Tourist capital of La Axarquía, is set in the eastern limit of the province, at 50 kilometres from Málaga. With a mild climate, it is possible to enjoy its charms during the whole year: from the peacefulness of the town, which maintains all the flavour of its Moorish past, to its offers of boarding and leisure, passing through its nine kilometres of beaches (from the known Burriana to the small, virgin coves of Los Acantilados de Maro), gifted with modern services; Nerja is, at the present time, as much a destination for visitors looking for sun and peace as for numerous artists who have set up residence here.
Its historic centres starts from “El Balcón de Europa”, ancient castle from the Ninth Century and nowadays, view- point or balcony over the sea. In the “Boquete de Calahonda”, “El Paseo de Carabineros”, a beautiful pathway set deep in a natural setting of rocks that runs along the coast until the beach of Burriana. The Shrine of “Ntra. Sra. De las Angustias”, with paintings of the maestro, Alonso Cano, and the Church of El Salvador, from the Seventeenth Century and of Mudejar- baroque styling, complete the catalogue of its buildings of historical interest. Furthermore, the old quarter of the city offers the possibility of going shopping to the traditional shops which offer that craftsmanship and the typical products of the place.
The town has several famous beaches, including Burriana beach and is home to the world-famous Nerja caves.
Nerja maintains alive its traditions: the fair, Holy Week, “la Romería de San Isidro”, the feast day of San Juan or the festivity of “La Virgen del Carmen” are celebrated in a special way. Of its cultural offer, one needs to highlight the festival of “La Cueva de Nerja”, celebrated amongst the stalactites and the stalagmites of this Bien de Interes Cultural, which, at present, is the third most visited monument in Spain.
As far as food is concerned, one can enjoy as much the wide offer of international restaurants as its classical snack- bar and seafood restaurants in which to sample the fried fish.
Local Holidays 15th May and 10 October the main fair in honour of the Virgen de las Angustias.
Distance from Malaga Airport: 60km
Town Hall: 952-548-410
Local Police : 952-521-545
Foreign Residents Department: 952-548-401
Nerja is the main services centre for this side of the coast and a wide range of services are available including numerous shops, restaurants and bars, a health centre, private clinics and primary and secondary schools. A new health centre is currently under construction and expected to be finished by 2006. There’s an excellent cultural scene throughout the year and the local cultural centre offers opera, music and theatre.
There are two local bus services linking the east and west sides of Nerja with the centre. Line 1 runs from 9am to 9pm and Line 2 operates in the morning only in winter.
Traffic congestion is common on the access roads into the town; although these are currently being improved in order to ease congestion parking in the city centre is difficult, although there’s an underground car park next to the town hall with limited spaces.
Prices in Nerja are the highest on the east side of Malaga with front-line apartments and villas fetching a premium. Construction is intense in Nerja at the moment, particularly to the north and west of the town. A recent report by the town council claimed that some 60 % of new construction is for the holiday home market with the result that nearly half Nerja´s residences are now temporary holiday homes.