The Belfast Telegraph newspaper published a double paged spread about Nerja in its Sunday Life edition yesterday. The article was written by County Antrim resident Brian McCalden (pictured inset) who, in his own words “explored the road less travelled” and visited Nerja with his wife in October, in time for the Feria. They enjoyed their visit so much that Brian, a professional journalist, wrote a short account of their stay here for the Northern Irish paper, which is read by nearly 175,000 people daily.

They stayed in a privately rented apartment at the bottom of Castilla Perez (near to Torrecilla Beach) and were lucky enough to enjoy not only the Feria, but the superb late summer weather that we had at that time.

During their stay they also visited the National Park at Los Acantilados de Maro where “Cantarrijan Playa, offers exceptionally clear sea overflowing with ‘protected’ fish, that even take bread from bathers’ hands.” and nearby La Herradura “It is even more laid back, with almost 100% Spanish clientèle with Playa de la Herradura running the length of the picturesque town, with one really authentic restaurant right on the beach – El Chambao de Joaquin.”

And Brian’s verdict on Nerja itself?

“Old town Nerja is a lovely place for a wander, its winding streets and whitewashed houses little changed over hundreds of years. The Balcón is also the town’s main plaza with panoramic views over the Mediterranean and Calahonda beach – where the fishermens’ boats lie. Itself part of a series of small, sandy coves, this means holidaymakers can even choose a ‘private beach’ almost to themselves.

Nerja is indeed a place apart, an experience not to be missed”

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