Nerja is the jewel of tourism on the Eastern Costa del Sol in Spain.
The western Costa del Sol with the tourist resorts of Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Estepona, Sotogrande, Marbella and Puerto Banus are undoubtedly the tourist magnets on the Costa del Sol, Nerja is popular with families and children and is considered to be an upmarket resort.
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Getting to Nerja
Nerja is approximately an hour away by car from Malaga International Airport and also has Granada Airport in its vicinity. Granada Airport only offers a limited service with Ryan Air from London Stansted and Liverpool, so the vast majority of British tourists wishing to visit Nerja use Malaga Airport as their gateway.
Nearest airports to Nerja:
71 km: Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP)
172 km: Almería Airport (LEI)
Nerja has no rail links to either Granada or Malaga Airport although it is possible to travel from both airports to the resort by bus. The majority of tourists organise car hire as this is the quickest and the most economical way to get to Nerja apart from using an expensive taxi.
Nerja has as many as seventy-eight hotels of which the Parador de Nerja, Hotel Perla Marina and the Hotel Balcon de Europe come highly recommended. Many families with children choose self catering options when it comes to booking their vacations to Nerja and will rent a villa or an apartment as their accommodation for a week or two.
Groceries can be bought at the Mercadona which is closed on Sundays as well as Supersol and Iranzo.
Look out for Lidl which is known for its quality at super prices The freshest fruits and vegetables can be sourced at the weekly market which in Nerja takes place on the far western side of the resort on a Tuesday.
The Costa del Sol is known for its golf courses, but as Nerja sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada the hilly terrain doesn’t benefit from the game of golf.
The nearest golf course is the Baviera Golf to the east of Velez-Malaga a good twenty minutes away by car while the Añoreta Golf Course to the east of Rincon de la Victoria is also within easy reach.
Weather & Climate
As mentioned before Nerja is blessed to have the Sierra Nevada with ski resort of Pradollano an hour away by car which means tourists in the winter can ski in the mornings and spend the afternoons sunning themselves on Nerja’s beaches.
Nerja has very fine weather with over three hundred days of sunshine, no summer rainfall owing to the Mediterranean climate and very mild winters ideal for sunbathing.
You can also see exactly how Nerja looks right now on our webcam page.
Nerja has no less than ten beaches on which to spend a summer holiday of which two have maintained their blue flag status over the last few years which are the Playa Burriana and the Playa Torrecilla. The Playa Calahonda, Playa el Salon, Playa Caletilla, Playa Carabeo, Playa Carabeillo, Playa El Chucho, Playa El Chorillo, and the Playa El Playazo make up Nerja’s beach life.
Nightlife is centred around the Tutti Frutti Square and Antonio Millon. Here you will find a variety of good restaurants, bars, pubs, tapas bars, discos and nightclubs. Vinoleto is well known for its wine and tapas while the best Flamenco Show can be seen at El Molino.
Bar Okey, Cochrans, Irish Annie’s, Pub Bogey, Bar El Playazo, Blanco y Negro, El Burro Blanco, Temple Bar and H20 also provide for some good entertainment.
Discos to dance the night away at in Nerja include Jimmy’s, Castillo, Disco Pub Hozono and People SC.
Nerja has well over two hundred restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world. According to the Tripadvisor the top ten Nerja restaurants that are a must visit while in the resort includes Oliva, Au Petit Paris, La Dama, Sollun Restaurante, Sabor de Amor, Meson Jose y Victoria, La Joya, La Puntilla, Carne a La Piedra and the Bar Restaurant First.
Tourist Information Centre
Nerja Tourist Office Address:
Planta Baja del Ayuntamiento, Calle Carmen 1, 29780, Nerja (Malaga)
Telephone Number: +34 952 521 531
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The video below shows off Nerja along with tourist information:
What to See and Do
Nerja is famous for its Tapas Trails meaning you can hop to various tapas bars enjoying authentic Andalusian tapas and drinks. For some advice on the Tapas Trails you can look at http://www.holidaynerja.co.uk/HN_tapas_trails.htm.
One of Nerja’s most important tourist attractions is the caves which are home to the world’s largest stalagmite. To book an excursion to the caves and see the prices and opening times you can look at http://www.thenerjacaves.com/hours-and-tariffs/
Granada with the Alhambra is a day tourist hot spot and is about an hour away by car.
The nearest water park to Nerja is the Aquatropic water park in Almuñecar which is twenty minutes away by car. Tickets start at€13 for children and €16 for adults. For more information you can look at http://www.aqua-tropic.com
Aquavelis lies twenty-eight kilometres to the east of Malaga in Torre del Mar and is about thirty minutes away by car. Tickets start at €15 for children and €20 for adults. For more information you can look at http://www.aquavelis.es/.
The water parks are generally open from 11:00 in the morning until 19:00 in the evening from early June until the end of September.
An hour away by car on the western side of the Costa del Sol great family days out can be enjoyed at the Tivoli Amusement Park, Selwo Park and Sea Life Centre all located in Benalmadena and the Selwo Aventura Safari Park in Estepona.
Further afield excursions can be arranged to visit Ronda, Seville, Cordoba, the Alpujarras, Gibraltar and even Morocco.
Nerja is a great place to come on vacation in upmarket surroundings far away from the image of mass tourism which is synonymous with much of the Costa del Sol.
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