Situated on southern Spain´s sunshine coast, The Costa del Sol, Nerja is known as the tourist capital of the Axarquia. With over 320 average days of sunshine each year, 16km of sandy beaches, over 300 bars and restaurants and stunning natural landscapes, Nerja attracts thousands of visitors each year from all over Europe.
Some of the most popular and interesting attractions in Nerja include:
The Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs Natural Area
Maro is a tiny town just 3km from Nerja, which is famous for its dramatic, steep cliffs and stunning views over the Mediterranean. From one of the many scenic viewpoints, visitors can look out to the coastline of Africa and the limestone outcrops of the Sierra Almijara. Sheltered coves and beaches can be reached via steps or tracks, and a special minibus is laid on in summer.
The Watchtower of La Marquesa is clearly visible from the centre of Maro and was built in the 16th century to enable locals to keep watch for pirates invading the coastline.
Nerja has 10 beaches to choose from, and two of these – Burriana and Torrecilla – have Blue Flag awards. Burriana Beach has also won a ´Q-Standard Quality Award´ for its quality and cleanliness. Parasols and sunbeds can be hired on all Nerja beaches, and visitors can choose from a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafés lining the seafront promenade. Water sports are available on the larger beaches and visitors can also enjoy day cruises along the coast from nearby Marina del Este, Herradura.
The Nerja Caves
The incredible Nerja Caves are the third most visited monument in Spain, and are officially recognised for their historical and artistic importance. The caves were discovered by accident in the 1959 by five local lads who were bat-hunting, and date back some five million years. Large chambers are filled with superb rock formations, including the world´s largest stalactite. The caves stretch over 4,000m. Theatre seating has been built into the caverns, and concerts are staged throughout the summer months.
The Balcón de Europa
A former Arabic fortress, the Balcón de Europa, or the Balcony of Europe, is one of the most famous landmarks in Nerja. Situated at the end of a tree-lined boulevard on a rocky ridge, the Balcón de Europa offers stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea, the mountains of the Sierra Almijara and over the city of Nerja. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking sunset or sunrise views.
Tapas can be enjoyed in most of the cafés and bars of Nerja, and are often served free with a drink. Whether you are looking for traditional tapas, including chorizo, jamon and queso, spicy sausage, cured ham and cheese, or a seafood paella, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a restaurant for lunch or dinner. El Chiringuito de Ayo on the seafront promenade at Burriana Beach is renowned for its delicious paellas which are cooked over a wood fire, and include fresh fish, meat and seafood. Paella at Ayo´s does not have to be pre-ordered and the menu also offers a wide choice of salads and barbecued meat and fish dishes to suit all tastes.
Nerja properties for sale
Nerja properties for sale are highly sought after and include new developments, townhouses, villas and apartments by the sea and inland.
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