6 kms down from frigiliana sits the pretty fishing village of Nerja. It’s a popular resort town. Sat along southern Spain’s Costa del Sol. Its seafront promenade, Balcón de Europa, tops a promontory with views of the Mediterranean and surrounding mountains. Below it lie sandy beaches and cliffside coves. Cueva de Nerja, a nearby cavern with unusual stalactites and stalagmites, hosts popular summertime concerts. It’s also known for its paleolithic paintings, viewable by guided tour.
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A coastal town, still full of charm
In the center of town, you will find one of the most emblematic structures in Nerja, the Balcón de Europa, a balcony above a cliff that looks over the sea, the views here are truly mesmerizing.
The old town is very Andalucian, it’s full of white-washed houses, and pebble streets. Some houses still have their Andalucian terraces, they are truly beautiful. In these pebble streets you can shop for typical products: sweet wine, sugar cane honey (delicious!) and plenty of freshly harvested fruit and vegetables.
There are also a good amount of squares in Nerja: Plaza España is the main square but Plaza Cantarero, Plaza de los Cangrejos, Plaza de la Ermita the Plaza Andalucía are all full of charm. Nerja also has some very nice churches, in Plaza Andalucía you can find the San Miguel church,and in La Ermita you can find another church where the patroness of Nerja is found, Virgen de las Angustias.
On another note, the Plaza Tutti Frutti is full of late night bars and clubs for those who want to experience the local nightlife scene.
East or West of Malaga, which is better?
The Axarquia region East of Malaga has a rugged beauty that many tourists to Spain have not yet experienced. West is: Bedelmadana, Fuengerola, Torremolinos, Calahonda, Marbella all easily accessable in one days drive along the coast, but fish and chips (not pesca y papas) pint of beer (not cerveza y tapa) and a typical Puerto Banus price of 4€ fora coffee (not €1,10) You decide?
Journeys around Nerja
Obviously, Frigiliana, Maro, Torrox, Competa, Herradura and Almunecar (all listed below) each of these towns will keep you enthrawled and entertained and all (max 1 hour) a short drive along from Nerja on the old traditional coastal road.
Balcon de Europa
One of the main tourist attractions in Nerja. It’s a balcony with magnificent sea views. The king Alfonso XII named it this way because according to him you can see Africa from here. There is a statue of this late king on the balcony. From here you can enjoy incredible views of the whole coastline. To the side of the balcony, you can find two beaches, El Salón and La Calahonda.
Río Chillar (river walk)
Whilst you are in Nerja, walk up the Chillar river, it’s a great outdoor family oriented activity. It’s a 16km (there and back) walk, but you don’t have to go all the way. The walk is full of plants, flowers, and maybe even some animals. If you do go all the way, you will be rewarded with a crystal clear waterfall which is great for a quick dip in the heat. It’s well worth the walk, you won’t regret it.
We recommend going between spring and autumn, it will be very cold in the winter. That said, the heat in the summer may be a bit too much for some, so cream up and stay hydrated.
While you are in Nerja, you must visit the Nerja caves.
Amazing caves discovered in 1959 where you will find the old work of art known to man, a rock painting which is roughly forty-two thousand years old. You can also find the largest stalactite in the world.
The caves are open every day of the week, every day of the year, except for January 1st because of New Year and the 15th of May because of the San Isidro festival.
There’s a number of ways to get to the Nerja caves (they are in the Maro district):
Bus You can get a bus which is heading towards Granada and the first stop will be Maro. Get off and walk for a couple of minutes. The bus departs from the local bus station on Pescia avenue.
Taxi. You can get a taxi from either La Ermita square, the local bus stop or the taxi rank on Castilla Perez street. Learn more about the taxi ranks.
Car You can take your own car, the caves are easy to find because they are well pointed out. All you need to do is drive east of Nerja on the N-340 towards Granada and stop off at Maro. The caves have their own car park.
Train There is a small “train” that goes around town and heads towards to cave. The “train” is red and you can get on it from a number of stops. I recommend getting on at Plaza España, where you can also find the cave’s own museum.
Burriana beach A popular town beach and one of the biggest. There’s disabled parking and a car park.
Carabeillo beach A quiet beach a short walk down from Carabeo street. There are showers.
Calahonda beach The beach you can see from the Balcón de Europa. Access is via the “Boquete de Calahonda” situated at Puerta del Mar.
Chorrillo beach This beach is hard to get to because you must cross through Calahonda beach to get here.
Caletilla beachThe beach to the right of the Balcón de Europa. There are sunbeds for rent. To access this beach, go to Calahonda beach and walk around the small promenade.
Salón beach Access by going down the ramp next to the Toboso building, opposite the El Salvador church, a charming beach
Torrecilla beach Behind this beach is the Riu Monica hotel. To access, take the promenade from Plaza Los Cangrejos or the small steps next to the hotel.
Chucho beach Next t the Perla Marina hotel. There are lifeguards, sunbeds for rent, toilets and showers at this beach.
Playazo beach – . The biggest beach in Nerja, 2 Km long. You can legally make a small barbecue and there are three free municipal car parks.
Places to Visit in Nerja
Nerja tourist office
Calle Carmen, 1, 29780 Nerja, Málaga
Las Cuevas de Nerja (The Nerja Caves)
Huge caverns stretching for almost five kilometres and home to the world’s largest stalagmite
Balcon de Europa
Built upon a former fortress and gun battery known as “La Batería. This 19th Century lookout point, is probably “one of the most southerly points in Europe”
Inglesia El Salvador
Neo classical baroque styled church from 1697 just by the balcon de europa
Useful points of contact
Town Hall – (+34) 952 54 84 00
Tourist Centre – (+34) 952 52 15 31
Health Centre – (+34) 951 28 96 62
(next door to emergency)
Emergency – (+34) 951 28 96 62)
(24hr More Details)
Nerja Fiesta Web Page (independant review)
Nerja Official Festival Information