Nerja in 3 Days: Secluded paradise at our Nerja Hotel Resort
Nerja sits in the easternmost part of the Costa del Sol, one of the most visited places in Spain. Such popularity is easily explained. Its sheer coast hides a host of beaches, 9 km in total. And its historic district, with its white houses, lively terraces and scenic views of the sea have a natural magnetism. Located between the Sierra Almijara and the Mediterranean Sea, many of Andalusia’s treasures are just a stone's throw away. In addition it has a wide range of entertainment options, which makes it an exceptional spot to spend your vacation and enjoy the incredible gastronomy and traditions of Malaga.
Day 1: The Best Beaches in Nerja and a Stroll through the Historic District
Upon arriving in Nerja, most visitors head towards the Balcón de Europa, the town's famous scenic lookout. Enjoying the marvelous view will be one of the great pleasures of your stay. If the weather is hot, it will surely encourage you to head to one of the nearby beaches: Calahonda, located just below the lookout; Burriana, particularly well known in Spain because it was the backdrop of the popular 1980s television series "Verano Azul"; or La Torrecilla, bordered by the promenade… The coast of Malaga offers golden sand and crystal clear waters which guarantee fabulous days at the beach. At midday, there is nothing better than a traditional ajoblanco, a cold almond soup, served with grapes and some fried fish, two of the area's classic delicacies.
Nerja is a wonderful town in which to take a stroll: its historic center, parks, and for those who remember Verano Azul, a visit to the famous Barco de Chanquete, will surely make for a fantastic afternoon. Let the night surprise you near Plaza Tutti Frutti or calle Antonio Millón, they are the best spots to have a drink or discover nightclubs where you can dance until dawn.
Day 2: Coves along the Maro cliffs and caves of Nerja
If you have already taken advantage of Nerja's beaches, you should absolutely wander along the Maro cliffs to reach the many coves, a relaxing experience which will allow you soak up the sun far from the bustle of the more crowded areas. You cannot leave Nerja without visiting its famous caves. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit these marvelous natural caves formed by an extensive underground interconnected system where remains have been found from the first Homo sapiens to the Bronze Age. However, if you prefer to get to know the area's flora and fauna, meander on foot or on horseback through Sierra Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park where beautiful golden eagles and mountain goats reside. In the evening, recharge after so much activity with a delicious dinner at Hotel Riu Monica's buffet.
Day 3: A Route through La Axarquia, the best of Andalusian culture
Nerja is located in the La Axarquia region. We recommend you spend a morning getting to know the area. Villages such as Frigiliana, Torrox and Algarrobo are magnificent examples of the rich Andalusian cultural legacy. Get to know them following the Sun and Wine Route, which will lead you through some of the region's most typical spots. And, in the afternoon, do not think twice, pay a visit to Granada, just a few short kilometers away, its Muslim legacy and the gypsy influence are a beautiful backdrop to a university city full of life and historical treasures. Here you will have to visit the Alhambra, the Albaicín area and the imposing cathedral with its baroque facade.