Nerja was once a quiet fishing town on the Costa del Sol but has transformed into a thriving tourist destination thanks to its spectacular scenery, tropical weather and sandy beaches.
This elegant resort is otherwise known as the jewel of the Costa Del Sol thanks to the town’s relaxing atmosphere, whitewashed architecture and endless attractions.
It is ideal for the guest looking for modern facilities with a traditional Spanish feel. With great sunbathing in secluded coves and amazing shopping in the cosmopolitan boutiques, which line the cobbled streets, this resort truly offers charm and relaxation.
In this part of Spain, sunshine is in abundance which is why it has been named the Costa del Sol (‘Coast of the Sun’ in English). Nerja enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year, with average temperatures reaching a sweltering 30°C. Some days are known to go much higher and threaten the 40°C barrier, making it a desirable location for those who wish to soak up the sun.
Hot summers make for warm winters in this part of the world. Cold weather is rare in Nerja and winter temperatures here match a warm spring day in the UK, this combined with the sunshine makes cheap Nerja holidays ideal for those who find its summer sun too hot to handle.
There are numerous sandy beaches in Nerja, but the Playa Burriana, overlooked by the Balcon, is by far the most impressive, offering gentle waves, snack bars and seaside shops.
Nerja is often described in tourist brochures as a fishing town, but this is very much misleading. There are lots of different things to see and experience in this resort. One of the town’s major attractions is the Caves of Nerja. These natural wonders stretch for almost five kilometres with many different chambers, with one acting as a natural amphitheatre and therefore a venue for many concerts. This is a must-see if you are up for a bit of exploration.
In the heart of Nerja lies the Balcony of Europe, a reconstructed promenade built onto a natural headland. It offers tourists spectacular views of the coastline and the Mediterranean Sea. Underneath the balcony lies a restaurant, where visitors can dine whilst taking in the stunning scenery.
Spanish and Mediterranean cuisines are the favourites amongst local people in Nerja with many restaurants and cafes taking up these traditional themes. Seafood is unsurprisingly a staple part of the diet in this fishing town and is a feature of many dishes that are native to the Andalusian region. Delights such as Sardinas al Espeto and Patatas a lo Pobre can be found in local restaurants and are considered to be the specialities of these eateries.
There are many bars and clubs in Nerja for tourists to enjoy a drink and a dance, with Plaza Tutti Frutti being the main square for bars and clubs. In true Spanish style, however, the party doesn’t get started until late into the night, so bars such as O’Malleys and Pub Seven can keep early starters going before some of the main clubs open later in the night.