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NerjaSpain

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

Balcon de Europa which includes views and general coastal views as well as a large group of people

Nerja City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(84 area reviews)

The beaches and seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to Nerja City Centre. A stop by Nerja Beach or Burriana Beach might round out your trip.

Nerja City Centre
Chimenea, Nerja, Andalusia, Spain

Chimenea

While there might not be top attractions in Chimenea, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Burriana Beach and Nerja Beach.

Chimenea

Top hotels in Nerja

Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
4 out of 5
CN 340 Km 289,50, Nerja, Malaga

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! (636 reviews)

"Excellent Hotel, light and bright, clean in most areas."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
Hotel Riu Monica - Adults Only
Hotel Riu Monica - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Playa de Torrecilla, S/N, Nerja, Malaga
The price is £72 per night from 29 Oct to 30 Oct

Situated on the boardwalk, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Torrecilla Beach, Nerja Beach and Balcon de Europa. Burriana Beach is 1.3 mi ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (257 reviews)

"Situated right on the beach and close to many restaurants, this is is a great location for relaxing as well as seeing the old town"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Hotel Riu Monica - Adults Only
Hotel Balcón de Europa
Hotel Balcón de Europa
4 out of 5
Paseo Balcón de Europa 1, Nerja, Malaga
The price is £72 per night from 29 Oct to 30 Oct

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (245 reviews)

"Staff were lovely very helpful. The hotel was clean and comfortable with nice rooms. Nerja was great loved the little bay in front of the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Hotel Balcón de Europa
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Nerja

Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
4 out of 5
CN 340 Km 289,50, Nerja, Malaga

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! (636 reviews)

"Excellent Hotel, light and bright, clean in most areas."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa
Toboso Apar-Turis
Toboso Apar-Turis
3 out of 5
Paseo Balcón de Europa, Nerja, Malaga

Located in Nerja City Centre, this beach aparthotel is steps away from Church of El Salvador, Nerja Beach and Balcon de Europa. Burriana Beach and Nerja Caves ...

4.1/5Very Good! (240 reviews)
Nerja

"Very good value for what we paid"…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2019

Toboso Apar-Turis
Apartment Alexander
Apartment Alexander
3.5 out of 5
Calle Córdoba 2, Nerja, Málaga

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Playa Carabeillo, Burriana Beach and Nerja Beach. Balcon de Europa and Nerja Caves ...

Apartment Alexander
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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Top things to do in Nerja

Reviews of Nerja

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

11 Mar 2020

fabulous

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

8 Jan 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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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