The Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) has some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, but it is also known to be over developed and super busy, particularly if you head west. This is why I decided to head East along the coast, to discover Nerja, which has managed to keep its small town charm. Though you would definitely be forgiven if you forgot you were in Spain with all the British and Scandinavian expats around – I was surprised to see English translations in the supermarkets!
Nerja is a cute little fishing town with lots of little craft shops, restaurants, cafes and best of all gelato! There are many cove beaches nestled between cliffs but also long, open beaches perfect for a wander. I got the bus here from Almería, which stops along all the little small towns on the Coast, a very scenic trip!
What to see?
Balcón de Europa
The Balcón de Europa (The Balcony of Europe) has incredible viewpoints of the little white houses along the cliffs and also out into the sea – the water is so blue and clear. From here you can walk along the promenade for stunning views and there is a great atmosphere here in the evenings!
Cueva de Nerja
A short bus trip away are the Caves of Nerja. They were well worth seeing, the cave formations were amazing and it was so much bigger than I expected. The largest stalagmites in the world are in these caves, reaching a height of 32 metres! Over the summer months you can even attend concerts in the caves. I would recommend going early or booking tickets online to avoid queues.
There are lots of beaches to choose from in Nerja and it was definitely warm enough to swim in April. I couldn’t believe how amazingly clear the water was, I spent my afternoon swimming, reading and soaking up the sunshine.
If you go to the Caves be sure to walk down into Maro. Playa de Maro (Maro Beach) is so beautiful and is meant to have the best snorkelling in Andalucía.
Good Stuff Cafe was where I stopped in for my morning coffee while I was here. It is run by a lovely Irish couple who have travelled the world and made Spain their home. There was a great selection of homemade cakes and sandwiches, and there were even a few gluten free options – be sure to try the chocolate and peanut butter brownie!
I stayed in one of the few hostels in Nerja, Easy Nerja Hostel, which was in a great location, right in the town centre and only a two-minute walk to the Balcón de Europa. The hostel also has lots of activities, such as paddle boarding and river treks too. Make sure you check out the rooftop terrace, the perfect spot to enjoy your breakfast!
I loved the casual vibe of Nerja, there is really special about it, I will definitely be going back!