Often referred to as ‘The Jewel of the Costa del Sol’, the once sleepy fishing village of Nerja is growing in popularity with tourists and it is easy to see why.
A short drive from Malaga, the area boasts miles of sandy shoreline with crystal clear waters and backed by the dramatic Sierra Almijara mountain range. Walk through the winding streets of the old quarter and take in the 17th century architecture which has remained untouched, oh and the weather is glorious most parts in the year.
If you’re wondering where to go for your next holiday, how about Nerja? Here are just a few reasons why you should visit this corner of Andalucía.
One of the reasons why tourists continue to flock to Nerja is the beautiful beaches. The nine kilometres of shoreline is perfectly complimented by the dramatic backdrop of the Sierra de Almijara mountains.
Burriana Beach is arguably the most popular with families and couples alike heading to the area to sunbathe or enjoy paella with an ocean view. If you’re looking for quieter beaches try Calahonda, Carabeillo or El Chucho, the latter is the final beach on the Nerja promenade.
The famous caves
The Cuevas de Nerja are renowned across the region. Despite only being discovered in 1959, experts have been able to trace their origins back at least 20,000 years. Ancient paintings adorn the walls while stalagmites hang from the ceiling, the caves are a must for anyone visiting Nerja.
A selection of the huge chambers are open to the public and you can even be treated to a unique concert in the converted auditorium. Enjoy the music of internationally renowned orchestras and flamenco artists in a truly amazing surrounding.
Balcon de Europa
The Balcon de Europa is the focal point of Nerja. Situated on a rocky promontory overlooking Calahonda beach, it was originally created as a fortress and designed to keep out pirates and privateers. Nowadays it is the place to be in Nerja.
Close to all the popular beaches, it is perfect for strolling along and admiring the view. Street performers entertain the passing crowds each day while there are plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes to chill out in day and night.
Meet the marine life of the Andalucían coast with a spot of snorkelling and scuba diving. Nerja boasts a number of diving centres which allow you to explore what lies beneath the blue waters. Swim through the lush reefs and meet the various fish and other wildlife that inhabit this corner of the Mediterranean.
Sticking with the nautical, Nerja is a watersports lover’s paradise. From kayaking to jet skiing to windsurfing, you can do it all here. Head down to Burriana beach to hire a jet ski and tackle the waves or get together with a group of friends and have the time of your life aboard an exhilarating banana boat ride.
As well as the beach activities there are a number of waterparks nearby for you to release the inner child in you.
If you want to get away from the hubbub of the town centre then book into a villa situated in Nerja’s quiet suburbs. Offering stunning panoramic views overlooking the beaches, this can be your own private escape and perfect for watching the sun go down. Take a dip in the private swimming pool and simply while away the day.
Nerja has a rich fishing heritage so it would be rude not to try out some fresh seafood. Head to the Balcon de Europa for a delicious meal in one of the restaurants sat along the promenade or nip in one of the chiringuito bars for a light snack. Try classic paella dishes or try something new every night with tapas.
There is so much choice, the only hard part is deciding what you want to eat.
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