu Monica Nerja – According to some, one of the best hotels on the Costa del Sol

The best hotels on the Costa del Sol? The Costa del Sol, for those of you who have never been, is situated on Spain’s southern coastline, in the Province of Malaga and in the autonomous region of Andalucia.

‘Coast of the Sun’ or ‘Sun Coast’, the Costa del Sol, sits between The Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) and The Costa Tropical (Tropical Coast).

It is probably the best-known area of Spain due to the mass tourism that has grown since the early seventies.

Towns of the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol includes the city of Málaga and also the towns of Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara, Estepona, Manilva, Casares, Rincón de la Victoria, Vélez-Málaga, Nerja, Frigiliana and Torrox.

Geography of the Costa del Sol

This shoreline region extends from the cliffs at Maro in the East to Punta Chullera in the west. It occupies a narrow coastal strip delimited by some ranges of the Penibaetic System, including the Sierra de Mijas, Sierra Alpujata, Sierra Blanca, Sierra Bermeja, Sierra Crestallina and Montes de Málaga to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.

The coast shows a diversity of landscapes: beaches, cliffs, estuaries, bays and dunes. The rivers are short and seasonal, while the agriculture is hampered by the lee effect caused by the Baetic System.

The Costa del Sol is similar to southern California in the scenery, climate and geography. Both areas have warm weather throughout the year and average annual sunshine hours of about 3,000 hours. The Costa del Sol has some of the most expensive tourist resorts in Europe as well. Thanks to Wikipedia.

The Best Hotels on the Costa del Sol according to…


Melia Costa del SolSol House Costa del Sol (By Melia)
Marbella Hills Hotel and Spa
Sol Principe (By Melia)
Sol Malaga Guadalmar (By Melia)
Sunset Beach Club
Hotel Catalonia Ronda
LLunion Malaga
MB Boutique Hotel
Petit Palace Plaza Malaga

Now, that comes from the TripAdvisor website, when you search Google for the Best Hotels on the Costa del Sol.

Other travel sites will have their own opinions. So too will visitors to the Costa. It is always wise to read the travellers reviews before you book your holiday on the Spanish Costas.
Also, what makes any one of the thousands of hotels on the coast ‘the best’?

Is it quality of service, value for money, amenities, location or any other number of variables?

For my pennies worth, a clean room, polite staff and good food are what I look for.
If you have a minute and you would like to have your favourite Costa del Sol Hotel mentioned, please, drop me a line and I will be delighted to add them to my Blog.

According to some friends of mine, Riu Monica in Nerja is definitely the very best.

After all, the best hotels are those that are highly recommended by their guests.

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Nerja self catering holiday villas and apartments for Rent Self catering holiday villas and apartments in Nerja, Spain - The best in Nerja Rental Villas

Why rent a self-catering holiday villa in Nerja?

Nerja self catering holidays in Nerja

Self-catering holiday villas are very popular. There are many reasons for this but the main reason is freedom. Freedom of movement.

If you book your annual holiday somewhere like Nerja, the opportunities for discovering other places is great. Being on the Costa del Sol, Nerja is well placed for a great Andalucian adventure.

Within easy driving distance, you can visit the amazing Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Mosque in Cordoba. Places such as Ronda, made famous in the Hemingway novel ‘For whom the bell tolls’, Almuñecar and other landmarks mentioned in novels by Laurie Lee.

There is Velez-Malaga Water Park, seaside towns and cities, such as Fuengirola, Marbella, Torremolinos and more. For the golfer, there are more than 50 golf courses within each of Nerja.

Having your own Nerja self-catering villa allows you to arrange your own timetable and itinerary. You are not tied to fixed meal times and activities as you would be with a hotel or resort.

Self Catering Holidays for Walking in Nerja

One of the great joys of a Nerja holiday is walking. There are so many local attractions and places of natural beauty, walking holidays are very popular. These could not really be made possible unless you have freedom of movement.

Nerja Paradise Rentals has a great list of Self Catering holiday Villas, apartments and houses. Hiring this type of accommodation and along with reasonably priced car hire, you can have a very diverse self-catering holiday.

Check out the self-catering villas, apartments and townhouses available from Nerja Paradise Rentals. There is a great selection. We can accommodate large groups, clubs, family units and even business groups.

All of our properties have private swimming pools or communal pools available.

We are always available should you need help or advice on booking your holiday. We would also be happy to advise on car hire and other aspects.

Featured Self Catering Villa Almassora

Nerja self catering holidays Nerja

5 Bedroom Beautiful and Spacious Villa with Private Pool in the centre of Nerja

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Nerja Villas for Rent – Self Catering Villas in Nerja The Very best self catering Nerja Villas from Nerja Paradise Rentals

Nerja Self Catering Villas for rent

Nerja Villas

Villa Catalina. Just one of many great Nerja Villas from Nerja Paradise Rentals.

The term ‘Nerja Villas’ is generic. It is a term used to cover all sorts of accommodation in Nerja. People may not be specifically looking for a ‘Villa’ per se but will use the generic term to search.

That being so, there are a host of Nerja Villas companies in and around the town of Nerja. Which is the best supplier of Nerja accommodation? As I a the editor of this Blog, I am bound to say Nerja Paradise Rentals are the best in Nerja. Is that a biased view? Perhaps; Perhaps not?

Nerja Villas - Villa Jade

Ultra modern Nerja villas – Villa Jade

What I can say, with absolute certainty is that Nerja Paradise Rentals have a list of great villas, apartments and houses. I can also say that they are a family company with a long history of customer satisfaction.

Looking for a Nerja villa, apartment or house for long or short term rental can be complicated. There are so many websites offering this, that or the other accommodation. Websites such as Air B&B, TripAdvisor, Home Away, Spain Villas and so on. The list is endless.

What you will find, if you search long enough, is that many of the same Nerja villas are on different websites and at different prices. This can be confusing.

Booking a Nerja Villa

Nerja Villas. Villa Topaz

Villa Topaz. Beautiful views over Nerja

Nowadays, people are quite savvy when it comes to the Internet. Gone are the days when you had to rely on the estate agents or travel agents for your information. Those of us over a certain age will remember trawling through glossy brochures. Endless lists of hotels, villas, apartments and houses with only the agent’s notes as any guide to quality.

Now, it is simpler. Now we go to Google and type ‘Nerja villas’ and voila! We are supplied with endless pages of websites, photographs, videos, customer references and more. It’s so easy; right?

Not really. Now we have the opposite problem. We have gone from limited information to a mass of information. It’s just a nicer problem. Booking a Nerja Villa need not be a big problem.

  1. Go to Nerja Paradise Rentals website and choose your accommodation.
  2. Check out all of the information about the property. There is all you will need to know right there. Maps, photographs, how many it sleeps, what the property contains, the lot.
  3. When you are sure you have the perfect property, there is a booking request form at the side of the page. Check your arrival and departure dates from the boxes provided (Booked in Grey, available white)
  4. Your total price will be shown underneath the box. Press ‘Book now’.

If you need help or advice

If you need any further information or assistance to help you with your booking, you can contact Nerja Paradise Rentals direct. All of the contact information is at the bottom of the page. Or you can use the contact form.

That is how easy it is to book yourself a perfect ‘villa’ in Nerja. On one website you have the villas, apartments and townhouses, the information on the property and area, easy booking for, total price and a helpline if you need it.

So, am I biased? No! I consider it a public service to help people have a great holiday on the Costa del Sol. Enjoy.


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Nerja Festivals – The Feast of San Juan The feast of San Juan or Noche de San Juan is a time for people to get together on the beach in Nerja

Night of San Juan in Nerja – la Noche de San Juan

Fiesta de San Juan in Nerja

Last night on Burriana Beach in Nerja was different from other nights. Any night on Burriana beach is a great time to be there. With pubs, bars, restaurants, shops and of course, the sea and sand, you’re bound to have a great time.

Sunday night, the 23rd of June is a night reserved for San Juan. Fire features in many of the celebrations, with people gathering together and creating large bonfires from any kind of wood, such as old furniture, and sharing food and drinks while teens and children jump over the fires.

Each region has its own unique way to celebrate and Nerja is no different.

Who was San Juan?

St. John the Baptist, (born 1st decade BCE, Judaea, Palestine, near Jerusalem—died 28–36 CE; feast day June 24), Jewish prophet of priestly origin who preached the imminence of God’s Final Judgment and baptized those who repented in self-preparation for it; he is revered in the Christian church as the forerunner of Jesus Christ.

After a period of desert solitude, John the Baptist emerged as a prophet in the region of the lower Jordan River valley. He had a circle of disciples, and Jesus was among the recipients of his rite of baptism. More facts for St. John the Baptist

San Juan or Saint John is celebrated all around the world. The festivals of Midsummer’s Eve (St. John’s Eve among Christians) have roots in ancient celebrations related to the summer solstice.

Feast of Noche de San Juan in Nerja Spain

Bonfires were lit to protect against evil spirits which were believed to roam freely when the sun was turning southward again. In later years, witches were also thought to be on their way to meetings with other powerful beings.

Fire: Bonfires are lit, usually around midnight both on beaches and inland, so much so that one usually cannot tell the smoke from the mist common in this Atlantic corner of Iberia at this time of the year, and it smells burnt everywhere.

Occasionally, a dummy is placed at the top, representing a witch or the devil. Young and old gather around them and feast mostly on pilchards, potatoes boiled in their skins and maize bread.

When it is relatively safe to jump over the bonfire, it is done three times (although it could also be nine or any odd number) for good luck at the cry of “meigas fora” (witches off!).

San Juan doesn’t stop there!

It is also common to have Queimada (drink), a beverage resulting from setting alight Galician orujo mixed with sugar, coffee beans and pieces of fruit, which is prepared while chanting an incantation against evil spirits. See More on this fascinating story from Wikipedia.

If you were not in Nerja for the feast of San Juan, make sure you don’t miss it next year.

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Nerja Real Estate Agents Top Nerja Estate Agents Nerja Real Estate is much sought after and there are plenty of good Estate Agents in Nerja

Real Estate in Nerja is much sought after

Nerja Real Estate agents - Properties for sale Nerja

Property for sale in Nerja via private contract from Nerja Paradise Rentals. This is a fantastic property for generating a second income.

The term ‘des res’ applies to Nerja and the real estate in and around Nerja. ‘Des res’; A desirable residence (used as a humorous allusion to the language used in housing advertisements).

The Costa del Sol is a great draw to ex-pats and Spanish nationals alike. The sun, sea and sand attract people from all over the world in their hundreds of thousands. Every year people flock to the Costa del Sol.

Nerja is a special place on the Costa del Sol and this is reflected in the number of visitors. But not all the people coming to stay in Nerja are tourists.

Properties for sale in Nerja are also very much sought after. And for varying reasons.

Nerja Real Estate: Buying Holiday Homes in Nerja

Nerja villas with private swimming pools

Nerja villas with private swimming pools – Villa Las Dalias

Once you have been to Nerja, it is hard not to return. The charm of this Spanish coastal town has people coming back year on year. Some people are so smitten that they decide to buy a property in Nerja.

This may not be as easy as it seems. With a buoyant real estate market, the best properties can be hard to find. That is where a good real estate agent comes to the fore.

Local knowledge s a great help and the Nerja real estate agents have just that. They will find you the property that you really want, and at the best price.

Many people buy holiday homes for themselves, also, to rent out for a second income. As Nerja is so popular, this is a very achievable aim. If you consider the fact that 30 million people visit Spain each year. Out of that 30 million, the Costa del Sol attracts 35%.

So, roughly 10.5 million visitors to the Costa del. That’s a lot of visitors. So, a property to rent out is definitely something to e thinking about.

Buying a retirement home

Nerja Villas apartments houses Fore Rent

The population of Nerja is around 21,000 – 22,000 (2018) fluctuating year on year. There is a sizeable ex-pat population, roughly estimated at around 30%. So, the competition for houses is quite strong.

Real estate agents in Nerja can provide you with the easiest route to buying your own Nerja property. Although there are a limited amount of private sales. Such as the great property on offer at Nerja Paradise Rentals.

Nonetheless, you will need the help of a good real estate agent when it comes down to the legal side of real estate transfers.

Here is a list of Real Estate agents in Nerja. This link will give you access to their websites. From there you will be able to view properties for sale in Nerja. Hopefully, you will see the property you are looking for. Good luck.

My Top 10 Nerja Real Estate Agents

There are many more. This will do you for your starter for 10, so they say.

Nerja Estate Agents and properties for sale – Update 28/06/19

There is a local free newspaper in Andalucia called Sur in English. This is an English language free publication that has a host of information about Southern Spain as well as Andalucia. Also, individual villages, towns and cities. Nerja is quite often featured.

This weeks edition features a story about the booming population of Malaga.

According to the Sur in English, the Costa del Sol and Malaga areas are pulling in the people. Other areas of Spain are losing residents. 10,000 new souls came to make their home in Malaga province. Many along the Costa del Sol.

The greater number of the new population is from the UK. The rest are from Europe and a small proportion from elsewhere.

This is good news for the Nerja real estate agents in particular. After all, people will always need homes.

You can check out this story and others from the Sur in English Print Edition.

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Nerja Live music – Live Music on the Costa del Sol Nerja has many live music venues, here is what's on at Fitzgerald's

Live Music in Nerja June 2019

Live music in Nerja Costa del Sol

Live music in Nerja Costa del Sol

Nerja is a great place for a holiday. Nerja also a great place for live music of all kinds. One of the most popular venues is Fitzgerald’s Cafe Bar and Restaurant. As we can see from the list of gigs, June is set to be a very busy time at Fitzgerald’s.

Formally known as Restaurant Los Huertos has now been re-opened as  Fitzgeralds Bar and Restaurant on Calle Los Huertos. It is under new management, Adrian and Breda Fitzgerald, Well known in Nerja from their other popular bar, The Dubliner, situated in Plaza tutti frutti. 

Fitzgerald´s cater for all occasions, From birthdays, communions and anniversaries to before and after your wedding day. Whether you want a BBQ, Set menu or Buffet, we can cater for all your needs. 

You can choose a small snack from our daily bar menu or choose from our elegant A´la Carte Menu which is served from 6 pm until late.

From sandwiches to burgers on our daily menu to top quality steaks, meats and even pizzas in the evening.

Fitzgeralds Bar & Restaurant is the perfect place to either chill out with your friends and family or wine & dine them.

All major sporting events are shown on our High-Definition screens, rugby, football, boxing, GAA, and Formula 1.

Nerja Live Music and Other Events

Fitzgerald’s don’t just offer live music. You can host your social events, such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, family means. Choose from buffet, finger food, sit down meals or BBQ.

Check out Fitzgerald’s own website for full details on music gigs and upcoming events.  You don’t have to be staying in Nerja to take advantage of the great food and live music on offer at Fitzgerald’s. Come for a fantastic night out a decent meal and great music.

Calle Los Huertos 40, Nerja
Adrian: (00 34) 693700810

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Villas and apartments for rent with swimming pools in Nerja Nerja Paradise Rentals have villas and apartments for rent with swimming pools

Villas and Apartments for rent with swimming pools in Nerja

Nerja villas with private swimming pools

Nerja villas with private swimming pools – Villa Las Dalias

Nerja is a fantastic location at any time of the year. Having your own villa or apartment is made better with your own swimming pool. Nerja Paradise has a large list of private villas and apartments in Nerja. From Plaza de España in the town centre to country villas with breathtaking views.

The beaches around Nerja are plentiful and there is always plenty of space. However, there can be nothing better than having your own private swimming pool.

Nerja Villas with Private Swimming Pools – Las Dalias

I believe that one of the many beautiful villas on the books of Nerja Paradise is Las Dalias. This is a wonderful villa not far from Burriana Beach and the town centre of Nerja.

This property is ideally situated for families and couples in a central location.

The villa has a good sized terrace area and a private pool (6.5m x 4m shallow end 1.1m).

The house is bungalow style with its entrance reached by several steps, and all accommodation is on the ground floor.

On entering the property there is a hallway which leads into an open plan, fully fitted kitchen and spacious lounge area, a dining room from which patio doors lead on to a covered terrace and the terrace and pool area.

Also, there are 3 bedrooms, 1 double with en-suite bathroom and patio doors on to pool terrace plus 2 twin bedrooms sharing a further bathroom. Furnishings are of a very good standard.

Facilities of the Villa include Dishwasher – Washing machine – hob and oven – fridge freezer – microwave – safe (chargeable) – portable barbecue – WIFI – TV with satellite channels (English Channels, German, French, etc)– CD/Radio Player – DVD Player Heating / A/C units throughout.

To see more on Villa Las Dalias and the rest of the available Nerja properties, please follow this link to the main website pages.

Remember, booking your Nerja villa or apartment early is the best option. Nobody likes to miss out on their property of choice. If you need help in booking a villa or apartment, please contact us. We will be delighted to help.


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Nerja Villas and Apartments 2019/2020 Make sure you book early for your Nerja villa or apartment

Villas and Apartments in Nerja – 2019/2020

Nerja villas and apartments

Nerja is one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Spanish Costa del Sol. We get lots of visitors, some are returning visitors, having been in Nerja before. Others are new to Nerja and are in for a treat.

The Costa del Sol has much to offer tourists. For this reason, it is a very popular destination. Using a Nerja villa or apartment as a base gives you the freedom to explore. You need to book early though.

Nerja Paradise Rentals has many beautiful villas and apartments available in Nerja. Some are located in the town centre, some close to the beaches and others just outside the town in beautiful country settings.

Villa of the month – Villa El Paraiso

Situated in the Capistrano Playa area Of Nerja, above the famous Burriana Beach, this beautiful and recently built property commands the same spectacular sea views as it’s sister houses, Dos Ardillas, Azalea and Las Brisas. Burriana beach with its array of bars and restaurants is only a 9-minute walk away, and Nerja town centre approximately 30 mins walk or 5 minutes by car or with the local bus service.

The property is entered via a few steps to an entrance hall. From here a short flight of stairs lead up to the top floor where there are a cloakroom/toilet, large lounge/diner and fully fitted kitchen. The lounge is equipped with Sat TV, DVD Player, CD player and WIFI. Patio doors lead on to a large terrace with wonderful sea and coastline views.

Furnishings throughout are of a very good standard in a contemporary style. From the lounge/dining area, a staircase leads up to a roof terrace from which there are stunning panoramic views.

Downstairs from the entrance hall, there are 3 bedrooms, 2 twins which share a full bathroom and a large double bedroom with en-suite facilities. From the double bedroom patio doors open on to the pool and its terrace area.

The property benefits from a private parking space. See more of Villa El Paraiso.

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Country Villa with Pool Nerja: Rent a country villa in Nerja Costa del Sol Traditional Country Villa with Pool in Elevated Position with Stunning Views over all Nerja Coastline and Mountain

Country villa with pool – Villa Alminares

Nerja country villas with pool

The views from Villa Alminares are stunningly beautiful

Nerja villas come in all shapes and sizes. Some are located in Nerja town centre, others close to the beach. Some, though, are set in the beautiful countryside.

Each location has its own benefits, some people like the beach, others prefer a quieter location.

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Nerja is a base to discover Seville and Andalucia Nerja is a great base from which to discover the towns and cities of Andalucia such as Seville

Seville – More than just Oranges and Barbers

Nerja is located east of the city of Malaga on the Spanish Costa del Sol. This makes Nerja a formidable place to use as a base to discover all the delights that Andalucia has to offer.

Malaga alone has enough attractions to keep you occupied for a few weeks. But, step outside a little further and you have some of the most beautiful and interesting towns, villages and cities in Spain.

The connections to Nerja are fantastic, you will have not trouble getting around.

Just on the coast itself, you have Marbella, Fuengirola, Benalmadena, Malaga, Torremolinos, Mijas. Further on Estepona, Gibraltar, Cadiz and more.

Seville is a beautiful and interesting city

For the more adventurous of you, there is Seville. If you have never been to this beautiful capital of Andalucia, please, take the time and effort to visit. It is a beautiful place.

Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. It’s famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighbourhood. Major landmarks include the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giralda.

It’s possible to drive to Seville from Nerja. It would take you just under 3 hours to do so. However; there are day trips from Nerja to Seville at under 30€. This is by far the easiest and most relaxing way. You could also go via train from Malaga.

What to see

The sights and sounds of Seville are endless. There are some places that are a ‘must see’. The Giralda Tower, Torre del Oro (Gold Tower), Parque de Maria and many more. My own personal favourite is the Plaza de España. It is amazing.

Nerja has more than enough for two weeks of any vacation but there are some places that can’t wait to be seen.

Remember; BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION EARLY! Nerja is very popular in the whole year round. Check out the main Nerja Paradise Rentals main pages for the best in Nerja villas, apartments, and townhouses.

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Nerja Town Centre Accommodation Having a town centre apartment in Nerja ensures you miss nothing. Such as Day of the Crosses

Nerja town centre accommodation- Nerja’s best location for apartments

Nerja town centre apartments - Feast of San Isidro

Anywhere in Nerja is a great place to be. Town centre apartments though, they are great for people who just like to stroll around, rather than drive.

Also, being in the very centre gives you pride of place when local events are happening. In May, for instance, there are always communions and confirmations at the church of El Salvador. These can often be grand affairs.

Other such events, in May, for instance, are the May Crosses.

Nerja Town Centre accommodation, May treats

May Crosses on May 3rd 2019, in the central squares of the town, the altars are adorned with flowers. There are music and traditional folk dancing in addition to tasting all kinds of food seasoned with the typical molasses.

Pilgrimage of San Isidro, May 15th. San Isidro, the patron saint of farmers, is celebrated in all municipalities of the Costa del Sol.

From the Balcon de Europa starts a pilgrimage bringing the saint up to the Caves of Nerja. This is followed by horses and carriages.

It is the largest popular procession of the Axarquia. Thus people come dressed in traditional Andalucian costumes and there is food, drink, dancing and singing until late at night.

Isidoro the Farm Labourer, also known as Isidore the Farmer. He was a Spanish farmworker known for his piety toward the poor and animals. Isidro is the Catholic patron saint of farmers and of Madrid, and of La Ceiba, Honduras. The feast of San Isidro is celebrated on May 15th each year.

Again, there is always something to see and do. Join in the Fiesta and enjoy your stay in your Nerja town centre apartment.

There is an excellent website called ‘Explore Nerja’ which gives you all the information on the San Isidro festivities.

Check out availability for town centre accommodation in Nerja from the main Nerja Paradise Website.

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