Seaside bliss on the Costa del Sol

Offering an impressive range of beaches, excellent places to dine and record-breaking caves to explore, Nerja holidays are an alluring prospect. Once a rustic fishing village, Nerja retains an easygoing vibe, despite now being a popular resort. At Nerja’s heart is the Balcon de Europa, a cute square with glorious views – the perfect place to stop and enjoy an ice cream.

The days can be whiled away at Nerja’s various beaches, which range from long, sun-baked stretches to tucked away, sandy coves, and the nights spent eating fresh seafood at one of the town’s restaurants or drinking cocktails at a beach bar. Away from the sea, popular excursions include the Cuevas de Nerja – an enormous cave complex where massive stalactites drop into a cathedral-like space – and Frigiliana, an arty, luminous village in the hills. With so much to offer, beach and besides, holidays to Nerja showcase the best of the Costa del Sol.

Your Nerja questions, answered

Nerja’s caves stretch for some 5 kilometres. Discovered in the 1950s, they feature a 32-metre natural column – the largest in the world – formed when a stalagmite and stalactite joined.

It’s pronounced ‘nair-ha’. The town gets its name from the Moors, who occupied this part of Spain for centuries and called it ‘Narixa’, which means abundant spring.

One of Nerja’s claims to fame, ‘Verano Azul’ was a popular 1980s Spanish TV series filmed in town. You can find a replica boat from the show in a park by the river.

Best things to do in Nerja

Journey into the deep

Nerja’s cave complex is easily accessed from the town. Tours take you through tunnels and up staircases, past eerily lit natural features and into epic caverns.

Sample the sands

The beaches around the old town are small and backed by cliffs, making an atmospheric place for a dip. Further along the coast, more open stretches offer the chance to spread out.

Head to Frigiliana

The inland town of Frigiliana makes a splendid day trip, with cobbled streets snaking up steep hills. Gaze down at the shimmering sea from one of its many bars and restaurants.