Nerja Best things to do – My Top Ten
Nerja is a great place at any time of the year, not just in the summer months. There are lots to see and do in and around Nerja town. I’m using TripAdvisor for some of the stats on this one. I’ve also added my own personal favourites. You can book the trips directly from this website.
- Nerja Caves: The Nerja Caves are a fantastic day out. The Caves of Nerja are a series of caverns close to the town of Nerja in the Province of Málaga, Spain. Stretching for almost 5 kilometres, the caverns are one of Spain’s major tourist attractions. Concerts are regularly held in one of the chambers, which forms a natural amphitheatre. There are several concerts being held in the caves in July Wikipedia
- Kayak & Snorkeling Tour in Natural Park ‘Acantilados de Cerro Gordo – Maro’. If you are a water sports enthusiast, then this is a trip for you.
- Visit Frigiliana: Frigiliana close to Nerja It’s known for its Moorish old quarter and narrow streets decorated with ceramic mosaics. El Ingenio is a 16th-century Renaissance palace now housing a sugar cane factory. Exhibits at the Archaeological Museum include Neolithic bones, Phoenician pottery and a 16th-century dagger. Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Natural Park shelters Spanish ibex and peregrine falcons. You’ll need strong legs if you are considering walking around Frigiliana. The streets can be very steep and narrow in some parts. It is well worth the effort though.
- Burriana Beach: For me, Burriana is the best beach on the Costa del Sol. There are plenty of Chiringuito’s (Beachfront Restaurants) as well as a great Chinese restaurant, along with traditional Spanish food. Shops, bars and Cafe’s aplenty and a great sandy beach with great views. Known worldwide for the best Paella, Ayo’s Chiringuito has been the subject of many top travel programmes.
- Church of El Salvador: The church of El Salvador is just off the Balcòn de Europa and surrounded by lots of places to sit, eat, drink and watch the world pass by. El Salvador (The Saviour) in the Catholic faith is, of course, Jesus Christ. So, it’s The Church of Jesus Christ, Nerja. On entering this great church, your eyes are first directed straight forward to a magnificent and ornate altar. This alters as an arch of gold leafed and ornate carvings, under which there is a large figure of Christ on the cross. El Salvador Church.
- The Balcòn de Europa: Along with the Nerja Caves, the Balcòn de Europa (Balcony of Europe) is another great attraction for the tourists coming to Nerja. The Balcòn is an outcrop of rock the juts out into the Mediterranean Sea. There are hotels, restaurants, ice cream vendors and musicians playing their trade. The Balcon has a permanent resident in the form of a statue of King Alfonso XII close to the end. He is great for a photo opportunity. People like to stroll up and down the Balcòn de Europa because there is sea vies, beach views and the mountains to the rear. Be sure to have your camera with you for this one.
- Trekking on the Chillar River: Water trekking on the Río Chilar is a refreshing excursion with a charm in the interior of the Chíllar ravine. It is a refreshing hiking route, ideal for any family member, regardless of age, since it is easy and fun, low difficulty. A journey of 8 kilometres between round and round, by the channel of the Río Chillar that is in Nerja, in the Natural Park of Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama. You can book a trip if you don’t want to head off on your own.
- Organised Day Trips to Seville: Using Nerja as a base, you can explore Malaga and the towns, villages and great cities of Andalucia. Day trips from Nerja to places such as Seville are well worth the money. If you don’t visit any other city while you are in Spain; go to Seville.
- Hiking around Nerja and up to El Cielo. If its breathtaking sights you are looking for (as well as breathless sights) then hiking in the area surrounding Nerja is for you. The Sierra de Tejada Almijarra Natural Park and the natural area of the Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo both offer you the opportunity of some great exercise and stunning scenery. Check out this article by John Kramer
- Nerja Segway Tours: Some people find walking around in the heat a bit of a hassle. So, what better way to see all the great sights and places of interest than going about on wheels. One and a half hour Guided Tour around Nerja, in a very small group, get to see the best places in town in the best way possible. Nerja Segway Tours
This is just my Top Ten Nerja sights and Activities, best things to do and see. There are many more places to go and much more to see, not just in Nerja but along the Costa del Sol, Malaga as well as wider Andalucia.
If I were to add to the list, it would be a visit to the ancient towns and cities, such as Granada, Antequera, Cordoba, Ronda, Malaga and the rural villages or ‘Pueblos Blancos’. I haven’t included Golf in my top ten as it goes without saying. The Costa del Sol has so many Golf courses, its nicknamed ‘The Costa del Golf’. You can play 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For foodies, Nerja is a great place to sample traditional Spanish tapas. There is a great Tapas Trail in Nerja that is highly recommended. Also, other cuisines are well represented, such as Italian, Chinese and Indian to mention a few. My own favourite is the Goa Town Indian Restaurant. Try the Fal extra hot curry, it is beautiful.
If you’re after some traditional Spanish culture, there are concerts and shows held in the fantastic Nerja Caves as well a Flamenco bars such as the Burro Blanco. Last but not least, Nerja is alive with buskers and street entertainers. Human statues, cartoonists, musicians, jugglers and more. There is something for everybody Burro Blanco Flamenco.
Whare your best things? Please let me know and I’ll add them to the list.