Nerja – there is too much to say about this lovely Spanish town, surrounded by impressive mountain scenery. It is the main tourist centre in the Axarquia region east of Malaga. Perhaps not so well known as Torremolinos, Marbella and Benalmadena, west of Malaga, but totally different in character. There are few high rise buildings and the town has retained its village appeal.
The town is centred round the Balcón de Europa (Balcony of Europe), which was constructed around 1487. Formerly a 9th Century Castle, it is now a viewing point above the sea. To the side of the Balcón, you will find the 17th Century El Salvador Church, constructed in baroque-mudejar style. You may also visit the 16th Century Nuestra Señora de las Angustias Hermitage with its paintings by the master Alonso Cano.
With its mild climate, you can enjoy yourself to the full all year round and take advantage of the relaxed way of life here. There are at least 12 Kms. of beaches, including the internationally famous Burriana beach that has once again been awarded by the Blue Flag of the European Union and the small coves below the impressive cliffs of Maro, which have been the inspiration of artists.
There is a mix of all cultures in the town – those who have retired from other parts of Europe and those who have lived here for generations. There are plazas and wonderful shopping streets for the visiting tourist. In the old quarter of town, typical small shops offer local craftworks and products of the area, including the sweet wine and olive oil, honey and tropical fruits. At the beach and fish restaurants you can enjoy the “pescaito frito” (fried fish), whilst the many international restaurants in town offer a wide variety of menus to suit all tastes.
Nerja retains its traditional festivals: the Fair the Carnival, Holy Week (Easter), the San Isidro pilgrimage and the festivals of San Juan and Día del Carmen are also celebrated in their own special way. There are a wide range of cultural events throughout the year. Of particular note is the acclaimed “Nerja Caves Festival”, which takes place amongst stalactites and stalagmites, which were formed over millions of years. This takes place in July each year. The Nerja Caves are currently the 3rd most visited monument in the whole of Spain. The Caves are not only worth a visit to see their natural splendour, but also to witness one of the many concerts that take place in this acoustically stunning arena throughout the year.......