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Nerja’s top 5 attractions!

It would be hard to imagine when the Phoenicians settled 25,000 years ago in Nerja that the town would evolve into one of southern Spain’s most sought after tourist destinations.

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Five of the top things to see and do in Nerja today include:

Nerja Beaches

Nerja has 10 beaches to choose from, and two of these – Burriana and Torrecilla – have Blue Flag awards. Burriana Beach has also won a ´Q-Standard Quality Award´ for its quality and cleanliness. Parasols and sunbeds can be hired on all Nerja beaches, and visitors can choose from a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafés lining the seafront promenade. Water sports are available on the larger beaches and visitors can also enjoy day cruises along the coast from nearby Marina del Este, Herradura.

The Nerja Caves

The incredible Nerja Caves are the third most visited monument in Spain, and are officially recognised for their historical and artistic importance. The caves were discovered by accident in the 1959 by five local lads who were bat-hunting, and date back some five million years. Large chambers are filled with superb rock formations, including the world´s largest stalactite. The caves stretch over 4,000m. Theatre seating has been built into the caverns, and concerts are staged throughout the summer months.

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A day trip to Frigiliana

Frigiliana is just 6km north of Nerja, and is one of the most picturesque white towns in Andalusia. Take your time to explore and visit the old Jewish and Moorish districts, rich with Arabic architecture, steep winding streets and whitewashed houses. There are four buses every day from Nerja to Frigiliana. The Festival of the Three Cultures is held for four days at the end of August to celebrate the co-existence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions in the town and includes street performers, tapas tours, fireworks and free live concerts.

The Balcón de Europa

A former Arabic fortress, the Balcón de Europa, or the Balcony of Europe, is one of the most famous landmarks in Nerja. Situated at the end of a tree-lined boulevard on a rocky ridge, the Balcón de Europa offers stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea, the mountains of the Sierra Almijara and over the city of Nerja. Visitors can enjoy breath-taking sunset or sunrise views.

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River Trek down the Rio Chillar

If you are visiting Nerja in summer, a trek along the Rio Chillar is a great way to keep cool. Refreshing streams, shady rocks and waterfalls make this one of the most interesting walks in Nerja. The walk is around 7km in length, and starts in Calle Picasso next to the sports park. It is advisable to wear comfy shoes, and to take your swimming gear. You will also find some great places en route to stop and enjoy a picnic.

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