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Found resting on the south eastern coast of Spain, Nerja is a former sleepy fishing town that has since grown to become home to 22,000 inhabitants. This small town is well connected being only 50 kilometres away from bustling Malaga. The small traditional town of Torrox is also only 13 kilometres away which is made up of pretty white washed buildings and enjoys some of the best weather in Europe thanks to its location on the Mediterranean coast.
Nerja is lucky enough to have escaped the mass commercialism that has affected many Spanish areas that are popular with tourists. Thanks to this, holidaymakers can enjoy an authentic Spanish experience when visiting the area.
The most traditional area of Nerja is the old quarter of the town, which has remained barely unchanged. The old quarter features narrow, whitewashed winding lanes with wrought iron gates and flower boxes overflowing with bright Andalucian geraniums.
The beach is often the main attraction for those visiting the Costa del Sol and Nerja is lucky enough to benefit from 15 kilometres of beaches with soft white sand and sparkling blue sea. The town is surrounded by the towering Sierra Almijara mountain range, making it ideal for those looking to soak up the Spanish scenery on their holiday.
A jewel in the crown of the natural beauty of Nerja is the Balcón de Europa (the balcony of Europe) which is a promenade that leads along the edge of an impressive cliff against a backdrop of hazy mountains and overlooking stunning beaches below.
Although Nerja is renowned for its stunning scenery and beautiful beaches, it also has a rich historical background for visitors to experience.
The famous caves of Nerja are located just 3 kilometres from the town centre and contain paintings that date back as far as 20,000 years and other pre-historical artefacts. Each summer these caves are celebrated with the International Cave Festival where performers from all over the world attend to entertain onlookers.
Nerja’s history is also evident in its architecture, as seen in the 17th Church of El Salvador.