Beyond sun and beach

We are now settled and Play Nerja experience is tasted in different way every day; not only we are captivated by its good weather and people’s mood, but also every walk, every tour make us want to know  more and more about that city that has charmed us. After being enjoyed of  Play Granada during years, where there is a mixed of cultures, spicy scents and old quarters like Albaicin or Sacromonte, we have broadened our tastes to fruity and exotic flavours mixed with the salty aroma of its coasts and the stunning views of Maro-Cerro Gordo cliffs that make Nerja an unique and one in a lifetime place.

  But we go a little bit far away from the touristic beach and sunny myth today  to go deeper into the ancient Narixa so we can share our way of living Nerja through Play’s eyes and sensations.

  As the thrill-seeker I am, I’ve been carried on to know beyond Posidonia, sardines on the spit or the traditional stroll by The Blue Summer Park or The European Balcony. I find myself in a city that has a 10th century poem like its first proof; in it, it was said that Nerja was as important as Granada in making silks and they were dyed in the Chillar  river shore. It’s not difficult to imagine a sunset close to the shore, smelling the special scent of the fig tree that feeds the silk and follow the river course and the spring waters that irrigate its lands, it is impossible not to fall in love with Nerja.

  We know a different side of the city with every tour: segway connect us with trendiness and fun; walking tour to know about stories and legends and night adventure to go deeper its unknown cliffs.

  We keep going, taking pleasure and sharing our Play moments.

Why Nerja?

Having Fun at SunSet

Choosing Play Nerja as our next project has been an easier task, unlike many think. The adventure of bringing Play Granada to the top of the international tourism has cost 12 years and we knew that our next project had to be more exotic, invigorating and refreshing, if it fits. Away from becoming bewitched by macro tourist cities whose main attraction is a 5 stars hotel that offers you tours in segway, electric bikes or walking by prefabricated promenades, we opted for Nerja, the ancient Narixa, whose arabic origin means “spring water”. Although is not necessary to move to the muslim era to understand this beginning because a kayak or a paddle surf are enough to see its streams, spring waters and waterfalls so beautiful like  the known as “La Doncella”, located between Nerja and Maro coves.

But beyond the beaches like Burriana, El Carabeo, La Torrecilla o El Playazo, we have been captivated by Nerja because of its hodgepodge of cultures, traditions and tropical flavors such as mango or avocado.

Nerja city is a town located on a south east cliff systems that has “Cueva de Nerja “ and “El Balcón de Europa”  like a reference point. This one is called in that way due to King Alfonso XII visited the city in the XIX century to confirm the damages caused by an earthquake and, when he leant out to the balcony, he felt like if Europe would end in that place and he only would see Africa beyond.

If we saw  Nerja with hawk eyes, we would see the deep impact in the agricultural terraces caused by the human and its brick fever. In this respect, the choice of our office hasn’t been a coincidence; after months looking for a place which achieved our aesthetic requirements, inherited environment, quaint landscapes and the respect for the native crops, we finally choose a modest house built in the XVII century, close to El Salvador Church, located in number 2 of Iglesia street, the most ancient street in the city; being surrounded by tower, wall remains and brimful ditches.

Therefore, we have designed 4 significant routes in Play Nerja: the funny segway tour suitable for the whole family; the frenetic electric bike tour; the fascinating and cultural walking tour and, finally, our crown jewel, the adventure tour by cliffs and steeps, based on explorative hyperfiction.

In this way, we are in a new city, with a new project, a new Play adventure that make us feel and remember why We love non tourism tours.

Por qué Nerja?

A diferencia de lo que muchos piensan, la elección de Play Nerja como siguiente proyecto fue muy sencilla. La aventura de llevar Play Granada a los más alto del turismo internacional nos costó 12 años y sabíamos que nuestro siguiente destino tenía que ser, si cabe, más exótico, estimulante y refrescante. Lejos de embelesarnos con ciudades macro turísticas cuya mayor atracción es un hotel de 5 estrellas que ofrece tours en segway, bicicleta eléctrica o a pie en paseos marítimos prefabricados, nos decantamos por Nerja, antigua Narixa, cuyo origen árabe significa “manantial de agua” . Aunque no hace falta trasladarse a la época musulmana para comprender este origen, ya que  un paseo en kayak o paddle surf por sus costas hacen visibles arroyos, manantiales y cascadas tan bellas y misteriosas como la de La Doncella, situada entre las calas de nerja y maro.

Pero más allá de playas como Burriana, El Carabeo, la Torrecilla o el Playazo, Nerja nos cautivó por su mezcolanza de culturas, tradiciones y sabores tropicales como el mango o el aguacate.

La ciudad de Nerja es una villa emplazada sobre un sistema de acantilados orientados al sureste, teniendo como puntos de referencias la Cueva de Nerja y el Balcón de Europa, llamado así desde que Alfonso XII visitó la ciudad para comprobar los daños causados por un terremoto a finales del siglo XIX y, al asomarse al balcón, sintió como si Europa se terminase ahí y más allá sólo pudiera verse África.

Si viésemos Nerja con ojo de halcón, observaríamos el impacto del hombre invadiendo el sistema de terrazas agrícolas con su fiebre del ladrillo. En este aspecto, la elección de nuestra oficina no fue casualidad; luego de meses buscando una locación que cumpliera nuestros requisitos estéticos, entorno BIC,belleza paisajística y respeto a los cultivos autóctonos, elegimos una modesta casa del siglo XVII detrás de la Iglesia del Salvador, en el número 2 de la calle Iglesia, la calle más antigua de la ciudad ; rodeados de torres, vestigios de murallas y acequias desbordantes. Por ello, en Play Nerja hemos diseñado 4 rutas significativas: el divertido tour en segway apto para toda la familia; el trepidante tour de bicicleta eléctrica; el apasionante y cultural paseo a pie y, por último, nuestra joya de la corona, el tour de aventura por los barrancos y acantilados, basado en hiperficción explorativa.

Y, así, nos encontramos con una nueva ciudad, un nuevo proyecto, una nueva aventura Play que nos hace sentir y nos recuerda una vez más el porqué “we love non tourism tours”. / +34 663 811 514

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