Nerja (Málaga)

Nerja is on the coast some 50 kilometres east of Málaga on the N340 coastal highway, and marks the eastern tip of Málaga's Costa del Sol. Once a sleepy fishing village, the town now has a population of over 20,000, rising dramatically with tourism in the summer months. Nerja also falls into the area known as "Axarquia" which covers the entire eastern side of the province of Málaga.

It's a very attractive and popular white town that has maintained its original charm. The old part of the town, full of interesting shops and tapas bars, dates from the 14th century and has a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets in typical Moorish style.

The mountains of the Sierra Almijara, which lie to the north of the town, finish abruptly at the Mediterranean in Nerja. The magnificent cliffs form natural coves and bays which stretch for miles along this part of the coast. There are 9 kilometres of well maintained and differing sandy beaches, shared by fishermen and sunbathers.

Balcón de Europa

One of the most popular spots within the town is the Balcón de Europa, built on the previous site of a 10th century castle, hanging over cliffs and beaches to gain better advantage of spectactular views. The Promenade is lined with cafés and restaurants and in the summer is home to a multitude of artists, vendors and street musicians. Ancient cannons, which once spurned forth pirates and invaders, stand guard and add a touch of history. The restored parish church of El Salvador, in the same area, is a fine example of 17th century Baroque-Mudejar architecture.

Caves of Nerja

Three kilometres from the town centre is the must visit Nerja caves, where skeletal remains and artefacts - dating from 30,000BC to the Bronze Age - were discovered in 1959. Wall paintings inside the caves date from the Palaeolithic and post-Palaeolithic periods. You can enter different chambers including one which houses the world's widest column, as well as very large independant stalactites and stalagmites. Every July a festival of music and dance is held inside the caves, offering performances by ballet companies, flamenco stars and orchestras from around the world.

caves at nerja concert diana navarro photo by vernon


East of the Balcon is the little Playa de el Salon, still flanked by fishermen's cottages, followed by a two kilometre stretch of Torrecillo and Playazo. In the other direction there are the beaches of Chorrillo, Carabeo, Carabeillo and Burriana. On Burriana Beach there are internationally famous fish restaurants that, due to the mild climate, are able to remain open all year. The beautiful Jardines de Capistrano Playa descend to this beach. Throughout the town there are numerous other restaurants that offer a wide variety of international cuisine.

  • Burriana Beach. Very popular beach, family atmosphere. Picturesque setting and high level of services and equipment.
  • Playazo Beach. Long and wide beach favoured by locals and residents of Frigiliana. It is less built up but has a couple of lovely restaurants.
  • Torrecilla beach. Small urban beach with promenade, large influx of people and good level of equipment and services.
  • Salón Beach. Small urban beach located on a cliff, with some palmeras. Good services.
  • Calahonda Beach. Beach cove located in a closed, well equipped with marine promenade.
  • Chorrillo Beach. This is a set of 3 bays, the generically called Chorrillos. Good services accessed from the Balcony of Europe.
  • Carabeo Beach. Small beach with access via a ladder or from the Burriana beach.
  • Alberquillas Beach. Beach surrounded by vegetation, nestled in a natural setting. Difficult access. It is usually frequented by nudists.
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Nightlife & Restaurants

For those looking for nightlife you should go to Tutti Fruti Square where the disco pubs are located. Some are run by British owners so you'll be able to order drinks in English and be understood.

Nerja has much to offer food lovers. A wide range of fish restaurants all the way along Burriana beach where you can sample local specialities such as pescaito frito (fried fish) and paella, many traditional tapas bars situated in the old part of the town which give a free tapa with every drink and a large number of restaurants with an international flavour, such as Chinese, Greek, Mexican and Indian food. 

Activities & Sports

For sport lovers Nerja has its own sports stadium for athletic events and football matches as well as a public heated indoor swimming pool.

The countryside around Nerja offers those not wanting to spend all their time on the beach a range of other activities. You can go walking in the Axarquia where there are plenty of trails for walkers of varying levels. You can get information and maps from the tourist office in Nerja which can be found just off the Balcon de Europa, or if you would prefer, go on some organised, guided walks from Nerja. Cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, paragliding or taking a jeep safari are other popular ways to spend the day. There are two options for anyone wishing to camp, the campsite on the outskirts of the town or a less organised camping area in the park above the caves.


Many of the traditional festivals are still celebrated in Nerja some of which include the town feria between 8th October and 12th October, Holy week and the festival of San Isidro celebrated on May 15th with a parade starting at the Balcon de Europa and ending at the caves with a big country style party. 

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nerja colourful palm trees by vernon


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