The area of Nerja lies at the eastern side of southern Andalucía on the Costa Del Sol in the Axarquia region and was once known as “Naricha”, which means ´abundant spring water´ in Arabic.
Nerja has been recognised by visitors and locals for centuries because of its natural beauty. The town sits at the foot of the stunning Almijara Mountain range, which protects Nerja from any extremes of climate. As a result, Nerja has a mild climate all year round.
Although Nerja is the tourist capital of the Axarquia region, when you compare it to many of the other tourist areas that you will find further west on the coast, it is still relatively un-spoilt by tourism.
Nerja (which you pronounce Nerha) is predominantly a typical Spanish working town rather than a place for just tourists and there are many fishermen, farmers and tradesmen all running their various businesses. It has a population of around 15,000 which understandably increases in the summer months.
Thanks to the work of the council of Nerja and the area’s stunning natural surroundings, Nerja really is a place to appreciate and be in awe of. The local authorities have put very strict building regulations in place to ensure all new developments resemble traditional Andalucían style buildings. Nerja has successfully held out against the ugly multi-storey tower block hotels and all the construction that has taken place remains faithful to the style and traditions of the original old town.
The pretty coves and low white cliffs combined with the fields of wild flowers, immaculate sidewalks and abundant flower beds make the town a truly pleasurable place to be. In fact many artists have set up residence in Nerja purely to be near to such inspiration for their work!
If you are staying in Nerja and want to do some sight seeing while you are there, it is advisable to hire a car to make getting around a lot easier. A few of the most interesting destinations can be reached by bus and many of the town centre amenities are all in walking distance. However, if you would like to go a little further afield and explore the area then it will be difficult if you do not have access to a car.
There is plenty to see and do in and around Nerja, and there are more than 13 km of beaches to enjoy for a start. The coastline here is some of the best in the region as the sand is white and powdery and the sea is the clearest and warmest. The little bays which are lined with rock formations make fantastic places to snorkel and dive and there are plenty of different varieties of marine life to see.
The most famous beach in Nerja is Burriana Beach. This one is the largest of the town’s 5 beaches and has everything for a perfect day out for all the family. It has been awarded the Blue Flag award for many years running, this is the award for facilities, cleanliness and safety. The facilities on the beach include volleyball nets, diving and snorkelling equipment, public showers and toilets as well as more than 20 bars and restaurants to enjoy some local dishes!
If you would prefer to spend a quieter day at the beach then you should try Playa Torrecilla. This is a particularly wide beach and the water is very shallow for a long way out, which makes it ideal for younger children to enjoy safely.
Playa el Salon is a charming little bay located directly under the Balcón de Europa which you can get to via a cobbled winding path. This is one of Nerja´s best kept secrets and if you don’t know it is there then you are likely to miss out on seeing it altogether! The access is not ideal for people with walking difficulties or push chairs, but if you can get to it then you should as it is definitely worth the effort.
Playa Calahonda and Playazo Beach are the two other choices of beach in Nerja, both of which have good facilities.
The Balcón de Europa is a wide, palm fringed promenade built high up on top of the 10th Century Moorish castle and is the main look-out point to sea. This is regarded as the centre of the town and the views of the rocky coastline are magnificent from here. You can stand here and look out to the ocean and you will see the fishing boats landing the day’s catch. From here you can also look directly down into the crystal clear lagoons which are off Playa el Salon. Nerja´s old town spreads out to the north of the Balcón Europa and you will find many of the traditional donkey taxi waiting in the shaded areas to transport people around the town.
Ancient canons stand guard on the edges, once used to keep pirates and invaders at bay. The 17th century baroque style church of El Salvador, which lies just to the side of the Balcón, has recently been restored and is a lovely place to wander round – especially if you are looking for an escape from the heat of the afternoon sun.
Nerja is probably most famous for its caves, and rightly so; they are considered one of the most historic monuments in the world. Three kilometres from the town centre are the caves where skeletal remains and artefacts were discovered, dating back from 30,000BC to the Bronze Age. The caves and their secrets were uncovered back in 1959 and have been a point of fascination since.
The cave is full of stalactites and stalagmites and paintings dating back to the Palaeolithic periods. Recent scientific discoveries have found certain species thought previously to be extinct in the caves in areas not open to the public, amongst the discoveries were scarab beetles and blind scorpions – so it is probably a very good thing those areas are not open to the public!
The enormous natural cavern that makes us the main part of the cave has a ceiling of 32 metres and hosts an annual festival of classical music and dance in July – an event not be missed.
So if you are looking to buy property and would like to sample all the delights of Southern Spain without the high-rise apartment blocks and loud English bars of some places, visit Nerja and its natural un-spoilt wonders.
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