1 bedroom Self Catering Holiday Apartments to rent Nerja

1 bedroom apartments to rent in Nerja

1 bedroom self-catering holiday apartments for rent in Nerja on the Costa del Sol.

Apartments in Nerja are a great way to enjoy a holiday. Self-catering apartments give clients the freedom to come and go as they please. Nobody is tied to hotel or resort itinerary.

Nerja Beach Holidays have a wide range of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-catering holiday apartments available in Nerja. All of these apartments are cared for and maintained to a very high standard.

1 bedroom Self Catering Holiday Apartments in Nerja

These delightful 1 bedroom apartments sleep between 2 and four people.

  • Verano Azul 32: Located on the Verano Azul complex, this delightful, modern 1 bedroom apartment offers beautiful holiday accommodation for a couple.

    Access to this apartment is very easy with very few stairs and nearby parking. The apartment offers a good-sized open plan living room, dining area and newly modernised fitted kitchen with fridge freezer, oven and hob and all the usual appliances required for a self-catering holiday. The lounge is furnished with 2 sofas and has UK TV. There is also FREE WiFi and air conditioning to the lounge and heating. A sunny patio leads from the lounge with views of the complex. The patio is furnished with table, chairs and sun umbrellas for shade from the afternoon sun. See more details.

  • Capistrano Playa 107: This newly modernised, spacious 1 bedroom apartment is situated on the sought after Capistrano Playa complex, built in traditional Andalucian style and overlooking Burriana Beach, the apartment benefits from a south-facing terrace which offers beautiful views of the gardens and sea.

    The large living/dining room is furnished with a comfortable sofa bed, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV showing some British channels, free WIFI and there is a dining table that seats 4 and a Juliette balcony. See more details.

  • Tetuan 44: This beautiful 1 bedroom apartment is located on the tranquil Oasis de Capistrano with its wonderful gardens. The apartment comprises of one bedroom with fitted wardrobes, a modern bathroom with bath and shower and a lovely open plan lounge/kitchen/diner. The kitchen is fully equipped with oven, hob, microwave and washing machine with plenty of cupboard space.

    There is seating for 4 people within the lounge and dining area. The lounge also has a very comfortable sofa which converts into a sofa bed for the 3rd and 4th guest. See more details.

  • Capistrano Playa 200: This 1 bedroom apartment is situated in the Capistrano Playa complex with stunning views of the surrounding mountains of Nerja and Burriana Beach, with access to the beach within 5 minutes and is an ideal self-catering accommodation for couples or small families.  The property has an open plan lounge with comfortable seating, a widescreen TV, DVD and WIFI. The comfortable, relaxing lounge area has patio doors which offer amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea, mountains and Nerja’s most famous Burriana Beach. Leading from the lounge, the apartment has a private sun terrace furnished with table, chairs and sun loungers providing an ideal sun trap or perfect dining area with fantastic views. See more details.

  • Capistrano Playa 110: This newly modernised, spacious 1 bedroomed apartment is situated on the sought after Capistrano Playa complex, built in traditional Andalucian style and overlooking Burriana Beach it benefits from a large south-facing terrace which offers beautiful views of the gardens and sea.

    The large living/dining room is furnished with comfortable modern sofas, a flat-screen TV showing some British channels. WIFI is provided in the apartment. Patio doors lead out to the terrace which is complete with table, chairs and rattan furniture. See more details.

  • San Francisco 83: This lovely 1 bedroom apartment is situated in the popular San Francisco urbanization with amazing views of the town of Nerja and out to sea. It is located less than 5 mins walk from the communal pool and   5 min drive to Nerja town centre. The apartment has a bedroom with a King size bed, bathroom with overhead shower, toilet and hand basin.

    The fully fitted kitchen is equipped with all the appliances required for a self-catering holiday. See more details.

  • Capistrano Playa 503: Located on the Capistrano Playa complex, this traditional Spanish 1 bedroom apartment is an ideal holiday retreat for couples, with stunning views of Nerja´s famous Burriana Beach.

    Access to this apartment is very easy with very few stairs and nearby parking. Once inside the apartment you are afforded fantastic views from the private south easterly sunny terrace. The apartment offers an open plan living room and kitchen with fridge freezer, oven and hob and all the usual appliances required for a self-catering holiday. The lounge is furnished with a sofa and chairs and has a TV with many UK channels. There is also free WiFi in this apartment. The apartment has air conditioning in the lounge and bedroom. See more details.

  • Capistrano Playa 406: This beautiful 1 bedroom apartment is situated in the sought after Capistrano Playa complex, overlooking the famous Burriana Beach. Beautifully presented, the apartment provides clients with luxury accommodation and amazing large south-easterly facing terrace, giving stunning views of the complex’s gardens, beach and the Mediterranean sea.

    The large living/dining room has been recently re-furnished and is sleek and modern and offers to dine for 4, has a fully fitted modern kitchen, air conditioning and patio doors that lead out onto a large terrace that is furnished with comfortable seating, outside dining and sunbathing areas. See more details.

  • Capistrano Playa 509: Located on the Capistrano Playa complex, this spacious 1 bedroom apartment is an ideal holiday retreat for couples, with stunning views of Nerja´s famous Burriana Beach.

    Access to this apartment is very easy with very few stairs and nearby parking. Once inside the apartment, you are afforded fantastic views from the private south easterly sun terrace. The apartment offers a good-sized open plan living room, dining area and newly modernised fitted kitchen with fridge freezer, oven and hob and all the usual appliances required for a self-catering holiday, including a washing machine. The lounge is furnished with a sofa and chairs and has a TV with many UK and Sky TV channels. There is also WiFi in this apartment. The apartment has air conditioning in the lounge and bedroom. See more details.

    Capistrano Playa 411: Situated on the Capistrano Playa complex this tastefully modernised one bedroom apartment is ideal for those wanting easy access to beaches and restaurants.

    The apartment is on the lower level of the complex overlooking the famous Capistrano Playa lake with views out to the nearby Burriana Beach. The apartment offers an open plan living area with very comfortable leather sofas (one being a sofa bed), air conditioning unit, TV with many UK channels, DVD player, dining table with seating for 4 and a fully fitted kitchen with all the appliances needed for those wanting to self cater. The newly refurbished, modern kitchen is equipped with ceramic hob, oven, microwave, fridge and washing machine. There is a large terrace to the front of the property which is directly in front of the Green Lagoon and close to the terraced tropical gardens which lead down to Burriana Beach, the promenade, bars and restaurants. See more details.

  • Capistrano Playa 114: This spacious 1 bedroom apartment is situated on the sought after Capistrano Playa complex, built in traditional Andalucian style and overlooking Burriana Beach it benefits from a large south-facing terrace which offers beautiful views of the gardens and the Mediterranean sea.

    The living/dining room is furnished with a sofa and seating area as well as a dinner table, There is a flat-screen Internet TV with Google Chromecast (controlled with your own mobile or tablet). Free WIFI is provided in the apartment. Patio doors lead out to the terrace which is complete with table, chairs and barbecue. See more details.

  • Las Palmas 14a: Situated in the beautiful surroundings of Oasis de Capistrano, this well presented 1 bedroom apartment is ideal holiday accommodation for families and couples alike, sleeping up to 4 guests.

    This ground floor apartment has a small private garden and steps leading to a terrace area. The apartment is compact and has a twin bedroom with fitted wardrobes and a safe. From the corridor, the newly modernised bathroom has a bath and overhead shower, vanity unit and WC. The open plan lounge/kitchen area has patio doors leading to the terrace and small garden. The kitchen is fully fitted with all appliances required for a self-catering holiday including a washing machine. The lounge has cable TV with some Sky channels and a DVD Player. There is seating for 4 and a dining table. The sofa bed opens to allow for 2 guests. WIFI connection is also available to guests staying in this lovely apartment. There is air conditioning in the lounge. See more details.

    To check availability and prices or if you want to see more details and photographs of these 1 bedroom apartments. Please follow the links at the end of each property description. These links will take you directly to that particular property on the Nerja Beach Holidays website. If you need more help, you can contact us directly at any time.

  • Office +34 644 793 168

    Office Hours: 9 am to 6 pm (Monday to Friday)

    Email: admin@nerjabeachholidays.com

  • Address: 8 Calle San Jose, 29787 Maro, Málaga, Spain

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Self Catering Townhouses close to the beach in Nerja

.Self Catering Townhouses in Nerja

Self Catering Townhouse Paraiso Blanco Nº34 (the name translates to White Paradise) is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom property that sleeps four. Having your own Nerja townhouse for your holidays enables you to do more. You will get more out of your stay because you are not tied to any hotel or resort itineraries.

Self-catering is definitely the way to go. There is so much to see and do in Nerja and along the Costa del Sol. Choosing when and where you eat gives you the freedom to explore all those wonderful places on the Spanish coast.

Nerja Townhouse Description

This beautiful, very well maintained two bedroomed, two bathroom townhouse is situated on the Paraiso Blanco complex, only 10 minutes walk from the famous Burriana Beach, Nerja.

Deservedly part of our Platinum Range of properties. The property is set out on two floors with the living areas being upstairs. The lounge is decorated to a very high standard with two comfortable sofas and quality furnishings. Including a 40-inch flat-screen TV with British channels. Leading from the lounge is a south-facing terrace with a large glass table and chairs and electric sun awning making it an ideal place to relax or dine Al Fresco. The kitchen is fully fitted with all appliances needed for a self-catering holiday.

Stairs up from the lounge take you to a private roof terrace with spectacular views of Nerja, the surrounding mountains and the Mediterranean sea. The delightful sun-trap has a table, chairs, sunbeds, pergola and a portable BBQ.

On the lower floor are both bedrooms, one double and one twin, both have en-suite facilities, fitted wardrobes and air conditioning. The master bathroom has a washing machine and a tumble dryer. Leading out from the double bedroom, unique to this property, is a private plunge pool and terrace with table, seating and sunbeds.

This Townhouse is 20 minutes walk to the Balcòn de Europa

This lovely complex of villas and apartments has its own large communal pool set in beautiful gardens with thatched sunshades and sunbeds. Nerja town centre is only a twenty-minute walk away. You will find a huge selection of international bars and restaurants, local shopping and the famous Balcon de Europa. There are two parking areas on the complex.

Please note that the plunge pool is 1.7 metres in-depth and is not suitable for non-swimming children or adults.

To see more details, photographs and prices for this fantastic Nerja Townhouse, please visit the Nerja Beach Holidays main website. Paraiso Nº34

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Nerja Property Management Services and Holiday Rentals

Nerja Beach Holidays Property Management Services

Property management Services in Nerja

With our Nerja property management services, the main priority is to ensure that your rental property is secure & maintained to a high standard and that you and your guests are happy and enjoy a trouble-free holiday.

  • Free Marketing of your property on our and our allied websites. Also, you will be listed on this blog which is ranked #1 on Google for many of the top search terms. We can compete with the likes of Airbnb, Thomson, Jet2 and other holiday services companies along the Costa del Sol. After all, if your property isn’t seen, it isn’t going to be let out. We have a search engine specialist who will advertise your property in its own right. We make sure your property receives individual treatment.
  • Comfort that your property is in safe hands. No stress at all. Knowing there is a professional Property management company looking after your property takes all the stress and strain out of owning and renting properties in Nerja.
  • Specific services for your property. Every property that we manage will receive the best of services. We pride ourselves in our Nerja Property Mangement services.
  • Management and control of keys. Security is a top priority and we make sure there are strict controls on who enters the properties we manage.
  • Preparation of your property for you and your guests. One of the very best of feelings is to walk into a pristine property, it makes the start of your holiday all the better. It is a true test of any Costa del Sol Property Mangement company. Having everything “just so” makes the difference between a good holiday experience and a great holiday experience.
  • The organisation of laundry collection and cleaning. This is very important. Cleanliness is a top priority of our management services.
  • Regular inspections of your property. Property management has many facets.  We make regular inspections of the properties in our care to make sure they are secure, safe, clean and ready for guests.
  • Garden, swimming pool and patio maintenance. First impressions count. When you arrive at any holiday villa or apartment, your first glance will tell you all you need to know, not just about the property you have booked for holidays, but also about the property management services. A clean pool, tidy patio area and a well cared for the lawn are a must. Regular maintenance makes sure all the properties in our care receive the proper maintenance.
  • The organisation of payment of utility bills.​ Property Mangement services also include the organisation and payment of utility bills. After all, nobody likes to receive a red letter from the utility companies.
  • NBH Property Management Services – providing you and your property with a first-class service. We make sure we have everything covered. Our aim is to provide you and your guests with the best of Nerja holiday experiences.

Please contact us for any further details.

(0034) 644 793 168


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Low price beach villas in Nerja – Self catering villas in Nerja

Low price villas and apartments close to the beach in Nerja

Everyone would like a low price villa or apartment close to the beach. Everyone is not lucky enough though. Holiday villas and apartments close to Burriana beach go like hotcakes. Nerja Beach Holidays have several such villas and apartments close to Nerja’s beaches. One such place is the delightfulCapistrano Playa 200.

Capistrano Playa Apartment Description

This 1 bedroom apartment is situated in the Capistrano Playa complex with stunning views of the surrounding mountains of Nerja and Burriana Beach, with access to the beach within 5 minutes and is an ideal self-catering accommodation for couples or small families.

The property has an open plan lounge with comfortable seating, a widescreen TV, DVD and WIFI. The comfortable, relaxing lounge area has patio doors which offer amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea, mountains and Nerja’s most famous Burriana Beach. Leading from the lounge, the apartment has a private sun terrace furnished with table, chairs and sun loungers providing an ideal sun trap or perfect dining area with fantastic views.

Recently modernised, the kitchen has been fully fitted and has all equipment required for a self-catering holiday including a washing machine. The recently modernised bathroom has a bath with overhead shower, toilet, basin and heated towel rail. This bedroom is furnished in pine and has fitted wardrobes, comfortable bedding and a safe.

From just €325 per week, this delightful apartment sleeps  4 people.

The complex has 2 good size communal pools with grass and shaded areas. Those wanting to use the Burriana Beach facilities there is access to the beach within a few minutes downstairs leading from the Capistrano Playa complex directly to the Burriana beachfront with its promenade, bars, restaurants and a variety of water sports in the Summer months…

A local bus service provides regular access to Nerja town centre and surrounding areas.


Check-in: from 14.00 hrs / Check-out: by 10.00 hrs

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

Pets not allowed

Lots of steps in the complex

Outside Facilities:
Two communal pools, Terrace, Terrace furniture, Street parking, Elevator

Wi-Fi, Air conditioning, Washing machine, TV, iron, Ironing board, Fire extinguisher, First aid kit

Fridge, Freezer, Ceramic hob, Oven, Kettle, Toaster, Dishes and Silverware, Coffee machine,

Shower, bathtub, Hairdryer

2 single beds, 1 sofa bed

Are you interested in this fantastic apartment? If you would like to see more photographs, get more details on facilities, then please visit the main Nerja Beach Holidays website here.

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Cheap Flights to the Costa del Sol – Hotel Deals Costa del Sol

Find Cheapest Flights for the Costa del Sol

Cheap flights and the best deals on hotels and other accommodation on the Costa del Sol? Are there really such things? If they exist, I bet they are hard to find; right?

Well, that depends on how you go about looking for them. Flights and hotel rooms are expensive in the high season, everyone knows that. But, if you follow the hints and tips on this blog, you might get lucky.

In our quest to further help people enjoy a holiday on the Costa del Sol, I have added two search forms. One in the right-hand column of the page, this is to search for hotels and the large form above, for flights.

However; remember, Nerja Beach Holidays has the very best, Costa del Sol holiday villas deals available. Be sure to check out our main website first.

How to use Cheap Flights search form

Ceap flights and cheap hotel rooms Costa del sol

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

This is a pretty simple exercise. Add your location airport (I’ve used Liverpool as an example) and then add your destination airport (I’ve used Malaga, where else?). Then add your departure date, return date and how many passengers.

This will take you to Jetradar website. From here you will see a list of flights and the airlines that are operating them. The currency and language can be changed from the top right of the page (Small flag).

There is bags of information and lots of options, such as direct flights, stop-overs, baggage, flight duration and so on.

Hotel Booking Search

The second tab on the search form is for hotels. Again, its very simple. You add your preferred destination (Add Nerja and you get a drop-down field) your arrival date and departure date. Add the number of people and away you go.

This will take you to the Hotellook website. Again, you can change the language and currency from the flag at the top right hand of the page. You have the options of choosing the top-rated by guests, cheapest, most stars, type of accommodation and lots more. It’s a great little search form and one I hope you will use.

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Low Budget Holidays on the Costa del Sol 2020

Low budget holidays Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol on a budget? Is this possible or just another sales pitch? We’ve all been reeled in at one time or another with the promise of cut-priced hotel deals, cheap flights, last-minute bargains and so on.

To be honest, I’m wary of this type of offer now. Once bitten, twice shy, or so they say. But 0one thing I have come to realise is; there are people who really do know how to get a holiday on a budget. What’ more, they are kind enough to pass on their hints and tips so we can all take advantage of these bargains.

Low budget holidays? How?

Like millions of other people, I have become a great fan of the Money Saving Expert program. I am also a big fan of the show’s website of the same name.

I was trawling the Internet looking for low budget holidays on the Costa del Sol for some friends and I came across an article on the subject written by Megan French on the Money Saving Expert website.

Meghan offers the reader 43 tips on how to have a great holiday on the Costa del Sol and not have to spend all the family savings.

Some of the tips offered to you are pretty much standard but there are also plenty of things you wouldn’t normally consider to help you save money. For example A free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Topics covered are Car Rental, Water Parks, how to get meals for a knockdown price, do’s and don’ts and excellent advice that will save you time, effort and money.

Please take a visit to the Money Saving Expert website, for the sake of ten minutes reading you could save your family a pretty penny whilst getting a great Costa del sol holiday.

If you follow Megan’s advice, and you have had a great holiday on a low budget, let us know and we’ll pass the good news on. If you have any of your own tips, let’s hear them.

Remember; check out our main Nerja Beach Holidays website, we have some excellent bargain villas, apartments and townhouses available.

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top 10 Water Parks on the Costa del Sol

Water Parks on the Costa del Sol

top 10 Water Parks on the Costa del Sol

Tivoli World is one of the top Water Parks on the Costa del Sol

Looking back on childhood holidays, we always remember the sunny days and the sea or other water attractions. Water Parks linger long in the memory and are a source of great happiness. especially for children of any age.

The Costa del Sol has abundant sunshine, warm weather and long days. This makes it the perfect location for a Water Park. Booking your villa, apartment or townhouse close to the beach is the start of a great holiday.

What is a Water Park?

If you have never been to one of the parks, then you are in for a treat. Imagine being in an area that has all sorts of water slides, rubber ring rapids, small pools and large pools as well as tidal pools that emulate the sea.

Add to that a sunbed and an area for relaxing as well as a restaurant and changing area. That is your standard Water Park.

  • Aqualand: Torremolinos. Big family-focused water park with lots of slides, rapids & a surf beach area with a wave machine.
  • Aquavélis: Torre del Mar: This water park is a favourite with tourists and locals alike.
  • Aquatropic Almuñécar: Family fun in this very popular park.
  • Bahia Park: Algeciras. This park is along the Costa del Sol close to Gibraltar
  • Costa Waterpark: Many different locations, including Fuengirola and Benalmadena.
  • Cable Ski and Wakeboard Centre: San Pedro Alcantara
  • Funny Beach: Marbella. A family attraction with 2 go-kart tracks, bumper boats & water sports such as tubing & jet skiing.
  • Holiday Beach Club: Benalmadena. The Beach Club is the main attraction when staying in the Holiday World Resort, with amazing themed outdoor pools, waterslides, superb sports facilities
  • Parque Acuatico Mijas: Mijas. Waterpark with a wave pool, slides & a kids’ play area, also lounge chairs, snack bars & lockers.
  • Tivoli World: Sol Pier is an amusement park located in Benalmádena

Not Just Water Parks

These are some of the great places to visit when on your Costa del Sol vacations. Most hotels, apartments, villas and townhouses have their own pools, both private and communal.

Rather than add a link to each of the Costa del Sol Water Parks, I thought I might just add one.

The Thomas Cook website has a great synopsis on all of these parks. Check out the description of each in this Blog and then take a trip, via Google, to the company websites. You will easily find the best water amusements for you.

Have a great time.

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Aparthotels along the Costa del sol – What is an Aparthotel

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 Aparthotels 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 Aparthotels on the Costa del Sol?

Apart Hotel Costa del Sol

One of my favourite places is the Marinas de Nerja

The top ten Aparthotels 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, Aparthotels 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?

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 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

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

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. Dig 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. There are no surprises I’m afraid. However! (update 28/07/19) in at Nº11 is this very blog you are reading now. That’s not bad for 11 days, hopefully, with a few tweaks, we can topple a few of these top ten companies off the page.

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 holidays on 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.

Lastly (but not least) Check out the main Nerja Beach Holidays website for some fantastic Nerja villas, apàrtments and townhouses at great rates.

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Where to see Flamingos – Fuente de Piedra in Andalucia

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 in Nerja

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

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

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 Costa del Sol

Best Hotels on the Costa del Sol?

Best Hotels Costa del Sol - Top ten 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 Festivals – The Feast of San Juan

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

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.

Here is a list of Real Estate agents in Nerja. Copy and paste into the search bar 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.

Nerja Real Estate Agents

  • villasolrealestate.com
  • nerja-realestate.com
  • spainhouses.net
  • nerjamar.com
  • nerjapropertyshop.com
  • nerjazul.com
  • cginmobiliaria.com
  • inmobiliarianerja.com
  • lual.com
  • nerjacenter.com

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

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.

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

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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