NerjaSpain

4.6/5Top Destination

Like beaches and sunny weather? Get away to romantic Nerja!

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.

Known for

Beaches, Romantic and Sandy Beaches

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Where to stay in Nerja

Nerja City Centre
Nerja

Nerja City Centre

Known for Beaches, Budget, Fashion

4.5/5(59 reviews)

Nerja City Centre is popular for its beaches, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Nerja Beach or Balcon de Europa.

Chimenea
Chimenea, Nerja, Spain

Chimenea

When in Chimenea, you can plan a visit to Burriana Beach and Nerja Beach, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Top hotels in Nerja

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Balcón de Europa
Hotel Balcón de Europa
4 out of 5
Paseo Balcón de Europa 1, Nerja, Malaga
£90
per night
11 Nov-12 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Nerja City Centre hotel is steps away from Church of El Salvador, Balcon de Europa and Nerja Beach. Burriana Beach and Nerja Caves ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (204 reviews)

"Great breakfast, beautiful views, super clean city, great central lovatiom"…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

Hotel Balcón de Europa
Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
4 out of 5
CN 340 Km 289,50, Nerja, Malaga
£63
per night
3 Nov-4 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Nerja aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of El Playazo Beach, Chanquete's Boat and Torrecilla Beach. Caletilla Beach is 1.8 mi (2.8 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (576 reviews)

"Beach brill location staff good every where. Appartmenr very good but skirting boards need painting. Food ok would not do BB agsin maybe its me I get fedup with sameWill return. Lillian"…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2019

Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
MB Boutique Hotel - Adults Only -
MB Boutique Hotel - Adults Only -
3 out of 5
Plaza Chaparil no1, Nerja, Malaga
£66
per night
21 Oct-22 Oct

Located in the heart of Nerja, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Torrecilla Beach, Nerja Beach and Balcon de Europa. Burriana Beach and Nerja Caves are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (303 reviews)

"The location was fantastic not very far from the sea and from central Nerja"…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2019

MB Boutique Hotel - Adults Only -

Popular things to do in Nerja

Nerja Beach
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Nerja Beach

4/5(68 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Nerja Beach, a popular beach in Nerja. Wander the sandy beaches in this family-friendly area.

Burriana Beach
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Burriana Beach

4.5/5(51 reviews)

The enticing water of the Mediterranean Sea, watersports, beach bars and a lively promenade make this one of Nerja’s most-loved beaches.

Balcon de Europa
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Balcon de Europa

4.5/5(87 reviews)

Admire magnificent coastal and mountain views from this terrace set atop a headland. It was once part of a 9th-century fortress.

Nerja Caves
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Nerja Caves

4.5/5(28 reviews)

See huge stalactites and stalagmites, spot ancient cave paintings or attend a concert at this collection of caves dating back to the Triassic period.

Aqueduct of El Aguila
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Aqueduct of El Aguila

4/5(12 reviews)

Bring your camera to capture the scene of this 19th-century Mudéjar structure spanning a rugged ravine with a backdrop of the dramatic Sierra Almijara.

Salon Beach
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Salon Beach

4/5(1 review)

Escape the tourist crowds and swim in the calm water at this pretty beach nestled in the shadow of the Balcón de Europa.

Top activities in Nerja

Nerja & Frigiliana Full-Day Tour
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Nerja & Frigiliana Full-Day Tour

£31

We will start in the morning direction Frigiliana, a beautiful and typical Andalusian village. Once there, the guide will come along with you until the main square, and will give you some tips about what to see in this charming village.

Ronda and Winery - Guided Tour from Málaga and Costa del Sol
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Ronda and Winery - Guided Tour from Málaga and Costa del Sol

£80

Located between the natural parks of Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves, and Los Alcornocales, Ronda is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Spain. The unusual geography of Ronda, which is divided in two by the precipice of the Guadalevín River, leaves no one indifferent.

Skip the line Nerja & Frijiliana Day Trip from Granada
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Skip the line Nerja & Frijiliana Day Trip from Granada

£100

Enjoy these emblematic white villages on the coast of Malaga, fall in love with one of the most splendid areas of Andalusia, and visit the Balcón de Europa just one hour from Granada.

Skip the line Nerja & Frijiliana Day Trip from Málaga
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Skip the line Nerja & Frijiliana Day Trip from Málaga

£83

Enjoy these emblematic white villages on the coast of Malaga, fall in love with one of the most splendid areas of Andalusia, and visit the Balcón de Europa just one hour from Malaga.

Aquatropic Water Park Admission Ticket
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Aquatropic Water Park Admission Ticket

£19

Visit: Aquatropic, Paseo de La Reina Sofia S/N Almuñécar, 18690, Almunecar Spain Multiple water attractions such as Tropical Trails, Lake Cascade, the Wave Pool, the Zig-zag, the Kamikaze, the Hidrotubo, the Black Hole, the Children’s pool and more.

Private Day Trip: Nerja & Frigiliana from Costa del Sol
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Private Day Trip: Nerja & Frigiliana from Costa del Sol

£138

Discover Nerja and Frigiliana, two of the most popular destinations in Costa del Sol that have kept their traditional charm with their whitewashed houses, narrow streets ant typical spanish village flavour. Nerja is known as the “Balcony of Europe” and it is built on the remains of a fortress.

Reviews of Nerja

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Nikki

15 Oct 2019

Friendly and welcoming. Go when they have a festival such as San Isidro or Feria de Nerja. They love their traditions and really know how to celebrate them.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

7 Oct 2019

Top class village. Good restaurants good value for money.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

7 Oct 2019

Beautiful place we would do our homework first to ensure property was up to standard

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

6 Oct 2019

Lovely place, lots of atmosphere in the town at night. Some lovely views.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

4 Oct 2019

Very hilly not good without a car

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

30 Sep 2019

Travelled through amazing scenery on the bus route between Nerja and Granada