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Nerja

Prehistoric sanctuary

This holiday destination offers you good weather and big sandy areas. Nerja’s Cave is one of the most important historical sites in the south of Europe. Ven a España !!! Visit Spain !!!

Plan your stay in Nerja

Nerja is known as Europe’s balcony; it has exceptional weather throughout the year. Going through the old town can be done in just one morning, so that you have time to visit Nerja’s Cave in the afternoon (an archeological site situated five kilometers from the town center). On the next day, we would recommend a visit to the municipality of Frigiliana or to spend the day practicing some active tourism in the Mountain Range of Tejada, Aljimara and Alhama Natural Park. Below, you can read our section on Sleeping and eating in Nerja, which will tell you the best places to eat and sleep in this marvelous region.

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We start our trip five kilometers away from the town center in Nerja, where Nerja’s cave is, an important archeological site located 750 meters from the coast and famous by its paintings and engravings dating back to the Stone age. It is populated by stalactites and stalagmites (it has the biggest of the world), fitted with at least five kilometers of galleries (we highlight the Sala del Cataclismo, which is over sixty-meter height with a column of forty-five-meter height, the biggest in the world). Paintings have been found portraying more than five hundred themes. Inside the Ballet’s Room, the International Festival of Music and Dance is held.

In the town center, we head to the Plaza de España, where a museum showing the original pieces found in the cave is located, which also works as an interpretation center of the history of the town, including pieces of the Roman archeological site so-called Lugarejo.

Los Castillejos allows us to contemplate the walls of the fortress of the Caliphs period. There is also a necropolis in Castillo Alto, full of burials from the 10th and 13th centuries.

There are five lookout towers built in the 16th and the 18th centuries distributed in the surroundings of the locality, we highlight the so-called La Torrecilla (the little tower) and the Torre de los Guardas(Guards’s tower), from the Moorish time.

Nerja’s Cave

Europe’s Balcony is a spectacular platform situated upon a fortress destroyed by the French army in 1812. In the surrounding area there is a Bronze statue representing the Bourbon King Alfonso XII, from which the place received its name. Besides, there is also a monument that remembers Spain’s entrance into the European Economic Community, the so-called Europe’s kidnapping.

The San Salvador Church (17th century) contains a mural painting representing the Annunciation. The most remarkable of this Baroque style temple is its bell tower, an octagonal tower including the representation of three archangels, highlighting the patron saint of Nerja, San Miguel.

The patron saint of Nerja, the Virgen de las Angustias, has its own Baroque style church. The modest temple of just one room keeps inside some frescos dealing with Whitsun.

The most important industrial product of Nerja is also present in its buildings: cane sugar. The importance can be seen in factories such as San Miguel and Las Mercedes or the Eagle’s Aqueduct, which, in the 19th century, brought water into the mills of the sugar factory of the near locality of Maro-1585. The Paper’s Mill, on the shore of the Honey River, is also interesting. There, you can visit a Tower with a height of eleven meters from the 16th century, oriented to guard the pirate’s entrance and keep visual contact with the other costal towers.

Among the sandy areas of Nerja we highlight El Playazo, la Torrecilla, Burriana, Maro, Calahonda and El Chucho.

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dónde dormir en Nerja
Aguila Aqueduct
Mirador de Europa en Nerja
Europe Balcony

Practical Data

 Coordinates

36° 44′ 48.68″ N, 3° 52′ 44.47″ W

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