At the most eastern side of the Costa del Sol (province of Malaga), only 50 km from Malaga airport and within 1 hour drive from Granada, you will find Nerja, an attractive coastal town, untouched by development and surrounded by an impressive mountain range.
With its mild climate, it is easy to get accustomed to the relaxed way of life of a village that still retains much of the character of its Moorish past and the flair of a fishermen’s village. Today, Nerja offers an excellent range of quality accommodation and leisure time facilities.
There are 13 kilometres of beaches, including the internationally famous Burriana Beach, that has once again been awarded with the Blue Flag of the European Union for its excellent infrastructure. More quiet and secluded, there are the numerous small coves below the impressive cliffs of neighbouring Maro, which have been the inspiration of numerous artists who have set up residence here.
Nature lovers and hikers will appreciate the wonderful variety of the countryside, with its large national park, its breathtaking mountains, its rich fauna (eagles, wild boar, amongst others) and flora. For those who seek alternative activities on their holidays, there is fishing, diving, water skiing, canoeing, water bikes, hiking, cycling, horse riding, jeep safaris, paragliding and much more… with authorized services.
The historic centre of Nerja, suitably name the Balcony of Europe (Balcon of Europa), was constructed around 1487. Formerly a 9th century castle, it is now a viewing point above the Mediterranean Sea. To the side of the Balcony, you will find the 17th Century El Salvador Church, constructed in baroque-mudejar style. You may also visit the 16th century Nuestra Señora de las Angustias Hermitage with its paintings by the master Alonso Cano.
In the old quarter of town, typical small shops offer local craftworks and products of the area, including sweet Moscatel wine, olive oil, honey and tropical fruits. In the beach restaurants, you can enjoy the “pescaito frito” (fried fish), whilst the many international restaurants in town offer a wide variety of menus to suit all tastes.
Nerja still abundantly celebrates its traditional festivals: the yearly Fair (October), Easter Week, the San Isidro pilgrimage, the festival of San Juan (June 24th) and Dia del Carmen. There is also a wide range of cultural events throughout the year. Of particular note is the acclaimed Nerja Caves Festival, which takes place amongst stalactites and stalagmites, formed over millions of years. The Nerja Caves are currently the 3rd most visited monument in Spain.