Discover the town of Nerja and its nearby wonders
Surrounded by the impressive natural parks of “Sierra de Almijara, Tejeda and Alhama”.
A large part of the coast of Nerja is of importance environmental and ecological, since it is part of the “Cliffs of Maro – Cerro Gordo” area of great natural beauty.
"The jewel of the Costa del Sol"
Nerja has 16 kms. of coastline with fabulous beaches, the main and most famous being Burriana and Torrecilla, both of which have been awarded the blue flag.
The old part of the city remains practically unchanged, narrow streets, whitewashed houses with bars and balconies overflowing with flowers.
One of the most impressive sights in the city is the Balcón de Europa, a wonderful promenade, stretching along the edge of a soaring cliff, once the location of a Moorish castle. The platform boasts spectacular panoramic views of the Mediterranean coastline, with its backdrop of mountains.
Only 3 km from the city center, you can visit the famous Cuevas de Nerja, underground caverns with stalagmites, stalactites and columns. Declared a Site of Cultural Interest in the category of Archaeological Zone. It is one of the most important tourist caves in Spain, internationally recognized.
Other essential points of interest to visit are the Church of El Salvador, from the 17th century, and the Aqueduct of the Eagle.
Balcón de Europa
A balcony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
The Balcón de Europa is a viewpoint with one of the most beautiful views in Europe, from where you can see the main beaches of Nerja, the immensity of the Mediterranean Sea and the Tejeda and Almijara mountains.
Formerly it was a fortress that served to keep watch when pirates and corsairs approached, proof of this are the old cannons that protect it and that can still be visited today. We can also see in the viewpoint the statue of King Alfonso XII (1857 – 1885), whose legend says that he named the viewpoint during his visit to Nerja after the earthquake that took place in 1884. When he looked out to enjoy his views, he said “This is the Balcony of Europe”.
It is currently a meeting point because it is located right in the center of town, a place visited by thousands of tourists and also frequented by locals where in summer you can enjoy street musicians, jugglers or artists such as portraitists and caricaturists, as well as vendors of all kinds.
Without a doubt, it is a must-see during your stay in Nerja.
Boquete de Calahonda
Beautiful views right next to the Balcón de Europa
Right next to the famous Balcón de Europa, we can find a picturesque place known in Nerja as Boquete de Calahonda. This is a pedestrian walkway that leads to Calahonda beach and also gives access to all the beaches that surround the Balcón de Europa.
It can be seen in a very short time and you can take advantage of the visit to the Balcón de Europa to enjoy its views.
You cannot leave without taking a photo in this picturesque place.
Mirador del Bendito
Another beautiful balcony with views of the Mediterranean Sea
The Balcón de Europa is the most famous in Nerja, but it is not the only viewpoint we have. The Bendito viewpoint is another beautiful balcony with views of Burriana beach and Carabeillo beach, from which you have access to them via a staircase.
A place where you can breathe peace and tranquility and where you can also enjoy incredible views sitting on one of its benches or taking photos of incredible landscapes.
Plaza Fábrica de los cangrejos
A beautiful square next to the sea and with views of the Balcón de Europa
The Plaza de la Fábrica de los Cangrejos, (also known as simply Plaza de los Cangrejos), owes its name to the old sugar factory that was located there and was demolished at the beginning of the 20th century.
Currently it is a large square full of green areas and with wonderful views of the Mediterranean Sea. If we follow the walk along the coast, we can see the beaches of La Torrecilla and El Salón and we will also see the famous Balcón de Europa in the background. In the square there are numerous restaurants, cafes, pizzerias, etc., with outdoor tables where you can eat in a quiet environment and with a good culinary variety.
Also in summer the square becomes an “open-air cultural center” where you can enjoy street markets, concerts, open-air movies, theaters and other varied cultural events.
Parque Verano Azul
A tribute to the legendary television series Verano Azul
The Verano Azul park was inaugurated in 2001 in homage to the famous television series with the same name. The park is made up of different streets, each one with the name of one of the main characters of the series and in it we can also find a replica of the famous Chanquete ship, “La Dorada”.
Also in the parking area of the park, the streets are named with the names of the different chapters that made up the series, 19 chapters that were broadcast and an unfinished chapter that was never broadcast.
The park is populated by numerous trees and vegetation and has petanque courts, a basketball hoop, a ping pong table, a soccer field with artificial grass and also a swing area for the little ones.
Finally, mention that the Verano Azul park is open 24 hours a day and that admission to it is free.
Acueducto del Águila
Aqueduct of the Eagle, also commonly known as “Puente del Águila”, this aqueduct was built in the 19th century to transport water to the mills of the old San Joaquín Sugar Factory. The construction was directed by the local master builder Francisco Cantarero.
The factory was closed many years ago, but today the aqueduct is still used for local communal irrigation. It is a beautiful place to take photographs and for this there are spaces on the road to be able to stop with the car during the duration of the visit.
When you go from the town to see the Cuevas de Nerja, you will see it on the left.
Cueva de Nerja
One of the most important archaeological sites in the world
The famous Cave of Nerja was discovered on January 12, 1959 by some local youths who were playing, when they saw how bats came out of a hole in the ground. The curiosity of these young people led them to enter that cavity discovering what is today one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. The Tourist Galleries have an area of 9,371 m2 and correspond, approximately, to a third of the total of the cave.
The cave has 589 cave paintings from the Upper Paleolithic and recent prehistory, although for conservation reasons they cannot be visited. Some of these paintings have been dated as the first known work of art in the history of mankind.
The tourist visit has a 45-minute tour in which you will go back millions of years in time. You will be able to observe stalactites, stalagmites, columns, gours, macaroni and many other formations, some of them never seen in any cave in the world. Also noteworthy is the gigantic central column of the cataclysm room, which holds the position of the largest in the world in the Guinness Book of Records.
Without a doubt, the Cueva de Nerja is a must-see that you will not regret.
The Tuesday market where you will find a wide variety of products AT THE BEST PRICES!
Every Tuesday the street market arrives in Nerja, where merchants from all over the region set up their stalls to offer a wide variety of products at very cheap prices, which is why it is popularly known locally as “el baratillo”. It is installed in the car park at the beginning of the Almijara III urbanization between 09:00 and 14:00.
We recommend that you go first thing in the morning, as the best deals fly!