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Nerja

Things to see and do in Nerja

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Nerjalocated on the picturesque Costa del Sol, captivates with its historical and natural charm. The famous Caves of NerjaWith its impressive rock formations and ancient cave paintings, it is a must for archaeology lovers. The Balcony of Europe offers spectacular panoramic views of the Mediterranean, ideal for strolling and enjoying the sunset. Its beaches, such as the popular Burriana BeachThe beach is a great place to relax in the sun and enjoy fresh sardine skewers in the local beach bars. Also on offer, the old town of NerjaThe town, with its cobbled streets and traditional whitewashed architecture, offers an enchanting experience that reveals the rich history and unique charm of this Spanish coastal destination.

Monuments to see in Nerja

Nerja is famous for its fascinating caves, the Nerja CavesA gigantic cave system with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. These caves are a testament to the region's prehistoric past and feature cave paintings dating back thousands of years.

Museums to visit in Nerja

The Museum of Nerja is a must for archaeology and history lovers. It exhibits local finds ranging from prehistoric to Roman and Arab times, providing a fascinating insight into the area's cultural past.

Beach and Nature in Nerja

The beaches of Nerja are known for their natural beauty and crystal clear waters. The most emblematic is Burriana Beachwith its golden sand and a wide range of services. Also available, the Balcony of Europe offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and is a perfect place to stroll and enjoy the coastal scenery.

What to eat in Nerja

The gastronomy in Nerja is delicious and varied. Don't miss out on the sardine skewersa local speciality prepared on the grill with salt and a touch of lemon. Fresh fish and seafood are plentiful, and traditional dishes such as ajoblanco (cold almond soup) and pescaíto frito (fried fish) are irresistible.

Excursions in Nerja

For those who wish to explore beyond the city, the excursions to the white villages of the Axarquia are highly recommended. Frigiliana, with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, is an outstanding example of the typical architecture of the region.

The weather in Nerja

Nerja has a mild Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures hover around 30°C, perfect for enjoying its beaches such as Burriana and Carabeo. Winters are mild, with lows of around 10°C, ideal for exploring the Nerja Cave and its historic centre. The sea breeze cools the atmosphere all year round, making Nerja a pleasant destination in any season.

Best time to travel to Nerja

The best time to visit Nerja is spring and autumn, when the weather is mild and pleasant, perfect for exploring its beaches and historic sites such as the Nerja Cave. Avoid the summer crowds and enjoy more moderate temperatures.

Winter in Nerja

In winter, Nerja enjoys mild temperatures of around 15°C during the day, ideal for strolling through its charming old town and discovering the Nerja Cave without the crowds of the high season. It is a peaceful time to explore the natural beauty of the Mediterranean coast.

Spring in Nerja

In spring, Nerja is full of colour with pleasant temperatures around 20°C, perfect for exploring its hidden coves and nature trails. It is the ideal time to enjoy the tranquillity before the high summer tourist season arrives.

Summer in Nerja

In summer, Nerja shines with sunny days and warm temperatures reaching up to 30°C. Its beaches such as Burriana and Carabeo are popular with visitors looking to relax and enjoy the sea. Evenings are usually pleasant for strolling along the promenade.

Autumn in Nerja

In autumn, Nerja offers a mild and pleasant climate with temperatures around 25°C during the day. It is the perfect time to enjoy its natural landscapes and visit the historic Nerja Cave without the summer crowds, ideal for those who prefer a quieter atmosphere.

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Excursions to Nerja from Malaga

If you are in Malaga for several days, take advantage of this opportunity to discover Nerja with any of our excursions to visit Nerja and Frigiliana at your own pace.

Booking our day trips to Nerja from Málaga we will take you to these places with the best local guides, in love with the province of Malaga and knowledgeable about all the stories and curiosities of each destination.

Make the most of your holidays and leaves its mark on Nerja.

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    Discover two treasures of the Costa del Sol: Nerja and Frigiliana. From the breathtaking views of the Balcon de Europa in Nerja to the charming cobbled streets and local crafts in Frigiliana, every corner is a jewel to be discovered. Spend an exciting day with the Nerja and Frigiliana excursion from Malaga and the Costa del Sol - book your place!

    Discover two treasures of the Costa del Sol: Nerja and Frigiliana. From the breathtaking views of the Balcon de Europa in Nerja to the charming cobbled streets and local crafts in Frigiliana, every corner is a jewel to be discovered. Spend an exciting day with the Nerja and Frigiliana excursion from Malaga and the Costa del Sol - book your place!

    🚍Málaga & Costa del Sol⏩Frigiliana 🕑2 hours

    • 2 hours free time in Frigiliana

    🚍 Frigiliana ⏩Nerja🕑20 minutes

    • 3 hours free time in Nerja

    🚍 Nerja⏩Málaga & Costa del Sol🕑2 hours

What to visit in Nerja

From Visitanddo.com we present you a list of 10 essential places that you cannot miss in Nerja:

  1. Balcony of Europe
  2. Caves of Nerja
  3. Burriana Beach
  4. Old Bridge
  5. Nerja Old Town
  6. El Salvador Church
  7. Plaza de la Ermita
  8. Museum of Nerja
  9. The Blue Summer Park
  10. Maro Cliffs

How to get to Nerja

To get to Nerja, you have several options depending on your location and transport preferences, here is how to get to Nerja:

  • Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) is one of the most important in Spain and is well connected to many European and some international cities.
  • Transport from the airportFrom the airport, you can take a taxi, a bus (line A) or a train (Cercanías C1) to get to the centre of Malaga and from Malaga take a bus from Malaga to Nerja. You can also hire the Rios Shuttle service

You can check here for information on departing and arriving flights at Malaga Airport (AGP).

Nerja has no train station, so the most common option is to take the train to Malaga and then a bus or car from there to get to Nerja.

You can check timetables, fares and book your transport to get to Malaga by train here. 

Bus: You can make the journey by bus from Malaga bus station to Nerja with a duration of approximately one hour.

You can check here for information on arrival and departure times from Malaga bus station.

RoadsFrom Malaga you can take one of the main motorways, in this case the A-7 towards Almeria and you will reach the exit towards Nerja in about 50 minutes. 

Nerja has no marina to reach by boat, however you can do so through its two nearest ports:

  • Port of MalagaMalaga has a port which receives ferries and cruise ships, it is located 60km west of Nerja. From here you can get to Nerja by bus, car or taxi.

You can consult here for information on arrival and departure times and general information on the port of Malaga.

  • Marina del Este marina (Almuñecar)Almuñécar has a harbour which receives smaller boats, it is located 20km west of Nerja. From here you can travel to Nerja by bus, car or taxi.

You can consult here the characteristics of this port in Marina del Este. 

  • City busesThere are several lines that cover key points of the city such as Burriana Beach, the Balcón de Europa, the Health Centre, and residential areas. City buses usually run between 30 minutes and 1 hour, depending on the line and time of day. You can buy tickets directly on the bus. 
  • Tourist Train "Nerja City Tour": It goes to places such as the Balcón de Europa, Burriana Beach, and the historic centre. It runs every 30-40 minutes.
  • Taxis and private transport servicesTaxis and services such as Uber, Bolt and Cabify are available. 

Where to eat in Nerja

Nerja has a wide variety of restaurants and bars offering everything from traditional Andalusian cuisine to international options. Here are five recommended places to eat in Nerja:

The place has a tapas section ideal for those who prefer to eat standing up or on high stools, as well as a large terrace for those who want to sit and enjoy a tasty fritter or seafood with a drink.

This family restaurant is known worldwide for having been the filming location for the famous TV series 'Verano Azul'.

This Scandinavian-style venue offers a warm atmosphere and a wide range of options including snacks, mixed dishes, drinks and cocktails.

A very well known Italian restaurant, considered one of the best culinary destinations in Nerja, as it is located in one of the most emblematic places in Nerja, the balcony of Europe. 

One of the best things about this café is that, as well as having lunch, you can enjoy a coffee with breathtaking views over Calahonda Beach that will leave you speechless.

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