Exploring Spain: Nerja in Andalusia

by Arūnas
Exploring Spain: Nerja in Andalusia
Nerja is a cozy, authentic white Andalusian town and seaside resort, close to which there are also beautiful caves and an aqueduct.

The city was founded by the Romans under the name Detunda. In the 8th century, it fell under the rule of the Arabs and received the name Narixa (“stormy spring”), from which the modern name comes. During the period of Arab rule, Nerja was famous for the production of silk products and developed agriculture. From the end of the 14th century, it became part of the Castilian kingdom, the predecessor of modern Spain. Today, this small town is popular with Spaniards as well as foreign tourists, especially in the hot July and August.

One of the main advantages of the resort is its picturesque beaches, each of which has its unique features. The beaches are quite typical for Mediterranean resorts, but the so-called “zest” is brought in by the huge boulders and rocks that cut into the coast and give it a special charm.

Undoubtedly the heart of Nerja and one of its main symbols is the Balcony of Europe (Balcón de Europa), a magnificent promenade, stretching along the edge of a towering cliff, which was once the location of a Moorish fortress.

Nerja has one of the largest stalactite caves in Europe, which is one of the most important attractions in the area and all of Spain as well. Paintings from the Paleolithic period and also ancient remains from earlier periods have been found in the cave. 

Useful information about Nerja

Area: 85 km² / 33 sq mi

Elevation: 93 m / 305 ft

Coordinates: 36° 45′ 32″ N, 3° 53′ 12″ W

Region: Andalusia

Population: ~21,000

Currency: €

Languages: Spanish (Castilian), Andalusian

Nerja map

Nerja is located on the Costa del Sol, Spain’s southern Mediterranean coast at the foot of the Sierra de Almijara mountain range, about 50 km / 31 mi east of Malaga, in Andalusia.

Where to stay: Best Hotels in Nerja, Spain

Nerja was the first place I visited in the Costa del Sol region. In terms of geography, climate, and scenery, this small region in Andalusia is similar to the southern part of California – a real paradise with the sun shining every day! While visiting Nerja for three days, I spent almost all my time by the warm sea. I would like to be back here someday.

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