Nerja is on the coast in-between Velez-Malaga and Almunecar; Nerja is located just off the N-340. The nearest golf course is ‘Baviera Golf’ with other well-known courses close by including: Anoreta Golf and Los Moriscos. Nerja is around 40 kilometres from Malaga airport. The resort is quiet and peaceful and the beach is fantastic.
About 40 kilometres on the eastern side of Málaga and away from the intense activity of the tourist towns, such as Torremolinos and Benalmádena, lay a string of indifferent small villages and resorts popular both with locals and foreign residents as a place to spend the weekend. At the far end of these lies the town of Nerja.
Bordered on all sides by acres of farmland Nerja is an international, easy-going town, with more emphasis placed on recreation than the fast-paced lifestyle of Málaga, indeed you could be forgiven for thinking you had relocated to the French Riviera. Although popular it has managed to evade the high-rise buildings and invasive development schemes, which have dominated the larger resorts in recent years. The mountain views, which surround the town, are also extremely impressive.
Young visitors will find Nerja's laid-back, easy-going ambience just a little too relaxed for comfort, but for those who want to sit back and forget the more hectic attractions of the Coast, this is the place to do it.
The name Nerja has its origins in the Moorish word 'naricha', which means 'rich in water' and the beaches that surround the town are some of the most picturesque and unique on the Coast. The most popular are the Playa Burriana to the east and the Playa Torrecilla to the west. The tourist housing here has been designed well, with accommodation located either in the attractive town centre or in the shape of whitewashed villas, which nestle in the hills behind.
The most famous attraction in Nerja is the Balcón de Europa, a short palm lined promenade that juts out over some rocky coves and affords magnificent views of the Coast in either direction.
The old town clusters around the promenade and spills out along the cliff where souvenir shops can be found. In the evening the town comes alive with attractive lighting, restaurants and tapas bars.
Nerja is mostly self-sufficient with regard to shops and businesses and, if you like bars and taverns, you will find plenty of them in Nerja's many small and winding side streets.
The reason that this settlement is recognised internationally is due to the discovery of the caves of Nerja. They were found in 1959 by some schoolboys who stumbled upon them by accident and represent one of the finest examples of limestone formations in Europe. They also contain examples of Neolithic paintings and tools that date back as far as 25,000 B.C.
The caves are open to the public and feature dramatic caverns, plus one particular joined rock formation, which is said to be the world's largest. Although the ancient rock paintings are not open to the public it is possible to purchase many fine photos of them from the gift shop. The main cavern has been converted into a theatre and during the summer rock concerts, ballet and other shows are held here.
If you are staying in a resort west of Marbella then it will take you about 90 minutes to get there, but luckily the main road allows travellers to view some impressive coastal scenery. If you're particularly lucky, when you approach Nerja you might see the flight of one of the crazy hang-gliders who use the cliffs as launching pads!
Nerja is a relaxed recreational area, which has made it popular with older generations of visitors and the square on the Balcón de Europa is always full of elderly people playing petanca, which is the Spanish version of French bowls. If you are looking to spend some time out of sync with the hustle and bustle of the rest of the planet, then Nerja's isolated location makes it perfect for a relaxing holiday.