Nerja Water Sports Activities – Burriana Beach has plenty of Water Sports

Water Sports and Other Activities in Nerja

Burriana Beach is a great place for water sports and other types of holiday activities
Burriana Beach is a great place for water sports and other types of holiday activities

As you would expect from a town located on the coast, Nerja offers a wide range of water sports. Of particular interest to many of our visitors is the Kayak tour of the Nerja coastline. From Burriana Beach and Maro Beach, you head off east along the coast, in crystal clear waters to discover some of the most beautiful coastlines anywhere in the Mediterranean.  On your own or with a guide, it is your choice.

Scuba Diving in the Mediterranean Sea

Scuba diving schools are also very popular with visitors and locals in Nerja. There are five-star PADI dive centres in Nerja Just in front of Burriana Beach. These diving schools also offer PADI courses from beginners to professional levels, Discover Scuba and Discover Scuba Diving programs, snorkelling, and boat trips

Jet Skiing, Banana Rides and more

Here is a great short video taken off Burriana Beach in Nerja – Paddle Surf and Kayak

Other water sports include Jet Skiing, Banana Rides (getting pulled along by a speedboat whilst sitting on a giant inflated Banana!). For the braver among us, there is Parasailing. Strapped into a parachute and pulled through the air by a speedboat. I can think of nothing more thrilling than seeing Nerja from a speeding parachute.

If all you want to do is lay in the shade on the beach and watch the world go by, you can do that. Burriana Beach has plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes as well as shops to keep you entertained. It’s your holiday, you can do as you please.

We look forward to hearing your tales of great times while staying with Nerja Beach Holidays.

Please check out our main website. There you will find a wide range of Nerja apartments, villas and townhouses available for holiday, long and short-term rentals.

Nerja Self-Catering Holiday Apartments and Villas

Why Choose a Nerja self-catering holiday?

Nerja Self-catering Holiday to the Spanish Costa del Sol
Nerja Self-catering Holiday apartments just above Burriana Beach, Nerja

When you need a break from the world, a holiday in Nerja is the perfect escape. Located just 45 minutes from Malaga Airport, Nerja is a hidden gem that is perfect for self-catering holidays.

Whether you want to relax on the beach, explore the town and nearby attractions, or simply enjoy being in the fresh air, Nerja has something for everyone. This quiet town is a great place to recharge and experience the real Spain.

If you’re looking for a self-catering holiday in Nerja, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got everything you need to feel like a local and enjoy all the best the area has to offer.

Our Nerja self-catering apartments offer you the perfect base from which to explore the area and head out on the town when you want to.

You can cook at your apartment. Or, you can choose one of the many bars, restaurants, or Chiriguitos. When you book one of our villas or apartments, we’ll provide all the necessary equipment and accommodation you will need.

Nerja Food and Drink

Nerja self-catering holidays on the Ciosta del Sol, Spain
Ayo’s Paella has been the subject of many TV travel programs.

Nerja’s seafood dishes are on the menu always. But, the culinary highlight is paella, a rice dish that is cooked in olive oil and typically includes seafood, chicken, sausage, and Spanish sausage.

Ayo’s Paella is world famous and the subject of many TV travel programs. Ayo’s Chiringuito is located near the end of Burriana Beach.

Spaniards are known to love their food, especially their paella, a rice dish that originated on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Many different variations exist, and the best ones are made in the Valencia region.

The most common ones are Valencian paella, which consists of rice, chicken, lamb, seafood, and vegetables cooked in a large paella pan (the dish is actually called ‘Arroz’ or ‘Rice’ the pan is the Paella) on the stove, and Valencia’s version, which is a pilaf-like dish cooked in a clay pot or a pan on the stove.

Virgen del Carmen is Celebrated again along the Costa del Sol

Dia de la Virgen del Carmen is Celebrated all along the Costa del Sol 2022

Día de la Virgen del Carmen is celebrated on July 16th in many coastal towns and villages throughout Spain.
The Virgen del Carmen took out to sea

Día de la Virgen del Carmen is celebrated on July 16th in many coastal towns and villages throughout Spain.

Places as diverse as Almuñecar, on the coast of Granada province, and Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife share the festival with many other coastal communities in Andalucia, Nerja, Murcia, Valencia, and Catalonia.

Hundreds of years later, many pilgrims came to this holy place with the purpose of keeping the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmelo safe. Today, the Virgen del Carmen is the protector of all waters, seamen, and fishermen. The dedication to Virgin Mary became an important part of many Catholic-based countries

The Costa del Sol towns and villages had to forgo the Virgen del Carmen celebrations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now though, they are back with a vengeance.

I searched my favorite online newspaper, the Sur in English, for photographs. I was not disappointed.For anyone interested in events such as Virgen del Carmen and who wants to check out the festivities, try these photographs from Sur in English.

You may want to make a cuppa, there are over 80 great images to see.

There are many fiestas and other events all along the Costa del Sol and inland places. Renting a Nerja villa or apartment gives you the freedom to pick and choose which you attend.

Nerja has its own traditions; such as:


International Festival of Music and Dance of the Cave of Nerja

Day of the Virgin del Carmen, July 16. The feast in honour of the patron saint of sailors is being held in all municipalities of the Costa del Sol and is one of the most beautiful ones. Among wreaths the Virgin is carried into the sea in a sea procession, there are fireworks and a popular Moraga (grilled Sardines at the beach) accompanied by traditional music and dance of the area.


Feria de las Maravillas de Nerja around September 8. Feast in honour of the patron saint, the Virgen de las Maravillas; this day takes place a procession of the Virgin through the streets and there are fireworks.

Tourist day: Since the ’60s is celebrated at the Balcony of Europe a day for the tourists with food and drink typical of the area and dances.

There is also the Nerja Fair and Columbus Day, Halloween, and so on. There is plenty to see and do. Check out this website for Nerja and other Costa del Sol Locations. Malagaweb.

Enjoy yourself!

Balcòn de Europa Nerja – The Balcony of Europe

The Balcòn de Europa is one of the most visited attractions along the Spanish Costa del sol – Go and Say hello to King Alfonso XII

Balcón de Europa is a viewpoint, an outcrop of rock, at the end of the so-called Paseo Balcón de Europa or ‘Balcón de Europa walk’. The Balcòn is a much loved and much-visited landmark or tourist attraction, by tourists and locals.


Located in the centre of Nerja and close to the Church of El Salvador, you can sit and have ice cream and people watch. There are often street entertainers and musicians to keep you amused.

You can stay at the Balcòn de Europa in a hotel of the same name. It was the first place I ever stayed in Nerja some 27 years ago. There is also the Hostal  Marissal. The Marissal is a great place to eat, even if you are not actually a guest.

The breakfast is excellent. But, don’t do what I did; I found a triangular-shaped device on the table and sat pressing it to see what function it served. Needless to say, the waiters were not happy.

I digress. you can see several Nerja beaches and the plendour of the Mediterranean Sea to the front and, the Mountains of Nerja: Sierras Tejeda, Almijara Y Alhama, to the rear.

Balcòn photo op

The Balcón de Euròpa King Alfonso XII
King Alfonso XII on the Balcòn de Europa. Stop and say ‘hello!’

Besides the palm trees, cannons, cats and tourists, there is a statue of King Alfonso XII, the chap who gave the Balcòn its name, leaning on the balustrade. As nonchalantley as you like, King Alf will pose with you. The king is a great draw and is often adorned with hats, glasses, scarfes etc.

Just off the Balcòn de Europa, you have the church, bars and restaurants and Tutti-Frutti Square.

Nerja Beach Holidays have apartments close to the Balcòn. Book early, because they tend to get snapped up very quickly. Check out Apartment Gran Plaza 4,  for instance.


Church of El Salvador in Nerja – a great attraction on the Costa del Sol

One of the great tourist attractions, not just in Nerja but, along the Costa del Sol, Spain – The Church of El Salvador

El Salvador Church Nerja Costa del Sol Spain
El Salvador Church Nerja Costa del Sol Spain; A real tourist attraction

About the Church of El Salvador, Nerja

The Church of El Salvador (The Saviour) was built in the Andalusian Baroque and Mudêjar styles in the 16th century (1505). Then enlarged in the 19th century. It has undergone a number of overhauls, notably in 1997. The highlight of the exterior is the square tower with its perpendicular belfry. Inside, it features three spacious, well-lit naves. The centre nave is crowned by a wooden vault while its lateral counterparts have arris and Roman vaults.

This is definately on your list of ‘must see’ attractions when you rent your Nerja villa or apartment. I haven’t put up any interior photographs because I want you to see it with your own eyes. It really is a fantastic building with amazing decor and artifacts.

More Information

El Salvador church in Nerja. The church  located between Plaza Cavana and the Paseo del Balcón de Europa. Very close to the descent to the Salón beach and next to a large tree called the Cerote tree by the people of Nerja.
It is worth noting inside the mural dedicated to the Incarnation, by Francisco Hernández and the Bronze Christ, the work of Aurelio Teno. It is one of the few temples with representations of the three Archangels (San Miguel is the patron saint of Nerja).
There is a lot more information; including opening times and services, from the Tourism Nerja page. 
You will also find information, links and photographs of all the Nerja tourist attractions and, places of interest. This is a fantastic website that will help you to plan your Nerja holiday.
Make sure to bookmark it for future reference.