Nerja is a delightful and unspoilt seaside town that lies some 35 miles east of Malaga. The area is one of outstanding beauty situated on the coast in the midst of lush tropical farmland where Avocado trees, Chirimoya and strawberries grow in abundance. A great variety if exotic plants and flowers flourish in what is considered to be the best all year round climate in Europe and the town of Nerja itself is bedecked with a profusion of flowers during every season of the year.
Nerja town is predominantly Andalusian in style. Neat, clean streets lined with charming white houses whose window boxes display masses of colourful flowers, restaurants, bars, and a variety of shops catering for your every need. Nerja is a small unspoilt town which has not been over-developed and retains its charm whilst still offering all the facilities needed for today’s lifestyle.
The town is easily explored on foot and on a stroll through the narrow winding streets you will discover interesting courtyards, colourful shops and local people simply selling their harvest of avocados of lemons from their door steps or simply sitting and enjoying the comfortable relaxed atmosphere. The main meeting place and the centre of the town is called the Balcon D’Europa and it is the place to promenade or sit over a cool drink in one of its pavement cafes. Stretching out into the shimmering Mediterranean towards North Africa, this splendid area paved with marble and lined with palm trees is one of the centres of activity for anyone of the local festivals, or is used to just meet friends and gossip while the rest of the world strolls by. When weddings are held in the pretty church on the Balcon it is a lovely spot to people watch and enjoy the fun.
Nerja has little beaches tucked away in small rocky coves and one main beach called Burriana Beach. If you want to do more than soak up the sun and the wonderful atmosphere of Nerja, there is golf, tennis, water sports and horse riding nearby.
Every Tuesday morning the Gypsy market is held in the winding streets on the north side of the town. This is a market full of colour and colourful characters where you can buy jewellery, trinkets, beautiful pottery and local crafts. It is stocked with the fruits of both land and sea and naturally everything sold is so beautifully fresh and inexpensive, from locally grown strawberries to locally caught red mullet and sardines. Why not go to Burriana Beach early in the morning and see the catch being unloaded from the small boats hauled onto the beach.
Most restaurants and bars are open year round, and even the beach bars open throughout the winter. It is normally clear, blue and sunny, ideal for a winter break or why not take a ‘long let’? Nerja has the best winter climate in Continental Europe.
It has been proven that Nerja has a better climate than the rest of the Costa Del Sol. It has a very special ‘micro climate’ all of its own! Further from the Straights of Gibraltar, which let in the cool, damp Atlantic influences; closely sheltered within its bay and by the high mountains immediately behind it; Nerja is sunnier, drier and warmer than Malaga and Marbella to the west. It is climatically the best!
Fiestas in Nerja
- New Years Eve on the Balcony of Europe
- The Twelfth Night: 5th January
- Street Carnival: Mid February
- Easter Processions: Thursday, Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday morning
- San Isidro -Patron Saint of Farmers
- Procession to the caves: Mid May
- Patron Saint of Fishermen: Mid July
- Feria: The Nerja Fair: Early October.
Local Golf Courses
BAVIERA GOLF, VELEZ MALAGA: A new course has recently been completed just 10 minutes away
ANORETA: This championship 18 hole course, situated 20 minutes drive to the west of Nerja will provide a challenge for the best of golfers, with large water hazards and unforgiving bunkers. All facilities are available including driving range, pro shop & bar
SALOBRENA: Situated 35 minutes drive to the east of Nerja, this 9 hole course situated on the coast gives views to the sea, mountains, and the old town of Salobrena. All the family can enjoy the course, with discounts for couples and families.
Good Food & Wine At Low Prices
The abundance of local farming produce together with fresh fish has meant that Nerja offers a wonderful range of restaurants from the simple to the exotic. It will be difficult to find anywhere in Europe with a greater number of good restaurants than there are tucked away amidst the streets of this old Spanish town.
Apart from the beach restaurants which are an attractive feature of the place, the winding streets which focus on the Balcon d’Europa are packed with bars and restaurants as is the new part of the town with several discos discretely tucked away.
Remember most restaurants in Spain have a special good value meal – ask for the “menu del dia”, a three course meal at a special low price. Also try the locally made Frigliana wine.
Nerja Caves And The Surrounding Area
The Nerja Caves are famous and spectacular. They feature in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest stalagmite “pillar”. They also have a magnificent “concert hall” cavern with superb natural acoustics which houses an annual Cultural Festival first founded in 1960.
You can visit the famous Caves or go mountain walking behind the Caves. Nerja is wonderful for cycling enthusiast and local shops hire out road and racing bikes for enthusiasts to enjoy the scenery. The area is protected by two spectacular mountain ranges, the Sierra Almijara and the majestic snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. A superb drive along winding mountain roads through the famed city of Granada takes you to the breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada with its popular ski resort. The scenery is magnificent and the splendour of the high mountain passes superb.
To explore the surrounding countryside from Nerja is a delight and makes is a great spot for a walking holiday. You will discover unspoilt picturesque villages like Frigliana (6 kms), Maro (2 kms) and Competa (20 kms) all beautifully cared for by the relaxed and friendly people. Here you will find traditional farming methods still in evidence, ploughs drawn by bullocks or the farmworker making his way home on the back of a contented donkey. Nobody hurries but the work gets done.