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Nerja is on the seashore some 50 kilometres from Malaga on the N340 coastal highway, and marks the eastern tip of Malaga's Costa del Sol. Once a sleepy fishing village, the town now has a population of over 12,000.

Nerja boasts 16 kilometres of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear water. All major water sports are available here, including water skiing, scuba diving and sailing.

Flanked by a dramatic mountain range, Sierra Almijara, to the east, the town has, fortunately, managed to avoid being blighted by the concrete high-rise scenario which has been the inevitable result of the tourist boom in some of the coastal resorts. The old quarter of the town is still virtually unchanged with narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses with wrought iron terraces overflowing with geraniums, on which a canary can sometimes be heard singing.

However, the heart of Nerja is its spectacular Balcón de Europa, the "Balcony of Europe", a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff, once the site of the great Moorish castle, with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below, against an awesome backdrop of hazy blue mountains.

There are plenty of restaurants and cafes here to choose from, and the visitor can hire a horse-drawn carriage to explore the most romantic corner of the town.

The town's monuments include the 17th century Church of El Salvador, in a style which is a charming mixture of baroque and Moorish, or mudéjar, and the beautiful Gardens of Capistrano Playa, which descend to Burriana Beach.

However, Nerja's most spectacular attraction is undoubtedly its fascinating caves, located just three kilometres from the centre of town. They include archaeological treasures such as paintings over 20,000 years old and other pre-historic remains. One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall, where many performances are staged during the summer. This year Nerja is celebrating the 38th International Cave Festival, with the participation of many top international entertainers.

Nerja cuisine includes several specialities including De La Doncella (red mullet) and pescaito frito (fried fish) and ranging from top international cuisine to the ubiquitous sausage, eggs and chips!

Nerja is 50 km from Málaga. The N340 coast road is only dual carriageway as far as Torre del Mar which is about 20 km from Nerja. This section of the coast road can be slow especially at peak periods.

Tourist Oficce: 952 521 531
Málaga Train Station (RENFE): Information (902 240 202), Customer service (952 128 267)
Town Hall: C/Carmen, 1 29780 Málaga. Tel: 952 52 15 31 Bus Station: 952 521 504
Local Police: 952 52 15 45 Radio-Taxi: 952 52 05 37
Health centre
Emergencies (24 hours): 952 520 935
952 522 416
Casa de la Cultura: Málaga Airport: 952 048 804/952 048 844
IBERIA: 952 136 166/952 136 167
Post Oficce: 952 521 749
Cuevas de Nerja: In July each year a music festival is arranged in what is called "The Caskada Chamber".
Balcón de Europa:
Río Chillar
Cuevas de Nerja: Discovered in 1959. One of Europes most beautiful cave-systems.

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Carnaval: February
Día de la Cruz:
May 3th
Feria de Nerja (Patronos):
October 13th
Fiesta del Carmen:
July 16th
Procesiones y pasos:
Holy Week
Romería de San Isidro:
May 15th
San Juan:
June 24th
San Antón:
January 17th
Fiesta de las Maravillas:
September 2th
Festival de las Cuevas:
July or August
Feria maravilla de Maro:
September 9th