Holidays in Nerja (Andalucia)
Resting on the southeastern coast of Spain, Nerja is a former sleepy fishing town that is now the lively home to 22,000 inhabitants. Bordered by the imposingly rugged Sierra Almijara Mountains to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south, Nerja enjoys some of the best weather in Europe – and because it boasts 16 km of pristine beaches, a Nerja holiday is especially ideal for sun-worshippers and water sports enthusiasts.
This small town is also very well-connected; only 50 km from bustling Malaga and 13 km from the traditional town of Torrox, a holiday in Nerja presents many excellent opportunities for you to explore the surrounding area. Nerja itself has managed to avoid the mass commercialism that has hit so many Andalucian coastal resorts, and as a result much of the town remains unchanged from centuries ago, with pretty whitewashed buildings and flower-adorned balconies perched above narrow, winding lanes.
Experience authentic Spain with a holiday in Nerja
Nerja will allow you to experience authentic, traditional Spain at its best. Because it has escaped significant tourist development, Nerja remains a haven for those who want to avoid generic resort towns and throngs of pushy tourists and experience a slice of genuine Andalucian life instead.
Aside from its picturesque Old Town, one of Nerja’s main attractions is its magnificent Balcón de Europa (the ‘Balcony of Europe’), a spectacular promenade suspended precariously along the edge of a cliff.
Formerly the site of a grand Moorish castle, the promenade provides jaw-dropping views of the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea and the dramatically looming Sierra Almijara Mountains.
Since the town has a large Spanish population, a holiday in Nerja also means you can enjoy authentic Andalucian cuisine in the many locally-owned traditional restaurants. There are also countless unique little shops and establishments situated within Nerja and the surrounding area where you can while away the hours browsing for gifts and souvenirs.
Natural Andalucian beauty in abundance
The beach is often the main attraction for those visiting the Costa del Sol region and a Nerja holiday allows you to take advantage of the miles of white sand beaches that stretch along the coastline. Beneath the Balcón de Europa lies the popular Playa de Calahonda, which is unrivalled if you want to admire stunning views of the cliffs and balcony as you swim in the clear waters.
Playa de Burriana and Playa de Maro are both excellent beaches within walking distance of the Fuerte Nerja holiday apartments, but there are also many other beautiful beaches nearby that are easily reached by car or bus. Aside from its outstanding beaches, Nerja is surrounded by the towering Sierra Almijara mountain range and beautiful countryside, making it ideal for those looking to soak up some Spanish scenery and rustic charm on their Costa del Sol holiday.
A historical holiday destination on Costa del Sol
Although the town is renowned for its stunning scenery and beautiful beaches, a Nerja holiday also allows you to discover its rich culture and historical background. Nerja’s absorbing history is evident in its distinctive architecture, such as the 17th century Church of El Salvador, a striking mixture of baroque and Moorish styles. The beautiful Gardens of Capistrano Playa that lead down to Burriana Beach are another one of Nerja’s most notable attractions, and are certainly worth a visit.
The famous caves of Nerja are located just 3 km from the town centre and contain paintings dating back as far as 20,000 years, as well as other fascinating pre-historical artefacts. Each summer these caves are celebrated in style with the International Cave Festival, where performers from all over the world attend to see the caves and entertain onlookers.
Check out our Torrox Costa/Nerja interactive map