With a population of around 200,000 inhabitants, this Eastern Malaga town has a unique, internationally town attraction –its Caves. The paintings covering its walls could be the oldest cave art found in the history of humanity. Its several rooms and galleries were declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 2006. Incidentally discovered by some Andalusian youngsters in 1959, not only is it recognised by its imponderable historical and archaeological value, but also by the International Festival of Music and Dance that it hosts every year. Artists as renowned as singers Montserrat Caballé, Paco de Lucía or dancer Sara Baras have performed in this location of amazing beauty and acoustics.
Besides these ravishing geological features, Nerja has much more to offer. Its 15-kilometre coast with some beaches awarded with the European Blue Flag category, such as Playa Burriana or La Torrecilla, Balcón de Europa –former fortress and current viewpoint located in the city centre which offers splendid views of the coast, or Acueducto del Águila are other places of interest, unmissable for the tourist.
Art lovers will enjoy visiting the Mudejar Iglesia de El Salvador, or the Baroque Ermita de las Angustias. What are you waiting for to come to this idyllic town on the Eastern Costa del Sol?
Wander around its streets and beaches and feel as if you were in Verano Azul –this city was the main setting for this popular 80s series.
WHERE TO SLEEP
As Nerja has been one of the main touristic destinations among locals and foreigners since the 60s, it has a wide range of accommodation. Apart from the city centre, hotels have occupied the beach line. Inns and guesthouses become the cheapest alternative. Its campsite –in the heart of the Sierra de la Almijara– is a very charming accommodation. Less than 5 minutes away from the main beaches, we’ll comfortably reach it in our Pepecar hire car. The most sophisticated travellers also have suites and spa hotels at their disposal.
TRANSPORT AND ACCESS
There are several ways of getting to Nerja –being by plane the most common one. Málaga Airport has a huge volume of traffic of both local and international flights. Pepecar makes its car rental service available to its customers here, so you’ll be able to pick up your car at the airport premises and head to Nerja –not wasting a single minute of your holiday. To drive along the 79.5 kilometres (1 hour and 3 minutes) which separate the airport from Nerja’s downtown, follow MA-20, change to A-7 and then take Exit 295 to N-340.
Its climate and location make tropical fruits and fish the key ingredients of the local recipes. Among the typical dishes, the most prominent are ajoblanco (cold garlic and almond soup), migas (fried breadcrumbs) or sweet potato and honey compote. The tapas culture is also very popular in Andalusia, apart from being one of the best ways of discovering the most traditional cuisine.
CAR TRIPS FOR NERJA
ACANTILADOS DE MARO-CERRO GORDO
The Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo are a really spectacular natural landscape hardly 18 kilometres far from Nerja. Head north and take N-340 (11 kilometres.) Its amazing cliffs towering above the Sierra de Almijara offer great views, caves and endemic species of fauna and flora, such as the orange cup coral reefs.
Awarded with the ‘Best European Climate’ Prize, this village in the province of Malaga has everything and more –beaches, perfectly preserved Arab and Roman rests, and local festivals throughout the year. Get in your Pepecar rental car, exit Nerja by N-340, and follow E-15. Then take Exit 285. It’ll take you 16 minutes to cover the 13 kilometres that separate you from your destination.
Driving along N-340 and MA-5105 for 13 minutes (7 kilometres), you’ll reach the village of Frigiliana. Its famous historical centre, inherited from the Arabs, its location in the heart of sierra Tejeda-Almijara Natural Park and the traditional nature of its festivals and crafts are its main charms.