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Nerja, Andalucia, Spain
Situated in a unique enclave of incomparable beauty with its beaches of transparent waters and the majestic mountains of the Sierra de Almijara. Nerja offers a warm welcome to visitors, who arrive on its coast, just 55 km from Málaga, the capital of the Costa del Sol.
In its historic past, which dates back to 1487, we find the famous 'Balcón de Europa' , a viewpoint overlooking the sea, built from the ruins of an old medieval castle. The old city maintains all the flavour of Andalucia, with its white-washed houses and balconies with geraniums, while at the same time it offers you a wide selection of restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy the quality and variety of the local gastronomy.
The beaches, among them the famous 'Burriana' (awarded every year with the Blue Flag of the EU), are perfect to enjoy the Mediterranean sun and practice different water sports, that offer fun for all the family members.
Nerja offers a wide range of cultural activities, among which is the 'Festival de las Cuevas de Nerja'. The mentioned "Cuevas" (caves) which can be visited all year round, are a real natural wonder and are the third most visited monument in Spain.
The amazing prehistoric caves in Nerja are definitely worth a visit. They are situated on Carretera de la Cueva, 3km to the East of Nerja town centre. These caves are thought to have been inhabited between 25,000C through to the Bronze Age and they houses treasures such as prehistoric remains, 20,000 year old wall paintings, skeletal remains and other archaeological artefacts.
The 17th century chapel Angustias is also worth a visit. It is adorned with Andalucian paintings. Or the church of El Salvador, built in a baroque-Moorish style.
The most famous landmark in Nerja is the Balcon de Europa, which is built in the place of a former 9th century fortress. There is a wide promenade which is lined with exotic plants and palm trees and enjoys amazing views. It is a very popular with tourists for dining, drinking and partying.
At the Balcon you can hire a horse drawn carriage for a relaxing and enjoyable sightseeing trip of the town. Or for the more energetic, the local tourist information centre provides an excellent leaflet called "The 12 Walks of Nerja".
The Paseo de los Carabineros is another beautiful promenade in a landscape of natural rock skirting the beaches of Calahonda and Carabeillo.
The average temperature in Nerja is 19 degrees C all year round and there is 16km of coastline and 7 beaches within walking distance of the town.
We can particularly recommend one beach, Playa Caletilla, which is below the Balcon and in front of the Hotel Europa. Unlike some of the other shingly beaches, this one has softer sand.
Or the pretty, sheltered fishermen's beach on the left of the Balcon, Playa Calahonda, which consists of a mix of small pebbles and sand. A steep path leads down to this beach from the Balcon. The beach is equipped with sun loungers and sun umbrellas which are available to hire and there is also a restaurant which is open during the summer.
A great beach for children would be Playa Torrecilla, which is situated at the bottom of the town. It is a perfect beach for small children, as it has been artifically widened to provide shallow, calm waters with soft sand.
Playa el Salon is a secluded, small sandy beach, tucked away so not many tourists discover it. Take the cobbled path between the church and the Hotel Europa, to the right of the Balcon. The beach is equipped with sun loungers which can be hired and there is a beach bar.
Playazo is the most rugged and longest beach in Nerja. This 2km long beach is situated next to Playa Torrecilla and stretches from the Marinas de Nerja hotel complex to the eastern edge of Nerja. It is less busy than the neighbouring beaches, possibly because it consists of mainly pebbles and there are less bars and amenities. However, in the summer months it does have beach showers and toilets.
The most popular and well-equipped beach is Playa Burriana to the far east of the town. You can either take your car to the beach (there's a fee paying car park alongside it) or take the scenic rocky coastal path which leads from the town centre all the way to Burriana (about a 20 minute walk).
The 800-metre beach is a mixture of fine sand and pebbles and has all the facilities you could wish for. There are numerous beach bars and seafront cafes here. You can hire sun beds and shades and there's a full range of water sports including scuba diving and boat cruises along the coast.