|Information about Nerja
Originally a small fishing
village on the Mediterranean Sea, Nerja is still known for its traditional
Andalusian atmosphere and mood.
Located right on the beach
front, Nerja is sunny 300 days per year. Enjoy the sandy coves, mountain
views and also the Balcon de Europa (balcony of Europe), which is part
of an ancient fortress (approx. 900 AD) overlooking the ocean views.
There are several beaches, including the Playa Burriana (Blue Flag beach),
and there is a charming seaside walk along the beachfront (known as the
Paseo de Carabineros).
old traditional centre of Nerja is charming, with white washed houses,
narrow streets and the usual floral decorations on the balconies.
There are many little tapas bars and restaurants in the town to rest and
enjoy the local produce. You can also buy many regional products,
including the famous olive oil, cheeses and honey, and delicious fresh
tropical fruits, and vegetables.
There is so much to do in
town, including flamenco shows, walking and hiking, jeep tours, sailing
trips, mountain bike hire, diving and other water sports. Want to
learn Spanish? There are Spanish courses held locally too.
A little further from town
you will find the famous Cuevas de Nerja (Nerja caves) - originally discovered
by children playing in the area, these caves have the largest stalactites
in Europe and are the third most famous attraction in Spain.
Behind the Nerja caves is
the nature park - Sierra Tejeda, Alhama and Almijara - with wonderful walks
and views. You can view the Spanish mountain goat (cabra hispanica)
in its natural habitat. Besides walking, there are also some wonderful
drives through the area.
Other attractions close by
include Granada - 1.5 hours drive - including the famous Alhambra and close
by the Sierra Nevada mountains with wonderful ski slopes. Visit the
Alpujarras, a lovely mountainous area and the village of Trevelez, which
is the highest village in Spain.
Malaga is also close by
- the capital of Andalucia, it is worth a visit to the Picasso Museum,
the cathedral, the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro. Other day trips can
be made to famous Cordoba, Sevilla, Ronda and Gibraltar.
In conclusion, Nerja is well
worth a visit - the real Spain, with wonderful beaches!