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What to see in Nerja

Tourist information of interest

Nerja is a town of Malaga on the Costa del Sol. Along with Frigiliana, Torrox and Cómpeta, it forms the district of Axarquía, a historic Andalusian region, of which Nerja is the tourism capital. It is located 50 kilometres from Malaga capital and is a one hour drive from Granada. Nerja is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea and surrounded by the mountains of the Tejada, Almijara and Alhama mountain ranges.

The beaches of Nerja, one of its many attractions

Nerja offers a 14 kilometre coast, on which the renowned Playa de Burriana beach is located, awarded the Blue Flag by the European Union and famous for being the setting of the popular series “Verano Azul”. From west to east, its beaches are: el Playazo, el Chucho, la Torrecilla, el Salón, la Caletilla, Calahonda, el Chorrillo, Carabeo, Carabeillo and Burriana. 

There are also small, remote coves below the Acantilados de Maro cliffs, such as La Caleta, Las Alberquillas and El Cañuelo. All beaches have services such as restaurants, car parks and showers. For individuals with reduced mobility, access on the Burriana and El Playazo beaches is especially recommended. 

The mild climate of Nerja makes it a beach destination frequented practically every month of the year, with temperatures which hardly ever dip below 10 degrees. 

A privileged enclave on the Costa del Sol

Nerja perfectly combines beach and mountain tourism. In addition to its beautiful coast, this area of Malaga offers many other places of interest which you cannot miss out on if you visit Nerja. The best known is the Caves of Nerja, discovered in 199 and positioned as one of the sites with most prehistoric art in our country, some over 43,000 years old. Its stalactites and stalagmites, spread over almost 5 kilometres of galleries, and the forms which they suggest are an obligatory stop on your journey. 

In the historic centre of Nerja we find the Iglesia de El Salvador church, built in the 17th century, combining the baroque and Mudejar style. Other similar works which can be visited in Nerja are the Ermita de las Angustias chapel and the Iglesia de las Maravillas church in Maro. At the centre of the town we find the Balcón de Europa, a viewpoint which offers spectacular views, and from which incredible photographs can be taken. This name, the Balcony of Europe, was chosen by king Alfonso XII. Those nostalgic for the television show “Verano Azul” can see the Chanquete’s boat on the outskirts of Nerja, and those who love ruins can visit an aqueduct and Arabic necropolis, among other tourist attractions. 

What to do in Nerja

The special location of Nerja means that leisure activities are very varied. It is possible to practice hiking, scuba diving, water-skiing, fishing, canoeing, etc. Gastronomy and handicrafts also perform an important function in the tourism of this town of Malaga. The coastal character of Nerja makes fish the basis of the dishes of its gastronomy, which also includes a wide range of international cuisine. In terms of handicrafts, wicker and esparto grass products are very typical of the area, as well as leather and furs. 

Just a 5 minute drive away Frigiliana is found, a white mountain village considered done of the most beautiful towns in Spain. If you like golf, there is a golf course a 15 minute drive away. Malaga, with its various cultural attractions is just a 40 minute drive away (including the Picasso Museum, the Carmen Thyssen Museum and the impressive Alcazaba fortress). The Alhambra, in Granada, is a little over one hour away, and the Sierra Nevada mountains are an hour and a half away.


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