Picturesque coastal town of Nerja
Picturesque coastal town of Nerja

Overview of Nerja

Nerja is a picturesque coastal resort town some 50 kilometres east of Málaga city conected by the A-7 coastal highway. It marks the eastern limit of Málaga provine's Costa del Sol. Once a sleepy fishing village, the town now has a resident population of over 25,000.

The Parador de Nerja is a family beach hotel. This is a modern establishment with 98 comfortable rooms, most of whose ample balconies look out to sea, lovely lawns along the clifftop, and an outdoor… More →

Nerja is situated at the eastern tip of the Costa Del Sol, 50km away from Málaga. It is a picturesque fishing town which has done very well in avoiding the construction of concrete high-rise… More →

Nerja is a charming coastal town which has a mix of largely 18th and 19th century buildings and modern apartment blocks. The old town extends out from inland from the famous Burriana Beach and the… More →

Tours of Nerja by foot, bike and segway. Enjoy of a tour to see the town of Nerja. The Walking Tour is the opportunity to taste Nerja in a way that you couldn’t even imagine.

There are about 100 different watchtowers (Torre Vigia or Torre Atalaya or Torre Almenara) along the coast of Southern Spain. Some are of Moorish origins others from date from the later Christian… More →

The Nerja Tourist Office is located in Calle Carmen 1, Nerja. It is open Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 14:00 hrs. The staff are helpful. There is a pad of Nerja town maps on the counter, help… More →

Festivals in Nerja: Three Kings (5th January), Carnival (Feb), Semana Santa (March/April), San Isidro (15th May), San Juan, (23/24 June), Virgin del Carmen (16th July), Feria (Second week in… More →

Located close to the border between Malaga and Granada provinces, Nerja is one of the Costa de Sol's prettiest seaside towns, with lots of great restaurants, picturesque coves and an enviable… More →

Nerja is a hidden gem on the Costa del Sol. Prestine beaches and beautiful scenery make this place an increasingly popular tourist destination and it is no surprise, then, that Nerja has an… More →

Nerja is one of the last destinations on the Costa del Sol before the Costa Tropical and is situated east of Malaga City. It is one of the few destinations that has not experienced a large influx… More →

Being a popular tourist destination both off-season and during the summer months, Nerja has a good selection of restaurants to choose from, ranging from beach chiringuitos to more luxurious dining… More →

Acueducto del Águila (Eagle Aqueduct), also known as Puente del Águila (Eagle Bridge), is regarded across the region as "an historic jewel of Spanish architecture". The Balcón de Europa is a large… More →

As with any popular holiday destination, transport in and out of Nerja is abundant, and easy. On this page you will find information on the best ways to see Nerja, and its surrounding areas.

Malaga Airport is located just 65 km from Nerja. With flights providing transport for over 10 million passangers per year, including a huge timetable to the UK and many more International Flights… More →

The Beaches of Nerja are one of the towns´s biggest assets, the crystal clear waters and rocky outcrops the pepper the coastline make it a haven for snorkelling and scuba diving. The steep… More →

Whether its a cold beer in the sun or a little bit of tapas you are looking for, Nerja has a great selection of bars offering a good atmosphere and quality food and drink under the same roof. Most… More →

If you are considering visiting Nerja you may find our maps a useful tool, we provide three maps, one of the region of Andalucia with Nerja highlighted. The second handcrafted map gives the… More →

Excursions from Nerja and guided tour in and around Nerja: excursion to Caminito del Rey, mountain routes, walk to rio Chillar, Mudejar white villages, olive oil route, muscat raisin route and… More →

Nerja is a seaside town on the eastern part of the Costa del Sol, the stretch between Malaga and Granada province's Costa Tropical. This part of the coast is less developed than the Marbella area… More →

The Nerja Museum explains the history and the natural and cultural heritage of Nerja and is run by the Cueva de Nerja Foundation.



Nerja's Feria © Michelle Chaplow
Nerja's Feria

Flanked by a dramatic mountain range, Sierra Almijara, to the east, the town has, fortunately, managed to avoid being blighted by the concrete high-rise scenario which has been the inevitable result of the tourist boom in some of the coastal resorts. The old quarter of the town is still virtually unchanged with narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses with wrought iron terraces overflowing with geraniums, on which a canary can sometimes be heard singing...

However, the heart of Nerja is its spectacular Balcón de Europa the "Balcony of Europe", a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff, once the site of the great Moorish castle, with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below, against an awesome backdrop of hazy blue mountains.


The town's monuments include the 17th century Church of El Salvador, in a style which is a charming mixture of baroque and Moorish, or mudéjar, and the beautiful Gardens of Capistrano Playa, which descend to Burriana Beach.

Sierras Above Nerja

The Sierras of Tejeda, Almijara and Almara were designated a natural park in 1999, this large and rugged mountainous region of 40,663ha stretches across the provincial border of Granada and Malaga. Its western part in Malaga province is known as the Axarquía and is famous for its attractive villages dating from Moorish times. It is also superb hiking country and its numerous steep mountainsides make it ideal for climbers. Its highest peak is La Maroma, at 2,080m. Accessible from Nerja and Vélez-Málaga on the Costa del Sol. Routes range from easy strolls to strenuous climbs. The mountains are largely limestone, with some summits reaching over 2000m.

Nerja Restaurants

Nerja cuisine includes several specialities including De La Doncella (red mullet) and pescaito frito (fried fish) and ranging from top international cuisine to the ubiquitous sausage, eggs and chips! There is no shortage of restaurants to choose from. 

Getting around Nerja

Information on travelling in Nerja with things such as horse riding, car rental and bus services can be found on our getting around page. More >

Hire a car is best way to get around! Travel with ease and enjoy the beautiful views! Consult our general Car Hire page for the best deals within Andalucia.

Next Places

The next places along the coast are Almuñecar to the East and Torrox and Torre del Mar to the West.


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