A traditional slice of Spanish charm
With its traditional, twisting cobbled streets, impressive cliffs, pretty beaches and charming secluded coves, Nerja is a great day out for visitors from CLC Club La Costa World’s resort and retains the charm of the fishing village it once was.
The town is home to two of Spain’s best-loved tourist attractions – the Balcon de Europa mirador (viewing spot), and the dazzling testament to the power of nature that are the famous caves at Nerja.
The Balcon, at the cliff edge of the old town, offers stunning views of the coastline and is the perfect place to admire the glowing sunsets. The promenade was originally called La Bateria, a reference to the gun battery housed in a fortified tower which was destroyed by British-led forces in 1810, during the Peninsular War.
The caves are one of the most historic monuments in the world, with archaelogical remains from more than 20,000 years ago, as well as stunning formations of stalagmites and stalactites.
Show galleries are open to the public with relatively easy access via stairs and concreted pathways into halls and chambers that are a marvel of nature and a historic record of man’s early existence. In summer the caves provide a magnificent natural amphitheatre for the annual concerts and festivals.
Other chambers contain cave paintings of animals and symbols, and a display of human remains, ceram¡cs and tools from prehistoric days. The Hall of Cataclysm is over 100 metres long and dominated by a huge central column – at 32 metres high it is the biggest in the world and in the Guinness Book of Records.
Lazing on the beach or taking in a slice of traditional village life
With more than a dozen sandy beaches to choose from, Nerja offers a great day out for all the family. There are plenty of watersports activities for all ages, and the more adventurous can set off on foot to explore the many charming coves at the foot of the cliffs.
And when the hunger pangs strike, there are around 400 bars and restaurants to suit all needs. Beach bars and restaurants offer a chilled beer, and freshly cooked sea food, or potter around the heart of the town and pick out a place to settle down and relax over a meal of your choice or a selection of tapas.
Visitors to Nerja should also try to include nearby Frigiliana in their itinerary. Just a few kilometres inland, set on a mountain ridge with spectacular views over the sea, this charming white-washed traditional pueblo has been voted prettiest village in Andalucia.
Its narrow cobbled streets are sprinkled with plazas offering shady resting places, its old Moorish quarter is the best preserved in Malaga province and the village is popular with artisans who sell their works from small shops or their own homes.
A full day out for all the family, Nerja is around 75 km (46 miles) from CLC Club La Costa World, and an easy drive along the autovia for those in hire cars.
Nerja is a popular destination for excursion trips.