Ohh Nerja! You little beauty! While for us, Nerja didn’t have Andalusian charm of the cities like Seville, it felt still very authentic to Spanish seaside. It is one of the most sought-after destinations on the Costa del Sol.
We stayed in Malaga and used this city as our based, however we definitely wanted to do few one days out to explore other towns. It is only 40 minutes drive from Malaga and it was one of the most beautiful coastal towns we have seen. It is just perfect destination if you are looking for an autumn gateway with some sun and warmer weather. We were enough lucky in November to have early summer in autumn! Apparently in Nerja the temperatures will be always few degree higher than in Malaga. The Balcon De Europa (Balcony of Europe) is the heart of the town. It is the towns main promenade with amazing atmosphere, many bars, tapas and ice cream stalls. It is a perfect spot to sit down for a moment, enjoy the breathtaking views and watch people. The old town is a maze of little quirky streets with shops and tapas bars. Definitely great spot if you need to purchase few souvenirs. What we loved most is that suddenly time slowed down there. Everyone was just strolling around and enjoying the sun. I’m sure that in high season those little streets are packed with tourists.
Our highlight of Nerja definitely was a little play on the beach. We headed to Playa de Nerja which has few steps to be reached down, but there were only few people there and it was right there next to Balcon de Europa. Perfect spot for after lunch chillout. However if you are any other time and you feel it is too busy, there are 12 beaches within the region of Nerja, including Maro beach which has been consistently voted as one of the best beaches in Spain. Unfortunately we didn’t check the Nerja’s caves this time as we felt Bella was still too little and we didn’t bring carrier with us. It is one of the top things to do in Nerja and 4th most visited natural monument in whole Spain. Most of the visitor will say it is a highlight and something not to miss if you are in Andalucia. Definitely something to make us return to this beautiful region.
There is a tourist train that can be a fun way to discover the town. During a summer season, there is a bouncy castle and trampolines installed at the bottom of the Plaza Fabrica de Los Cangrejos. Moreover if you visiting in August, there are many night performance and activities just at the square, many dedicated to the younger audience. We definitely wouldn’t want to spend longer than a day in Nerja as there are so many other stunning spots in Andalucia (so far our favourite Spanish region!). However we definitely recommend it to see if you are on the way or staying in Malaga.