Nerja best things to see and do
A must in Andalucia
Nerja the jewel of the Costa del Sol
Nerja is surrounded by unspoiled nature. Its natural environment is in my opinion unique: 14 km of coastline (Nerja offers 9 km of wonderful beaches and coves) located largely in a protected natural park. For mountain and hiking enthusiasts, the Pic del Cielo, in the Sierra de Almijara, at an altitude of 1505 meters, is only 3 or 4km from the sea !
Photos of Nerja are at the bottom of the article.
The village takes its name from the Al-Andalus era, when the Moors gave it the name of Narixa (abundant fountain) due to the presence all around several rivers (rio Higueron, rio Chillar, arroyo de la Miel ,… ).
The cave of Nerja
Among the treasures of this city, there is of course the cave of Nerja , which extend for several kilometers of gallery. These galleries are among the most beautiful, and they have not finished revealing all their secrets.
Three years ago, concerts were still given during an international festival. Great artists such as Rostropovich, Paco de Lucía, José Carreras, Barbara Hendricks have performed there. They gave concerts in the cascade hall and the ballet hall, in a concert hall … 250 million years old …
The oldest proof of humanity is in the cave
A few years ago were discovered cave paintings dating from the Paleolithic, made by Neanderthal man. They have been dated 42,000 years ago, making them the world’s only paintings of Neanderthals and the oldest traces of humanity known to date. They represent seals painted in red ocher.
Nerja and the serie TV : Verano Azul
Nerja, this small fishing village originally, gained international fame from the early 1980s with the broadcast of a TV series: Verano Azul.
Since then the village has become very famous, particularly with the Balcony of Europe.
From this place (Nerja with Maro and the protected natural park “acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo”), a feeling of fullness and marvelous emanates.
It is a poet, Ibn Saadi, who will best translate this feeling. His poem, the oldest written on Nerja, dates from… 917 :
“Tendido sobre alfombras de mágicos colores mientras el dulce sueño mis párpados cerraba, Narixa, mi Narixa brotando entre flores con todas sus bellezas mi vista recreaba”.
What to do in Nerja?
You can find the best of Nerja in the pics at the end of the article.
A visit to the Balcony of Europe is a must.
Below is a short film (from February 2021) from the balcony of Europe:
Have a drink in the evening
The ideal place to go is Place Tutti Frutti.
There are many bars open with entertainment all year round.
The festivals during the year :
- Fiesta of San Antón
- Romería de San Isidro
- Feria de las Maravillas de Maro
- Flamenco Festival Peña la Soleá
- San Juan Fiesta
- Fiesta del Carmen
- Nerja Feria
- Fiesta de la Castaña y el Boniato (Maro)
- Fiesta of Nochevieja del Balcón de Europa
- Noche Blanco
- The International Romani Day on 8 April
Tours in small groups (2 to 8 people max.) from Nerja to discover the authentic Axarquia and some of the most beautiful sites in Andalucia
Below are all tours with details and prices:
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If you are in the area for a few days, here is a selection of great activities :
Where to sleep in Nerja?
Holiday homes, villas, guest houses, hotels,…
A famous local guide offers Tours in Axarquia to discover its typical villages, history and traditions. Discover in this link : the offer of tours and excursions in the Axarquia – Costa del Sol
Are you planning to stay in Nerja?
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