One of the most popular towns on the Costa del Sol !
Nerja is the number one tourist destination east of Málaga, and on this page you’ll find plenty of information to help start planning your trip here.
First there’s a little info on this popular little town, then there’s an interactive map which will give you directions on how to get here – from wherever you’re starting from!
After that, you’ll find a handy guide which links to all of our Nerja pages. From famous sites in Nerja like the Balcon de Europa, the Caves of Nerja, and the surrounding National Park, to the old town centre with its traditional shady streets and flower filled squares, you’ll find we’ve got them all covered. And for those wanting to spend time on one of Nerja’s fantastic beaches check out our special dedicated guide to them all! Don’t forget to also look at our guide to what’s on in Nerja throughout the year. There’s sure to be some special event coinciding with your trip if you’re visiting during the Spring and Summer months!
Further on, you’ll find a map guide of the Axarquia with links to all the interesting places to visit both in Nerja, and the surrounding villages.
Nerja, the jewel of the Axarquia
Nerja is situated right next to the coast, sheltered by the Sierra Almijara, Tejada and Alhama mountain range, in what we feel is one of the most appealing and picturesque landscapes on the Málaga coast. In fact, the mountains practically fall into the sea to the east of Nerja, creating a spectacularly rugged seashore below the Maro cliffs.
This sheltered mountain location has also given Nerja its own temperate micro-climate, and on average it has 300 days of sun per year with mild winters and summers that are not too hot, thanks to the cool air from the sea. This ideal climate combined with Nerja’s sandy beaches have made the town a popular holiday destination with visitors from all over the world. And for those looking for something a little bit more on the adventurous side, there are many water sports available around Nerja, as well as jeep tours and horseback riding in the beautiful countryside.
So, enjoy a lazy stroll during the day – there are some astonishing views of the coast from many vantage points in the town – relax on the beach, or take in some traditional flamenco entertainment in the evening. You’ll soon discover why it’s one of the most popular destinations on the entire Costa del Sol!
Nerja is the easternmost town on the Costa del Sol. It has an average population of around 20,000 people, of which many are foreign residents. With less than an hour’s drive to Málaga airport the town has developed a strong expatriate presence, particularly British, and you will find a variety of shops sell British books, newspapers and food, and the majority of establishments speak English. Naturally then, you’ll find a good selection of hotels as wells as apartments and villas to rent.
Yet despite its popularity with foreign tourists and residents, Nerja is still very much a typical Andalucían town, retaining its traditional ‘white village’ charm, with narrow winding streets and white-washed houses. Development has been mainly low rise, and the town still retains its Andalucían ‘pueblo blanco’ feel despite being a bustling centre for tourism. Whether it is the white painted, low storey houses in the centre, the pretty little fishing boats pulled up on the beach, or the farmer holding up the cars as he leads his plough oxen onto the next field, Nerja certainly has echoes of the little fishing and agricultural village it once was.
Many an hour can be spent wandering through Nerja’s charming streets, or enjoying the astonishing views of the coast from the many vantage points in the town. There’s also find plenty of interesting shops and great restaurants and bars there too!
Directions for Nerja
Nerja pages guide
Use the links below to explore what you can see and do in Nerja, what festivals take place through the year, and to read about the area’s fascinating history.
Nerja is a great base for exploring all of the Axarquía. From beautiful beaches, stunning countryside, pretty little villages, and a wealth of things to do, it has something for everyone – take a look below at all the places you can visit!
Just click on the map icons to find out more information, or get driving directions.