Pretty coastal town with a great bar and restaurant scene, beautiful coves with crystal clear waters and famous caves

Nerja is at the very eastern tip of the Costa del Sol, a 45-minute drive from Malaga airport and the centre of the city. It has a very distinctive character from the other coastal towns in this area, thanks to the picturesque coves which dot the coastline. It is also unusual as a white village on the sea, with a pretty old town which is full of lovely shops, bars and restaurants and is a pleasure to wander around.

The Balcon de Europa is one of the best-known spots to take in the spectacular views out to sea and down over the surrounding coves, and definitely warrants a visit.

There are a combination of sandy and stony beaches in this area. Burriana Beach is probably the most popular, and is a large sandy beach with lots to do and some great bars and restaurants. Many beaches in and around Nerja are stony rather than sand, and while it’s not as comfortable for sunbathing it offers incredible snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities. These coves can be a challenge to get to, but are magical places! Our favourite has to be Maro Beach, with waterfalls and incredible clear waters – don’t forget your snorkel!

Nerja is famous for its incredible cave system which you can visit by day and by night and are an incredible spectacle. The fantastic stalactites, stalagmites and columns are beautifully lit up and you can take a guided tour, or simply explore on your own. It’s cool inside and can be a little slippery underfoot, so take a jumper and wear suitable footwear for this one.

There are a wide range of properties in Nerja, many of which have excellent rental potential thanks to the popularity of the town as a tourist destination. Please contact us to find out more about properties in Nerja, or browse the website for available properties.

Not to be missed: The New Year celebrations on the Balcón de Europa, Playa Carabeillo beach, sea kayaking trips from Burriana beach, the Nerja Caves.

Fun Fact: The Nerja Caves were only discovered in 1959, they stretch for 5km and contain prehistoric wall art (although that’s sadly not open to the public) and hold concerts inside!

Steve Wiley

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