Nerja Spain Guide

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Nerja Spain Travel Guide:

JJ Nerja Rental presents its Nerja Spain guide. Nerja remains a popular holiday resort destination in Spain. Nestled along the Mediterranean coastline, this resort comes from humble beginnings. It first rose to prominence as a fishing village. Most importantly it has now been transformed into a bustling tourist destination popular with all demographics with plenty of entertainment to be found.

How to Get to Nerja from Malaga Airport

The majority of Nerja tourists choose the Malaga Airport as the gateway into their Nerja Spain vacation, however, the airport is about an hour’s drive away. With no railway options, we’ve found that the most convenient way to get to Nerja from the Malaga Airport therefore is either by bus or by renting a car.

Also taxis from the airport to Nerja will be much more costly, and also come with the downside of leaving you with no mode of transportation once you arrive at popular holiday destination. 

If your preferred option is a taxi from the airport JJ Nerja Rentals can organise that for you and the taxi will cost 70 Euros for up to four persons and also 100 Euros for a minibus

Climate in Nerja Spain

Nerja, most importantly  has its own micr0-climate, due to its location, protected by the surrounding mountain range. Therefore the average annual temperature ranges from 17-30 degrees Celsius, with an average humidity of 75%.

The weather is also mild throughout the year with some rain during the colder months. This therefore making it a perfect popular holiday destination for those escaping harsher climates.

Nerja Spain Guide Map of Nerja

Need help navigating the streets of Nerja? Use this map to find your way!

Nerja Spain Guide Languages Spoken in Nerja

Nerja has a diverse mix of people that speak various languages. The primary language spoken in Nerja, Spain is obviously Spanish. However, there are also many some people who also speak English, German and French as well in this popular holiday destination . This means no matter your native tongue you’ll likely find plenty of people with which to converse.

Money in Nerja

Like the rest of Europe, the currency in Spain and Nerja is the Euro.  The peseta is no longer in use in Spain.

The Euro is  the form of currency in this region and Spain. It’s also accepted by all businesses and tourist destinations for exchange for goods or services. 

 

Getting Around in Nerja & the Costa Del Sol

Nerja is a relatively small city, therefore  it’s so easy to get around on foot or by taxi. We therefore recommend exploring by foot, as its the best way to soak in Nerja’s beautiful sights, sounds, and smells. 

Walking, on the other hand, is not for everyone. If you can’t or don’t want to walk on your own, then there are some decent options available such as taxis and public transportation although they are not always the most timely or dependable options for those with a tight schedule.

Nerja Spain Points of Interest & Sightseeing

The Rio Chillar River

The Rio Chillar River is located in the Sierra de Los Filabres, in Nerja, Spain. It is a recreational destination for visitors and locals alike.

The Rio Chillar River flows through the Sierra de Los Filabres and offers a number of activities such as hiking, climbing and even kayaking. It is a popular fishing spot and there are three different types of fresh water fish: trout, sea trout and salmontail.

The Eagle Aqueduct tour:

The Eagle Aqueduct is located in Nerja. This is a raised aqueduct that was used for  raising water to the town from a higher altitude.

It also holds many interesting facts and stories. It has been declared an Historical Monument by Cadiz’s Provincial Council. The Tour is a guided walk along the canal which takes you past the pre-industrial history of Nerja and the spectacular beauty of its countryside. It starts at Plaza de la Constitución. Here the walk begins with explanations about this fantastic project. The project led to an increase in the population size (back then) and prosperity.

The Balcon de Europa

The Balcon de Europa is a stunning location in Nerja, this popular holiday destination. It is also the largest pedestrian area in the area and is famous for its sunsets.

The Balcon offers tourists a new perspective on the Andalusian coast. It truly feels like you are on top of the world when you are standing on the balcon. This also provides astounding views of the Costa del Sol sea and also coastline.

The Spanish Civil War had a big impact on Nerja  The balcon was used as a meeting point to get people across the border. It was also used for smuggling goods. But nowadays it’s less about smuggling and more about tourism and recreational activities.

Therefore a trip to Nerja wouldn’t be complete without also visiting this beautiful tourist attraction.

The Nerja Historic Center

The Nerja Historic Center is a UNESCO world heritage site that still remains as one of the most important tourist attractions in Spain. The center has been extensively studied and dated to be from at least 11th century BC to 12th century AD. Therefore this also makes it one of the oldest human-made structures in Europe.

Aquavelis Water Park

Aquavelis water park is an eco-friendly leisure complex in Torre dal mar, 35 Klm from Nerja. The complex has two swimming pools, including one for children with water slides. There are also different kinds of restaurants inside the park. They all provide visitors with exquisite Spanish cuisine. For an extra fee you can enjoy spa treatments at the waterpark’s luxury hotel. Aquavelis has all the facilities to make your visit to Nerja great!

The Church of El Salvador

The Church of El Salvador is a Roman Catholic church in El Salvador, Nerja. It is located on the balcon of Europe. It was commissioned by the king and queen of Spain in 1883. It was finally consecrated on September 25, 1889. The Church of El Salvador was designed by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco y Bracamonte. He also designed the Church of La Estrella in Madrid.

Therefore the Church has been an important pilgrimage site since the 13th century. It is also known  for its spectacular architecture and frescos.

The Nerja Caves

The Nerja Caves is located in the south-eastern part of the country. This beautiful natural formation was created by underground streams. The caves have been declared a museum site, and there are various routes that tourists can take through them.

Nerja Cave was declared a National Monument in 1981.It has therefore been one of the most important tourist attractions ever since. In recent years, it has also been steadily gaining momentum. Both locals and tourists have been increasing their visits to these caves for enjoyment but also for its therapeutic benefits.

Beaches in this popular holiday destination Nerja

Maro Beach

Maro Beach is a sandy beach located in Nerja, Andalusia, Spain. It is the longest beach in the region and therefore one of the most popular tourist destinations. However, it has a quieter and calmer atmosphere than some of the more popular beaches like Burriana. The water is shallow and you can also find several bars and restaurants on the beach too.

The Maro Beach has an average length of 2 km (1.2 miles). It offers natural beauty and also astonishing sights like caves and grottos.

Playa de Burriana

Playa Burriana is the most popular beach in Nerja. It it is probably one of the best sandy beaches in the town. It also has many restaurants and bars

There are also different types of water sports available for those that enjoy it. In recent years, tourism has grown as many people want to visit this area as it is one of the most untouched beaches in Spain.

Playa el Salon

The Playa el Salon beach has been awarded with a blue flag. This therefore means that it is well maintained and safe for swimming. The beach also has a beach club that offers lifeguard services, sunbeds and umbrellas, showers and changing rooms. There are several restaurants along the beach with a variety of menus for all tastes.

Playa de la Cala el Canuelo

La Cala el Canuelo is a secluded beach with a rocky outcrop. The small secluded beach has white sand, blue water, and pine trees. It is perfect for people who are looking to get away from it all. The rocky outcrop provides a fun obstacle for kids to play on. Tourists looking for an adventure will enjoy exploring the natural surroundings of the area.

Nerja Spain Guide recommended Restaurants in Nerja

Bakus restaurant
– Fine dining at its best

Bakus:

Bakus truly is fine dining at its best. The cuisine is  typically Spanish with an international flavor.

Unbelievable food with great service. Gorgeous views of the coastline and sea. Would highly recommend for a date night. Topped off with a complimentary glass of champagne.

The restaurant is ideally located overlooking Carabeillo beach between the Balcon and Burriana beach.

Avalon:

The Avalon restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in Nerja. It has been rated on trip advisor as the no 1 restaurant in Nerja many times. The cuisine is international and to die for.

The terrace has absolutely amazing views looking out over nerja and the ocean. It is advisable to book early because of its popularity.

 

H3: Ayos at Playa de Burriana

Ayos is a long established Chiringuito famous for its paella and fish. Ayo is believed to be  one of a group of boys who first discovered Nerja Caves in 1958.

H3: Botanic

Botanic restaurant is a small, family-owned restaurant located in the heart of Nerja. The restaurant serves traditional dishes with a modern twist.

Botanic Restaurant focuses on fresh produce and meat, offering an authentic Spanish experience while maintaining a modern approach to traditional dishes. Located in the heart of Nerja in this popular holiday destination. This family-owned restaurant offers indoor seating with the option to enjoy your meal on their terrace overlooking the town.

H3: Copa Vino

Copa Vino Restaurant is a Spanish restaurant in Nerja. It was opened in 1970 by its founder Don Antonio, who wanted to create a restaurant where you could find not only the typical tapas but also fresh seafood.

The Copa Vino Restaurant has an atmosphere with the feeling of being at home. It has an outdoor patio, which is shaded by large trees, so it’s perfect to have your lunch or dinner with your family or friends during summer time.

Copa Vino Restaurant also offers free Wi-Fi connection and parking spaces for customers.

Mum

A special restaurant in Nerja called ‘Mum’ has been making a name for itself as a favourite among locals and tourists alike.

A Mum is a type of restaurant that serves up home-cooked dishes from the Andalusian region. Now, you too can enjoy Mum’s remarkable cuisine by visiting this award-winning establishment.

Raw Lounge

In the early 2000s, a group of friends from the Balearic Islands founded a Spanish restaurant in Nerja that focuses on raw and organic food. The Raw Lounge is found close to this beach and they have been serving up healthy dishes for over 15 years now.

La Fuente

La Fuente is a family-run restaurant in Nerja, Spain. Restaurant La Fuente is known for its high quality meat dishes, but it also specializes in seafood.

The restaurant has an open kitchen, so you can watch the cooks prepare your meal while you wait. The staff are always on hand to help with your order and provide menus in English and Spanish.

The Nerja Spain guide Nightlife in Nerja

 

The Tutti Fruitti Plaza popular holiday destination

Tutti Fruitti Plaza is situated near the centre of Nerja in this popular holiday destination and runs from the street Castilla Perez. 

This is a plaza in the centre of town with many late bars restaurants and a disco called Rockefella.  Tutti fruitt square is historically where all the young people go for their nightlife, where you can dance away into the early hours.

Hemingway’s Bar

Hemingway’s Bar offers a great cocktails and drinks menu, also as well there is an appetizer menu. It also has special themed nights and live music. The bar is located on Calle Malaga and is therefore quite near to Torrecilla Beach.

El Burro Blanco, the Flamenco dance floor of Nerja.

This is a flamenco bar where they have regular flamenco performances.  El burro blanco Calle Pintada Nerja is a great place to spend the evening and get a feeling of the real Spain.  At  Burro Blanco, you find art without the label, making this a truly iconic place. Visiting it is, without a doubt, a pleasant experience. 

El Fuego

Ever since it opened in 2010, the El Fuego Sports bar has been brewing beers using freshest ingredients available. The bar has over 16 types of beer on draft and an incredible selection of bottled beers. This place is a must for any beer connoisseur. The bar has been running for over thirty years and has become an essential part of the nightlife in Nerja. A lovely Dutch couple Antonio and Deborah now own and run the bar, they are always very welcoming. There is a great British pool table in the bar, which is very popular with tourists and residents alike. 

Buddha Lounge Bar

A tranquil place to enjoy time with friends or family while enjoying the picturesque views of the Mediterranean Sea. 

This is a refreshing change of pace for anyone looking to unwind and experience some time away from the norm. They provide live entertainment, delicious tapas and adorable sceneries to make your visit worthwhile.

Nerja Spain Guide Excursions

Nerja Boat trips
snorkeling of Maro

Nerja Spain Guide Private Tour

This Nerja Private Tour will take you through some of the finest and most popular attractions of the city. The tour includes:

  • The old gun battery promenade
  • El Salvador Parish
  • The Hermitage of Our Lady of Angustias

All must-sees for tourists visiting Nerja!

Private tours in the Axarquia & Andalucia’Oletrips’

Cipriano who is a qualified local guide founded and runs this fantastic Private tours business in the Axarquia, Andalusia which provides fabulous truly private tours around Andalusia. Even if you think you have seen, and been to, most places, these private tours are sure to surprise and delight!  With groups of between 2 and 8 people, you will experience the real authentic Spain in Andalusia.  Who better to show you the best of Andalusia, than someone born and bred there! Cipriano will impart his fascinating knowledge of the history, architecture and geography of this beautiful region of this amazing country!

You can book one of the private tours by clicking on the following link BOOK NOW

Kayak and Snorkeling Tour

Snorkeling is a very popular activity in Nerja.   Kayaking tours provide a more intimate experience with nature. This often results in sightings of sea life including dolphins, turtles and whales.

The tour starts with an introduction about safety precautions and how to use all equipment. This then goes on to a guided kayak ride through the tranquil waters of Nerja Bay.

Muscat Raisin Route

The Muscat Raisin Route Tour is a self-guided scenic route that is popular among cyclists. The tour takes cyclists on a trip through the towns of Nerja, Frigiliana, Málaga, Puerto Banús and Marbella. You start this tour by visiting Nerja’s amphitheatre before heading on to visit its ancient city, historic port and other historical sites.

Olive Oil and Mountains Excursion

This excursion combines the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the Nerja mountains and olive groves. Here you also have an introduction to olive oil production and its many uses in traditional Spanish cuisine.

This tour is a perfect day out for those who want to get a taste of the Spanish countryside while learning about one of Spain’s best known products, olive oil.

Excursion to Frigiliana a popular holiday destination

The beautiful town of Frigiliana is located in the province of Malaga, just inland from the coast. As you approach this town, you will feel as if you are approaching one of those idyllic villages that people used to dream about at night. All  the white washed houses with red tiled roofs and olive groves surrounding them. It is customary in Frigliana to paint the houses once a year. It is therefore why Frigliana is such a sought after location.

A visit to Frigiliana is not only a chance to see some truly stunning views. This also gives you an opportunity to discover some fascinating details about Spanish culture and history.

Things to Do Near Nerja Spain

There are several things that you can do near Nerja. You can go on a tour of the ancient ruins at Malaga, which are about 2 hours away from the city. You can also go horseback riding or wine tasting in beautiful countryside villages like Archidona or Gaucin.

The most popular activity in Nerja is to take a boat tour along its coastline and through one of its coves. Here there are also plenty of opportunities for snorkeling and diving trips as well as swimming or splashing around on shorelines.

Nerja Spain Guide Where to Stay in Nerja

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Browse our current listings for more information and book the vacation of a lifetime today. Rentals start as low as 28 euros per night. 

See you soon!

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I live in Nerja with my husband Joe who is retired . I now run the business and we have over 240 Costa Del Sol properties on our website. We are privileged to live in such a wonderful location. We take pride in our properties which are presented to clients spotlessly clean and we respond to any of our clients needs. Since we are local, we deal with our local guests in nerja directly to meeting and greeting them, cleaning, repairs. We have a very friendly attitude and many of our clients have now become our personal friends.

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