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Nerja / Good walks around Nerja
« Last post by granadaexpert on February 06, 2011, 02:20:32 PM »
I have just discovered a good site for converting a gps trail into a google route map with info.

This is an excellent walk starting off from Maro.  You can park in the car park or in the parking spaces next to the solar power shop. First of all go under the motorway and then start climbing up. The path follows the dried river bed for the first part of the walk.  After a while you have to turn off the river bed and take a path to the right. This turn is marked with a lot of stones placed across the path. After the turn the walk the gets quite steep for a while.  There is an abandoned house at the top with great views. The threshing circle is a good place to have sandwiches. The rest of the walk is a pleasant downhill stroll.  At the bottom you get to the Cueves de Nerja (which is an underground cave labyrinth open to the public) To get back to Maro you can take the footbridge across the mortorway. Go through the car park of the caves and you will find the bridge. After the walk there is a pleasant bar to have a drink opposite the ruined church.

Click here to see map and other info.

Miscellaneous / Re: National Andalucia Day
« Last post by John on January 31, 2011, 03:04:21 AM »
The Día de Andalucía ("Day of Andalusia" or "Andalusia Day") is celebrated February 28 and commemorates the February 28, 1980 referendum on the Statute of Autonomy of Andalusia, in which the Andalusian electorate voted for the statute that made Andalusia an autonomous community of Spain.

In some cities, especially in the Malaga area, schools are closed for a Semana Cultural ("cultural week"), also known as Semana Blanca.

Don't expect discount prices in hotels around the 28th because there is high demand. In January and February there are currently very low prices in Hotels but not on this weekend.
Miscellaneous / National Andalucia Day
« Last post by Izzy on January 30, 2011, 02:55:01 PM »
I'll be in Granada from 24th Feb. up to beginning of March. I heard that the 28th Feb. is the National Andalucia Day. Has anybody heard if there are any fiestas or commemorations during this day? I ask because the hotel wants to charge me more for certain days in February. Is this correct? Thanks
Accommodation / Re: Backpackers Hostal in Granada
« Last post by granadaexpert on January 16, 2011, 06:46:17 AM »
Backpackers Hostels offer dormitory accomodation with a locker to put your possessions.
They normaly have a comunal kitchen which you can use to cook your own food.
They usually have free wifi, most of the guests are under 25.
The price is normally around 17 euros per person per night.

Here are the main ones in Granada

Oasis backpackers hostel in Granada center

Makuto Guest House Granada

White Nest Hostel Granada

Funky Backpackers Hostel - Granada
Seems to have very bad reviews and I can't find its own website.


There is a list of cheap hostals and pensiones here
Click here for Cheap hostals and pensiones in Granada/url]

Accommodation / Backpackers Hostal in Granada
« Last post by charlotte on January 16, 2011, 06:07:17 AM »
I'm looking for a hostel to stay in  Granada and the White Nest which was recommended by a friend is fully booked.
Are there any others that are still nice and around the 17 Euros?

Almuñecar / How to pronounce Almuñécar
« Last post by granadaexpert on January 11, 2011, 04:37:09 AM »
If you don't know any Spanish you probably don't know how to pronounce Almuñécar

Try saying it like this:

Al - moon - yeck - ahh (with the stress on yeck)

Some notes:

The Spanish ñ is pronpounced like the first  n in the English onion
This is not especially difficult for native English speakers.

You probably already know words like:
Mañana - Tomorrow.
Feliz año nueva - Happy new year.

What is the origin of the name Almuñécar?

Muñeca means doll  or wrist but that is not the origin.

It comes from "Hins-al-Monacar" which means surrounded by mountains in Arabic.

(Almuñécar was ruled by the Arabs between 755 and 1492)

Previous to the Arabs the Roman name for Almuñécar was Sexi.

The inhabitants of Almuñécar are still known as sexitanos.

So the English name  for Almuñécar could be Sexytown!!

I am digressing:

The other thing you will see in Almuñécar is the accented é.

This tells us that the word has an irregular syllable stress.
(RULE - Spanish Words ending in a consonant (not including n and s) are stressed on the final syllable)

If Almuñécar did not have the accented é the accent would be on the final syllable
and it would be pronounced

Al - moon - ye - car (with the stress on car)

If you are interested in how the accents are used in Spanish there is a good explanation here.

This page has more info on Spanish pronunciation.

Almuñecar / Re: Almuñecar - Semana Santa and more Parking questions
« Last post by granadagirl on January 11, 2011, 03:59:38 AM »
I'm not sure about the Friday market  and whether it will be held on the Friday
but most shops will be closed on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Restaurants and bars will be open as usual.

In the last year or so, lots more blue parking areas have been added and the streets
in the centre of Almuñécar are now almost all blue parking areas controlled by the
parking meters. The photos on google earth/street view were taken in August 2008
and so are not that up-to-date.  The area where the Friday market still has free parking
(except when the market is held) and so do the areas around
the sports pavillion. When you pass through Almuñecar there is a sort of tree lined boulevard
with an arc de triunf at the end, all that area has free parking.
Almuñecar / Almuñecar - Semana Santa and more Parking questions
« Last post by canucknorth on January 08, 2011, 01:04:17 PM »
A couple of questions.  

1) We will be in Almunecar during Easter week this April - and are not familiar with local practices.  Can anyone give us an idea re: what services will be available that week?  For instance, will stores be closed -- or have reduced hours, etc.?  Will the Friday market take place that week?  We assume that most restaurants will be open?

2)  A little more detail regarding parking.  I read the thread related to the blue-marked parking areas in town and I understand these are pay parking areas -- and that there is an area of free parking at the entrance to town.  On Google street view, it appears that there are some white-marked areas (also with blue P signs) on (for instance) lower Avenida de Europa.  Would those white-marked areas be "free" parking?
Nerja / Re: How to pronounce Nerja
« Last post by granadaexpert on January 02, 2011, 06:35:55 AM »
You are correct.

The Spanish J is pronounced a bit like an H.

Tecnically speaking it is a voiceless velar fricative and only exists in English in the word loch said with a Scottish accent.

Voiceless means the larynx is not vibrating.
Velar refers to the back of the mouth, almost in the throat.
Fricative means a sound made by vibrarions due to air being forced through a small space.

For an English speaker this may be a bit dificult to do perfectly and in the case of pronouncing Nerja
you may find it easier to say it with a K saying Nerka.

If you say Nerja with a K Spanish people will understand you but it is still not quite right.

To say it correctly you have to say Nair - ha not Nair - ka

Spanish pronunciation is not that difficult but unless you are a native speaker you will always sound like a "guirri"

(a "guirri" is the Spanish slang word for a foreigner. It is only very mildly offensive)

To learn Spanish pronunciation it is best to  have a look at a prounciation guide which has real sounds

There is one here.
Nerja / How to pronounce Nerja
« Last post by Ashley on January 02, 2011, 06:34:56 AM »

I think that the j in Nerja should be pronounced like an H.

My mother in law from Birmingham inists on calling it Nurjja with a j and she says stuff like.

Weer guuin te nurja fu u olodiz

Thairs a groit noit loif in nurja

Can anyone independently confirm that Spanish Js are pronounced like an H.

My mother in law has such a strong accent  that people find it difficult to understand her.

If you are in Nerja and someone says to you.

Wadda yow dowin in Nurja? Ye on ye olodiz ier ar yow?

It is probably my mother in law.
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