Nerja is a town in the eastern part of the Costa del Sol, close to Malaga’s provincial border with Granada. The commune used to be - similar to other towns along the Costa del Sol – a sleepy fishing village. Today however, it is an enchanting tourist resort with marvelous beaches and a picturesque town centre with narrow alleys, whitewashed houses and small shops.
Due to the propitious local climate, visitors can savor 320 sunny days every year, with high temperatures in summer and pleasant, moderate weather in winter. Nerja has a mild climate all year round, allowing cultivation of subtropical fruits such as custard apple or avocado.
Very recommendable sites in Nerja are the caves (Cuevas de Nerja), which is as well called the “Cathedral of the Costa del Sol” and is situated about 800 metres from the littoral, where one can admire impressive dripstones and ancient cave-paintings, as well as the Balcony of Europe (Balcon de Europa), an outlook that offers a spectacular view over the sea, the cliffs along the coastline and the beautiful mountains behind. It is a beautiful seaside veranda overhanging the town of Nerja and situated between the beaches of Salón and Calahonda beach. The best way to get to those small beaches is booking a car hire at Malaga airport.
On the Paseo Balcon de Europa are situated many cafes, restaurants, bars, ice cream, hostels and hotels. The historic centre of Nerja parts from the Balcony of Europe extending through several streets in the direction of the mountains.
Especially Nerja beaches should be highlighted as they consist of the finest sands one can find along the Costa del Sol and the best time to visit them is in May/June or September/October in mid-season in order to avoid large tourist masses.
In total Nerja has 10 beaches, most notably those of Burriana, Calahonda, El Salon, La Torrecilla and Playazo, counting the latter with an environment that has not yet suffered the consequences of urban sprawl on the Málaga coast. In addition, the municipality has eight areas of cliffs inviting for diving.