Nerja  è un municipio 16.795 abitanti della provincia di Malaga, sulla Costa del Sol, nella comunità autonoma dell'Andalusia.
Don't be misled by Holiday Brochure descriptions of Nerja as a fishing village. Tourism must now be its main industry. The few fishermen with their boats still to be seen along the beach provide a picturesque scene for visitors and a slim livelihood for local families. Until 10 or 12 years ago the town retained a strong Spanish identity, but during recent years the influx of both northern European visitors and residents has eroded significantly the genuine charm of a truly Spanish working town.
However, compared to many other Costa Del Sol destinations, especially to the west of Malaga, this is still worth a visit. The tourist mix is not exclusively northern European and many Spanish people use this resort for holidays, together with French and Italians.
The town centre itself consists of an older part with white streets partly pedestrianised mainly to the east of the Balcon de Europa , but beyond the 18th century church and the plaza cabana more modern development takes over and the town seems like any other recently developed spanish costa resort.
The Balcon De Europa is a promenade built out onto a natural headland and gives spectacular views of the coast and the mountains inland, where they rise to over 6000 feet. This is the natural focus of the evening walk for both locals and holiday makers and is often the venue for fiestas and events such as the Virgen Del Carmen in July and New Year's Eve.
The absence of high rise developments on the coast, the charm and beauty of the coast line and proximity to many of the white villages, historic cities and a wide choice of accommodation make it an attractive place for perhaps a short , or for some , a week or two.
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Although superficially there appears to be many foriegn owned tourist restaurants, there are a significant number of Spanish owned places to eat. Perhaps the one place that sums up Nerja is on Calle Cristo ( known as Post Office Street ) where amidst the bustle of shops and restaurants is a typical Spanish marisqueria ( Fish and shellfish tapas/restaurant ), El Pulgilla. The clientele is perhaps 90% spanish with the occasional adventurous holidaymaker, the drinks are cheap, the tapas are free and the seafood is excellent. Above all the noise level is high while 10 feet across the street British holidaymakers enjoy "real" fish and chips, John Smiths Bitter and "Coronation street" in the Coach and Horses.
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