• About Nerja

    Nerja is where the mountains of the Sierra Almijara come down and meet the sea. It is a Spanish town, not a 'tourist' town, in a spectacular setting between the foothills of the mountains and the sparkling Mediterranean. A place where clear fresh mountain water flows in abundance, making the village a paradise of trees, flowers and colour, all year round. It lies in one of Spain's richest farming areas; abundant with fruit, vegetables and flowers; this is known as the 'Garden of Europe'. It is an area of outstanding beauty situated in the midst of a tropical valley where you will find olive groves, avocado trees, fields of wild strawberries and the greatest variety of exotic plants all encouraged by what is considered to be the best year round climate in Europe. Because of its unique location, and being protected from the north by the majestic, snow capped, Sierra Nevada mountain range, Nerja has its own micro-climate and the soft dry air is known to be particularly beneficial to sufferers of respiratory and associated disorders

  • Nerja is essentially a Spanish village, with a kind and friendly community who will welcome you on every visit. Stroll through the narrow white-washed streets and you will discover interesting court-yards, colourful shops and local people simply sitting in the sun. This is the typical Nerja atmosphere, unhurried and relaxed

    You will find the magnificent Balcon de Europa stretching out into the shimmering Mediterranean. This splendid area paved with marble and with an avenue of palm trees is the centre of activity for many of the local festivals, or is an ideal place just to meet friends at one of the pavement cafes.

  • You will find a seemingly never ending choice of restaurants and traditional Tapas bars with delicious food and friendly service. Or, you may prefer to try one of the typically Andalusian beach restaurants where you can enjoy anything from freshly grilled sardines (a local speciality!) to Spain's finest Paella, having just watched it being freshly prepared over a wood fire.

  • Location

    Unquestionably the most attractive resort on the Costa del Sol, Nerja lies on the eastern most part of the Province of Malaga, some 35 miles to the east of the historic city of Malaga. To the west it is joined by the towns of Torrox and Torre del Mar and to the east along the spectacular Costa Tropical there are numerous picturesque seaside villages with their breathtaking scenery and sandy coves.

    Further east is the town of Salobrena clinging to the steep side of a rock, close to the sea. An Arab fortress crowns the summit and from here there is the magnificent view on one side of the glittering Mediterranean and to the north of the Granada plains stretching upwards towards the majestic snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range.

  • Main Attractions

  • Cultural and Festival Activities

Why Nerja?

the coastline itself here is unique in that the Mountains actually reach the shore and form majestic cliffs which shelter picturesque beaches and coves
town authorities have imposed limitations on this zone to protect the area from mass tourism, it is quite different from the towns located to the west of Malaga
the area contains a large number of springs, forming rivers and streams and therefore its name is appropriate. Nerja was called Narixa during the Moorish occupation which means abundant spring
climate - the mountains protect from the winter north winds while the influence of the sea makes for milder temperatures in both winter and summer
agriculture is rich and abundant due to this climate and therefore fresh fruits and vegetables of many exotic varieties are available year round
fishing is also important to Nerja and you can watch the fisherman come back from their night fishing and sort their catch or fix their nets
tourism is now Nerja's main source of income and as such the town is geared to providing great accommodation, restaurants and access to all the area attractions...
Caves of Nerja - underground streams perforated the limestone of these mountains forming huge chambers and strange but lovely stalactites and stalagmites. The cave was inhabited as far back as Higher Paleolithic Age, 30,000 years ago and was used up to about 3,000 years ago. Sound and light equipment has been installed to provide easy access and viewing for the interest of tourists. One of the chambers has been converted into an original setting for the Internationally famous Festival of Dance and Music, held every summer since 1960, and seats some 800 spectators.


New Years Eve - celebration held in the centre of town on the Balcon de Europa
Easter - parade & Holy Week celebrated
May 3rd - Dial del Cruz - Locals in Nerja sing and dance around hand made flowered crosses.
May 15th - Romeria de San Isidro - a pilgrimage involving gaily decorated carts and horses
June 23-24 - Noche San Juan - Night beach party to celebrate the longest day and the beginning of the summer. A lot of people camp on the beach (normally this is not permitted) and have barbecues
July 16 - Processions in honour of Virgen del Carmen which honours the sea and its importance
Oct 8 - 12 Feria de Nerja - Nerja┬┤s annual fair
December - the town is beautifully lit and decorated for the season

In May and September, the Maro festivals take place, spectacles not to be missed. The procession starts in Nerja and finished at the Nerja Caves where the tradition is for families to eat, dance and sing the day away.