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Nerja – Area Guide, Costa del Sol East

Nerja – Costa del Sol East

Nerja is situated on the southern coast of Spain, less than an hour’s drive from Malaga Airport. The area offers many activities, including golf, hiking and walking, water parks or even a day trip to Malaga, no visit to Nerja is complete without getting to know the Balcón de Europa.

The town’s monuments include the 17th century Church of El Salvador, in a style which is a charming mixture of baroque and Moorish, or mudéjar, and the beautiful Gardens of Capistrano Playa, which descend to Burriana Beach.

Nerja is surrounded by miles of sandy beaches, including the famous Burriana beach, which has all the amenities, including hammocks, beach bars, bars and water sports rentals. Even in peak season there is room for everyone and you will still be able to find a quiet hidden cove.

The Caves of Nerja, Las Cuevas de Nerja  are a series of naturally formed caves and caverns in the hills of Maro, 4km North-East of Nerja, some of which have taken up to two million years to form. Formed by the merging of a stalagmite and stalactite, it has held the Guinness World Record since 1989. The caves also famously host the annual Nerja International Festival of Music and Dance. A visit to these caves is a truly unique experience.

There is a culteral centre, a 355 seat auditorium which offers shows from local and international exhibitions, including film viewings, art and photography exhibitions as well as musicals performances from both national and international artists.


The most important events in Nerja include Semana Santa (Easter), the Nerja Feria which takes place in mid-October and the Christmas festivities which continue until January 6th in Spain.