This seaside resort is not on everyone’s list but is an attractive town with fantastic views of the Mediterranean Sea. It is located on Spain’s south coast, east of Málaga.
What to do: I first made my way to the Balcón de Europa, a railed terraced area on a cliff edge with seascapes of the Mediterranean in both directions as well as some of the mountains of Andalucía, such as the Sierra Tejeda range.
I next went to explore some of the many beaches along the Nerja coastline. Most have steps down the cliffside to little inlets created between the rocks. The beaches consist of harsh grey sand but are still pleasant to stroll or sit on. Playa Burriana, at the east end of Nerja, is the biggest and most popular with lots of beachside cafés, sunbeds and water sports. I particularly liked the smaller Playa Carabeo and Playa La Torrecilla.
There are many bars and restaurants aimed at foreign tourists, which I imagine would be quite busy during summer.
The main reason I stayed in this part of the Costa del Sol was to visit the Cueva de Nerja, which I did the following morning. The Cueva is a system of subterranean limestone caves with remarkable examples of stalagtites, stalagmites and curtains. Several caves have been found but only one is accessible to the public at the moment. This cave has an area of 35,000 m2 so is still really impressive. Some of the rock formations are named after what they look like such as the nativity scene in the Bethlehem room, an elephant tusk and a waterfall. The largest area is the Cataclysm room with a 32-metre tall limestone column in the centre – cave art was found in this room but is now mostly lost.
Where to stay: I stayed at the Easy Nerja Hostel on Calle Bronce which was nice but very quiet – at least I got a room to myself! The staff were super friendly too 🙂
Getting there and around: Buses connect Nerja to Málaga, Granada and other big cities. The bus stops are located in town at the Plaza Cantarero.
It is easy to walk around Nerja town centre and to the beaches. For visiting the caves there is a bus costing €1.20 each way from the town centre. This bus also connects to Málaga.