I addressed these questions as part of a larger post about travel to Andalucia, but I thought it might be more helpful to come right to the Nerja forum. Thanks for your patience.
We are thinking of staying in Nerja for 5 nights early next May as part of our 5 week Spain trip. We like the hub-style way of travel, and it seems like Nerja would be a good hub for us to travel (by car) to various places of interest, from Cabo de Gata, to Granada, etc. (yes we know Cabo is 2 hours away, we enjoy the drives) We also like to be in the middle of town, or within walking distance. Plus, since we'll have a car, parking is an issue to consider. We'll be driving down from Cordoba, and continuing on to Ronda or thereabouts, after.
Nerja looks lovely but we have two reservations about it:
--I am concerned about the water quality issues and the sewer situation that I keep reading about. How serious is this? Will we be constantly smelling sewage? Does it affect the quality of beach time? I've read it's the worst at Burriana, yet that seems to be very popular. I've also seen conflicting information, so, I'm not sure what to believe at this point! I'm hoping the Nerja regulars can set me straight!
--secondly....how can i put this delicately....will we be surrounded by Northern Europeans (or even worse, Americans! lol) instead of Spanish people? Is the vibe more British, or Spanish?
Would there be a better "hub" village or town along the coast to explore Cabo, Granada, Las Alpujarras, and maybe Alhama de Granada?
Thank you for your help!