Holidays in Nerja
Located on the Costa del Sol, Nerja is a classic beach resort with a unique twist. A town with a long and captivating past, there are fascinating 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, holidays to Nerja have a little something for everyone.
May and June for the best beach weather.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Nerja to visit the legendary hidden caves and spend warm evenings in the Plaza Tutti Frutti.
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Nerja is a treasure trove of fascinating sites, with plenty to entice sightseers including the jaw-dropping Cuevas de Nerja. A cavernous four kilometres full of Stone Age cave drawings and stalactites, the caves are a must-see. After your day trip, rest up on Nerja’s choice of award-winning beaches, with lots of smaller bays hidden between the rocky coastline that are perfect for relaxing in the sunshine. Enjoy a giant dish of paella on the beach, or head into town for fresh seafood or authentic Italian, before stopping for drinks in the cosmopolitan Plaza Tutti Frutti.
Nerja’s beaches nestle in between dramatic rocky headlines, thick with greenery, with views of the majestic Sierra Almijaras mountains. The largest beach is Playa Burriana, a Blue Flag award winner that’s popular for its central location. Fringed with palm trees and with a glistening clear shore, the beach is the ideal place for long, leisurely beach days, eating lunch on the sunny promenade and trying out the water sports. For a little peace and quiet, the best place in Nerja is Playa el Salon, a secluded little bay with fine, soft sand and a tranquil atmosphere.
The biggest attraction in Nerja is Cuevas de Nerja – the incredible Nerja Caves. Reaching for nearly four kilometres, the caves are believed to be millions of years old and were inhabited during the Stone Age, as indicated by fascinating cave drawings of animals. Cuevas de Nerja is one of the most visited attractions in Spain, and a tour is a must. Another Nerja landmark is the Balcon de Europa, a large balcony set high in the side of a cliff, with spectacular panoramic views over the coast and Sierra Almijaras mountains. Centuries ago, the site was the watchtower of a fortress, and today it is a popular viewpoint and photo opportunity.
Nerja has an excellent variety of restaurants and nightlife venues, with plenty of tapas bars, Mediterranean restaurants and places to try real Spanish cuisine. The beach and waterfront area are naturally big on seafood, with superb paella and easy-going beach bars. The place to go in Nerja for a big night out is the Plaza Tutti Frutti, a pedestrianised square with dozens of pubs, bars and restaurants. During the day, this leafy square is a quiet and pleasant meeting point and a popular dining spot. Later on, the younger crowd hits its Irish pubs and dance clubs, staying out until the early hours.
Sightseers: Nerja is a historic part of the coast with fascinating sights, including the ancient Nerja Caves on its doorstep.
Beach lovers: Nerja’s beautiful beaches are golden sweeps of sand surrounded by tranquil, green scenery.
Foodies: Paella on the beach or Andalucían cuisine in Plaza Tutti Frutti – Nerja is packed with tasty culinary options.
Language: The language spoken in Nerja is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Nerja is the Euro (€)
Local time: Nerja is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Malaga Airport.
Flight time from UK: Approximately 2.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Nerja tourist information can be found at www.spain.info
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.
Temperature: Highs of 29°C in August.
Best time to visit: May and June for the best beach weather.
Nerja enjoys the best of Spain’s Mediterranean climate, with beautiful long summers and mild winters. The temperatures stay in the mid 20s (°C) for nearly six months, climbing a few degrees hotter in July and August.
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 taxi 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.
Nerja Feria: In October, Nerja hosts its annual fair in honour of its patron saint, San Miguel. One of the biggest and most colourful events in Nerja, the fair features a week of parades, funfair rides, live music and plenty of eating and drinking.
Beach party: The Festival of San Juan is a midsummer celebration held in the last week of June. Basically a big beach party, the festival includes bonfires and camping on the beach. As per tradition, sardines are caught fresh, cooked on the beach and enjoyed by all.