Nerja holidays

Once a small fishing village, Nerja has blossomed into one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations. Blessed with beautiful, sun-kissed beaches and tiny, secluded coves, Nerja holidays are ideal for families and couples who want to spend some quality downtime together. However, there’s much more to holidays to Nerja than soaking up the sun and splashing about in the sea: a town with a long and fascinating past, there are great sites and hundreds of years of history in between the golden beaches and buzzing plazas. The resort is home to one of Spain’s most visited sites, the vast pre-historic caves known as the Cuevas de Nerja. Along with dozens of bars and restaurants to please foodies, Nerja holidays have a little something for everyone.

Things to do

Despite being famed for its fabulous beaches, Nerja offers plenty of other activities and things to see and do. Its on-your-doorstep caves offer 4km of prehistoric paintings, Stone Age relics and subterranean stalactites and stalagmites. However, if you prefer to be above ground and soaking up the sun, the coast is full of award-winning beaches and secluded bays. Foodies will find a gastronomic adventure almost everywhere they go, from beachfront tavernas selling traditional paella, to the restaurants in town serving everything from fast-food to authentic Italian meals. For a crafty cocktail, visit one of the bars in the cosmopolitan Plaza Tutti Frutti.

Miles of coastline

Nerja is renowned for its stunning beaches, from long golden stretches to small sandy coves. There’s around nine kilometres of coastline in total so if your ideal holiday is lazing in the sun on a gorgeous beach, then you’ll be spoilt for choice in Nerja, you could spend every day on a different stretch.

Stunning sights

Holidays to Nerja aren’t short of things to see and do. The historic Nerja Caves offers something for everyone. History buffs will love getting to know the story behind the caves from its early inhabitants to its discovery and if you’re not into the history side of things then they’re still a magnificent sight to look at. Speaking of magnificent sights, if you love beautiful views, head to the Balcon de Europa for panoramic views out to the Mediterranean Sea and beyond.

Family fun

Asides from the beautiful beaches and stunning sights, there’s plenty to do for families too. Nerja is close to two waterparks so you could spend a day at each of them if you have a family that loves the thrills of shooting down slides and splashing around in the water. In the evenings you can then head to the lively Plaza Tutti Frutti for a meal with live music playing in the background. If you’re holidaying with older kids then you can grab a drink at one of the many bars afterwards.

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Map of Nerja

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If you’re looking for scorching summer sunshine, book your holidays to Nerja between June and August, when the temperatures hover in the high twenties and peak in the low thirties °C.

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Flights to the resort land at Malaga Airport, which is just under an hour away.

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Sightseers: Nerja has a rich and fascinating history, which has left some superb attractions in its wake. Take a visit to the prehistoric Caves of Nerja or see some natural wonders at the Almijara and Alhara National Park.

Beach lovers: Whether you want a vast, golden sweep of sand or a secluded, tranquil cove, there’s sure to be a beach with your name on it!

Foodies: There are some fantastic restaurants in the town, from traditional tavernas serving rustic dishes such as anchovies with olives, to fine-dining establishments serving mouth-watering meals such as fresh scallops with asparagus.

Fast facts for Nerja

Language: While the language spoken in Nerja is Spanish, the locals have a good command of English, so you won’t need to pack a phrasebook.

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Euros, before flying off on your Nerja holiday.

Local time: Nerja is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Malaga Airport. The transfer time to Nerja is 1 hour.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Nerja is 2.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Nerja tourist information can be found at www.nerja-turismo.com/en/.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Nerja.

 

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Getting around Nerja

By bus: Nerja has a regular and affordable bus service that connects the beach and town. The bus is also useful for day trips, with a service running to nearby resorts like Almeria.

By taxi: Taxis are an easy way to make short journeys, and there are plenty of taxi ranks located throughout the town. You can also flag down a passing cab if you see one. It’s worth remembering that taxis cost more in the evenings and weekends.

On foot: Nerja is small enough to navigate on foot, and the waterfront area in particular is a pleasant place to walk.

Events in Nerja

Nerja Feria: Held each October, in honour of the town’s patron saint, San Miguel, the feria is one of the most exciting events in the local calendar. Over the course of a week you can expect colourful parades, funfairs, live music and plenty of eating and drinking.

Beach party: The Festival of San Juan celebrates the summer solstice and the birth of Saint John, during the last week of June. With the warm weather already kicking in, locals camp on the beach and build bonfires. There’s an old ritual of washing in the sea at midnight, after which you can expect fantastic fireworks, live music and plenty of partying!

Nerja weather

Temperature: Highs of 30°C in August.

Best time to visit: May and June for the best beach weather.

Nerja enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year, meaning there’s rarely a bad time to visit! The summers are long and hot, while the winters are reliably mild. For the best sightseeing conditions, book your break in the spring or autumn when the mercury hovers in the low-to-mid-twenties. July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures that stray into the low thirties.

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