Nerja is without doubt one of the most stunning coastal towns in Spain. Most people are enchanted by its coves, streets and balcon etc. I will not mention here the many points in Nerja s favour and there are quite a few of course, rather I think it is important to illude to the the other side of Nerja. The part that folks either dont see or dont generally talk about.
Some truths about Nerja ..
Dirty; yes very the town hall look after the two or three streets around the balcon etc where most tourists take thier pictures etc but the rest of the town is very undercleaned with in adequate rubbish collections in summer. Most of the outer lying roads and beaches are in a pretty dirty state for any that bother to look.
The main problem here is the number of dogs here, there are hundreds of them and you cannot avoid the sound of barking dogs in certain parts of nerja and it is more or less constant. Again I have lived in a number of towns around Spain during the last 20 years and have never seen a dog population to compare to Nerja.
I am not just talking about numbers here but also the fact that everyone just leaves on the balconies and terraces to bark at will when the owners are not there. So if you are at all bothered by constant barking dogs then be avised to skip Nerja
Dog soiling on the pavements. Given the sheer number of dogs in the town this is inevitable and ever present. You have to walk around more or less looking down at you feet to avoid surprises.
Visually beautifull of course but again very dirty, the locals are the main culprits here I have seen families actually buryig their rubbish in the sand when they leave the beach. The situation is improving slightly but even the Nerjeños themselves admit that they have a problem. The town hall unfortunatly do/can not dedicate the required resources to keeping the beaches clean.
Sea water quality; Well I wont dwell on this but I think most people are now well aware of the lack of sewage plant in Nerja and the resulting (allbeit occasional ) problem of sewage washing back to the bathing areas.