Balcón de Europa, Nerja

Shades of August on the Balcón de Europa, Nerja, on Sunday with a veritable throng of humanity milling around. Holy Communion services resulted in large crowds around the iglesia El Salvador and these were augmented by a number of large tour groups visiting the town.

Balcón de Europa, Nerja

Balcón de Europa, Nerja

I remember a few years ago watching one of the tour groups, a full coach party, arrive and head off into town. The guide had the customary flag on a stick so none of his group would get lost. I then saw him a few hours later marching purposefully back to the coach park, his flag aloft and fluttering in the breeze. However, there was no-one behind him.

He had somehow managed to lose his entire party, presumably not turning his head periodically to make sure everyone was still in tow.

Balcón de Europa, Nerja

Balcón de Europa, Nerja

Balcón de Europa, Nerja

At that time, the coach parties used to frequent a bar close to the coach park in Parque Verano Azul, and I remember thinking that must be good business for the owner. Not long thereafter, a sign appeared on on the door of the bar saying ‘no coach parties’.

I asked the owner why he was turning away such a potentially lucrative source of income and he just rolled his eyes before explaining the reality of the situation. Apparently, the general procedure was that the first person entering would go to the bar and order something like a bottle of water while the rest, up to around 40 people, would just troop in and out to the loo without as much as a ‘thank you’.

Balcón de Europa, Nerja

Balcón de Europa, Nerja

Balcón de Europa, Nerja

Larios, owners of much of the land around Nerja, are reportedly in talks with the local Council to try and have some of their land reclassified as ‘suitable for building’ in order to construct 680 houses and some hotels with an 18-hole golf course attached. This would be in the area around the old sugar mill on the way to Maro.

Plaza Cavana, Nerja

Plaza Cavana, Nerja

Several musical acys on the Balcón de Europa, including an a capella group.

Balcón de Europa, Nerja

Balcón de Europa, Nerja

Balcón de Europa, Nerja

I wonder if they have a favourite colour?

Nerja

Balcón de Europa, Nerja