Top Things to do in Nerja

Nerja Tourist Attractions

Nerja has something for everyone.  There are plenty of tours on offer. However, the beauty of this resort is that you can, should you wish, travel to many sightseeing locations in your party, without the need for a tour guide; as everything is so easy to get to, and lots of the attractions you can even do on foot.

Caves of Nerja (Cueva de Nerja)

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The Nerja Caves span almost 5 kilometres.  They attract many tourists due to the world’s largest stalagmite, a 32-meter high column measuring 13 meters by 7 meters at its base.

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It is also said that they hold the oldest cave painting made by neanderthals ever discovered that dates back to 42,000 years ago.

Balcony of Europe (Balcón de Europa)

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sea view from Balcon de Europa

The Balcón de Europa, Balcony of Europe is the centrepiece of Nerja.  Festivals and processions tend to start and finish at this focal point.  It was previously a fortress to watch for pirates.  It has wonderful views of many of Nerja’s beaches such as the Papagayo beach, Calahonda beach, Burriana beach, La Caletilla beach, El Salon beach and the Torrecilla beach.

Nowadays the Balcón de Europa hosts New Year parties, with firework displays, and music and dancing until the early hours of the morning.  In the evenings it comes alive with various types of creative people from artists to musicians.  It is certainly a place of interest to stroll around and waste away a few hours chilling and enjoying the sites.

(Promenade of Europe) Paseo Balcón de Europa

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Walking along the promenade of Balcon de Europa

The adjacent pedestrianised Paseo Balcón de Europa the Promenade of Europe attracts many tourists both during the day and evening due to the number of restaurants and cafes.  During the summer these areas are packed with locals and tourists soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the lovely balmy warm evenings.

Church of El Salvador (Iglesia del Salvador)

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The Church of El Salvador or Iglesia El Salvador originates from 1505 and is a stunning, pretty church located near the Balcón de Europa.  As well as taking a break from the Spanish heat, you will find the inside, very interesting.

It has an immaculately clean black and white tiled floor, and a beautiful gold sided alter.  Marble surrounds a large proportion of this tranquil building. It is quaint and has become a popular place for weddings, as it is an ideal size for guests and well-wishers.

La Ermita de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias

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painting inside the inner dome of the Ermita in Nerja

La Ermita de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias meaning the Hermitage of our Lady of Anguish.  It is an extremely ornate chapel.  When you enter the building there is gold in evidence everywhere.  The gold is displayed from the back of the chapel to the alter area.  It was built in 1720 and although compact contains 17th and 18th-century frescoes of the four evangelists.

Chillar River (Rio Chillar)

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Rio Chillar in Nerja

If you love walking and are reasonably fit this is a terrific experience.  And if you have children with you,  they will absolutely adore it.  It’s a walk through plenty of water with places to stop and swim. Therefore if the heat is getting absurd, or you simply just want to try something different, from being on the beach, this walk will definitely cool you and your family down.

The walk is through the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park.  On a large proportion of the walk, you are in the shade as it’s a pathway with rock formation on either side that blocks off the sun.  Every now and again there are rock pools for you to paddle in and walk across.  When you get near to the top there are waterfalls.  Many people stand under them as they act as a natural massage and are believed to have therapeutic benefits.  You just need to ensure you have sandals or shoes on that will withstand water.

(Eagle Aqueduct) Acueducto del Águila

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The 19th century Acueducto del Águila, (Eagle Aqueduct), or Puente del Águila (Eagle Bridge) is another of Spain’s historic architecture.  It is still operational and is used to irrigate farmland.

The aqueduct built between 1879 and 1880 was to assist the industrial revolution by providing water to irrigate farmland at the local sugar refinery in Maro, Las Mercedes or famously known as Fábrica San Joaquin de Maro, which was built in 1884.

The site is free to visit however no facilities exist such as toilets or shops.  Nevertheless, there are many pleasant walks from Maro, which lead to the aqueduct.  Information can be found at the local tourist office.

Unfortunately during the Civil War shells being fired hit the aqueduct.  The damage was only completed in 2011 at a cost of €514,000.  The Andalucian Government recently named it as a Site of Special Cultural interest.


Nerja has many restaurants to suit a wide range of tastes as well as budgets.  The below, are just a few examples, of some of the different nationality foods that are on offer within the resort.  Try one or two of them during your stay, however, there are so many restaurants and café’s you will, no doubt, stumble upon your favourite dishes and eating houses, that serve you great food, be it tapas, or your home traditional delicacy.


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The Oliva restaurant near the Balcon de Europa has received fantastic reviews from the Patronato de Turismo de Malaga.  The restaurant was opened in 2011 and is owned by Carlos Pardo and Kim Ranzaijin.  They serve traditional Mediterranean cuisine.

There is plenty of room outside for alfresco meals.  The majority of the food is sourced locally.

The Atun Rojo de Alambrada, the red tuna from Cádiz is the speciality dish that you really should make a point of having, at least once, on your visit to Nerja.

It is open daily from 13.00 to 16.00 and from 19.00 to 23.00. The address is Calle Pintada n.7, Nerja. Tel. 952 52 29 88.

Tapas Plaza

At Burriana beach, the restaurant offers Thai, Indonesian and Western tasting food.  There is a relaxing ambience, as it attracts a broad spectrum of clients, who want to taste the variety of spices and different tasting dishes that are on offer.  Also, they do also serve simple salads.

The tapas are highly recommended and they are a great snack after a day at the beach.  You can simply sit back and relax, with your favourite tipple.

The opening times are from 12.00 to 18.00 and from 19.00 to 23.00. Tuesdays closed. The address is Paseo Burriana Edf. HC Burriana, local 1A. Tel. 952 52 29 88 / 665 454 431.

Ristorante Vitaliano

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For Italian culinary delights then the Vitaliano Da Christina is the restaurant to visit.  They cook simple basic Italian food pizza’s, pasta dishes and anything else that falls within the Italian domain.  Fish and meat dishes are also on the menu and there are specific culinary delights too, for children.

The opening times are from 12.00 until 23.00 daily. They are closed on Thursdays. The address is Plaza de Los Cangrejos, s/n, Nerja. Tel. 952 52 83 41.

Au Petit Paris

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The Au Petit Paris has been recommended every year since 2012.  The theme as you have already guessed by the name is French.  The ingredients are sourced locally.  The sauces are divine and really accentuate the skill of the chef’s dishes by Alain and Francoise.

If you want a memorable meal in Nerja then this is the restaurant for you.  It will be a special and romantic meal.  The menu is a delight, however, the recommended meal to have is homemade foie gras with apricot chutney and ginger, the steak tartar and the cod filet and potatoes in Provencal style.

The opening times are 19.00 until 20.30 Monday to Saturday, closed on Sundays. The address is, Calle Malaga, Edf. Cuarto Caminos, Nerja. Tel. 649 838 227.


This restaurant offers great prices with outstanding quality.  Many of the regulars visit this haunt as it has been established for over 25 years.  The price and quality are very competitive hence the reason why it has both locals and tourists who regularly frequent this place.

The food is sourced locally and is always freshly prepared.  The dishes to choose from are the Paella, the Cazuela de Fideos, omelettes, salads and breaded chicken breasts.

It is open daily from early until late. The address is by Plaza de Olvido, Nerja.

Stephan’s Wirtshaus

If you like German food and always go for large quantities then this is the restaurant for you.  A Bavarian-themed restaurant, the food, beer and service cannot be faulted.  The waiters enter into the spirit of the theme in their Lederhosen.  This is an extremely popular restaurant, therefore, please book ahead if you are in the resort during the hot summer months.

The traditional dishes that are highly recommended are the German classics, sausages with Sauerkraut sour (sour cabbage) and the steaks.

This restaurant is open daily until late.  The address is Plaza Doctor Fleming, Calle Malaga, Nerja. Tel. 680 93 33 57.

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