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Things to Do in Nerja
Top 10 Things to Do!

45+ Things to Do in Nerja:
Your Ultimate Guide for a fun filled holiday in the Costa del Sol

Things to Do in Nerja --> Hike the Rio Chillar
** Things to Do in Nerja ➜ Hike the Famous Rio Chillar!

Nerja is known as one of the most beautiful villages along the Costa del Sol (and of course home to the world famous Nerja Caves)... but it has SO much more to offer!!

If you're planning a trip to the area, take advantage of the abundance of outdoor activities that are available in Nerja. From hiking the majestic 'Sierras of the Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama' to kayaking the calm seas along the Maro Nature Reserve... you will find a ton of great things to do on your next trip (the TOP TEN things to do in Nerja are listed below).

And... don't forget to read about the TOP things to SEE in Nerja, like museums, churches, aqueducts, beaches, and the gorgeous Balcón de Europa...


The TOP 10 Things to Do in Nerja

Canyoning - Kayak - Scuba Diving - Rent a Boat - Sailing Cruise - Hiking the Rio Chillar - Hiking the Pico de Cielo - Hiking El Pinarillo – Nerja Caves - Hiking Maro Tower - Visit a Nerja Market - Buggy Tours - Waterparks - Aquavelis Aquatropic - Horse & Carriage tours - Tours to Nerja - Excursions from Nerja - Ride on the Nerja Train

Things to Do in Nerja --> kayaking Tours
Kayaking Tours On any given day, hundreds of brightly colored kayaks paddle gently along the Costa Tropical / Maro coastline... past hidden caves, coves, and waterfalls. Tours leave from La Herradura and Nerja.
Things to Do in Nerja --> Take a Tour in the Maro Nature Reserve
Hike the Maro Nature Reserve This strip of virgin coastline is one of the most beautiful areas in Andalucia and is well worth your time to explore its stunning beaches, hidden coves and bays, and rugged landscape.
Things to Do in Nerja --> Rent a Boat
Rent a Boat from the Marina Just 10-minutes down the coast from Nerja, in the beautiful port city of La Herradura, you can rent a boat (or join a tour) and spend the day exploring the beaches and coves of the Costa del Sol.
Things to Do in Nerja --> Nerja-Train
Take a Ride on the Nerja Train The Nerja Train runs from the village of Nerja, to the village of Maro, and then on to the Nerja Caves. It's available all year and leaves every hour. A one-way trip will take about 30-minutes.
Things to Do in Nerja --> Visit a Nerja Market
Visit the Nerja Markets Find an endless array of interesting items, like handmade leather goods, ceramics and crafts, Moroccan jewelry, beautiful linen dresses and scarves, and a wonderful selection of souvenirs to take home to family and friends.
Things to Do in Nerja --> Day Trips & Excursions
Day Trips & Excursions From Nerja There is a LOT more to see nearby in Andalucia; the Camino del Rey, the Alhambra in Granada, the Mudejar-style white villages, and much more... See our FULL list of excursions from Nerja to take advantage of your time here!
Things to Do in Nerja --> Scuba
Scuba Diving Courses If you're thinking about scuba diving while in town, this is the most comprehensive guide you will find. La Herradura is THE spot for diving in southern Spain and is recognized as a 5-star diving center.
Things to Do in Nerja --> Canyoning
Canyoning Tours Canyoning is a combination of repelling, climbing, jumping, sliding, and splashing down a river gorge. It's an immensely popular sport and there are several adventure companies that specialize in tours to the Junta de los Rios Nature Park.

Things to Do in Nerja --> Buggy Tours
Buggy Tours in Malaga & Granada These adventurous buggy tours will take you on an unforgettable journey through the mountains of the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical. Venture into the hills where you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Andalucian coast and Morocco.

Things to Do in Nerja --> Sightseeing Cruises
Costa del Sol Sightseeing Cruises Our list of the TOP 10 Sightseeing Cruises in Malaga and Granada. Cruise the coast in a catamaran or yacht with a captain. Food and drinks are included and, in some areas, dolphin watching!


35 More Things to Do in Nerja and Beyond...

  1. Visit the Balcon de Europa: Enjoy the panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains from this viewpoint.

  2. Explore the Nerja Caves: These famous caves are home to the largest stalagmite in the world and host concerts throughout the summer.

  3. Relax on Burriana Beach: Spend a day sunbathing, swimming, or trying out water sports on Nerja's most popular beach.

  4. Take a trip to Frigiliana: Visit this beautiful whitewashed village just a few kilometers from Nerja for a quiet afternoon.

  5. Visit the church of El Salvador: Visit this beautiful church near the Balcon de Europa, known for its unique mix of architectural styles.

  6. Go diving or snorkeling at Maro Beach: The clear waters make this beach perfect for underwater exploration.

  7. Walk along the Rio Chillar: This river walk takes you through beautiful scenery with waterfalls and opportunities for bird watching.

  8. Visit the Museo de Nerja: Learn about the history and culture of Nerja and the surrounding area.

  9. Enjoy a day at the Aqua Tropic Water Park: Perfect for families, this water park in nearby Almuñécar offers slides and pools for a fun day out.

  10. Relax at Torrecilla Beach: Another of Nerja's popular beaches, it's perfect for a day of lounging by the sea.

  11. Admire the Eagle Aqueduct: Visit this 19th century aqueduct near Maro, a marvel of historical engineering.

  12. Visit Calas del Pino: This less crowded beach offers peace and quiet and great snorkeling.

  13. Take a stroll down Calle San Juan de Capistrano: Stroll down this picturesque street and enjoy the traditional Andalusian houses and local shops.

  14. Climb the Tower of Maro: This historic watchtower offers great views of Playa de Maro, the town of Nerja, and the coastline all the way to Malaga.

  15. Explore Punta Lara: This quiet residential area offers a beautiful beach and excellent restaurants.

  16. Enjoy El Playazo Beach: Nerja's longest beach is perfect for a more laid-back beach day.

  17. Hike in the Sierra de Almijara: The surrounding mountain range offers a variety of trails with stunning views and wildlife spotting opportunities.

  18. Visit Chanquete's Boat - La Dorada: A great photo spot for fans of the popular Spanish TV series, 'Verano Azul'.

  19. Visit the Maro Waterfall: A beautiful natural waterfall best accessed by kayak or boat.

  20. Visit the 'Lost Village' of Acebuchal: Explore this "Lost Village", abandoned during the Spanish Civil War and now restored to its former charm.

  21. Explore the village of Torrox: Known for its fantastic climate, Torrox offers beautiful beaches and a charming old town.

  22. Visit Competa: Known as the "Pearl of Axarquia", this village is famous for its local wine and the annual Noche del Vino festival.

  23. Visit the Costa Tropical villages: Explore the coastal villages of the Costa Tropical, each with its own unique charm. Almuñécar is known for its historic old town and vibrant nightlife, La Herradura for its beautiful bay and water sports, and Salobreña for its Moorish castle on a hilltop and old town.

  24. Join a wine tasting group: Discover the local wines of the region by joining a wine tasting group. This is a great way to explore the local vineyards and learn about the winemaking process.

  25. Explore the villages along the Mudejar Route: This route takes you through several villages known for their Mudejar architecture, a style characterized by the influence of Moorish culture during the Christian Reconquest period.

  26. Walk the Caminito del Rey: Once known as one of the most dangerous in the world, this famous trail offers breathtaking views as it winds along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro.

  27. Visit Granada: A day trip to Granada is a must. Visit the Alhambra, one of Spain's most iconic landmarks, stroll through the Albayzín district, and learn about the city's rich history and culture.

  28. Visit Malaga: Explore the birthplace of Picasso, visit the impressive cathedral, the Alcazaba, and enjoy the city's bustling marina.

  29. Visit Almeria: Explore Almeria's rich history by visiting the Alcazaba of Almeria, a 10th-century fortress, and stroll through the narrow streets of the old town.

  30. Hike through the Maro-Cerro Gordo Nature Reserve: Located between the municipalities of Nerja and Almuñécar, this protected area is a haven of biodiversity with stunning cliffs, secluded beaches and rich marine life.

  31. Visit the Roman Aqueducts: Discover the historic Roman aqueducts in the region, impressive remnants of ancient engineering.

  32. Visit the Almuñécar Castle (Castillo de San Miguel): Explore this well-preserved castle with panoramic views of Almuñécar and the surrounding sea and mountains.

  33. Skiing in the Sierra Nevada: During the winter months, take a trip to the Sierra Nevada mountains for some of the best skiing in Spain.

  34. Visit the villages of the Alpujarras: Explore the villages of the Lower and Upper Alpujarras, each with its own charm, nestled on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada.

  35. Hike to the summit of Mulhacén: Embark on a challenging but rewarding hike to the summit of Mulhacén, the highest peak in mainland Spain. The views from the top are truly breathtaking.


30+ More Things to See and Do in the Costa Tropical...

Things to Do in Nerja --> Top Ten
TOP TEN Things to See & Do! Not sure what to do first? Read our TOP 10 things to do in the Costa Tropical to get you started. From bird watching to rum tasting, you will surely discover some things you haven't tried... YET!   
Things to Do in Nerja --> - Top Ten Kids
Top TEN Things to Do with KIDS! Traveling to the Costa Tropical with kids? No problem! Here is an exhaustive list of all the things that will keep your little ones busy and having a great time!   
Things to Do in Nerja --> Top Ten Cheap
Ten FREE & CHEAP Things to Do! Wondering what to do on holiday with a limited budget? Here is a list of the TOP 10 things to do in the Costa Tropical that are either free or inexpensive.
Things to Do in Nerja --> Outdoor Sports
All Sports & Outdoor Activities People flock to the Costa Tropical and Nerja for the outdoor life. The area is known for its natural beauty and the endless opportunities for scuba diving, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, and parapente.


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Who are we? An American expat with over 20 years of experience living and traveling in Spain, specifically in Malaga and Granada. Darsey is a seasoned explorer of Andalucia. Drawing from decades of immersive experience, she offers deep insights into this enchanting region of Spain, including off-the-beaten path destinations, the best places to stay, and the top bucket list activities to try! More...

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