Nerja, on Spain’s Costa del Sol is about 35 miles east of Malaga in Andalucia. Nerja is within one of the major avocado growing areas in Europe, with semi-tropical fruits like mango and papaya also grown here. Nerja is within the region known as Costa Tropical.
The viewing point Balcón de Europa is in the centre of the old town.and provides stunning views across the sea and surrounding mountains. However, Nerja is best known for wonderful beaches, like Burriana, set in coves beneath majestic cliffs.
Recently, Nerja has become a popular hiking centre due to the nearby mountains. The Sierra de Burno overlooks the town and there are other walking opportunities at the Sierra Tejeda and Sierra de Almijara. High-adrenalin hobbies like scuba diving are also well catered for.
Nerja’s main sights include the limestone caverns with large stalactites and stalagmites and primitive paintings discovered in 1959, the 19th century Aqueduct and the17th century Baroque and Mudéjar style Church of El Salvador and Baroque Hermitage of las Angustias. There are also the nearby Roman remains of Detunda.
Nerja’s colourful street market featuring antiquities and souvenirs, is on every Tuesday and Sunday morning. Flamenco shows, art exhibitions, theatre, ballet and more traditional festivals such as the San Isidro, Virgen del Carmen and San Juan take place throughout the year.
The nearby towns of Frigiliana and Maro are reminiscent of much older times and also famed for their pretty Mediterranean style townhouses and sweet wine. The city of Malaga makes a great day trip destination, where you can visit the Moorish Alcazaba, Malaga Park, the Roman Theatre and the Cathedral.
Posted : Monday, April 4th, 2011 at 11:00
Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.