Plaza Andalucia has a statue of Blas Infante an Andalucian politician, writer, historian and musicologist, known as the father of Andalucian nationalism who was murdered by Franco’s forces during the Spanish civil war.

Blas Infante was born in July 1885 in Casares, Málaga. He studied law in university and graduated from Granada University, becoming a licensed notary in 1909 aged 25. He published a book in 1915 in which he put forward his ideas as to how to solve Andalucia’s problems. Later he proposed that Andalucia use its old green and white flag again and in 1933 wrote the words for Andalucia’s hymn. Three years later in 1936 he was chosen as President of Honour for the future Andalucian Junta, due to be approved by a referendum in September, but on the 18th of July a rebellion by Spain’s military marked the start of the Spanish civil war.

He was detained by the military in August 1936 and shot without trial just outside Sevilla.

In 1983 in a newly democratic Spain, the Andalucian Parliament aproved unanimously the preamble for the Andalucian constitution, which recognised Blas Infante as the Padre de la Patria Andaluza (Father of Andalucia).

Nerja’s statue to Blas Infante was installed in Plaza Andalucia in 1989 and the square was remodelled in 2010.

Plaza Andalucia is a small square well off the tourist track, in a residential area known as La Barriada de las Protegidas between Calle Los Huertos and the main road (see map below).

The square hosts local events in the summer and winter months. Unlike most of the other squares in Nerja, there are no cafes or restaurants on the square itself, although there are a number of small local bars in the adjoining streets, very popular with locals and a few intrepid tourists who make it this far into the heart of the real Nerja town.

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