Saturday, 8 September 2012


Apologies for not posting for over a week but we've been on a break for a week in the lovely village of Maro (pictured above), about three kilometres east of Nerja on the Mediterranean coast. We had found a lovely house to rent, Casa del Carmen, after reading the book "Dog Days in Andalucia" by Jackie Todd, who with her husband Stephen decided to take the plunge and moved to Andalucia in 1997. Sadly, Jackie passed away in 2010 but her book is a lasting legacy and well worth a read.   
Maro is a small village of about 800 inhabitants, easily accessible from the main road.
The "El Aguila" (The Eagle) aqueduct located on the outskirts of the village, built at the end of the 19th century to carry water to a now defunct sugar factory but still in use today for the irrigation of local crops.
 The remains of a 14th century sugar mill.

 The Plaza de Las Maravillas.

 There are two beaches near to the village both accessible by steep paths. Pictured here is "La Caleta" beach with the larger Playa de Maro just around the headland below.

The 17th century Iglesia Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas and below the Virgin de Las Maravillas, patron saint of the village, being prepared for a procession through the village to celebrate the local Feria.

  The Iglesia seemed popular for "Celtic" weddings. We witnessed two while we were in the village.
 Preparations for the local Feria.

We were lucky to be near to the Plaza where the main activities were taking place and watched, amongst other attractions, a fantastic demonstration of Flamenco dancing by a school from Nerja.

 Night time at the fair.

 We liked Maro. A quiet, friendly village with four or five good bars and restaurants and a perfect location for visiting Nerja and other nearby places of interest.

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