Nerja is on the seashore some 50 kilometres from 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 22,000.
Fancy the idea of meandering through narrow cobbled streets and exploring local art and craft shops?
Well, that’s what you’ll find in the fascinating historic center of Nerja which was built in 1487.
The heart of which is the famous Balcon de Europa .
The Balcon de Europa was formerly a 9th Century castle and is now an ample promenade which ends in a viewing point that juts out to the sea.
Another very famous Nerja attraction is the Nerja Caves or Cuevas de Nerja and in fact some people come to Nerja Spain just to visit the caves which is, believe it or not, the 3rd most visited monument in the whole of Spain! (according to the Nerja Office of Tourism).
A one kilometer section of the cave is open to the public where you can marvel at incredible stalagmites and stalactites that have formed over thousands of years.
In July each year the Nerja Caves Festival or Festival de las Cuevas de Nerja is held in the cave.
The Nerjenos (as the local people are called), just like most Spanish people, are passionate about their cultural traditions and festivals.
There’s almost one festival per month in Nerja and if you’re lucky enough to coincide with one make sure you take part in the festivities to really appreciate the local culture and have lots of fun!
And of course, Nerja would not be Nerja without it’s 13 kilometers of pristine Nerja beaches.
Due to its close proximity to the cities of Malaga and Granada, Nerja is the ideal spot to base yourself from to visit other attractions in the South of Spain and Andalucia.