Take in the view at Nerja’s Balcón de Europa

Take a trip up to the Balcón de Europa, a large balcony set high in the side of a cliff. Centuries ago the site was the watchtower of a fortress designed as a look out to keep pirates away, but today it’s a popular view point and the centre of holidays in Nerja. Once you reach the top you’ll be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views over the coast and Sierra Almijaras Mountains. Be sure to take your camera because it offers the perfect photo opportunity.

The name ‘Balcón de Europa’ literally means ‘The Balcony of Europe’ and it’s believed to have been given the name by King Alfonso XII. He visited the area following an earthquake in 1885 and was captivated by the stunning views. In honour of this there’s a life-sized statue of the king standing by the railings which is almost as photographed as the views.