All major water sports are available here, including water skiing, scuba diving and sailing. Flanked by a dramatic mountain range, Sierra Almijara, to the east, the town has, fortunately, managed to avoid being blighted by the concrete high-rise scenario which has been the inevitable result of the tourist boom in some of the coastal resorts.
The old quarter of the town is still virtually unchanged with narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses with wrought iron terraces overflowing with geraniums, on which a canary bird can sometimes be heard singing... However, the heart of Nerja is its spectacular Balcon de Europa, the "Balcony of Europe", a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff, once the site of the great Moorish castle, with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below, against an awesome backdrop of hazy blue mountains.
Where Almijara Sierra dips its toes into the Mediterranean the Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo (Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo) appear. They constitute an enclave of unusual beauty for which they have deserved the accolade of being declared Paraje Natural (Nature Spot) by the A.M.A. since 1989, extending along 375 hectares including one kilometre seaward. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in Nerja to choose from, and the visitor can hire a horse-drawn carriage to explore the most romantic corner of the town.
Nerja old quarter
In the old quarter of town, typical small shops offer local craftworks and products of the area, including the sweet wine and olive oil, honey and tropical fruits. At the beach and fish restaurants you can enjoy the “pescaito frito” (fried fish), whilst the many international restaurants in town offer a wide variety of menus to suit all tastes.
Caves in Nerja
However, Nerja's most spectacular attraction is undoubtedly its fascinating caves, located just three kilometers from the centre of town. They include archaeological treasures such as paintings over 20,000 years old and other pre-historic remains. One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall, where many performances are staged during the summer. This year Nerja is celebrating the 38th International Cave Festival, with the participation of many top international entertainers. Nerja is well connected to the western end of the Costa del Sol by a dual carriage motorway.
The journey from Marbella takes about an hour, while traveling from Malaga takes around half an hour. This was a village before it was a resort, so it has some character, and development (more villas, fewer tower blocks) has been shaped around it. The beaches are also reasonably attractive, with a series of coves within walking distance if you want to escape the main mass of crowds.
There are plenty of other great walks around Nerja too, well documented in a locally available guide.
Nerja has a mild climate, and you can read more about Nerja Weather here.
Nerja is on the seashore some 50 kilometers from Málaga on the N340 coastal highway, and marks the eastern tip of Malaga's Costa del Sol.