Size: 84.4 Km?
Population: 16,500
Residents known as: Nerje?os
Monuments: Church of El Salvador, hermitage of Las Angustias, Aqueduct of El Aguila, Rapto de Europa (a statue), Barco de Chanquete (a boat), El Quijote ? Castellano language, Nerja Caves.
Geographical situation: 50 kms. from Malaga, 60 from the airport on the Autov?a del Mediterr?neo or the N-340, and 100 kms from Granada.
Tourist information: Tourist Office, Puerta del Mar, 4.
Phone: 952 521 531.

Nerja is the easternmost municipality in the province of Malaga, lying between the foothills of the Sierra Almijara and the coast. There are two main areas of population: the town of Nerja itself and the little hamlet of Maro. At the entrance to the town of Nerja from the western end, on the N-340 main road, there stands a sculpture by Aurelio Teno known as the Rapto de Europa (the abduction of Europe), which was set up to commemorate Spain?s entry into the European Community in January 1986. At the southern tip of the town a famous promontory, known as the Balc?n de Europa, hangs over the sea. It was built on the spot occupied by the Guards? Tower in Moorish times and constituted the starting point for present-day Nerja, which began to develop as a settlement about 500 years ago, in the reign of Queen Juana la Loca (Joan the Mad). This was after the last Moors, who lived at the Castillo Alto farmstead in Naricha (the old name for Nerja), about two kilometres up the Frigiliana road, had finally left.
One of the main historical buildings in the town is the Church of El Salvador, built at the end of the seventeenth century (1697) on the site of the old castle chapel. Enlarged in 1770, it now houses a magnificent mural of the Incarnation on a Nerja beach by one of the great masters of new European painting, Francisco Hern?ndez, and a bronze Christ, like the statue at the entrance to the town, by sculptor Aurelio Teno. The original atmosphere of an Andalusian Mediterranean village is preserved in the streets in the old part of the town. Another attractive feature is the Verano Azul (blue summer) Park - named after a TV series filmed here, which brought fame to the area - and the boat, El Dorado, belonging to the main character, "Chanquete". The River Miel flows out into the sea in this area, with an old paper mill standing near the mouth. It was built at the end of the eighteenth century by Manuel Centuri?n Guerrero de Torres, who was Governor General of the overseas province of Guayana in the reign of King Charles III. On the road between Nerja and Maro you will pass by a beautiful piece of engineering work, erected at the end of the nineteenth century. This is an aqueduct that was used to transport water from a spring in Maro to the San Joaqu?n de Maro sugar factory.

Marisquer?a El Pulguilla. Specialising in fried fish and seafood. C/Bolivia, 1. Tel: 952 521 384.
Marisquer?a El Chispa. Specialising in fried fish and seafood. C/San Pedro, 26. Tel: 952 523 697.
Cueva de Nerja. Buffet and gastronomic delights. Nerja Caves. Tel: 952 529 600.
Hotel Villa Flamenca. International cuisine. Avda. Andaluc?a, 1. Tel: 952 523 200.
El Barrio. Traditional cooking. C/El Barrio, 45. Tel: 952 524 646.
El Colono. Flamenco and a la carte menu. C/Granada, 6. Tel: 952 521 826.
Haveli. Indian cuisine. C/Almirante Ferr?ndiz, 44. Tel: 952 524 297.
Pizzer?a La Strada. Italian cuisine. C/Chaparil, 5 Edf. Tesoros. Tel: 952 523 088.
Poseid?n. Greek cuisine. C/Gloria, 11. Tel: 952 526 735.
Mes?n Pata Negra. Fish and meats. Plaza de la Marina. Tel: 952 520 222.
Mes?n Gallego M?ximo. Home cooking. C/Manuel Mar?n, 12. Tel: 952 524 130.
Casa Luque. Creative cuisine. Plaza Cavana, 2. Tel: 952 521 004.
Restaurante La Marea. Specialising in all types of fish. Plaza Cantarero, 9. Tel: 952 525 778.

Hotel Al Andalus. Situated 4 kilometres from Nerja. Tel: 952 529 648.
Hotel Balc?n de Europa( 4*). Paseo Balc?n de Europa, 1. Tel: 952 520 800 Fax 952 524 490.
Hotel M?nica( 4*). Plaza de la Torrecilla, s/n. Tel: 952 521 100 Fax 952 521 162.
Parador de Turismo (4*). C/Almu??car, 8. Tel: 952 520 050 Fax 952 521 997.
Hotel Jimesol (3*). C/Chaparil,6. Tel/Fax: 952 525 888.
Hotel Jos? Cruz (3*). Playa de Burriana, C/Lucena, 60. Tel.952 524 446 Fax 952 526 829.
Hotel Chaparil (2*). Plaza Chaparil, 1. Tel: 952 524 708 Fax 952 524 745.
Hostal Casa Manuel. C/Almirante Ferrandiz, 117. Tel: 952 525 958.
Hostal-Cafeter?a-Restaurante Marissal. Balc?n de Europa, 3. Tel: 952 520 199. Nerja.
Camping Nerja. Ctra. N-340, Km. 297. Maro.Tel: 952 529 714. Fax 952 529 696.


The fair, a great tradition in the town ever since 1804, is held in honour of the patron saint, Nuestra Se?ora de Angustias, between October 8th and 12th. Tourists, foreign residents and the local people all mingle at this event. The romer?a (semi-secular, semi-religious parade) for the feast of St Isidore the farm hand is held around May 15th and is one of the most eye-catching of all the local ones. It starts out from the Balc?n de Europa and ends outside the cave, where a big country party is held attended by up to 10,000 people. There are many more special festivities but one that must be mentioned is the carnival. Lasting five days in February, it is one of the best on the Costa del Sol The maritime procession in honour of the Virgen del Carmen is on July 16th. The festival of Maro in honour of San Ant?n is a century-old tradition, and in September there is the festival of the patron saint, Nuestra Se?ora de las Maravillas, where the townspeople congregate beside their Virgen de las Maravillas.

Nerja has its own traditional cuisine with many delicious, attractive dishes: fish and noodle broths, fried pumpkin with sardines, rice with consomm? and cockles, avocado salad, kid in tomato sauce, octopus in tomato sauce, salt cod cakes with parsley and many more. A traditional local dessert is yams with cane syrup, while the wines from the hills are both sweet and dry.

MARO AND THE CLIFFS
Maro, forming part of the municipality of Nerja, has some beautiful cliffs reaching almost to the province of Granada. Its origins go back to Roman times, when Detunda, as it was known in those days, lay between the nearby Roman towns of Sexi (present-day Almu??car) and Clavicum (present-day Torrox), beside the Roman road from C?stulo (which was near present-day Linares in the province of Ja?n) to Malaca (Malaga). Maro?s little church is typical of those found in Mediterranean villages. At present, the cliffs of Maro are a very popular route to the beaches, one of which has a chiringuito (beach bar) and which can be reached by car. The other beaches are for the more adventurous types, and have to be reached on foot by signed pathways. Nudism is permitted on some of them but camping is prohibited.
 
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