Nerja: tips, things to do and useful information to take the most of your holidays!

Balcon de Europa - Nerja old town

Nerjas has become a favorite destination for people who are traveling to Malaga on holidays. It’s not strange as this charming village has a lot to offer: white sand beaches, clear water, coves, a beautiful old town, hidden caves and a vibrant nightlife. 

If you are looking for information about the city because you are coming soon, in this article you’ll find very interesting facts about Nerja!

Nerja on map

Nerja on a map - Google Maps

Nerja is located 56,6 km (35,1 miles) away from Malaga. It’s in the beautiful coastal area called ‘La axarquía’. 

The cheapest way to reach there from Malaga city is by bus. There are different schedules every day and you’ll arrive there in one hour. Tickets cost around 5€. 

You can check the schedule on this website. To take the bus from Malaga, you have to go to Malaga Bus Station, which is next to Malaga María Zambrano Train Station. 

Another option to arrive at this charming village is by car. I highly recommend you to rent a car if you are planning to visit Malaga surroundings. If you have never rented a car in Spain before, check the article below. I'll explain to you all the information you need.

???? Rent a car in Spain: tips and general information 

Nerja weather

Nerja has a warm mediterranean climate all year round. It’s true that there are differences between summer and winter weather. From October to March/April, average temperatures can vary between 14-16º C. 

In spring and summer, temperatures are just perfect (between 19º to 28º) and, even though it could be too hot when there is ‘terral’ (a northern wind which reaches higher temperatures as it gets into the province), temperatures are nice due to the Mediterranean breeze.

When is the best time to visit Nerja?

If you are looking for good weather for enjoying beaches and the sun, the best months to visit Nerja are from April to October, as the weather is warm and it rarely rains (remember in Malaga we have up to 300 days of sunshine per year). 

If you are not used to the heat I will advise you not to come in July or August, as temperatures can rise up to 31º. 

What to do in Nerja

No matter if you are an adventurous person that is looking for new experiences, or you just want to chill out and relax on a beach: Nerja has a plan for you! Down below you will find 5 things you can do in Nerja.

Explore Nerja coves

Nerja coves

This coastal village is very famous for its sandy and hidden coves and beaches, with clear water and beautiful landscapes that mix mountains and sea. 

Many people who visit Nerja are looking for the most stunning beaches. Here, there are some of the most attractive beaches:

  • Playa de Burriana - Burriana beach
  • Playa de Maro - Maro beach
  • La Caleta de Maro
  • Playa El Cañuelo - El Cañuelo beach
  • Playa de Alberquillo

Rent a kayak and visit the coast

This is, without a doubt, the most famous water activity to do in Nerja. As Nerja coast has a lot of hidden places and little beaches, many people decide to rent a kayak and discover the coast while they do some sport and have fun with family and friends. 

Quick tip: use sunscreen because you’ll be exposed to rays of sun all the time!

Visit Nerja caves

Another mandatory spot you have to visit when you are travelling to Nerja is their breathtaking caves. The famous Nerja Caves are found in Maro, a district of Nerja (Málaga).

The caves count with three galleries: public gallery, the high gallery, and the new gallery (only the first one is open to the public). 

You can have a 45 minutes visit with all your family and see the largest stalactite in the world! Also, you’ll find rock columns, spirals, gours and stalagmites. 

In the Nerja Caves there are also 589 rock paintings.These paintings are estimated to be from the Upper Paleolithic and recent ancient history.

You can buy your tickets here.
Quick tip: from Monday to Friday at 9:30 the visit is free for the first 60 people.

Enjoy sunset in Balcón de Europa (Europe balcony)

Balcon de Europa, Nerja, Malaga

The most photographed spot of Nerja is probably El Balcón de Europa. This beautiful balcony is located in Nerja old town and has an incredible view to all the mediterranean coast. 

The advantage of this is that you’ll have the city center just right next so you can watch the sunset on this unique spot and right after that you can enjoy the village nightlife.

Taste mediterranean gastronomy

Well, no matter if you are visiting Nerja or another city in Spain, you should taste Spanish gastronomy! Spanish cuisine is well-known worldwide for being one of the most rich and tasty foods in the world. 

In Nerja, there are many famous restaurants where to eat Spanish food: 

If you don’t have any idea about what to order at a restaurant in Spain, in this article I’ll show you the most famous and delicious Spanish dishes you should taste before leaving the country. 

Where to stay? Accomomodation in Nerja

And last, but not least, if you are looking for holiday accommodation in Nerja for your next trip, I’ll show you the most beautiful apartments in the area. 

Horizonte Club is a luxury resort located in Nerja old town and offers all the commodities for a perfect stay in the city.

Just one minute walk from El Balcón de Europa, these luxury apartments have an incredible view all over the Nerja coast, an infinity pool to enjoy Spanish sun and a very sophisticated decoration with the best facilities inside. 

Do you want to know more about the apartments? Find below the characteristics of every of them.


Impressive boutique 3-bed, 2-bath luxury penthouse with private terrace with jacuzzi.


Stunning boutique 2-bed, 2-bath luxury holiday home with private terrace overlooking the Mediterranean located on the first floor.


Stunning 2-bed, 2-bath luxury holiday home with private terrace overlooking the Mediterranean.


Beautiful boutique 3-bed, 2-bath luxury holiday home with private terrace facing south overlooking the Mediterranean.

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