Transfer from Malaga Airport to Nerja Autosexi | Nerja History
As usual, Autosexi transfer from Malaga Airport to Nerja service, gives a brief exposition of the history of Nerja. Possibly one of the most beautiful and pleasant places on the Costa del Sol.
Pre-History and the Caves
Nerja is well-known for its famous caves of Nerja (in addition to a popular Spanish television series of the 80s, called “Verano Azul”) that were estimated to have had a human presence since 42000 BC. There you can contemplate the oldest known cave paintings of humanity.
In addition to the mentioned cave paintings, the book of prehistory of Nerja includes the existence of the use of bronze, agricultural and livestock uses as well as fabrics, ceramics and various metals.
After a significant leap in time, we again hear from Nerja in the Christian era. There is no certain record but it is speculated that in a nearby environment, there may have been some Greek or Phoenician settlement. There is a clear evidence of Romans in the vicinity of Nerja, having found coins or amphorae as well as a ruined aqueduct and a smelting furnace in Rio la Miel
Muslim and Christian History
Nerja was refounded by Muslim conquerors in the eighth century under the name of Narixa, which meant “abundant spring.” They used the water resources of the area for the development of agriculture and silk production. Since then, the small settlement has become a stable settlement that has survived to this day. It is also known that in the last era of Muslim domination defenses were raised to resist the attack of Christian troops and North African pirates.
In 1487 it happened to Christian hands after the taking of Malaga. During the following years there was a relatively quiet coexistence of Muslim, Jewish and Catholic settlers. The subsequent Christian intransigence forced the conversion of every individual to Christianity or the expulsion of the population. Thus, with the massive expulsion of many of their former settlers, they took with them much of their knowledge regarding agricultural production and professionals who kept the local economy alive. A repopulation of people was necessary coming from the north and east of Spain. Even with the efforts to maintain a stable population, in order to keep the square safe in the face of the threat of pirate attacks, it went through difficulties until the agricultural activity and the manufacture of the silk returned to provide stability to the area. After the rebellion of the Alpujarras, the last battle in Cómpeta lands ended the Moorish presence (children of Islam convertibly converted to Christianity) in the area.
XVIII and XIX Century
The eighteenth century marked a high point in the development of Nerja because the change of policy that until then only sought to benefit the nobility, directed their efforts to raise the quality of life of the inhabitants in general of the area. Thus, there were sensible improvements in the infrastructures and city planning of the city as well as a population increase. The industry also noticed this momentum and commercial operations of wine, honey, sugar and other products of the land, including the timber industry and mining, were successful. Fruit of that prosperity and prosperity originated different pilgrimages and popular celebrations some of which have reached our days. From AutoSexi we want to invite you to meet Nerja, Pre book our airport Malaga transfers to Nerja.
The nineteenth century marked the decline of the area, especially by the urban destruction suffered by the war of independence that confronted the local population with the Napoleonic invasion and the effects of a great earthquake at the end of that century. This afflicted the heart of King Alfonso XII, who, in love with the place and sympathized by the disaster, decided to give the city one of the most beautiful and charming corners of our national geography, the famous Balcony of Europe.
The subsequent social and production crises, common to the rest of the Spanish territory, as well as the diversion of funds to sustain the expenses of war, caused difficulties of subsistence and consequent depopulation. Nerja knew its worst time with the climax of the effects of the Civil War.
The resurgence of Nerja began in the middle of the 50’s of last century with the discovery of the Caves of Nerja and the tourist potential of the area. Shooting a famous series (Verano Azul) in the early 80’s meant a powerful claim for national tourism. For then Nerja, thanks to its climate, beauty of the place, gastronomic offer, leisure and relaxation provided by its pleasant landscapes and warm beaches and one of the destinations preferred by foreign visitors.
We are very proud of Nerja it is one of the jewels along the Axarquia, a wonderful place to enjoy the impressive beauty of Nerja and its wonderful microclimate (average temperature by day about 20ºC, even during full winter). Nerja´s region is also the sunniest region of Europe and it will let us recharge our “batteries”, whether it be to relax or enjoy it’s night life and famous tapas bar Autosexi provide a reliable Malaga airport transfer to Nerja, let us worry about your transport while you enjoy the drive.