Nerja is an attractive Spanish town, formerly a fishing village, about 50 km east of Malaga city.
It has typically Spanish features and spectacular views of the Mediterranean coastline. An attractive backdrop is provided by the mountains of the Sierras Tejeda and Almijara.
Two of the main fiestas are Carnaval at the start of Lent in February and Semana Santa at Easter.
The Caballeros are all in their finery, with ladies in Flamenco costume for the Romeria de San Iisidro on May 15th when the statue of San Isidro is taken on parade from Nerja to Maro, the next village.
On the night of San Juan, June 24th, the beach becomes alive and fishermen provide sardines for all, to invoke blessings for a bountiful harvest next season. Tradition says all must go into the sea to share the good luck.
The town Feria, with a travelling funfair, is the week including October 12th.
Nerja’s principal features are the Balcon de Europa, named by King Alfonso 12th when he visited in the 19th Century, and the Nerja caves at Maro. In the Balcon square is the main church, Iglesia del Salvador and from here spectacular floral floats depart to parade around the town at Easter.
Nerja caves, discovered in 1959, are one of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions and concerts are held in them each year during July.
Nerja has many fine restaurants, bars and cafeterias. All tastes and prices are catered for, including typical Spanish and a wide variety of international cuisines.
The climate is agreeable – mild in winter and not so hot as the hinterland in summer. The winter rainfall means that the gardens of Nerja have abundant foliage and beautiful flowers throughout the year.
Burriana beach is the most popular blue flag beach, but there are many attractive small beaches and coves.
Activities available locally include water sports, walking, golf, horse riding. There are guided excursions to major tourist attractions such as the Alhambra, Ronda and Cordoba but nearer to hand are the pretty white pueblos .