Nerja

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Nerja

This resort town on the Costa del Sol has an atmospheric old town, a lively late-night bar scene and pretty beaches set around sandy bays.

Nerja is the “Jewel of the Costa,” a charming coastal resort town on Spain’s famous Costa del Sol. Picturesque, endearing and energetic, Nerja attracts couples, families, history buffs and watersports enthusiasts. Delight in the 10-mile-long (16-kilometer) coastline peppered with attractive beaches and coves. Discover the history of tumultuous battles, visit millennia-old caves and spend evenings hopping between pubs and tapas bars.

Enjoy views of the coastline and Sierra de Almijara mountains from the Balcón de Europa. This headland terrace once held the watchtower of a 9th-century fortress established to protect the town from invaders. Visit this popular social meeting point and location for colorful festivals. Stroll along Paseo Balcón de Europa, a palm-lined promenade leading into the old quarter.

Visit the Church of El Salvador, built in the late 1600s and decorated with ceramic tile plaques and frescoes. Walk to the Nerja Museum on the stately Plaza de España. Browse the museum’s exhibits to learn about the town’s history from Paleolithic cave dwellers to its 1960s tourist boom.

Find several beaches close to Nerja’s town center. Mingle with local families at Salon Beach. Dine at chiringuitos (beach bars) and try watersports, such as kayaking, Jet Skiing and parasailing at Burriana Beach. Calahonda Beach and Carabeillo Beach are also just short walks from the town center.

Catch the tourist train to the fascinating Nerja Caves. Admire cave paintings, gaze in amazement at extraordinary rock formations and attend a concert inside a cavern. Afterward, browse the boutiques and galleries lining the village streets of nearby Maro.

Experience the friendly nightlife action at Plaza Tutti Frutti, framed by a collection of tapas bars, themed pubs and wine bars. Find bars, restaurants, ice cream parlors and souvenir shops on Calle Pintada and the pedestrian-only Calle Almirante Ferrándiz.

Reach Nerja by flying to Málaga and renting a car or taking a bus from there. Venture out of town on a daytrip to Granada, renowned for the Alhambra palace complex.

Where to stay in Nerja

Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
4 out of 5
CN 340 Km 289,50, Nerja, Malaga
The price is £82 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
Nestled on the beach, this Nerja aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Playazo Beach and Torrecilla Beach. Chanquete's Boat and Caletilla Beach are also within ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (654 reviews)
"The hotel staff were very accommodating."

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
Hotel Balcón de Europa
Hotel Balcón de Europa
4 out of 5
Paseo Balcón de Europa 1, Nerja, Malaga
The price is £88 per night from 4 Nov to 4 Nov
Nestled on the beach, this Nerja City Centre hotel is steps away from Balcon de Europa, Salon Beach and Nerja Beach. Playa Calahonda and Church of El Salvador ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (268 reviews)
"Very central, lovely hotel with all the amenities you would need."

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2021

Hotel Balcón de Europa
Hotel Riu Monica - Adults Only
Hotel Riu Monica - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Playa de Torrecilla, S/N, Nerja, Malaga
The price is £115 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Situated on the boardwalk, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Torrecilla Beach, Playa El Chucho and El Playazo Beach. Chanquete's Boat and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (317 reviews)
Extended our stay...but!
"We extended our stay, having had a lovely time here. However, the restrictions on internet use became stupid, couldn't even access the Reuters website (forbidden). This is just one example of many websites that were inaccessible, WhatsApp worked, but Telegram didn't. I pointed this out to reception, ..."

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2020

Hotel Riu Monica - Adults Only
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
4 out of 5
CN 340 Km 289,50, Nerja, Malaga
The price is £82 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
Nestled on the beach, this Nerja aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Playazo Beach and Torrecilla Beach. Chanquete's Boat and Caletilla Beach are also within ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (654 reviews)
"The hotel staff were very accommodating."

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
Hotel Playamaro
Hotel Playamaro
3 out of 5
Calle San Miguel, 28, Maro, Nerja, Malaga
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Sierras of Tejeda, Almijara & Alhama, Nerja Caves and Playa de Caleta. Maro-Cerro ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Todo bien"

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2021

Hotel Playamaro
Apartamentos Verano Azul Canovas Nerja
Apartamentos Verano Azul Canovas Nerja
3 out of 5
Avenida de Pescia, 54, Nerja
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Playa Carabeillo, Museo de Nerja and Playa Calahonda. Centro Cultural Villa de ...
4/5 Very Good! (5 reviews)
Great location with plenty to see and do
"Over the years we have been to many locations along the coast of the Costa del Sol, however Nerja is most deffinately the best. Lots to do and see and all within a few minutes walking distance, all the food we had during our sat was fantastic. I would not hesitate to recommend Nerja as a holiday ..."

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2018

Apartamentos Verano Azul Canovas Nerja
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Nerja

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5/5 - Excellent

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23 Mar 2020

We did like Nerja, it was our first visit and would return, Unfortunately our trip was curtailed because of the outbreak of Covid 19. Nerja did seem a very safe,busy but happy town.

5/5 - Excellent

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11 Mar 2020

fabulous

4/5 - Good

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3 Mar 2020

Nerja is a lovely place to explore and dine out. Lovely walks and lots of good places to eat.

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Jan 2020

Nerja has something for everyone young old & inbetween adventures sights good food & all for good prices

5/5 - Excellent

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4 Jan 2020

Los Arcos is over 30 mins walk to main centre. No problem walking down but it's all uphill on the way back. However there are many eating places in the surrounding areas but some are hidden away and usually only found by chance or recommendation.

5/5 - Excellent

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2 Jan 2020

We went for two nights to enjoy the fantastic new years evening celebrations. The hotel was only a few mins walk from the balcon of Europe.

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