Balcon of Europe Nerja a must visit
The Balcon of Europe Nerja a gorgeous balcony looking over the Mediterranean sea. Named the Balcón de Europa by King alfonso XII….
Welcome to the Nerja the Jewel of the costa Del Sol Southern Spain with Nerja Caves and playa Burriana.
Above all Nerja is one of the most attractive holiday resorts on the Costa del Sol. Hence its recent popularity. Nerja town is within an hour and a half’s drive from Granada and the ski resort of the Sierra Nevada.
Nerja is surrounded by the impressive Sierra Almijara y Tejeda mountains. The mountains afford a great deal of protection from the cold air and rain from the north. Consequently, accompanied with the benefit of warm air from the African continent, all this helps to make for a very mild winter and warm summer climate.
That is to say this once sleepy fishing village is now one of the most popular tourist resorts along the coast. Also Nerja now has a population of over 12000 resident people. However this increases massively in the summer months.
The town the jewel of the costa del sol
Furthermore the town has resisted too much re-development and high rise apartment blocks. For that reason it has stayed a charming seaside town. In contrast to the other holiday resorts in the province, Nerja attracts the more discerning holidaymaker. People in Andalucía often refer to Nerja as the ‘’Jewel of the Costa del Sol’.
Nerja shows that the town exudes Andalusian culture, a perfect climate and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Consequently this has also helped to make Nerja one of the most attractive holiday resorts on the Costa del Sol.
One of the town’s most impressive attractions is the Balcón de Europa (the Balcony of Europe). This is a wonderful promenade, stretching along the edge of a soaring cliff top, which was once the location of a Moorish castle. Most noteworthy, the Balcon has spectacular panoramic views of the Mediterranean coastline, with its backdrop of wonderful mountains. The balcon is without doubt the reason Nerja is known as the jewel of the costa Del Sol. It is without doubt becoming the best holiday resort on the costa Del Sol.
This Guide to Nerja shows that this town has more than its fair share of fabulous beaches. , hence its recent popularity. Nerja has 16 kilometres of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear and calm water. It also boasts splattering of small coves. These beaches have been awarded the blue flag, the eco-label awarded to clean safe beaches. All major water sports are available in nerja at Burriana and Torrecilla . Consequently that is another reason of the increase of tourism every year and why Nerja is a great holiday resort.
Playa Burriana is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. Here you can enjoy good food, including delicious shellfish barbecues on the beach and the specialty lunchtime monster paella. The black Horse can also present you with a lovely English steak and kidney pie, washed down by a traditional pint of lager. There are many restaurants on Playa Burriana which will all welcome you with open arms.
The old quarter of the town is still virtually unchanged with its narrow, winding streets and stunning whitewashed houses. The beautiful wrought iron terraces, overflowing with many geraniums. If you are lucky you may also here a canary singing.
Visitors can hire a horse-drawn carriage and explore the town’s most interesting streets and attractions. In Nerja visits to the 17th Century Church of El Salvador
and the Gardens of Capistrano Playa are essential.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes here to choose from. Playa Burriana is a great place to go to for good and varied cuisine. In addition there are also lots of lovely plazas (squares) where you can sit and just watch the world pass by.
and the Picasso Museum. Here you can take in fantastic shopping or just sit and watch the world go by in any of the authentic cafés, bars and restaurants. Granada, Seville, Cordoba, and Ronda, are also within easy reach and boast the most wonderful architecture and views.
Only 3 km from the town centre and very easy to find, following the directional signs, you can visit the famous Cueves de Nerja. Here are underground caverns with stalagmites, stalactites and tall columns.
This is one of the most popular outings in the Málaga region. The Nerja caves were discovered in 1959, when a handful of boys from Maro found it by chance. Hence they had inadvertently stumbled on one of the most important geological finds of our era.
The Nerja caves are home to the world’s largest column. This is featured in Guinness Book of Records since 1989 and the caves also have the world’s oldest Neanderthal cave paintings. The paintings were recently dated as being over 10,000 years, which is far older than the previous record holder.
There was another recent discovery of Roman pottery, Moorish coins, and the presence of an unusual biodiversity. Therefore this has confirmed that discoveries in the Nerja Caves are seemingly limitless and subject to incredible global speculation.
The caves incorporate the world’s widest column, the grand centre column, in the Sala del Cataclismo (Cataclysm Hall). This column reaches a height of 32 metres. There are also Karstic cavities which are formed by the erosion of marble by water. Most noteworthy are the Palaeolithic wall painting which date back over 20,000 years.
Furthermore every July there is a festival of flamenco music and dance held within the caves. Also the caves have a museum gift shop and restaurant. There are beautiful views from this locatio..
Andalucia has beautiful countryside and very pretty villages. There are many beautifully preserved, and picturesque, whitewashed villages throughout the region. Many such villages are located surrounding Nerja.
One such Pueblo is Frigiliana, which has changed little over the centuries. Here you can enjoy panoramic views to Nerja and the sea. Frigiliana is a charming and a dramatically sited Andalucian village, built on a mountainside Frigiliana is approximately 6 km from the resort of Nerja. Local residents ensure the village maintains its beauty by whitewashing the houses yearly.
In many parts of Spain Tapas is an integral part of the bar and food culture and none so more than in this area. There are many great tapas bars in and around Nerja. The tapa is a complimentary small taster of Spanish cuisine. Bars supply this with wine or beer for free. In contrast some of the bars around town do charge both for the Tapas and also for the drinks. one of the best tapas bars is el Pulguilla (the flea)
Nerja does have its own specialty dishes including De La Doncella (Red Mullet dish) and Pescaito Frito (platter of fried fish). There are a wide variety of different cuisines on offer. Nerja has many different choices of cuisine.
Furthermore Nerja has a sub tropical climate, which results in average temperatures of 30º Centigrade in the summer and 15º during the short winter periods. As a result the town enjoys 3,500 hours of annual sunshine every year. The weather is ideal to spend a day on the populat beach Playa Burriana .Nerja, the jewel of the costa Del Sol, is fast becoming one of the most popular resorts in Spain.
We hope you have enjoyed your guide to Nerja and your Visit to ‘The Jewel of the costa Del Sol’ ‘Nerja’