Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea on Spain’s sun-drenched Costa del Sol, Nerja is a popular resort town in the foothills of the Sierra Almijara. It boasts charismatic churches and one of Europe’s most famous seaside promenades, as well as underground caves housing impressive stalactites and stalagmites.
Things to do in Nerja
Soak up the views from Nerja’s most iconic landmark, the Balcony of Europe, a tree-lined promenade built on the remains of a 9th-century castle. Enjoy the lively street performers and musicians, grab an ice cream at one of the parlours or dine at the glass-fronted restaurant that hangs beneath the promenade.
A short walk from the Balcony of Europe stands the 17th-century El Salvador Church, which boasts an Evangeline nave adorned with frescoes and murals. Also of note is the 16th-century Nuestra Señora de las Angustias Hermitage, which exhibits charming Baroque architecture and has magnificent oil murals decorating its dome.
Venture below the earth’s surface in the Caves of Nerja believed to have been inhabited until the Bronze Age. Explore the Show Gallery, where archaeological findings from the caves are displayed and admire the unusual formations within the Hall of the Phantoms, then listen to the fluted columns within the Organ Corner.
Nerja is surrounded by picturesque beaches where you can soak up the Spanish sunshine. Head to the pebbly shores of Calahonda Beach, nestled beneath the Balcony of Europe, relax on the sands of Del Salon or soak up the rural vistas at El Playazo.
Getting around Nerja
Malaga Airport is one hour’s drive west of Nerja and buses connect to destinations across Southern Spain. Buses also travel throughout the town, but walking is the easiest way to access the sights and beaches.