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“Good work going on!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nerja Donkey Sanctuary

Nerja Donkey Sanctuary
N - 340 Coast Road, 29780 Nerja, Spain
618 467575
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Ranked #1 of 14 attractions in Nerja
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Activities for older children
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Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Activities for older children
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Good work going on!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Had a short visit to the sanctuary during our stay in Nerja. 2 euros for a bucket of food to feed the donkeys which was good fun as was the sheep who just helped itself! Lots of flies around but that was to be expected so not really an issue. The volunteers here are doing a great job.

Visited October 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Pot-bellied Pigs & Neanderthal Knuckle Scraping”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Before this educational visit to Nerja Donkey Sanctuary my previous experiences of donkeys were restricted to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, a restaurant in Südtirol and a bootleg DVD that was illegal in Western Europe.

Rarely a family holiday passed without my father leaping on to a salty donkey and riding it along the lapping, turd-ridden shores of the Côte d'Blackpool like an obscene rodeo.

It was heart-warming to see donkeys in their natural habitat of the Costa del Sol, as they burped their way along the strip, feasting on San Miguel and swearing at Looky Looky Men.

The wonderful volunteers at the sanctuary also care for several pot-bellied pigs, their comical undercarriages scraping the ground, much in the same way as Wayne Rooney's neanderthal knuckles. The pigs, not the volunteers. Several expats give up the time and money to care for these animals and it is wonderful to see the empathy that Britons have with their animals.

Some of the donkeys had been used as literal drug mules, transporting narcotics across the Spanish countryside. When the authorities had seized the drugs, the local authorities were planning to melt down the bones of the poor donkeys and use the glue to bind together the Spanish economy. Fortunately the kind-hearted souls from the sanctuary noticed the donkeys' plight, intervened and transported them to Nerja to live out their days being petted by British tourists.

Visited October 2013
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“A Must See if you Love Animals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We decided to see two Nerja attractions in one day, so went to the caves at Nerja first and then caught a taxi from the caves to the Donkey Sanctuary. Nice to go to a place where people are caring for animals and rescuing them after having been mistreated or abandoned. Good idea of the sanctuary to give you a bucket of food for the animals when you give a donation. We saw the tallest donkey we've ever seen at the sanctuary! Watch out for the friendly greedy pot-bellied pigs as I didn't watch out and was nudged by one of them quite a few times which then left big muddy (or worse!) pot bellied snout marks on my new cut-off pants and legs. My fault for not watching out - the pigs are only doing what comes naturally. Is also a good idea of the sanctuary to give out a laminated sheet giving you info about the animals as you walk around. There were some lovely big eared puppies there when we went too. The sanctuary isn't as big as I thought it would be as the walk around is short, but obviously the most important part is giving the space to the animals. If we go to Nerja again, we'd definitely visit the sanctuary again. It's not too far a walk from the sanctuary to the centre of Nerja as we then walked back to our hotel.

Visited October 2013
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Glasgow, Scotland
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“A Wonderful Place to Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

To see so many animals looked after in a very caring environment is inspiring. We have been going to the sanctuary on each of our visits to Nerja and never tire of it. Without the volunteers, the place would not exist. Please give them your support.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

run by british volunteers, other animals there aswel, alot of flies there when we went which spoiled it

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