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All You Need To Know About Nerja

What You Need To Know About Nerja

Nerja is a resort town on the extreme eastern side of Costa del Sol. It’s situated in Malaga province and it’s roughly 55 and 65 kilometres from Malaga Centre and Malaga airport respectively.  If you are driving from Granada, the town is just a one and a half hours away.

Climate

Nerja is one of the few resort towns in Europe that enjoys well over 300 days of sunshine in a year. During summer, the temperatures often average to roughly 30 degrees while during winter, 15 degrees is the average you should expect.

Food

Tapas is Spain’s most renowned local cuisine and no one comes to Spain and leaves without having a taste of it. Nerja boasts of good tapas bars where you can order your drink and be served with a few tapas. Besides tapas, there are a ton of other special local cuisines you can enjoy and some of them include Red Mullet dish or friend fish. Locally, they are known as De La Doncella and Pescaito Frito respectively.

Nerja Town

Part of the Nerja town remains as it has always been from many years back.  It retains the tapering streets that wind around its ancient structures most of which are whitewashed households. Wrought iron terraces covered with winding plants make the houses an instant attraction to the visitor.

You can explore the town while atop a horse-drawn carriage. Common unique attractions you should never miss to check out while exploring the town include the Church of El Salvador, a 17th C church, and also the Gardens of Capistrano Playa.

Beaches in Nerja

Nerja comprises of well over 15 kilometres of beaches. Torrecilla and Burriana are two of the most popular beaches here. Both have the blue flag award. Burriana is the favourite not just among locals but also visitors.

There are plenty of great foods, both local and european, to enjoy while on the Burriana beach. You can go for the yummy shellfish barbeques, delightful English steaks, monster paella  at Ayos, Chinese, Belgian and many other choices.

And besides the delicious foods and scattered coves, what makes its beaches more special is the powder-like sand and the crystal clear sea water. Any water sport you can imagine, from snorkelling to scuba diving to skiing are all accessible here.

Other Attractions

So many things combine to make Nerja a prominent attractive resort town not just in Spain but across Europe. There’s the rich Andalusian culture, temperate climate, friendly atmosphere, beaches, name it. No other place on Costa del Sol easily matches up to Nerja.

Some often call Nerja the jewel of Costa del Sol.  What started off as an ordinary fishing village nowadays attracts a high number of tourists. And to avoid being consumed by modernity, Nerja hasn’t yet embraced high rise structures or even an overhaul. It holds tightly to its old ways, structures and culture, a fact that has made it a unique attraction to holidaymakers.

Another attraction is the Balcony of Europe. Locally, it’s named Balcon de Europa. The place was once home to a Moorish castle. If you are looking for breathtaking views, this is the place to go, and is really the focal point of the town. It runs along an ascending cliff top and when here, you will have picturesque views of the ever striking Mediterranean Sea.

Where to go

Not too far from Nerja Centre, you will find the caves of Nerja (Cueves de Nerja) which is a series of underground caverns comprising of towering columns, stalagmites as well as stalactites.

Inside the caves, you will get to see the widest column in the world (the column at the Centre of the Cataclysm Hall/ Sala del Cataclismo). It measures 32 metres in height.

Also, there’s the Karstic cavities where you could also get to have a close view of the over 20,000 years old Paleolithic wall paintings.

You can also visit the restaurant connected to the caves where you won’t just enjoy great food but striking views. Other attractions within this cave include a museum and a gift shop. You willbe luckier if you visit the caves in July because it’s the time when the Flamenco festival takes place and is hosted inside them.

If you choose to go beyond the Nerja municipality territory, you will encounter a rich Andalucian countryside. Beyond the hills, you will encounter well maintained and striking white villages. Frigiliana is the most famous for the reason that it allows one to enjoy great views of the sea and the resort town itself.

The local bus to Frigiliana costs just 1 euro, so don’t miss the trip.