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With stunning beaches, charming old town streets and 40,000-year-old caves, Nerja has always been popular with those in the know.

Now the Axarquia jewel has been officially recognised as Spain’s most charming seaside town.

International tourism website Hotel Info invited 16,000 voters to choose between 27 finalists.

With an impressive 5,173 votes, Nerja bagged almost one third of the total cast.

The landslide victory followed a town hall campaign which saw Nerja pitted against towns including Altea, Benicarlo, Cudillero, Mojacar, Ribadeo, Rota, Tossa de Maro and San Javier.

“We want to say thank you for your support to the thousands of internet users who voted and to the public bodies, our town has won and we must celebrate,” said PSOE tourism councillor Patricia Gutierrez.

In second place was Ortigueira in Galicia, with 4,016 votes, and Rota in Cadiz province which scooped 2,119.

Source: The Olive Press

A new mini-train for tourists will connect Nerja caves with the town's historic centre.

The scenic route will also feature a stop at the small fishing village of Maro with the aim of boosting trade there, as well as at Verano Azul park.

The announcement was made after an agreement between the president of Nerja caves, Jorge Hernandez Molar, and Nerja mayor Jose Alberto Armijo.

An audio guide offering information about the various places and monuments passed on the journey will be included.

 

Source: The Olive Press

The mayor of Nerja, Jose Armjo, has announced a total of €1,019,000 has been put aside for improvements to the town’s beach area.

The Ministry of Environment have fronted €800,000 to regenerate El Playazo and perform actions related to adaptation to climate change and regeneration of the beach.

While Malaga Council have provided €219,000 for the construction of two bridges over the rio Chillar and the rio Seco near El Playazo.

NERJA continues to be one of the most requested settings for TV productions and this time it was an Estonian channel that chose the town.

A team from National Estonian Television (ETV) visited Nerja to shoot a tourism programme titled Reisile Minuga (Travel with Me), a weekly production featuring Nerja and other Andalucian towns.

The show is broadcasted on Saturdays at peak viewing time and this particular episode will be released in February.

The programme is not only broadcast in Estonia but also in countries such as Finland and Russia, and attracts a high audience share of more than 20 per cent.

It is hosted by Ivo Linna, a very popular Estonian singer who represented his country at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1996 together with Maaria-Liis Ilus, with a song titled ‘Kaelakee hääl’.

The visiting team have recorded scenes at Nerja’s beaches, Europe’s Balcony, the town’s historic centre and the Nerja Caves.

Mr Linna commented that Nerja is one of the most ‘camera-friendly’ towns, with international directors such as Ken Loach and Doris Dörrie chosing it as the setting for films.

He also reminded viewers of the movie Fathom, featuring Raquel Welch and directed by Leslie H Martinson, which was shot in the 60s near the town’s Playa de Calahonda.

Source: euroweeklynews

The Nerja Caves Foundation has launched a new free app, available for Android and iOS, which provides all sorts of information, in four languages, for visitors to the Caves and the Nerja History Museum.

Users can choose between Spanish, English, French and German and there is information about tickets, times, facilities, cultural heritage, links to online tickets, a locator, descriptions of various areas in the Caves, data about the Museum and more.

The app is titled Cave of Nerja in the Google Play Store.

The Foundation has also set up a free WiFi zone around the plaza de los Descubridores at the entrance to the Caves.

 

source: Nerjatoday.com

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