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Villa in Nerja
Cortijo Laurel
sleep Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms
Cozy villa in the countryside of Andalucia near Nerja overlooking the white Moorish village of Frigiliana and the Mediterranean Sea
Amenity: Pet Friendly, Views, Wood Fireplace
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EUR 55 – 65
Per Night
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Nerja Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Nerja Andalucia


Nerja Geography

Nerja represents a municipality in the Costa del Sol part of Spain. This is a part of the province Malaga which on the other hand is a part of the autonomous community Andalusia, in the south of Spain. This municipality belongs to the comarca La Axarquia and is overlooking the Mediterranean coast, approximately 50 km of Malaga. The nearby regions are less known, the Costa de la Luz and Costa Tropical. This area was formerly known for having many fishing settlements and now is a famous tourist destination.

The town of Nerja is located along the southern coast of Spain in the Andalucia region. It sits on a rocky cliff that drops down to the Mediterranean Sea and a sandy beach. In the background the rugged and arid mountains of the Sierra de Almijarra range rise up starkly against the sky. The town is quaint and once was a fishing village but these days the main industry is tourism. The beaches of Nerja are comprised of small coves that weave in and out of the cliffs and lined with cafes and bars.

Nerja History and Culture

In 711, after the Guadalete battle, the Muslim people started ruling the Axarquia regions. From this year on are recorded first importan historic notes on Nerja. The Muslims called it Narixa or ‘abundant spring’ due to the gorgeous nature. This area was known as wealthy and important since it produced textiles and fabrics and improved the local economy. At this period, 13.000 people were employed.

Then the Catholic Kings arrived in 1487 to conquer Malaga and brought many changes here. Nerja still had Muslims, but the Jewish and Christian people were also a substantial number. It was like this until new rulers came and forced all non-Christians to convert to Christians or be forced to leave this area. A lot of Muslims were obligated to move and switch between homes for generations – this made Nerja less populated than before in the 16th century. Due to this, many people of the north of Spain came to live in Nerja and the population started growing again. So, this time there was a mix of people from many regions; Asturian, Valencian, Galician among the rest. But, the Moors still had their influence and the Islamic threats were still an issue. It was so concerning, that all locals even obtained weapons and many canons were placed in Torre de los Guardas (present Balcon de Europa).

Then in 1567, the Moors had their battle of rebellion and this was in fact the last Islamic battle near Competa and Nerja. After this, Nerja grew and life became a bit better, but there was another threat – pirates and their raids, therefore defensive towers and forts were built. Their purpose was spotting the pirates early.

The first sugar factory of Spain was built right next to Nerja and in 1697 was finished the church El Salvador on the Balcon de Europa. After this, the chapel Ermita de las Anguistas was finished in 1720.

In the 19th century many political changes occurred and Nerja kept on growing with more buildings and improvements. All streets were paved and many objects were extended. Agriculture improved too. During this period, roads were built, so Nerja was better connected to Almeria and Malaga. At this time, it has 8000 people. At the end of 19th century, Nerja had a turbulent period again when there was the Spanish Independence rage period. Napoleon faced the Spanish and English allies and this destroyed La Torrecilla and Nerja Castle.

During 1884, Nerja was hit by an earthquake hat made serious damages to this town. Sadly, there were more misfortunes for Nerja. Agriculture underwent big changes with insect plagues, droughts, also population emigrated to the parts of South America and the overall number decreased again.

The dictator Miguel Primo de Rivera started ruling in 1923, so more stability was noted in Nerja. Overall life was better, until the Spanish Civil War started

The food of Nerja is as tasty as other cuisines across Spain and its parts. The famous ‘gazpacho’ is the cold tomato soup, served with bread and hard-boiled egg in chunks. This soup is seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper, onion, dry tomato and even cucumber, then some olive oil, salt and vinegar. The ‘pescaito frito’ is a dish of fried fish mix (dogfish, anchovies, sardines) with salt and olive oil, in the end drizzled with lemon juice. Then the ‘ajo blanco’ is an appetizer with white garlic and is basically a soup like gazpacho, only white! It has crushed almonds, olive oil, water, salt, vinegar and sometimes is served with melon chunk in the middle. The ‘arroz con leche’ is a rice pudding with milk and sugar, canela, cinnamon and is delicious. The ‘gambas al pil-pil’ are prawns with sauce, garlic, paprika, white wine and chilly.