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  1. Hello Marianne,
    What a wonderful blog you have – I just found it. I am planning a trip to Spain next month to Nerja. Nerja was recommended to me as an area where there is a large community of British and American expats, since I am not fluent in Spanish. I am wondering though about the best way to get there from the airport. I would normally take a bus, but with my luggage am not sure I want to do that. The information I have found for taxis is that the fare would be about $100 USD each way. I am hesitant to hire a car since I am unfamiliar with the country and the roads. Do you have any recommendations? Any reply would be most appreciated. Gracias!

    • Hi Deborah

      I wrote a blog post about travelling on public transport to and from the airport, which you might find useful, and you can find here: https://eastofmalaga.net/2014/07/28/direct-bus-service-from-the-axarquia-to-malaga-airport/

      I can understand you thinking of getting a taxi though, with your luggage, but I’m afraid I don’t know of a specific taxi firm as I never travel by taxi. I have seen some taxis advertised in Nerja for the airport run which, if I remember correctly, seemed pretty expensive to me … maybe 60-70 euros for a one-way trip – but I could be wrong.

      I belong to a group of expats on Facebook, so I’ll ask in there and get back to you if I get any further information.

      Yes, there are plenty of English-speaking expats in Nerja – I’m sure you will have fun! How long are you staying for?

      • Hello Marianne,
        Thank you for this information. I have also received your post with the Facebook replies regarding airport transfers. Thank you for that too. It looks like they are all about the same price, which I agree is a bit pricey, but I will investigate further. I thought I might also ask at whatever hotel I book with, sometimes they will make the arrangements. Normally I am great with public transportation and that is one reason I enjoy visiting Mexico (spent two winters there) – they have great bus service. But as mentioned previously, I am not sure I want to do the bus with my luggage as I have been traveling now for a couple of months and have more than I need for just a few weeks. I am hoping to stay in Spain for at least two weeks, maybe longer. I like to book one way tickets as long as they are not outrageously expensive, so if I am having a really good time, I can plan my travels as I go. I am currently in South Africa and will be moving from the Garden Route up to the Johannesburg area for a few weeks. My 90 day tourist Visa expires the middle of February and it is then that I am planning on a trip to Spain. I am looking around for a place to retire – having been retired now for a couple of years and want to permanently leave the U.S.
        I did read your blog about the buses and trains in Spain and thank you for that information. And in my spare time here my little apartment in Sedgefield, South Africa, I am back to studying Spanish so I will be able to communicate just a little bit!
        I saw another post in your blog from some people looking to rent a reasonably priced apartment – I did not see that you had replied but then I am not an expert at navigating blogs. If you did reply to that, could you point me in that direction on your blog.
        Once again, thank you for all your help!

    • Hi again, Deborah

      Further to my previous message – here are the replies I got to my enquiry about taxis to Nerja.
      Good luck 🙂

      If you speak to Pepe at Lessaggro he does airport transfers and if he can’t, he tell you of another source. Calle los Huertos, 0034 952 52 46 99

      Nexo Transfers – Manolo is great and speaks English, 65 euros and very reliable. https://plus.google.com/107546519325884522983/about?gl=es&hl=en

      http://nerjataxis.net Book online, in advance and in English.

      Jaime Tours http://www.taxiairporttonerja.com 65-70 euros Website in English – book online.

      There is a British taxi company who charge from €70 to and from Malaga and they use a people carrier. Their telephone number is 0034 615 763 349

      Try The Transport People http://www.transferpeople.com – we use them all the time. for airport runs, and for local trips to Algarrobo we would not use any one else.

  2. A breath of warm, sunshine-y air from Spain. So good for my soul! May the New Year be filled with good things for you!

  3. Merry Christmas Marianne, we have been wanting to come to Spain and rent a place for many years. That time is now approaching as the time is right to do it but there are a couple of things we are a bit hesitant about. 1) we have 2 small dogs and are wondering how to get them over to Spain from the UK without leaving them at all during travel as our little boy Bichon Frise suffers from anxiety when not with me. 2) where do we start to look at renting a small villa or ground floor flat from a Spanish landlord (as we have a friend in Malaga who rents a lovely flat very cheap) and in what area? We want to be somewhere fairly near some shops for food, some sort of ex pat community in case we need a bit of company but somewhere relaxing and not to far from the airport? Any suggestions would be most welcome, thank you.

  4. Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad and Joyeux Noël to you, Marianne. Thanks for your blog. It’s always a good one. Hope to read you again in 2015.

I´d love to hear from you, and much appreciate your comments. Thank you.

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