Nerja is the main tourist resort of the Eastern Costa del Sol as it lies between small coves untouched by development and impressive mountain scenery. The beauty of the beaches and cliffs surrounding Nerja makes them ideal for sun worshippers and lovers of waters sports alike.
The centre of Nerja is the Balcon de Europa, a favourite place with both locals and visitors. The promenade flanked on the left by lovely arches and on the right by hotels, bars and restaurants, ends at a semi-circular viewpoint at the cliff-top, commanding magnificent views over the Mediterranean and the mountains. Sunsets seen from the Balcon de Europa are unforgettable. The promenade is lined with palms and two ancient cannons form a reminder than until 1812 there was a fortress at the top of the cliffs. It is the night-time location for many street entertainers and local musicians.
Nerja is full of small shops and you can find anything from shoes and clothing to souvenir and art shops. Shops close between 2 and 5 pm, except the supermarkets. The streets with most and better shops are Calle Almirante Ferrandiz (near Balcon de Europa) and Avenida Castilla Perez.
Cueva de Nerja
The magnificent Nerja Caves – Cuevas de Nerja – are a series of huge caverns stretching for almost five kilometres and home to the world’s largest stalagmite, a 32 metre high column measuring 13 metres by 7 metres at its base.
You can find more information about the Caves at http://www.thenerjacaves.com
Balcon de Europa
The Balcón de Europa is a large round balcony on a cliff in the seaside town of Nerja, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It has spectacular panoramic views of the Sierra Almijara mountain range and the coast with its beautiful beaches, sandy coves and rocky outcrops.
In the 9th century the watchtower of an Arabic fortress existed on the site of the balcony. Today this enviable location is occupied by a popular mirador (viewing point) close to a number of cafés and hotels, just around the corner from Iglesia de El Salvador. Underneath the balcony is a restaurant with unparalleled vistas, so in the cooler winter months you can enjoy the view comfortably from indoors.