Nerja – The Perfect Destination For Your (Family) Holiday
Nerja is special. Just magic. You hear about Nerja – you visit – and then you want to keep it all to yourself. Nerja is one of those rare places that has something for all ages. The variety of people that come to this little oasis says it all. The town can capture the heart of people young and old. You might have heard of Nerja but don’t know much about it. So here is a little bit of information with a sprinkle of insider knowledge. But shhhhh! Don’t tell everyone.
So where is Nerja Spain?
Good question. Have a look at a map of Spain. Head down to the south coast – find Malaga – go East and you will find Nerja – the jewel of the Costa del Sol.
Literally translated as the ‘coast of sun’, and boy does it live up to it’s name. Year round sunshine with average temperatures of around 20°C. The weather is just bliss. But here’s another little secret about Nerja. It has it’s own microclimate. It is surrounded by the Sierra de Almijara mountains. These beautiful mountains cocoon the little town like a huge bear hug – providing jaw dropping scenery – but protecting it from the worst of the weather. Not only does Nerja have around 320 days of subtropical sunshine each year, but you can also ski in the morning and sunbathe in the afternoon. How cool is that?
Is Nerja worth visiting?
Absolutely! Nerja has something for (almost) everyone. This once sleepy fishing village has blossomed into a cosmopolitan holiday destination. It has defiantly and fiercely resisted the mass development of high rise buildings and retains a strong and vibrant local spirit. You can tell you are in Spain. And that makes this town authentic.
Its old town greets you with white washed houses, narrow cobbled streets, an abundance of flowers and spectacular views over the sparkling Mediterranean sea. It is perched on the edge of a cliff – the spectacular Balcon de Europe. Once the location of a moorish castle, this promenade now acts as the focal point to the town. Visitors to Nerja and locals spend hours strolling round the area, soaking up the coastline views, admiring the 17th century Church of El Salvador and sipping drinks in the local bars. The 10 or more beaches in Nerja range from small coves accessible by steps down from the cliff, to expansive sandy beaches such as Burriana.
No trip to Nerja would be complete without a visit to the caves. Las Cuevas de Nerja were only discovered in 1959, and are home to the world’s largest stalactite column. Prepare to be seriously impressed. For something a little different, come to the Nerja Caves festival throughout summer. The natural auditorium in the caves with an incredible acoustic, plays host to a variety of concerts and the experience is something that you will never forget.