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Things to do in Nerja

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The top 49 attractions in Nerja

Viewpoints in Nerja
Balcón de Europa
This is probably the most recognized place in Nerja. And it deserves it. It is a spectacular viewpoint that seems to be floating from the top of a precipice while offering unforgettable sunsets. You could say that it is the “center” of Nerja, since it is where people meet and where tourists and local people come together, where people decide where they are going out that night. Wherever you look you will be amazed: sea, cliffs, beaches… It is a must see if you are in Nerja.
Villages in Nerja
If you like to swim at beaches with heavy surf, see some rocks that look like gruyere cheese overlooking the bluest of oceans, you have to visit Nerja, a small paradise in the heart of Malaga, Andalusia. You will enjoy walking the streets that carry a typical rural Andalusian style in the municipality of Malaga, where the famous Balcon de Europa and Nerja Caves lie.
Caves in Nerja
Caves of Nerja
The cave of Nerja are also known as the Natural Cathedral Costa del Sol. This spot is about five kilometers away from the center of Nerja. Stresses the Bethlehem Chamber, the Chamber of Ghosts, the Board of the Pillars of Hercules, the Hall of the Mountain, the Board of the Arena, the Board of the immensity and the Hall of Cataclysm, the largest of the Cave, where a pillar sixty feet high is located in the center.
Hiking in Nerja
Chíllar River Walk
The tour of the Rio Chillar, Cahorros Nerja, in the region of Axarquia in Malaga, is one of the most amazing hiking paths, refreshing and enjoyable to do. You are crossing the river in its bed, walking over water between vegetation and rocks, in some cases, up small waterfalls, through some small pools where you can swim and so the dam. Coming back on the hike will take about 8 or 9 hours, it just depends on how many stops you decide to take. The most impressive and spectacular journey is when you get to the "Cahorros" at the beginning of the route, which are small narrow rock gorges, about 50 meters high and 250 meters long. I have now gone on this hike several times with friends, and each one loved it, they were all pleasantly surprised. In Nerja everyone knows this path so anyone can guide you on how to arrive, Be sure to do it, you will not be sorry. On your visit you should not miss the Nerja Balcony of Europe which is just a few miles to the mountain village of Frigiliana, it is worth it.
Beaches in Nerja
Playa de Burriana
Hi, these pictures are taken on the cliffs of Nerja, from a Kayak. It's a very interesting route for canoe or kayak. I recommend it. Burriana Beach is also a very interesting place to visit. Also, if you would like to try a place of the Ayo rice, there is a restaurant on the beach.
Beaches in Nerja
Nerja Beach
Even if you do not like sand beaches with pebbles, as in my case, I recommend the beaches of Nerja, because they are clean and really nice for its scenery. The beach is contrasted with background mountains and not so deep, and small caves that enter the sea.
Rivers in Nerja
Chillar River
In the municipality of Nerja, in Malaga, there is a hiking trail, 90% of the route is through the water with a maximum depth of two feet in the worst case. It is a bearable route but I advise you to wear good shoes.
Beaches in Nerja
Playa Calahonda
A thousand times I dropped the Balcon de Europa towards the beach of Calahonda. It is probably the most photographed beach in Nerja, so it took me awhile to take this photo, hoping the light conditions and the weather were perfect to extract all its beauty. Hope you like it and I hope to count on your vote. Thank you.
Beaches in Nerja
Playa El Salón
My son was in unison with the sea, enjoying his youth, and engaging his vivid imagination in one of the many wonderful parts of the Mediterranean coast. This beach had sounds of church bells, the rooster, the talk of all Europe ... charming. The beach is perfect, clean, clear, and safe.
Villages in Nerja
About three kilometers from Nerja, and on the road towards the Almeria Coast, we came across the "Lordship of Maro" (Maro). This is a small white village from the Roman times that belongs to the municipality of Nerja. It is located on the coast just a kilometer from the famous Caves of Nerja, and every year in July, there is a big festival there that is very famous. This year, 2009, marks the celebration of its 15th anniversary with performances by José Carreras, Joan Manuel Serrat and Sara Baras among others). Though the hamlet is small and contains many traces of the past (the most important monument is the Church of Our Lady of Wonders ... Well and the Caves of Nerja, which are within the hamlet of Maro) it is located in a great spot with almost wild beaches where we can contemplate its cliffs and often even see wild goats and Maro Fair celebrates its Patron saint of Our Lady of Wonderland on September 9.
Of Cultural Interest in Nerja
La Dorada 1
The day we visited Nerja, we could not avoid going to take a look at the ship's captain, that we've all seen many times on television. When you see it, you feel excitement, joy, and nostalgia. It is a worthwhile visit.
Coves in Nerja
Cala del Cañuelo
This is one of the many wonders of the beach area. It's quiet, never crowded, and very good for snorkeling. The downside, if I have to pinpoint one, would be that you have to leave your car behind and make a €2 round trip. Bring your sunglasses!
Cliffs in Nerja
Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo Natural Area
You go by car to Maro, which is right next to Nerja, and follow the old N-340 highway. After a couple of kilometres, you'll leave the half-urbanised area and find yourself at a stretch of cliffs, with the sea on the right and the mountains on the left. There are beaches under embankments, although you'll have to walk for a while to reach them. We went to two, although in a week you could discover them all. You can also reach these beaches by kayaks from Maro (a good idea, but we didn't - our son had just turned one, and the smallest life jacket was like a tent on him). We were almost completely alone on one of these beaches, and at the exact point that I marked on the map there is a cave in which you can relax and stay out of the sun until lunch time (while the sun is in the east).
Streets in Nerja
Calle Animas
Nerja is a town at the eastern end of the province of Malaga, on the coast and bordering Granada province. Although it's a tourist town with a large foreign population, it hasn't lost its roots, and still retains the traditional Andalucian architecture. The old town is characterised by cobbled streets and low houses with whitewashed walls, and potted plants decorating the balconies. Calle Anima is a charming, bright street with old houses. Strangely enough, many of the residents here are foreigners, who have learned to respect the customs and traditions of the town and its environment.
Beaches in Nerja
Playa Torre del Pino
Playa Torre del Pino is the kind of beach you'll find all over the east coast of Malaga and Granada. It can be accessed from the coastal road on foot, although it's not easy: there's a considerable slope, so it's not perhaps the most comfortable option! The water is warm and clear, ideal for snorkeling.
Squares in Nerja
Plaza Cantarero
Plaza Cantarero is one of the oldest squares in Nerja and is a great starting point to explore the city's Old Town. From Plaza Cantarero, you can take Calle Pintada and head out to see all the sights of the town In the center of the square, you'll find a fountain and some wooden beams where bougainvillea and other plants conceal some shady benches to sit.
Streets in Nerja
Calle El Salón
Calle El Salón is one of the most popular streets in the old town of Nerja and it forms part of Plaza de la Cavana, just past the Balcon de Europa. I started to walk down it on the way to the beach and the street becomes very narrow and long passageway that eventually leads down to Playa de El Salon. It used to be a dirt path, but now it is lined in grey stone and decorated with white pictures.
Churches in Nerja
Ermita de San Miguel
This chapel used to be in the outside parts of Nerja, but due to the rapid urban growth of the town, it has now made its place practically in the center, so that rather than a chapel, it could almost be considered a small church. The Chapel of San Miguel, was built way back in the seventeenth century in the Plaza de Andalucia, north of Old Town. The interior is surprising because it is very small, yet is a perfect example of Moorish baroque style. The roof of the main altar is painted fully with images of the Apostles.

The best things to do in Nerja

One of the main attractions in Nerja must be the beaches. The mild, warm climate of the Costa del Sol makes this an ideal place to spend leisure time. If you want to unwind, get yourself to the urban beaches that are some of the most popular Nerja attractions, like Burriana or the Playazo.

If you really want to get away from it all, you'll find more relaxing Nerja activities on the tranquil Playa de las Alberquillas, which is a little bit off the beaten track. Most things to see in Nerja are related to nature. Examples are the cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo, which offer spectacular views as well as the chance to dive in crystal clear waters.

Among the other places to visit in Nerja is Sierra Tejeda Almijara Natural Park. Fresh air and peaceful paths will help you relax and unwind. For even more natural things to add to your list of what to do in Nerja, head to the Caves of Nerja. Here you'll find five miles of caves with stalactites, stalagmites, and cave paintings. This area seduces tourists looking for things to do in Nerja. It's definitely worth a visit, as long as you don't suffer from claustrophobia! If you're still looking for stuff to do in Nerja, check out what the minube community has to say.