6 cool things to do in Nerja, (Spain)
6 cool things to do in Nerja, (Spain)
Nerja is a traditional Spanish town that is situated on the coast, only 50 minutes from Malaga.
It’s quaint, it’s traditional and it also has the hustle and bustle that attracts holiday makers year round. The views will leave you speechless! There are a lot more than 6 cool things to do in Nerja, but we’ll give you our 6 favourites.
Our first encounter with Nerja was over a year ago as we biked from Lisbon to Madrid. We only stayed one night and didn’t explore much. Recently we had the pleasure of visiting Nerja for a best friends wedding and had ample time to explore.
We were blown away with the scenery, the friendly atmosphere and the great, affordable food.
Although it’s located in Costa del Sol which has the reputation of being over crowded and touristy, Nerja offers a lot of traditional charm, without too much development.
High-rise resorts are replaced with small apartments and traditional hotels. It is very family orientated and there are a lot of activities to keep you busy all year round.
The rocky views, an abundance of beaches, small narrow streets, amazing tapas restaurants and a sub tropical climate are some of the many things you can enjoy in Nerja.
We’ve put a list together of 6 cool things to do in Nerja.
1. Relax or enjoy WaterSports on Nerja’s Beaches
With an entire coastline to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice as to what beach to relax on. Nerja boasts an impressive 12 beaches right along its coast. One of the biggest and best beaches for WaterSports has to be Playa de Burriana. Here you can rent Kayaks and SUP boards for as little as 5 euro.
Relax on the open water and explore the caves surrounding the coast. After all the exercise, indulge in some Spanish fare at the many Spanish restaurants along the beachfront. You know you deserve it!
2. Visit Cueva de Nerja
The caves of Nerja are one of Spain’s most visited and amazing historical sites. It is impressively home to the world’s largest stalagmite, with the column standing tall at 32 metres! The caves are a fairly new discovery and were only discovered in 1959 by locals. Read reviews about the caves on Trip Advisor.
Caves of Nerja
3. Dine & Enjoy Tapas in one of the Many Great Restaurants
There are no shortage of restaurants to choose form in Nerja, almost 300 restaurants to be exact! The only problem you will have is deciding which one to try every day! For vegetarian options check out Julies & Valeri’s, they have a different selection of tapas from the usual restaurants and the mojitos aren’t too bad either! For a more fine dining experience head to Olivias, it serves contemporary mediterranean dishes. For tapas try Mo GastroTapas – they also have vegetarian and vegan options.
4. Admire the views of Balcon de Europa
Grab your camera and be prepared to be amazed at the spectacular panoramic views of miles and miles of cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Balcon de Europa was a former fortress built and designed to keep away the British Pirates. The fortress was destroyed in 1812 but the large circular balcony still stands and it’s very impressive indeed.
Balcon de Europa
5. The Rio Chillar Walk
If you enjoy walking, you will absolutely love the Rio Chillar Walk. It’s undeveloped and amongst the most beautiful nature you can find in Andalucia. This walk is considered to be a ‘summer classic’ by many Spanish families. It takes you through National Parks, beautiful clear pools and amazing scenery.
Take a hike!
6. Admire the Church of El Salvador
This picturesque 17th century church in the centre of town is a true landmark and iconic image of Nerja. We were lucky enough to witness a few weddings and also see our best friend marry here in this stunning church. It’s becoming increasingly popular now for foreign brides, and it’s clear to see why.
There is more to this seaside resort in Andalucia than first meets the eye.
It is action packed, full of restaurants, offers incredible views, boasts the tallest stalagmite cave in the world, and overlooks the mediterranean sea from the impressive Balcon de Europa.
Need somewhere to stay in Nerja – check out these hotels and read the reviews on Trip Advisor.
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