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Hotel Balcón de Europa£134
Hotel Sercotel Perla Marina£95
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The bustling resort town of Nerja first came to international attention because of its location – nestled between the glittering Mediterranean and the Sierras de Tejeda mountains at the mouth of the Chillar River, the town has been blessed with some of the Costa del Sol’s most breathtaking panoramas. The town is famed for its Balcon de Europa, a sweeping seafront promenade that overlooks a vast expanse of turquoise ocean, while a number of sandy beaches have granted it enduring appeal as a beach break paradise. It’s not all sun, sand and sea here though; from the traditional charm of authentic Spanish fishing villages, complete with cobbled streets and colourful houses, to the haunting beauty of the Caves of Nerja, there’s plenty here to entertain even the most discerning of jetsetters.
When choosing between hotels in Nerja, it’s important to consider your desired itinerary, as each of the town’s neighbourhoods offers a different outlook on the Costa del Sol. Burriana Beach is Nerja’s biggest and most popular stretch of sand and is abuzz with seafood restaurants and souvenir shops. This pristine beach is one of the finest in the region, and is a hub for water activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving and boat cruises. On the other side of town is Torrecilla Beach, also known for its cleanliness. It’s not quite as busy as Burriana, but is popular with families due to its calm waters and wide stretch of sand; its proximity to the town centre is also a major boon. El Capistrano Village is a purpose-built resort, designed to recreate the aesthetic of a traditional Andalusian village – well-manicured gardens, narrow streets and whitewashed houses are just the start of its classic appeal. It’s the perfect area to enjoy modern comforts in an old-school setting. Carabeo Beach is close to the popular Balcon de Europa boardwalk, while the Parador area offers peace and relaxation within walking distance of central attractions. The Salon Beach area is a small, relatively unspoilt stretch of sand that is favoured by Spanish visitors in particular.
Nerja hotels offer accommodation to suit a range of budgets. Outdoor swimming pools are a must for enjoying the glorious Spanish climate, while outdoor bars and restaurants with patios are idyllic settings for an evening meal or a late-night supper. The glamorous Hotel Sercotel Perla Marina supplies both, and earns its 4-star rating with a 24-hour front desk and high-speed Wi-Fi. The dazzling vistas from Hotel Jose Cruz’s rooftop terraces are spectacular at sunset, while the complimentary buffet breakfast gives you the energy boost you need for high-octane beach excursions or sun-soaked sightseeing outings. The Costa del Sol’s longstanding tradition of hospitality means that even budget offerings supply high-end service. The Hostal Bronce has a kitchen in every room, so you can enjoy the freedom that comes with self-catering, as well as an airport shuttle that ensures your getaway starts out on the right foot.
Nerja has a number of unmissable visitor attractions. There are of course the beaches of Burriana, Torrecilla, Carabeo and Salon, with Burriana being the most popular as it has a variety of water activities to enjoy. Another major attraction is the stunning Balcon de Europa, a long promenade on a rocky promontory that was once a fortress against pirates. History fanatics won't want to miss the Museo de Nerja, which gives you an overview of the town’s history, and the pretty white Church of El Salvador. Popular activities include catamaran cruising, kayaking, canoeing, river rafting, tubing and biking. Local Costa del Sol cuisine to sample includes fried fish, gazpacho soup and arroz con leche, the local rice pudding.
Located just outside the town, the sweeping 18th century Eagle Aqueduct is one of the area’s most photogenic sites and has a weathervane in the shape of a double-headed eagle on top of it. The Caves of Nerja are almost 5 kilometres of massive caverns that draw many visitors due to their striking rock formations, including one of the biggest stalagmites in the world, and Palaeolithic cave paintings.
Nearby attractions include Frigiliana, a traditional Andalusian village known for its beautiful white houses, colourful window boxes and narrow cobbled streets, plus its pottery for sale. You can also visit the Sierra de Tejada Almijarra Natural Park, 40,000 hectares of rugged beauty set to the backdrop of the Sierras de Tejeda Mountains or take a trip to see the astounding views from the breathtakingly sheer limestone Cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo.
Whatever you decide to do during your stay in Nerja, you’re sure to be charmed by this sun-kissed, historic destination.
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