You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there
Nerja a lovely seaside town
some 70 kilometers from Málaga via the coastal motorway A-7 and marks the eastern tip of Málaga’s Costa del Sol. The name Nerja originates from the Moorish word Naricha, which means rich in water. Nerja has located at the base of the Sierra de Tejeda and in the Moorish times it was a major producer of silk and sugar. Nerja was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1884.
Once a sleepy fishing village, the town now has a population of over 20,000. Nerja boasts 16 kilometers of beaches with sand and pebble stone, sparkling clear water. All major water sports are available here, including water skiing, scuba diving, and sailing. Nerja today is a popular international holiday resort, but at the same time managed to keep its own identity and to remain a lively living Spanish town. There are plenty of streets lined with bars, cafes, restaurants, and shops to tempt you.
The old quarters of the town are still virtually unchanged with narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses with wrought iron terraces overflowing with geraniums, on which a canary can sometimes be heard singing…
However, the heart of Nerja is its spectacular Balcón de Europa, a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff, once the site of the great Moorish castle, with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below, against an awesome backdrop of hazy blue mountains. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes here to choose from. The town’s monuments include the 17th century Church of El Salvador, in a style, which is a charming mixture of baroque, and Moorish.
Torrecilla Beach, located at the bottom of Nerja Town center. You can hire sunbeds and parasols. Showers on the beach. There are a few bars/restaurants right on the beach. There is a nice promenade that takes you along to Playazo beach and beyond.
Playazo Beach, situated to the West of Nerja Town center, around the corner from Torecilla Beach. Playazo Beach is the longest beach in Nerja. Playazo Beach is generally much less crowded than other beaches mainly because of the fewer bars and restaurants and other facilities. There are showers on the beach, and toilet facilities in the form of portable wooden cabins more or less situated at each end of the beach, and only open during the summer months.
Salon Beach immediately to the West of Balcon de Europa,
Calahonda Beach directly to the East of Balcon de Europa, it’s a small beach, quite sheltered. Lot of rocks to either side of the beach, and in between a sandy beach. There is a bar/restaurant open during the summer months, sun beds and parasols for hire.
Playa de Burriana beach, perhaps the most popular and well-known beach of them all. Parking can be a bit difficult in the summer, especially on Sundays and during the month of August. The beach is about 800 meters long and is in a bay, East of Nerja Town center.
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