10 Ways to Enjoy Holidays in Nerja

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Nerja SpainSource: Neil Ford

When it comes to geography, Nerja is pretty much one of the best destinations you could ever hope for. It’s located in between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sierras de Tejeda mountains, so the things you can do in this area are pretty much endless. Whether you enjoy sea activities or prefer to explore the mountains, you’re bound to have a great time on your holiday in Nerja.

1. Explore the Nerja Caves

Discovered accidentally in 1959 by some local children from Maro, the Nerja Caves have become one of the town’s top attractions. Here you can explore the world’s largest column, a Guiness Book of World Records holder since 1989, and see the oldest Neanderthal cave paintings in the world. In fact, archaeologists date the paintings to being over 10,000 years old.


  • Name: Nerja Caves
  • Address: Fundacion Cueva de Nerja, Carretera de Margo, 29787 Nerja, Malaga, Spain
  • Phone: +34 952 529 520
  • Price: €8.50 (Adults), €4.50 (Children), Free Admission (5 and under)
  • Website: www.cuevadenerja.es

2. Go on a Hiking Trip

Nerja Hike
Source: David Lee

For adventurers and active travelers, there’s no better view in Nerja than that of the one found at the top of El Cielo. As the highest costal mountain in the region, El Cielo is a whopping 1,508 meters tall with views that will take your breath away. The whole hike up to the peak is a scenic treat on its own. The Sierra Nevada foothills is also great for an easy hike.

3. Soak Up the Sun

Nerja Beaches
Source: Nick Kenrick

There’s honestly no way you can spend a holiday in Nerja and not take advantage of all of its gorgeous beaches. Nerja is known to have the most beautiful beaches in the whole Costa del Sol area. Explore a hidden cove in Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo or spend your day lapping up the sun, surf and sand at Burianna and El Playazo.

4. Take A Long Leisurely Walk

Nerja Balcon de Europa
Source: Nick Kenrick

In the mood for a little romance or just a nice scenic walk in general? Head to the Balcón de Europa, the town’s most well known landmark, and explore the area on foot. You can look forward to a rewarding panoramic view of the coast while experiencing first hand the town’s typical activities.


  • Name: Balcón de Europa
  • Address: Paseo Balcón de Europa, 29780, Nerja, Malaga, Spain
  • Opening hour: Open 24 Hours

5. Visit the Prettiest Village in Andalusia

Nerja Frigiliana
Source: Paolo Trabattoni

When people say that Frigiliana is the most beautiful village in Andalusia, they really mean it. Even the Spanish tourism authority has recognized this quaint little village and it’s gorgeous location. Venture off into the village’s maze of cobbled streets and capture some great images of the fabulous whitewashed homes decorated with vibrant flowers.


  • Name: Frigiliana
  • Access: 6km drive north of Nerja

6. Dig Into Paella

Nerja Chiringuito de Ayo
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Nerja is bursting with joints specializing in paella, so there’s no excuse to miss out on this delightful and so-very-Spanish dish. The best place to enjoy paella is at Ayo’s along Burriana beach. The combination of the deep flavors and the gorgeous view of the beach is unbeatable.


  • Name: Chiringuito de Ayo
  • Address: Playa Burriana, 29780 Nerja, Malaga, Spain
  • Phone: +34 952 522 289
  • Website: www.ayonerja.com

7. Explore the Beaches Less Travelled

Nerja Caleta de Maro
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While the top beaches of Nerja are absolutely magnificent, sometimes you just need to escape from the crowd. During your vacation in Nerja, try to visit one of the lesser known beaches to enjoy peace and quiet while still taking in the spectacular views of Costa del Sol’s beaches. Insider tip? La Caleta de Maro is one of the more secluded and more peaceful beaches.


  • Name: La Caleta de Maro
  • Price: Free Admission

8. Soak Up Some History

Nerja The Eagle Aqueduct
Source: Cayetano

For a well rounded trip to Nerja, experiencing some of the town’s history is a must. The Eagle Aqueduct is a great choice to see some historically significant architecture because of its beauty and proximity to the city. While the construction of the aqueduct was primarily for the use of a sugar cane factory, it is still used today for local irrigation.


9. Have a Drink by the Beach

Nerja Beer by the Beach
Source: Uwe Krella

It’s never to early to have a drink when you’re on vacation. Brunch time? Have a mimosa! Is it well into the afternoon? Grab a cerveza. No matter what your preferred alcoholic beverage is, grab it and head over to one of Nerja’s many fantastic beaches with a few of your friends and just savor the utter relaxation that it brings. May we suggest the Playa de Maro?

10. Trek Along the Chillar River

Nerja Chillar River
Source: Emilio J. Rodriguez-Posada

Yes, Nerja’s beaches are gorgeous, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t venture out and explore the great and beautiful outdoors. The Chillar River is local favorite destination and provides enjoyable treks and hikes for people of all ages. Just remember that this is one of Andalucia’s most treasured rivers, so you may want to visit on a weekday to avoid a crowd.


  • Name: Chillar River
  • Address: Rio de Chillar, Nerja, Spain

A fantastic holiday doesn’t always have to mean spending tons of dollars on renting equipment or paying for overpriced tours. The truth is, some of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see will be the result of a free, DIY hike off into some quiet location. Whether you want to hike around the Chillar River or spend the day in a secluded beach, we have no doubt that you’ll find tons of ways to enjoy your holidays in Nerja.

Have a good trip and travel!