Situated around 50 kilometres east of Málaga, Nerja is perhaps one of Andalucía’s best kept secrets. The hordes of visitors who each year come through Málaga airport generally tend to head to the famous resort towns of the Western Costa del Sol, such as Fuengirola, Marbella and Puerto Banús. However, more adventurous types are in for a pleasant reward should they venture in the opposite direction towards the Axarquía region and the Eastern Costa del Sol. Built atop beautiful cliffs overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean, Nerja sits between the peaks of the Sierra Almijara and the sea. Those who know Nerja, love it, and with good reason.
Nerja is ideal for those who appreciate rugged coastlines, quaint fishing villages and Spanish culture. Although Nerja has been occupied since the times of the Moors, the Old Town dates back to the 14th century, and careful and considered town planning since then has ensured Nerja has retained its beauty and charm over the centuries – today, it is a delightful resort that abounds with traditional bars and restaurants and is shrouded in an air of satisfied contentment all year round.
The resort’s rugged coastline harbours more than 10km of beautiful beaches, bays and coves. The most famous of these is the ‘Balcón de Europa‘ (Balcony of Europe), which is a stunning cliff face that overhangs the beach, divides it into two and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. There are palm trees, al fresco cafés and restaurants, plenty of shops and bars and a bustling promenade here, which is the undisputed hub of regional activity. The Balcón de Europa acts like a magnet for the masses during the plentiful sunny days. With the golden sandy beach below, palm trees lining the promenade either side and inviting cafés, restaurants and bars dotted along the cliff-face, it is an idyllic setting for the entire family. Other beaches and coves worthy of note include the Las Alberquillas, the El Pino and the El Cañuelo coves.