Nerja: Why you should visit this jewel of the Costa del Sol
I believe it is time for a new adventure. Besides the spots in Málaga I already took you to cities like Gibraltar, Benalmádena, Fuengirola and also Valencia for the Fallas on this blog. This little trip will be to the jewel of the Costa del Sol: Nerja. Nerja is located on the eastern side of the Costa del Sol, more or less 56 kilometers away from Málaga. It is a beautiful seaside resort sheltered by the impressive Sierra de Almijara Mountains. The city centre has succeeded to retain the village charm, despite the extension of souvenir shops and day-trippers. Nerja was variously called Narija, Naricha and Narixa, which all basically mean ‘rich in water’. That statement is definitely true. The biggest assets of the city are beautiful beaches with crystal clear water what makes it a true heaven for fishing and diving activities. Although there is a lot more you can do here.
Balcón de Europa
The Balcón de Europa (Balcony of Europe) is situated on a rock in Nerja and used to be a fortress designed to keep out British pirates. Nowadays it is the central point of the city, providing magnificent views over the coast and the city itself. The Balcón de Europe is also the location for various ‘fiestas’ throughout the whole year. The promenade, called Paseo Balcón de Europa, comes alive at night with artists and musician making music for people who just wander through the promenade. Maybe it is nice to end your day at Plaza Balcón de Europa, which is a central square with a lot of restaurants and bars.
The Eagle Aqueduct, located a little outside Nerja, was initially built to supply water to the nearby Sugar Factory. The factory is unfortunately closed, but the aquaduct still continues to be used for communal irrigation. If you are not afraid of heights and looking for some beautiful views, you probably find yourself enjoying a short 10 minute walk from the one side of the aqueduct to the other.
The Nerja Caves are impressive series of huge caverns stretching for almost five kilometres dating back millions of years. The caves contain the widest naturally-formed column in the world and are formed by the merging of stalagmite and stalactite. It is a place in Spain that is very difficult to describe to anyone. They are something you really should see for yourself. Maybe nice to know is that the Nerja Caves Foundation has launched a free app which provides all sorts of information about the Caves. Users can choose between English, Spanish, French and German. The app is called: “Cave of Nerja”.
If you then have time left or you want to return once to Nerja you should visit Frigiliana, a typical Andalusian “White Village”. It is 6 kilometres away from Nerja, but easy accessible by car or bus. Frigiliana is considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia. The white-washed houses provide a stunning contrast with the blue skies and the colourful flowers. Wander through the maze of narrow streets which often lead to a small bar or restaurant where you can taste some great local specialities, like “choto”, “potajes” or “migas”.