What to do
Information about Nerja
Nerja was an old little fishing village right on the Mediterranean Sea, but it is still known for its traditionally Andalusian atmosphere (almost no high blocks). Nerja receives a lot of sunshine (300 days a year!) and is surrounded by mountains, sea and culture. The ´Balcon de Europa´ ,part of an old fortress from 900 A.D., is located in the heart of the old center of Nerja. This Balcon gives a beautiful view of the coast line. The old center has small streets with picturesque white houses. The Hostel is located in calle Mendez Nuñez , one of these streets in the old center.
Nerja has several beaches, from small coves to bigger sandbeaches. The ‘playa burriana‘ is the most famous and has a blue flag. You can walk along these beaches and coves by the ‘paseo de carabineros’ , a beautifull walking path. It is officially closed already for a couple of years.
In the old towncenter you can by a lot of regional products, like ‘vino de la tierra’, olive oil, honey and a lot of tropical fruit. And there are a lot of bars where you can eat tapas.
If you don’t want to go (only) to the beach, there is a lot to do in and around Nerja too, as: walking, diving, jeeptours, a sailtrip, car/scooter/ mountainbike hire, spanish courses, flamenco shows and of course the things explained further on. Look also on our website of mountainactivitiesnerja.
A few miles from Nerja you can find the international famous caves, cueves de nerja. These caves were discovered in 1956 by a few playing boys and have the biggest stalagtiet of Europe. It is the third attraction of Spain.
Behind the caves starts the naturepark of the ‘Sierra Tejeda, Alhama and Almijara’, where you can make beautifull walks, moutainbiketours or jeeptours and can meet the spanish mountain goat (cabra hispanica). Descriptions of walks are available in hostal Lorca. Also by normal car you can do a lot of beautifull routes (available in the hostal).
On walking distance, but you can also go by bus or car, is Frigiliana, a whitewashed village, which won the price of nicest town of Spain a couple of times. Behind Frigiliana lies Acebuchal. This hamlet was abandoned in the 50-ties but now totally restored. You can make nice walks here and there is a locally known restaurant.
Granada is a good hour drive away from Nerja. It is a historic city with the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the background. This town contains the Alhambra and Generalife, the last Morish fortress in Europe and its beautiful gardens. We advise you to buy your tickets already at home, through www.alhambra-tickets.es , above all in april,may and september, october. In addition, you will find in Granada the Albaicin (gipsy quarter), Sacromonte, and a cathedral. The city has many restaurants and bars.
During the winter you can ski in the Sierra Nevada Mountains (normally from 1/12 till 30/4). They have +/- 90 kilometres of piste, from simple to difficult. It is 1,5 hours from Nerja. It is possible to ski and be on the beach on the same day.
Malaga has opened up in 2003 a Picasso museum (closed on monday). But also the cathedral, the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro are worth a visit. The new harbor, Muelle1, with restaurants and shops is nice, especially at night when you have a beautifull view on the skyline of Malaga. You can also make boattrips from the harbor.