Nerja is a atmospheric small fishing village in southern Spain about an hour drive from Malaga city towards the east coast. It is a charming village treasuring some pre-historical wall paintings in its famous Nerja caves. Romans, then Moors also all left their cultural imprints on Nerja and its neighbourhood. There are some highlights you should visit at least once while you are in the region.
1; Balcony of Europe
Take a stroll on the promenade and soak up the most rewarding Mediterranean Sea Views. The old town of Nerja is always offers a gently buzz at day and night with street entertainment. I recommend to stop for a break and cherish this postcard pretty town for a few hours. Explore the winding streets where shops, bars and restaurants give your visit an extra Spanish flavour.
2; Nerja Caves
The Nerja caves were discovered not long ago, in 1959. They have found the oldest Neanderthal cave paintings dating back to the Paleolithic and Post-Paleolithic periods. Visitors cannot see this part, but when you arrive in a short introductory they you will be able to see some photos. There are several cave galleries, but only one is open to the public to explore. It is absolutely stunning. The beauty of nature sometimes makes us wonder and shows us how beautiful ca be just itself. There are incredible formations of stalactites and stalagmites showcasing nature’s millions of years of devoted work.
If you plan to visit the Cueva de Nerja you need to bear in mind they are open between 9:00 -15:00. It is a guided tour, which starts with a short film giving you some background of its discovery and nature of the cave. During summer and winter they have different opening times, therefore best to check the opening hours in advance.
More information: www.cuevadenerja.es
Location: Ctra de Maro, s/n, 29787, Nerja ~ approximately 4 km from Nerja. It is fairly straight forward to get to The Nerja Caves by car.
They say it is “The prettiest village in SPAIN” nestled on the hills about 6 kilometres from Nerja. It is a tranquil small historical village with Moorish-Mudejar architecture marks left from the past. Apart from its incredible charm, it also offers some spectacular panoramic views. Let yourself to get lost in the maze of cobbled streets and amongst the white-washed houses, as the beauty is in the surprise of what you will find after each corner in this stunning village. Frigiliana became one of my favourite villages in southern Spain where I go back time to time. If you like spending time in nature, there are some hiking trails in the nearby natural park that you could discover and enjoy the pleasure of being outdoors.
4; Maro Beach
Maro Beach is famous for its crystal clear water and its pretty landscape. We visited this small hidden beach at the end of November, so is was empty. It is a beautiful spot to stop by and listen to the calming sea. Nature lover would definitely enjoy the rewarding natural beauty and tranquility at this spot. It must be very busy during summer, but at this time of the year as you can see as peaceful as can be. If you wish to visit this secluded beach I suggest to go through Maro and drive pass the greenhouses till the end of the road where you can find a small car park. We got lost at first. Ask locals if you are not sure which direction you need to take. There is a small beach restaurant operating in summer.
5; Nerja Old Town
You must take a stroll at Nerja’s old town and take in its beautiful architecture. It’s charm and atmosphere is unmissable! There are perfect spots to unwind and enjoy the Spanish cuisine, such as the mouthwatering ‘calamares’ or ‘paella’.
Location: Nerja, 29780
There is so much more to Costa del Sol that just the sandy beaches. There is a lot more that is waiting for you to enjoy during your holiday or city break in Malaga. Visiting Nerja and its surrounding is perfect for an outing for the whole family, as there is something for everyone.
Are dogs allowed at these locations?
- Nerja Old Town including Balcony of Europe – It is a dog-friendly location so your furry friend can accompany you to enjoy the ambience of Old Town and the stunning views from the Balcony of Europe.
- Nerja Caves – Dogs are not allowed.
- Frigiliana – It is another great location to explore with your dog. However, bear in mind there are lots of steps to climb.
- Maro Beach – Dogs are not allowed on the beach.
“I am admiring the Maro beach from the distance. I wish I could run around there.” ~ Millie, the toy poodle (Follow me on Facebook)
“Frigiliana is beautiful, but there are so many steps to climb. I was carried in my travel bag most of the time.” ~ Millie, the toy poodle (Follow me on Instagram)
You could combine all the mentioned attractions into one day by first take a dip into the water at Maro Beach, then explore the Nerja Caves, afterwards enjoy the stunning scenery of Frigiliana and relax in Nerja by the Balcony of Europe.
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