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Nerja in May

Went with KB, the Small Person & no. 1 Mum, to Nerja at end of May for a weeks break and to celebrate my birthday. (Well, you do have to compensate for getting older)!

Nerja is East of Malaga on the Costa Del Sol and although there seem to be an ever increasing number of Brits that have taken a shine to the place, it is a somewhat quiter resort compared to the west side...Nerja is a working Spanish town as well as a resort and although it is laid back, it has international restaurants of every kind without spoiling the Spanish feel of the place too much. It has also manage to avoid being blighted by the concrete high-rise scenario of some other popular resorts, although there does seem to be a never-ending building of apartment blocks and villas. The old quarter of the town is still virtually unchanged with narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses with wrought iron terraces overflowing with geraniums. There is a happy, relaxed feel to the town.

May is a lovely time to go to Nerja, not too crowded, lively enough yet relaxed and we had perfect weather during our last visit there at that time.

We have made several different trips to Nerja, at different times of the year and have found it to be a warm, friendly place, popular with all Europeans. The best time to visit, is spring and autumn, when it is not too crowded. It is also a good base from which to explore other areas in the region.

By the way - According to a family member, from the Netherlands, the word 'Nerja' is a rude one in Dutch, so don't be suprised if Dutch people burst out laughing if you say the name of the place ; )

Edit - returned back to Nerja for a day trip Aug 06, I'm amazed at how English it has become, still relaxed and pleasant though...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely place to visit in May/June, convenient for a short break
  • Cons:Avoid in July/August. Too many English people!
  • In a nutshell:Pleasant, laid back Spanish beach town out of season
  • Last visit to Nerja: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Aug 12, 2009 at 5:47 AM

    I used www.nerjataxis.net and paid 69 euros. Great service and nice people.

  • May 9, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    "Elf and Saftey" Brigade would condem this place. Tourist trap, awful food, Gravel floor, filthy looking chef. Rip off for a beach hut. Go there at your peril, but remember You have been warned

  • Apr 23, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Loads of run of the mill tapas bars in Nerja and some are very good if you go into the back streets, but if you want "top of the range tapas! this is THE place, Pork cheeks are exquisite!!

  • Dec 15, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Enjoyed your Nerja tips. Going next year for a school reunion.

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    Nov 27, 2005 at 7:27 PM

    Great info and pics on Nerja. I am trying to find a place to base out of to explore Andalucia and this may be it. Thanks, Karl

  • tango_jd's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2005 at 1:33 AM

    We are off to Nerja on 8th Sept and have enjoyed your pages of comments and the photos. Good luck with the music!

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2005 at 4:26 PM

    Great page you have here! Sounds like a festive town with nice beach and food. Very helpful information and photos. thank you :o)

  • belgianchocolate's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2005 at 11:07 AM

    A very nice page...I'll keep the donkey refuge in mind when I'm in the neighbourhood. Great tip. frank.

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2005 at 10:03 AM

    New Years Eve sounds great there, ideal if you have children too. El Acueducto del Aguila is very impressive, Nerja beach looks nice, the sea was a gorgeous colour! Interesting tips, thanks (~_~)

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    Feb 10, 2005 at 5:07 AM

    I know many expats like that :(( At least not the one at home now LOL. Nerja is very special to me :-)


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