Nerja

About the historical and picturesque town Nerja

Nerja is a cosmopolitan town located on the southern tip of the Costa del Sol, about 50 kilometers south of Malaga. According to the 2011 National Statistics of Spain’s data, the town currently has a population of more than 22,000 people. Nerja has a long and fascinating history that is evidenced through the treasured primitive paintings discovered in 1959 in the legendary Nerja caves as well as remains of what are believed to be ancient inhabitants of the town. The caves, located just about three kilometers from the town center now serve as the main tourist attraction.

Other amazing tourist spots in Nerja

Nerja is famed for its eye-catching sceneries, some with equally interesting histories. The Balcón de Europa, which is squarely in the middle of the town, is the most idyllic spot to get to view the sweeping panorama of the town, the sea and incredible milieu of misty mountains. The name is attributed to King Alfonso XII who visited in 1885 after a catastrophic earthquake, and mesmerized by the sceneries, said “this is the balcony of Europe”. As a result, the authorities erected a full-size and currently highly photographed statue of the king.

Other than the Nerja caves and the Balcon de Europa, the town also prides of other striking sceneries like the Aqueduct that was built in the 19th century, the 17th century-built Church El Salvador and Baroque Hermitage of Las Angustias.

Economic activities

Nerja was anciently a fishing village, but today, locals mainly rely on cash crop farming, especially of semi-tropical fruits like papaya, mango and avocado. These have recently replaced sugarcane farming; in fact, Nerja is one of the biggest producers of avocado in Europe today.

Booming tourism in Nerja

The picturesque town attracts troupes of tourists from all over the world, especially in the summer. There are numerous well kept and pristine sandy beaches beneath the cliff loved by holiday makers, especially for relaxing leisure walks. Moreover, the picturesque mountainous landscape of the Sierra Tejeda and Sierra de Almijara are just mesmerizing to look at.

The town is also the main Scuba diving centre at costa del sol, but is also ideal for an array of other water sports like jet skiing, swimming and sailing.

Essential tourism facilities in Nerja

To accommodate the high number of visitors that flock this breathtaking town annually, especially in the summer, there are numerous hotels in Nerja, bungalows, resorts and an array of other essential tourism facilities. There is a plethora of cafes and restaurants in town, serving a broad range of delicacies and cocktails. Also available are horse drawn carriages that are best preferred by lovers to various romantic destinations. There is so much to do and see on your Nerja visit. Plan your trip and explore this heaven of tranquility and comfort.