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City Sightseeing, the open-top bus tour company which operates in cities such as Malaga and Seville in Andalucía, as well as major cities around the world, inaugurated a sightseeing train in Nerja in December.

Nerja is the eighth Andalusian destination for the multinational company and the sixteenth in the whole of Spain. While the company usually uses open-top red buses in large cities, it has opted for a road train for its latest project.

The full tour, which lasts 45 minutes, takes in Plaza de España, the Nerja museum, the Balcón de Europa and the old town centre. It starts from Calle Diputación and operates between 11am and 4pm.


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

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