Nerja Travel Guide

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Nerja Highlights

  • Pro
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     relaxed, friendly, great location, good choice of places to eat. 

  • Con
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     Crowded and Less Picturesque than Described 

  • In a nutshell
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     Pleasant, laid back Spanish beach town out of season 

Nerja Things to Do

  • Beaches

    The beach is located between Playa Carabeo and Burriana beach on the eastern edge of Nerja. Access to the beach is by stairs are rather steep so it is not suitable for people with mobility problems, another option is to walk along the sand beach of Burriana. La playa se encuentra entre Playa Carabeo y playa Burriana en el extremo oriental de...

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  • Cuevas - Caves

    Nerja Caves are located near the pretty village of Maro. It is one of the monuments with the largest number of visitors in the country. After being discovered by five young men from the neighbouring village of Maro, on 12th January 1959, Nerja Caves were declared a Historic and Artistic Monument. The caves, which have a length of almost 5...

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  • Frigiliana

    Strange to find that Frigiliana is considered a Nerja 'thing to do'.. But I suppose a daytrip to this historical village, stuffed with holiday homes and ex-pats from the UK, Germany, Scandanavia etc, may be a commonplace thing to do when based in Nerja. I certainly did it. But I'm not going to write about Frigiliana here. I'll write about it on...

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Nerja Restaurants

  • Coffee Time

    On the way to visit Verano Azul Park we stopped to have a break and have a delicious coffe with a small croissant for free. Lovely place for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner. It has an extensive menu for a good price. The staff is very nice.De camino al parque Verano Azul paramos a descansar y tomarnos el café de media tarde. El sitio...

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  • Friendly local bar cafe

    This place isn't in a pretty area. It's not a pretty place. It's full of local people (yes, there are plenty of Spanish local people in Nerja as well as British ex-pats!) and it has a few tables stuck out on the pavement next to the traffic-busy Avenida de Pescia.I thought it was a super place. I went a couple of times, for beer and free tapas....

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  • Excellent for people-watching!

    Kronox is a very confortable, relaxed cafe bar set on the Plaza Balcon de Europa, right in the heart of the town and just across the square from El Salvador church. It really is an excellent place for people-watching, for the Balcon de Europa is *the* place to go in Nerja, with its fantastic views out to sea and along the coastline.....and Kronox...

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Nerja Nightlife

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  • Party like a rockstar

    Anyone visiting the beautiful Nerja obviously is in search of fun and sun. With that said, once the sun goes down, head to the Plaza de Tutti Frutti. Ask any local or consult a map, this area will be marked as it is THE nightspot destination of the town.This is a really fun place to go - there are about 20-25 bars/nightclubs/pubs that encircle the...

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  • Such a long walk

    Fanriffic, always has been, I just love the pic on the wall with all the beer barrels, totaly groovy. Met Elvis in here tis time and he told us of another establishment where music was played, he said it was a long way off but if we paid for the taxi he would guarentee us a night of exotic splendor never before realised in this life time, we said...

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  • Map to find the town bars of Nerja.

    5 pages on bars of Nerja ! See below. SOME of the many bars.Page 1 starts here or Go to Page 2. Go to Page 3. Go to Page 4. Go to Page 5.Map ref. No. 4. Unplugged (Not visited this bar yet)INDEXPage 1This Index Page.The Andrea Inn. Map ref. 15Jago's. Map ref. 20Durty Nellys. Map ref. 17Bars that are closed or changed name.Blue Lagoon. Map ref....

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Nerja Transportation

  • How to get there

    We drove to Nerja from Alhaurín de la Torre. We took the A-7 from Alhaurín direction to Almería and tood exit number 292. We left the car on an residential area next to playa del carabeo. There are frecuent busses service from Málaga bus station and i think that from Málaga airport but not sure.Llegamos a Nerja en coche, cogimos la autovía A-7 en...

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  • Buses..............

    Nerja does have a 'bus station', although it's really just a layby on either side of the Avenida de Pescia (the main road through the settlement) with an ALSA ticket booth. You'll find it by the roundabout at the end of Plaza Cantarero, to the NW of the town.Spanish bus services are pretty good and fares are very reasonable indeed. Buses have...

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  • How to get from malaga or Marbella to...

    The easiest and fastest route is via the N-340, which runs along the coast. The road is twisty in some parts as it winds its way inland, providing many vantage points to see the surrounding countryside. In Nerja there are signs which guides you easily to the caves. Theres is also a direct bus from the bus station in Marbella and Malaga which goes...

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Nerja Shopping

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  • A taste of home...........

    I wandered past this shop whilst exploring Nerja centre and my eye was caught by the signs in the main photo.......and then I looked more closely. The window was full of UK foods: Bisto gravy granules, Sharwoods curry sauces, even 'Chicken Tonight'. I already knew that Nerja and area had a huge UK ex-pat population, both permanent and...

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  • Everything - including Books

    You really can buy anything you are likely to want in Nerja and there is a good street market every Tuesday morning and a flea market/car boot sale on Sunday mornings. And - for readers and booklovers there is a very well established book shop that sells English language books and newspapers. It used to be called W.H.Smiffs - proclaimed on a...

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  • Gifts and mementos

    There are many little arts and crafts shops both on the above street, (C/ Cristo becomes C/ A. Ferrandiz further down), and Calle Pintada. These are what are known as the lanes because of their narrowness. Don't be fooled and think they are therefore pedestrian only though. Traffic is allowed along them as you will find out if unwary.Even if not...

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Nerja Local Customs

  • List of helpful numbers,Airport,police

    Useful telephone numbers:Malaga airport (arrivals) 95 204 88 44/38 Malaga airport (departures) 95 204 88 42/48 Bus station 95 252 15 04 Post Office 95 252 17 49 Taxi rank Plaza Ermita 95 252 4519 Association Taxistas 95 252 0537 Local Police 95 252 1545 Local Ambulance 95 252 3131 Ambulatorios Tourist Office 95 252 1531 Emergency Services Central...

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  • Siesta from 2pm until 5pm.

    Most shops and some bars close from 2pm until 5pm for a Siesta (Snooze) Mondays to Fridays. On Saturdays, some shops close at 2pm and do not reopen again that day. On Sundays many shops and some bars are closed all day. Getting money (Euros):So as Cambios and Banks also close, either remember to get your money changed before they close ,or,use your...

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  • Free magazines are useful

    I cannot extol enough the absolute necessity of picking up a FREE copy of either "Nerja Essential" or "The Market Place" if you are new to Nerja. These can be found in most bars and outside Estate agents. Inside you will find :-A town street map.Fiestas etc.A bars list with reference to the map (grid).Restaurant list.Coach timetable.Useful...

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Nerja Warnings and Dangers

  • Laundry can be a problem

    By the time we returned to Nerja for the second time, we needed to get some laundry done and figured a town like Nerja should be no problem. Not being able to read or understand Spanish made our task difficult but we looked on the net, asked here and there around town and wandered the streets until we finally found the laundromat that some of our...

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  • Narrow streets in old 'white villages'!

    It was Saturday morning on Dec. 27th when we made our little driving excursion to the 'white village' of Cómpeta, and it turned out to be quite busy due to the local market being in full-swing. The number of farmers vehicles parked here and there combined with the old twisting and narrow Moorish streets on on the hillside made for quite a driving...

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  • burglars

    please please make sure to double check that you lock all doors and windows before going out. i know this sounds like teaching your grandmother to suck eggs but be very careful. these people are very shrewd, they know villas etc are often left unattended for hours at a time and if out of season you may find yourself in an isolated position. i...

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Nerja Tourist Traps

  • The cost of a drink can vary greatly !

    The price that you will pay for a drink depends upon WHERE you drink in Nerja.Many suave looking establishments by the Balcon de Europa sell drinks at 'suave prices'. Another higher priced area is bars on Calle Pintada, up from the Balcon, especially the ones that LOOK trendy.The average price that you should pay for a small San Miguel, for...

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  • Lotteria

    Lotteria sellers will come around the bars, perfectly legit., and offer you tickets for €1.5 or €2.5 or more at certain times of the year, depending. Higher price for end of week draw - bigger prize. The money goes toward dissabled facilities and so is a good cause.Also they sell some of the more expensive tickets for the big draws like the...

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  • Check your purchase.

    When out having a drink in various bars, you will see CD sellers come around trying to sell you one or more. Be warned; many of these are copies, some of them not very good. However if you do make a purchase and you get on well with the bar owner, before parting with your money, ask to play the CD. Not only will this assure you of its quality, but...

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Nerja What to Pack

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    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: A fold up bag is useful to bring presents back.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If going out of season consider taking a small umbrella. They are expensive to buy in Spain.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun protection lotion or buy some as soon as you get here.

    Photo Equipment: Camera to upload to VT at the end.
    Binoculars to see those views.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Mosqito replellent, or the electrical equivalent if you are staying near water or lots of plants are near the accomodation, for your room.

    Miscellaneous: If you bring your alarm clock radio with you as I do, and it runs off the mains, don't forget to bring your converter plugs with you as Spanish plug sockets are TWO PIN ROUND !

    Voltage is the same as in England BUT where as our voltage is closer to 240v AC, Spanish voltage can go as low as 206v AC, especially at peak demand times. Your appliance will work o.k. but say, a kettle will take longer to boil.

    Mobile phones;
    Many people bring their mobile phones with them but DO remember that a call from the UK will cost YOU even to receive the call. If you are going for a long period, consider buying a Spanish mobile phone, two if you are going with company. Then you can keep in touch with each other when at different locations and CHEAPLY.

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Nerja Off The Beaten Path

  • A gentle walk to the caves via...

    Although there are regular buses to and from Nerja's famous caves it's an easy enough walk from Nerja, with the only steepish part being towards the end (and very short anyway).First, make your way to the Avenida de Pescia, the main route through Nerja and onwards. Walk to the east, towards Maro. You'll pass shops and cafes, houses and hotels and...

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  • Ermita de San Isidro

    This tiny, and rather lovely, chapel lies in the confines of the Cuevas de Nerja (Nerja caves) complex. You don't have to pay anything to visit...entrance fees for the caves are paid at the cave entrance. So even if you aren't bothered, or can't, go underground you can still enjoy the surroundings.The little chapel lies just above the main car...

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  • Enjoy the geology.....

    The landscape around Nerja is pretty much a desert landscape nowadays, but it has not always been so.Millions of years ago, in the Jurassic period, this was the bottom of a vast, vast primeval sea. You can see evidence for this very clearly in the rock strara which lie exposed, not only in the shoreline cliffs but also elsewhere.You'll see layers...

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Nerja Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing in Andalucia

    As anyone who watches the fishing programs on T.V. will tell, there is plenty of fishing to be had in Spain. Whether Sea, River or Lake is your favourite, you will find it here in Spain. Large fish and great scenery thrown in for good measure.Sea Fishing.The Med. shorelines are ideal for fishing and many of the marinas provide everything required...

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  • Bars where you can watch SPORT on TV in...

    Bars with TV with a football bias :-The BosqueBig Al'sD.B.'sThe Coach and HorsesThe AcornBarbadosLegendsThe Blue Lagoon (unless it conflicts with other sport)Bars with TV for horse racing :- (And a bet)The BosqueThe Blue lagoonBig Al'sD.B.'sBars with TV for motor racing :-BarbadosBar CanteroSports FREE bars (no sport) :-Jago's (Roger's) Roger...

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  • Scuba Diving

    Scubanerja is a 5 star Premier PADI dive centre located in front of Burriana beach, offering diving, courses, and trial divers to cater for all levels of expertise.Nerja has a 'sub tropical' climate that allows diving 365 days a year. .

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Nerja Favorites

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  • A useful internet cafe

    I'm not really sure what the the internet cafe that we used was called, maybe the Europ@ Web judging from my photo of its exterior. Whatever it was called, it was located only a few hundred feet away from our Hostal Marazul and very close to Plaza Fabrica de los Congrejos where the rough waves of the Mediterranean Sea crashed ashore. It came in...

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  • A map of our drives to/from and around...

    Our first visit to Nerja started out from Torremolinos as per this terrain map. After we made the short drive east from there to Malaga's airport to drop Sue's sister off, we were on our own with no planned accommodations. We decided to keep heading east along the coast until we almost reached the spot where the red Nerja 'arrow' comes ashore. It...

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  • BALCON DE EUROPA

    The heart of Nerja is its spectacular BALCON DE EUROPA or Balcony of Europe, which is a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff, with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, the small coves and beaches below and the dramatic mountain range - Sierra Almijara. The Balcon area was originally known as La Bateria in reference...

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Balcón de Europa
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Old Bridge
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Great views
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Iglesia del Salvador
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Playa del Carabeillo
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