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“Pot-bellied Pigs & Neanderthal Knuckle Scraping”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Nerja Donkey Sanctuary - CLOSED

Nerja Donkey Sanctuary
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
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Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
Manchester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Pot-bellied Pigs & Neanderthal Knuckle Scraping”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“A Must See if you Love Animals”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A Wonderful Place to Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

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

Visited October 2013
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Hands on, but small”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013 via mobile

We live in Devon, near Sidmouth donkey sanctuary which is a beautiful haven for donkeys who are very lucky.

This is very different; a small dusty yard that will keep you occupied for about half an hour BUT it's more hands on. There are free roaming pigs to pat, sheep to feed, horses and donkeys. You can feed all the animals by donating a small amount in exchange for a bucket of food or taking your own apples or carrots that they will chop up. Our son (3 1/2yr old) loves donkeys so it was great for him and it is a heart warming place that very much needs support.

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