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Life & Holidays In Nerja During The Pandemic

Latest News Thursday 27th of August 2020

Torrecilla beach in August at full capacity

Updated October 2020

Life in Nerja carries on pretty much as normal, as summer comes to an end – the beaches are all open, the bars and restaurants are all busy and tourists are still coming, albeit with far fewer foreign visitors than normal.

The government and local council have put in place various measures in an effort to keep people safe, which by and large seem to have worked.

Andalucia continues, as it did during the original crisis, with low infection rates compared to the rest of the country, with only two other mainland regions doing better (Extramadura and Asturias). Andalucia is one of the largest regions in Spain, with a large spread out population, helping so far to keep the expansion of the disease in check, but numbers have been rising over the summer weeks.

Health is the responsibility of the individual autonomous communities (regions) in Spain, so the regions have taken their own measures at different times, with different results. The main safety measures imposed in Nerja by the council and the regional government are as follows:-

– the use of masks is now obligatory in all places open to the public. Once you are seated at a bar or restaurant or are lying on your towel on the beach, you can take the mask off. Masks are not required when jogging, cycling or in the sea (or walking from your towel to the sea), but you have to wear them when hiking and walking. In general the rule is well respected, but if you don’t want to wear a mask, please don’t come to Nerja.

 – every beach now has its total capacity (aforo) marked on a sign, to ensure each group can keep a mininum of 2 metres distance from their neighbours. The beaches are patrolled by “Playas Seguras” wardens who ensure the safety rules are being followed. When the “Safe Beaches” wardens estimate that the beach can no longer accommodate more people, the local police close the accesses, only allowing people in when others have left. The system works well and as a result sunbathers are not packed in like sardines as in previous summers and can use the beach in safety. The council now closes the beaches at 9.30pm, to prevent groups of predominantly young people holding “botellones” drinking parties.

 – the majority of bars and restaurants are now open, operating almost as normal. Tables and chairs are sprayed with disinfectant between guests, hand gel is provided and menus have been replaced by disposable printed sheets or electronic versions you can download on your phone. Nightclubs and late night drinking bars have all been shut permanently, other bars have to close by 1am (and may not admit new customers after midnight).

– all water based sports activities are operating as normal, with boating kayaking, stand up paddling, parascending and pedalos all as busy as usual. The Rio Chillar walk has been closed, to avoid the large number of people who normally crowd it during the summer months, but the Rio Higueron is open.

 – Smoking is no longer permitted in public if you can not maintain a distance of 2m from other people. As such many establishments have banned smoking from their terraces. This rule appears to be well respected.

 – most of the hotels in Nerja have now closed (autumn), but apartments and villas are open as normal. There are strict rules on cleaning and disinfecting that all such establishments have to follow, to ensure visitors have a safe overnight stay.

 – all the supermarkets are open as normal, as are the majority of small shops. Masks are required to be worn and disinfectant hand gel is provided at the entrances.

 – people are not restricted in where they can travel and can freely visit other parts of Andalucia or Spain (with restrictions in individual towns or areas with very high infection rates). There are regular flights into Malaga Airport, although with less frequency than before.

– Groups are limited to 10 people maximum (so larger groups will need to have separate seating in restaurants etc)

Now that we are heading into autumn, visitor numbers are dropping off and the town is much quieter than in normal years, but the popular bars and restaurants still have plenty of customers – the town by no means feels “dead”.

Nationally the goverment have put in place new measures for areas with high infection rates (500 per 100,000 over 14 days), closing bars at 10pm, reducing groups to 6 and restricting movement. Nerja and the surrounding areas are well below this rate.

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Nerja’s month long 7th Ruta de la Tapa 2019 has finally come to an end, with 24 establishments taking part. Each bar or restaurant offered a small beer and a special tapa for just €1.80. As...Read More »

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