Take a leisurely Andalusian fishing village, set it in an impressive natural panorama of the rocky coast of southern Spain, form many small coves along its coastline and provide it with a mild, Mediterranean climate. Something like this must have been God’s blueprint for the Andalusian coastal town of Nerja.
This quaint, little town is located about 50 kilometres east of Málaga and has about 22,000 residents. In the summer months several thousand tourists also come here, as Nerja is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Costa del Sol. This charming former fishing village has managed to retain its Andalusian charm and an authentic way of life. A walk through the white rows of houses of the old town brings you to shaded spots, past old churches and chapels and lovingly decorated house facades. In the winding streets of Nerja's old centre you can browse the small shops for handmade craftwork and souvenirs, or spend your time in the many cosy cafés, bars and restaurants. The square in front of the famous Balcón de Europa is certainly a good spot for this. From the site of the 9th century castle you have a magnificent view of the varied rocky coastline and of the open sea. In the evenings, local artists and traders display their arts and crafts here.
Five kilometres north of Nerja is one of Spain’s most famous tourist destinations, the huge limestone caves of Cueva de Nerja which were discovered in 1959 and provide evidence of human settlement dating back many thousands of years. In the impressive caves stone tools, painted objects and ceramics from the Palaeolithic era have been found. The Cueva de Nerja caves are open throughout the year and are definitely worth taking a trip to see.
However, Nerja is such a popular holiday destination not just because of its historical and cultural significance. Here you can also find a wide selection of beautiful beaches and secluded bays that you should not miss out on. There is the long, well-known town beach of Playa de Burriana and, to the east of the town, its idyllic neighbour, Playa de Carabeíllo, and from the old town it is also easy to get to several other small sand and pebble beaches, which are always very popular. For a day-trip, or if you would prefer more peace and quiet, we recommend the secluded natural beaches to the east, which are embedded in the spectacular Cliffs of Maro.
"Large sandy beach east of Nerja"
"Popular family beach in Nerja"
"Popular family beach in a historic coastal town"
"Intimate town beach with small palm promenade"
"Beautiful and popular natural beach for families"
"Beautiful but generally overcrowded urban beach in Nerja"
"The little dream bay in Nerja"
"Small hotel beach by the Balcón de Europa"
"A small, hidden bay in the middle of Nerja"
"Beautiful pebble beach on the Costa del Sol"
"Calas del Pino - the journey is worthwhile!"
"Two secluded natural bays for those in search of tranquillity"