Nerja Spain
Nerja - Spain

Nerja, Spain
2021 Travel Guide

Your Ultimate Travel Guide to Nerja... & The TOP 35 Things to Do!

Calahonda Beach - Nerja, Spain - Malaga
** Calahonda Beach - Nerja, Spain

Nerja, Costa del Sol - #35 Incredible Things To Do!

Nerja is one of those charming white-villages that everyone talks about in Spain, you know, the ones with the white-washed houses, beautiful old towns with winding streets and alleys, brightly colored flowers and vines clinging to the balconies, small plazas full of quaint restaurants serving delicious tapas and typical Andalucian cuisine... all overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.... you know, it's something like that...

And, when people visit Nerja (and its neighbor Frigiliana) they often say... These are the two MOST beautiful villages in Andalucia... AND, the two they enjoyed visiting the most.



The Nerja Quick Guide

The Top 12 Nerja Hotels Nerja is packed with great places to stay. Here is our list of the TOP 12 Nerja hotels by area. Also, read: The TOP 5 Places to Stay on your next Nerja holiday.

Costa Tropical Villa Rentals - Nerja
Nerja Villa Rentals If you're looking for a little extra space, a private villa near the beach, or something closer to town... We've done the hard work for you, here is a list of the TOP 15 villa rentals in Nerja!

Nerja Hostals & Pensions Being the largest and most touristy village nearby, Nerja is packed with all types of accommodations. There are 20+ hostals in this town so we narrowed it down to the Top 10!

The Top 20 Nerja Restaurants From fine-dining to no-frills beachside chiringuitos. Whatever you are craving, Nerja will deliver! Here is our list of the BEST TWENTY Nerja restaurants.

The BEST Nerja Beaches Nerja is known for its exquisite sandy beaches and spectacular Mediterranean Sea views. There are 10 beaches for you to enjoy in Nerja, and 10 more in the Maro Nature Reserve!

La Herradura Kayak Tours
Kayaking in Nerja On any given day, hundreds of brightly colored kayaks paddle gently along the Nerja coastline... past hidden caves, coves, beaches, and waterfalls. Tours leave daily from Burriana Beach.

Where is Nerja?

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** Views of the Nerja Beaches from the Balcon de Europa

Nerja sits right in the heart of Andalucia along the famous Costa del Sol... which is the most popular coastal area in southern Spain!

The Costa del Sol includes all the coastal cities and towns in the Malaga Province and stretches from Estepona to Nerja. Most of this area, as you can imagine, has become very commercialized over the years and is VERY busy during the summer months...

But, Nerja is a bit different...

Nerja is also a VERY popular summer destination and gets jam-packed in July and August, BUT because it sits at the tail end of the province it shares more characteristics with the Costa Tropical. Nerja sits just in front of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Natural Park so the area is typically more rugged, naturally beautiful, less developed, and enjoys the same cooler micro-climate.

If you're thinking about visiting Nerja, don't miss the Costa Tropical villages of Almuñécar, La Herradura, and Salobreña, just minutes away...

Day Trips to Nerja From Malaga or Granada

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** The Nerja Beaches to the West from the Balcon de Europa

Nerja, being a small village in the gorgeous Costa del Sol, makes it a popular day-trip destination from the larger cities in Spain. You can easily arrange a trip by yourself online, OR try one of these great guided tours available from both Malaga and Granada... if you want to leave the planning to the professionals.

BEST Hotels & Where to Stay in Nerja

We recommend prioritizing location when choosing where to stay in Nerja. It’s a small village and if you love walking half as much as we do you should consider one of these hotels within the old town. That way you won’t have to worry about taxis or public transportation.

Nerja Parador
Nerja Parador - One of our top picks in Nerja! The Nerja Parador offers direct lift access to Burriana Beach and wonderful views of the Costa Tropical. It offers an outdoor pool, tennis courts, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioned rooms, and a balcony or terrace with stunning views.
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Hotel Balcon de Europa - Built into the famous Balcón de Europa, this hotel sits right on Caletilla Beach. It offers an outdoor pool, Free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, and balconies with stunning sea views. Located in the center of Nerja, it's also close to all the shops, bars and restaurants.
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35 Amazing Things to Do in Nerja!

Nerja has some seriously beautiful things to see and some seriously fun things to do, so don’t just waste your time lying around on the beach... well... do a little of that too... But, take advantage of some of these great ideas for things to do while in Nerja. You won't regret it!

1. Visit the Nerja Caves

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Nerja Caves - Andalucía - Spain
** Guided walk deep into the Nerja caves - Nerja, Spain

One of the things we ALWAYS do when guests come to town is to visit the Nerja Caves! They are always a HIT and more often than not, the place people enjoy seeing the most, they are spectacular!

A trip to the Nerja Caves will take you about 2-3 hours, but it's well worth it.

You can either drive or take the Nerja train which makes hourly trips out of town to the caves. They are located just outside the neighboring village of Maro.

Once there, you will be shown a short film about the history of the caves and how they were discovered. Then you will be given a guided tour through the caves which takes about 45 minutes.

  • Special Note: The central stalagmite inside the Nerja Caves is SO huge, it's listed in the "Guinness Book of World Records"!!

The Nerja Caves

Opening hours: 
Daily: 9:00 am till 3:30 pm

The Nerja Caves are open 363 days a year. They are closed on the 1st of January to celebrate the new year and also on the 15th of May to celebrate San Isidro, the patron of the laborers.

General Admission: Adults: 14€, Kids between 6-12: 6€, Kids under 6: FREE
Package (add Museum & Train): Adults: 15€, Kids between 6-12: 10€, Kids under 6: FREE

Note: You will find more information on the Nerja train below.



2. Shop the Nerja Markets!

Visiting a Spanish market is a MAJOR THING to do when you come to Spain. Everyone loves to do it, and everyone should! If you want to get into a real authentic Spanish vibe, taking a turn through the local market is a MUST.

Almost every city and town in Spain has a market and you will always find an interesting assortment of fruits, vegetables, spices, plants, and flowers... many of which you may have never seen before.

Most areas also have their own unique style of pottery and other beautiful ceramics and crafts that make for wonderful gifts or souvenirs. In Andalucia, you will also find many Moroccan items as well... Morocco being just hours away...

Nerja has two weekly markets you can visit: the daily fresh food and spice market and the Sunday Rastro (which is a flea market or car boot sale). If you have the time visit both!

The Nerja Markets

Food & Spice Market:  Tuesdays from 10 – 2 pm
Rastro:  Sundays from 10 – 2 pm
Location: Calle José María Hinojosa, 27, 29780 Nerja, Málaga

3. Tour the Old Town on the Nerja Train

A great way to get around and something the kids will LOVE is to take a spin on the Nerja train. This is a great way to get your bearings when visiting a new place!

The train starts in Plaza Cavana, next to the Balcon de Europa, and does a loop through the village... hitting the most important sites. It then drives to the town of Maro where the Nerja Caves are located.

  • If you plan on visiting the Nerja Caves and don't have a car, this is a great way to get there...

Nerja Tourist Train

Location 1:  Departs from Plaza Cavana between 10:00 and 18:00
Location 2:  Departs from Plaza Cangrejos between 18:00 and midnight
Price:  4 euros

Things to Do Near The Balcon de Europa

Nerja Balcon de Europa Views - Andalucía - Spain
** Beautiful Views from the Balcon de Europa - Nerja, Spain

The thing that Nerja is most well-known for, besides its insanely beautiful beaches, is the Balcon de Europa at its center. “Balcon de Europa” translates to “Balcony of Europe”... and what a balcony it is!

One of Nerja’s most iconic hotels, the Hotel Balcon de Europa, (and one we highly recommend) sits just at the end of the Balcon, most of its rooms enjoying stunning Mediterranean Sea views.

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4. Check Out the Views from the Balcon!

The Balcon was built into the jagged rocks and cliffs in front of Nerja separating the two beaches of El Salon and Calahonda. Walk to the end of the promenade and enjoy the breathtaking views down the coast in both directions!

Originally, where the Balcon now sits, was a castle (Castillo Bajo or the "Low Castle"). It was built in the 16th century and later remodeled in the 18th century with the addition of the canons that are still present today.

Balcon de Europa - Nerja Spain
** Beautiful Views from the Balcon de Europa - Nerja, Spain

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5. Take a Photo with King Alfonso

So, the story goes... that during the Spanish War for Independence, the castle (Castillo Bajo) was destroyed by bombardment from an English ship.

Later an earthquake, that further damaged the castle, prompted a visit from King Alfonso XII. On seeing Nerja with its magnificent beauty and spectacular views he declared... "He had found the Balcony of Europe"... from which our dear Balcon received its name.

A bronze statue was erected in honor of King Alfonso that still sits at the end of the Balcon to this day... admiring the coastline he was so fond of.



6. Spot a Green Parrot in a Palm Tree

One thing the kids love doing while visiting the Balcon de Europa is counting how many little green parrots they can spot. These busy green birds can be seen just at the top of most of the palm trees lining the Balcon... busily building their nests and squawking loudly. If you don't spot one right away, stay very quiet and you will certainly hear their raucous squeals from above!

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** Parrots in the trees along the Balcon de Europa - Nerja, Spain

These little green guys are called Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus), or also known as Quaker Parrots. They were originally from South America (specifically Argentina) and arrived in Spain in 1975... as pets...

They quickly escaped their capture and began colonizing the larger cities and towns, like Malaga and Nerja. Today, you will find them all over the Costa del Sol.

7. Enjoy an Ice Cream and People Watch

Another one of our favorite things to do, and one the kids insist upon after every meal in Nerja, is stopping for ice cream in the Balcon Plaza. Albi is our favorite ice cream shop but there are two others very close by... Don’t forget to have them dip your cone in melted chocolate!

Now find a comfortable bench in the shade and enjoy the lively atmosphere... There is always something interesting happening on the Balcon... painters painting, local artists selling their crafts, and mimes doing... well... whatever it is that mimes do.

8. Walk Along the Playa Calahonda Pathway

Just before you reach the Balcon from the shopping area, there is a doorway that leads down to Calahonda beach (just behind the only fountain in the plaza). Take this path down towards the beach and follow it until it ends... under the Balcon and around to the other side.

It’s just a short stone pathway but the views are amazing and it’s a great spot for photos. During the summer months, you can usually find more locals selling jewelry and other interesting craft items as well.

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9. Instagram Moment! - Explore the Giant Rocks and Caves Beyond Playa Calahonda

Another fun place to explore is on the opposite side of Calahonda beach. Cross over the beach from the stone path and you will find a labyrinth of giant rocks, coves, and caves on the other side.

This is a great place to take photos but be careful not to get caught by the waves!!

10. Peek Inside the El Salvador Church

El Salvador Church - Nerja Spain
** El Salvador Church - Nerja, Spain

The El Salvador Church in Nerja sits on the westernmost end of the Balcon de Europa Plaza. The first original church at this location was built in 1505. The church you see today was later rebuilt in 1697.

This church is a very popular spot for destinations weddings and is usually brimming with activity... especially during the spring and summer. Brides and Grooms can often be seen leaving the church in an explosion of rice and confetti.

11. Take a Ride in a Horse and Carriage

Another fun thing to do with the kids is a horse and carriage tour through the village. This option is only available during the summer months but it's a fun and relaxed way to see the town. The trip takes approximately 30 minutes.

Nerja Horse & Carriage Tour

Location:  Plaza Fabrica de los Cangrejos
Price:  30 euros per tour
Duration:  30 minutes

12. Tour the Village of Nerja on a Segway

Want to do something a little different? Try touring Nerja on a Segway!

There are group tours available that will take you all over town and show you the coolest spots while explaining to you everything you are seeing. Tours are given in English or Spanish and last about an hour and a half... Sure beats walking when it's hot!

13. Enjoy a Free Concert During the Summer

The Balcon area is ALWAYS bustling with activity! During the day you will see tourist milling about admiring the views, enjoying a tapa in one of the cafes, watching the local artists paint, or just relaxing and enjoying the festive atmosphere.

But if you think the plaza is alive during the day... try it at night! During the summer the Balcon Plaza is a magical place to be. Impromptu singers and dancers will often descend upon the small plaza and serenade you for a small tip.

14. Take a Guided Walk Around Nerja

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** Beautiful Village Streets - Nerja, Spain

Of course, you can always walk around the village on your own, but some people appreciate a little more information to get the most out of their visit. If you are one of those people, consider one of the Nerja walking tours.

You will learn more about the history of the town and discover some of the curiosities and customs of its people. After taking a lovely walk along the sea and through the towns winding streets and alleys, this tour ends by enjoying a tapas and drink with your host.

Nerja Walking Tour

Meeting Location:  Parque Verano Azul, Calle Antonio Ferrandis Chanquete, 15
Price:  21 euros
Duration:  2 hours



15. Take a Nerja Tapas Tour

If you are not so much into walking... but more into... eating and drinking, then THIS is the tour for you!

Discover Nerja's traditional tapas on a 'tapas route' with a local guide. A guide will take you to 5 of the TOP tapas bars in town where you will enjoy a drink and a traditional tapa. This is what everyone loves so much about Spain! This tour is offered in Swedish, English, and Spanish.

Nerja Tapas Tour

Meeting Location:  Plaza de España next to the big clock
Price:  50 euros
Duration:  3 hours

16. Take a Photo of the Aqueduct del Águila

Another one of Nerja’s most interesting sites is the STILL working Águila Aqueduct, also known as Puente del Águila (Eagle Bridge). It’s on the road between Maro and Nerja going east and it’s quite the spectacle.

The Aqueduct is regarded across Andalucia as a "historic jewel of Spanish architecture". It was built in the 19th century and has been used ever since. Until recently the aqueduct was just a natural brick color, but the town decided to paint parts of it yellow...

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** Eagle Aqueduct - Nerja, Spain

17. Check out the Famous Boat from the 'Verano Azul' TV Series

Nerja was made famous back in the 1980's by a Spanish TV series called 'Verano Azul', which translates to 'Blue Summer'. The show was about a group of kids and their lives while on vacation in a typical Spanish Mediterranean village on the Costa del Sol. It was extremely popular among the Spanish and had up to 20 million viewers at the time.

One of the main characters on the show 'Chanquete' lived on an old fishing boat... a replica of this boat can be found in the Parque Verano Azul on the western end of town. Check it out!

18. La Ermita de la Senora Nuestra de Angustias

Across town, you will find this small, yet pretty 18th-century chapel located in the Plaza Ermita. The chapel is a tribute to the patron saint of Nerja "Our Lady of Anguish". It was recently renovated, and its murals restored. It's worth a visit!

Just behind the Chapel, you will find the Sala Mercado or "Exhibition Hall". It is the home to various art and photography exhibitions held throughout the year. If you are nearby, pop in and you might find something very interesting...

19. Party the Night Away in the Tutti Frutti Plaza

Nerja is known for its nightlife! Unlike some of its quieter neighbors, this town likes to party!

If you are traveling with younger people or those that like to 'party into the night'... Nerja is the place to be!

Start with cocktails in the old town, the busiest area is along "Calle Almte Ferrandiz" where you will find the Buddha Bar Lounge and several other great tapas bars. Later, head over to the Tutti Fruti Plaza where you will find no less than 10 bars and music venues, they don’t open until around 11:00 or so and stay open well into the night.

If you're still raring to go... you have the option of a few late-night discotheques that don't close until around 4 am... Don't forget to drink lots of water!!

Cocktail Hour: Buddha Bar, Hemingway's, El Burro Blanco Flamenco Bar

Tutti Frutti Bars: Safari, El Ancla, Tutty Bajamar, O’Malleys, Pub Seven, Agora, Tantra, Thebas, Bulovar, Tamareo, Eskape, and La Guarida.

Disco Clubs: Rockefeller Club (Calle el Chaparil), Jimmy´s Disco (Calle Antonio Millón)

Laid Back Irish Pubs: Irish Harp Bar, Buskers Irish Pub, Cochran´s Irish Pub

20. Take a Stroll through the Shopping District

Shopping in Nerja is quite nice, you will find an interesting assortment of small boutiques and other larger chains. The most popular Nerja shopping district is right off the Balcon de Europa, heading up towards the eastern part of town.

Walking from the Balcon heading east you will come across a labyrinth of small streets and alleys full of interesting shops and galleries. This area forms a loop and can easily be covered in an hour or so. It's also full of great restaurants and tapas bars if you need a rest.

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** The Nerja Shopping District - Nerja, Spain

What Kind of Shops Will You Find?: Clothing boutiques (men, women, and children's), art galleries, pottery shops, local craft shops, locally-made leather goods, well-known chain brands (Desigual, Springfield), specialty food items, book stores, Moroccan shops and so much more...

Second Shopping area: Heading away from the Balcon and past the El Salvador Church, cross over the plaza and head down to the left. You will find many more shops. As you walk down towards the Plaza Cangrejos you will see many smaller touristy shops that are great for souvenirs and gifts.



21. Visit the Nerja Museum

Tucked behind the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall and Visitors Center) in the Plaza de España you will find Nerja’s only museum. It houses interesting items excavated from the nearby caves which include a very impressive female skeleton that is thought to have lived in the caves more than 18,000 years ago.

Explore three floors of interactive exhibits that will give you a complete overview of the history of the area, starting from Paleolithic times until the present.

Nerja Museum

Opening Hours:  Monday to Sunday: 10am to 2pm & 4pm to 6:30pm (6-10 high season)
Admission:  €6.00
Contact Information: 
Address: 4 Plaza de España
Tel: +34 952 52 72 24

22. Spend the Day at a Beautiful Nerja Beach!

Ahhhhh... THIS is why you come to Nerja... For its exquisite sandy beaches and spectacular Mediterranean Sea views.

Nerja has 10 beaches for you to enjoy, all offering a wonderful assortment of water sports activities, delicious seaside chiringuitos, a shallow surf, and gentle waves. Rent a sunbed for the day and go for a swim... a day spent at any of these Nerja beaches would be a day spent, well ... in Spanish heaven...

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** Playa Chucho and Playa Carabeillo - Nerja, Spain

23. Check Out One of the Nearby Costa Tropical Villages

If you decide to stay in Nerja, take advantage of being so close to about 7 other amazing cities and towns and visit them all!! You can get to most of these villages in less than 20 minutes… and the two larger cities of Malaga and Granada in under an hour.

Check Out: La Herradura, Almuñécar, Salobreña, Motril, Frigiliana, Granada, Malaga, Torrox Pueblo

24. Visit Frigiliana

Just behind the town of Nerja, and heading back into the Sierra de Tejeda Natural Park, you will come across one of the “Prettiest Villages in Spain”... Frigiliana.

Frigiliana is a small, typical white-washed, Andalucian village which can easily be seen in just a few hours. Take a stroll through its steep winding streets, browse its charming boutiques and craft shops, see its historic sights, and have a light lunch on the balcony in one of its many traditional Andalucian restaurants.

The views from the mountains around Frigiliana of the Mediterranean Sea in the distance... are simply stunning.

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** Neighboring Frigiliana... Nerja, Spain

25. Visit the Town of Maro & its Beaches

Just to the east of Nerja is the small town of Maro, it’s a quaint little farming village that sits right on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea with gorgeous views down the coast. It's especially known for the beauty of its beaches...

Maro sits just opposite the Nerja caves, so you can easily visit the caves and then take a walk over the small footbridge into town. There you will find the local parish church, a historic sugar mill, and a tiny plaza where you can enjoy a light lunch or a drink.

  • If you have more time, walk down and check out one of the Maro beaches!

26. Drive 5-Minutes Down the Coast and Explore the Nature Reserve along the Cliffs

Starting at Maro and heading east is the magnificent Maro / Cerro Gordo Nature Reserve. The best way to see this area is by car. From Maro to the end of the reserve (La Herradura) is about a 15-minute drive.

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Maro Nature Reserve near Nerja Spain
** The Maro Tower - Nerja, Spain

The Maro / Cerro Gordo Reserve is an untouched area along the Malaga and Granada coastlines where you will see spectacular rocky cliffs that drop dramatically into the sea creating small bays and coves.

You can also expect to find: Some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, ancient Roman towers adorning the cliffs, groups of the majestic Iberian Ibex which have found their home in the reserve, the Maro waterfall (only seen from the sea), fantastic hiking trails and an endless array of unusual flora and fauna.

If you're thinking of visiting the reserve, read our Maro / Cerro Gordo Nature Reserve Guide before you go!



27. Have More Time? Check Out These Excursions...

If you have a car, there is a LOT more you can see nearby in Andalucia, the Camino del Rey, La Alhambra, the Mudejar-style white villages, and more...

If you need a car rental, we recommend RentalCars.Com - Spain as a GREAT low-cost option.

If you don't have a car and are interested in seeing a few of these amazing places, they can easily be seen in a day. Numerous fantastic tours that leave from Nerja.

More Active Things to Do - Hiking Around Nerja

One of the great things about Nerja is that although it’s a touristy resort area, it’s also right next to the Costa Tropical which is well-known for its outdoor more adventurous activities. It's also in front of a large mountain range that is great for those who like hiking...

The Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Natural Park is a large mountain range that lies across both the Malaga and Granada provinces. It's easily accessible from Nerja or any of the neighboring villages. This area is very popular for hikers of any level, as well as rock climbers, its highest peak at 2,080 meters is "la Maroma".

Below find two of the most popular routes in Nerja for hiking...

28. Go on the Famous Rio Chillar Walk

The Rio Chillar walk, also called "Los Cahorros", is just behind Nerja heading back into the Sierras de Tejeda mountains. The walk gets its name from the narrow canyons that you must pass through on your way to the first pools. Part of the hike itself runs through the Chillar river, so plan on getting your feet VERY wet, it's a unique experience and incredibly pretty.

There are two options for this walk, both are rated "medium difficulty".

Option 1: Hike to the Nerja Dam "La Presa". This is the longest option and will take you 6 to 7 hours. It's 8km each way, there and back.

Option 2: A much shorter walk and fun for the kids, this option takes you to the first pool called "Vado de Los Patos", which is about a 5km walk round trip.

  • Make sure you wear comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and bring plenty of snacks and water if it's hot! You can access the walk near the Nerja weekly market.

29. Hike El Cielo

The "El Cielo" walk is also a very popular walk and the scenery is amazing. El Cielo translates to "the sky" which is about where you are when you finish. Just like with the Rio Chillar hike, there are several options you can take...

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** Path through the Pine forest to Pico del Cielo behind Nerja

Option 1: If you walk to the tip-top of the "Cuesta del Cielo" (Hill of the Sky), the hike will be about 9 km each way and take you 4 to 5 hours. The peak is 1,505 meters and is crowned by a mirrored cross... this is the most difficult walk.

Option 2: Another option is to walk until you reach "El Pinarillo" and the "Fuente del Esparto" which is a nice picnic and barbeque area about 5 km from the start of the walk. This option will only take you about 1 hr 15 min.

Option 3: Your third option is to continue walking past "El Pinarillo" until you reach the town of Frigiliana.

All of these walks start just before the entrance to the Nerja caves and continue through a beautiful pine forest. There is a fork in the road about 1 hour in that will take you to either 'option 1' or 'options 2 & 3'. The path is fairly flat or gently inclined for most of the way for options 2 & 3 but option 1 gets pretty steep! If you make it to the top the views are worth it!

High Adrenaline Things To Do in Nerja...

Tired of all that "relaxing" and ready for something a little more high-octane? Check out some of these sporty activities you can do while in Nerja...

Some of the top adrenaline-inducing activities here are: Parasailing, paragliding, canyoning, scuba diving, and kayaking to the waterfalls down the coast.

30. Paddle Surf Past the Nerja Cliffs and Maro Waterfall

Paddle Surfing is a unique way to see the prettiest corners of the Nerja and Maro Cliffs. Paddleboards can be rented on most of the Nerja and Maro beaches.

OR, if you want to go in a group and be shown the way, there are some awesome tours available!

Paddle to Nerja Cliffs & Waterfall

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Paddle Surf Route - Nerja Cliffs and Maro Waterfall + Snorkel - This tour leaves from Burriana Beach in Nerja and passes by the Wolf's Cave, Doncella Waterfall, Caleta de Maro (small private beach and cove), and the Maro Waterfall. Multiple stops are included for snorkeling. Photos and videos are made with a GoPro sports camera that you can take home with you!



31. Kayak Past the Cliffs of Nerja & Maro and Visit the Maro Waterfall

Rent a kayak and explore the coastline around Nerja, Maro, and the Costa Tropical area. Kayaks are available on Burriana beach.

OR, you can also take a guided kayak tour of the Nerja and Maro Cliffs from Burriana Beach. On this tour, you will pass the Sea Wolf Cave, the Maiden's Waterfall, the Seagulls House on the Cliff and eventually reach the Maro waterfall. Several stops are made along the way to swim and enjoy the sea.

During the summer, tours leave every 30-minutes. Tours fill up so it's very important to book in advance...


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Kayak Cliff Tour of Nerja and Maro - Maro Waterfall - This guided kayak tour of the Nerja and Maro cliffs is in high demand. You must reserve in time to guarantee your place. There are several scheduled departures: 10:00 AM / 13:00 PM / 16:00 PM

32. Go Parasailing or Paragliding

If you are looking for an adventure that will not soon be forgotten... try sailing through the sky over the mountains and sea in southern Spain.

On any given day in the Costa Tropical, the sky will be dotted with colorful sails gently floating above. If you are considering giving this a try, any of these companies would be happy to help...


Address: Camino de Burriana, 28, 29780 Nerja, Málaga
Phone: +34 692 88 20 76


Address: Camino Patria, (plaza 1º de mayo 10), 18600 Motril, Granada
Phone: +34 654 19 88 20

Phone: +34 605 94 06 18

33. Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving along the Coast

Another popular sporting activity along the Costa Tropical and the Nerja coastline is scuba diving or snorkeling. Nerja sits right on the western end of a huge nature reserve that is well-known for its spectacular underwater wildlife.

If you are looking for scuba diving options, there are several diving centers / schools in the area, one on Playa Burriana and others in neighboring La Herradura (5-min by car), which is one of the TOP diving areas in southern Spain.

These companies will provide you with all the equipment you need for a day of diving plus transportation to and from the best dive sites.


Address: Edf.Sitio de Burriana Fase II Local 4, 29780 Nerja, Málaga

Phone: +34 952 52 86 10

If you are new to diving, they can also get you certified with a PADI diving course that is personalized to your needs.


Scuba Diving in La Herradura - Read our ultimate guide on scuba diving in La Herradura... Including the best dive sites, PADI certification, and a price comparison for the top 7 diving centers in La Herradura and Almuñécar.


34. Canyoning in the Nearby Rio Verde

Just up the road from Nerja and into the mountains behind neighboring Almuñecar, you will find an amazing natural park called the "Junta de Los Rios", or "Where the Rivers Meet" in English.

This hike takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes each way, at the end, you will be rewarded with a gorgeous waterfall and a crystal clear turquoise pool. Junta de Los Rios - Complete Hiking Guide!

You will also see a lot of "canyoners" in the area... groups of people repelling and jumping from the rocks into the river as they make their way down from the waterfall. It's an exhilarating adventure that anyone can do!


Rio Verde Tour - Nerja Spain
Rio Verde Canyoning Adventure Tour - The Río Verde X-pro is an amazing third level canyon activity. This adventurous canyoning trip is ideal for those looking for an exciting and active experience. This is VERY Popular and takes place in the Junta de Los Rios! - tour stars 105 Reviews



35. Eat in One of Nerja's BEST Restaurants!


Oliva Restaurant in Nerja Spain
Oliva - An upscale restaurant with a modern creative Andalusian cuisine right in the heart of the Nerja Old Town constantly experimenting with new tastes, textures, techniques, and products.

- The wine list includes wines from all around Spain.

Restaurant 34 in Nerja
Restaurante 34 - Another Mediterranean style restaurant that creates a wide selection of exciting dishes whenever possible using the organic fruit, vegetables, and olive oil that come from their private farm.

- Reservations are recommended. Outdoor seating is available on their beautiful terrace overlooking the sea.

Restaurant Patanegra 57 in Nerja
Patanegra 57 - Chef Sergio Paloma, a lover of Mediterranean and international cuisine, studied at the prestigious School of Hospitality "The Consul" and worked as a chef for major prestigious restaurants. He has received numerous awards throughout his career. Patanegra 57 offers dishes inspired by Mediterranean cuisine with exquisite presentation.

For More Information About Nerja:


Location - Town Hall building, Calle Carmen 1
Tel: 95 252 15 31
Fax: 95 252 62 87

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday: 10:00 – 14:00

Email address:

Important Information You Should Know About Nerja

1. Distances to Other Important Towns from Nerja:

Larger Cities / Towns
Malaga: 67 km / 56 min
Granada: 95 km / 1 hr 10 min
Sevilla: 266 km / 2 hr 50 min
Cádiz: 302 km / 3 hr 15 min

Other Smaller White Villages
Frigiliana: 16 km / 15 min
La Herradura: 14 km / 23 min
Almuñecar: 20 km / 28 min
Motril: 45 km / 40 min
Torrox: 22 km / 25 min

2. When is the Best Time to Visit Nerja

  • During May and October, you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures that fall between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77°F).
  • The hottest season / summer is in June, July, August, and September.
  • Nerja has dry periods in June, July, August, and September.
  • On average, the warmest month is July.
  • On average, the coolest month is January.
  • November is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you are not a big fan of rain.
  • July is the driest month.

3. Nerja's Gastronomy

Nerja's gastronomy is centered around its natural environment. It's known for its typical healthy Mediterranean diet and most of its popular dishes come from fresh products harvested from the garden, vineyards, local farms, and the sea.

Nerja, as part of Malaga, feasts mainly on stews, grilled fish, gazpachos, rice dishes (paella), and fresh salads.

In addition to enjoying the special flavors of the day the Nerja people are also known to frequent the beach bars and chiringuitos as a way to combine the joy of eating with the magnificent views and spectacular nature all around them.



4. Nerja Fiestas

If you plan to visit Nerja during any of these festivals below. Be sure to check with the town hall as to what activities will be taking place...

Nerja’s top celebrated fiestas are:

The Nerja Fair - Mid-October - One of the biggest celebrations of the year in Nerja with processions, singing, dancing, eating, and drinking.

San Isidro and La Virgen del Carmen - 15th May & 16th July - These are two celebrations in honor of two highly regarded patron saints. Nerja honors them with flamboyant processions and huge parties.

The Three Kings Parade - 5th January - On the afternoon of January 5, the people of Nerja put on their best costumes to receive the procession of their Majesties... the Three Wise Men.

Fiestas - Nerja Spain
** Nerja's Three Kings Parade Celebrated in the Balcon de Europa

Getting to Nerja

Nerja is a very easy town to get to, it sits just 45-minutes east of Malaga.

Granada is also less than an hour north of Nerja, a day trip could easily be done from either of these two cities.

  • A visit to Nerja will take you about half a day... but if you have the time there is enough to keep you busy for much longer!

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To Nerja by Plane

To get to Nerja by plane you will need to fly to either Malaga or Granada. Both have great airports that service all of Spain, Malaga's airport is international with direct flights coming in from all over the world.

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From the airport, you will need to take a bus or rent a car to get to Nerja.

To Nerja by Train

Like most of the larger cities in Europe, Granada and Malaga also have great train stations and are accessible from anywhere within Spain.

The best site for finding the lowest fares and booking trains is OMIO:
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From each of these cities, you will then need to get a direct bus to Nerja. The best site for finding the cheapest bus fares is also OMIO!

That should be all you need for an amazing vacation in Nerja! Have a safe trip!! ;-)

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