Nerja is a beautiful coastal town just 50 km east of Malaga and worthy of a day trip or even weekend stay. Excellently located on the Costa del Sol and in the foothills of the Sierra Almijara, there is an abundance of things to see and do.

Nerja may be best known for its cave (Cueva de Nerja) located on the slopes of the Sierra Almijara and about 3km outside the town. The cave is enormous at 5 km long. It is thought to have been inhabited by Stone Age hunters. There are rock formations and stalactites and stalagmites to see. An entrance fee is charged and guides are available.

The Balcon de Europa is situated at the heart of the town and offers spectacular views from its terrace and restaurant out to sea. The balcon was built in 1487 where a 9th century castle formerly sat.

Nearby, as you walk towards Plaza Cavana, is the Iglesia de El Salvador. This is the main church of the town and is a real gem. Built in the 17th century in the baroque-mudejar style, it is well worth a visit and free to enter. The statues, particularly of the crucified Jesus on the left as you exit the church are well worth looking at. Outside is a shady terrace handy for respite from the sun.

What about El Puente de Aguila and the Acueducto de Aguila, part of a 19th  century water system for the old sugar factory of San Joaquin de Maro? Amazing photo opportunities!

If contemplating a longer stay, a walk up the Rio Chillar is a must. The route takes in the Almijara Natural Park, Alhama Natural Park and Sierras de Tejeda and provides opportunities for swimming in the river’s clear waters and sunbathing on the numerous river beaches. There is also kayaking and canoeing for those who want to be even more active.

Last but not least are Nerja’s multiple magnificent beaches such as Burriana and the Playa de la Cala el Canuelo.  The beaches are dotted with chiringuitos for seafood and paella!

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