Immerse yourself in centuries of natural history and man-made civilization in Nerja, a rugged and awe-inspiring stretch of Spain's Costa del Sol. With eight miles of coastline and some of the sunniest weather in Europe, Nerja is a place to escape into nature, to admire relics of the past, and to take part in annual celebrations of a thriving culture. You'll sunbathe, you'll swim, and you'll wander through time - and you'll do it all in the comfort of one of our Nerja vacation homes.
With a documented history that dates back to the 10th century, Nerja has had its turn as a farmstead, as a center for fine silk work, and as a fortress for both Moorish and Christian forces. Today, this city of roughly 20,000 residents is part of the southern province of Andalusia and gains its livelihood largely from tourism. The city overlooks the Alboran Sea at the base of the Tejeda, Almijara, and Alhama Mountains and sits just 36 miles east of the coastal center of Málaga.
Whether your visit coincides with the Nerja Carnival in February, the Festival of San Isidro in May, or the renowned Nerja Caves Festival of Music and Dance in July, you'll find that life in Nerja is a wonderful blend of the past and present.
The Nerja Caves, which sit at the base of the Sierra de Almijara, hold rock formations and archaeological remains that date back 30,000 years. These caverns stretch for nearly three miles, offering glimpses of the largest stalagmite in the world and discoveries from the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Bronze Ages.
Spend a day wandering the centuries-old watchtowers that were used by Nazari and Castilian conquerors to defend the coast, or stand on the Balcony of Europe to admire panoramic views where a 9th-century fortress once stood to guard against North African attacks. The Águila Aqueduct, which was completed in 1880 to supply water to a nearby sugar factory, is also an impressive sight to behold.
But no visit to our vacation rentals in Nerja would be complete without exploring the city's 16 beaches. The more well-known beaches, Burriana, El Playazo, La Torrecilla, and Calahonda are perfect places to begin - but don't neglect La Caleta, Molino de Papel, or Alberquillas, where you'll likely have tranquil coves all to yourself.
You could easily fill your days with uninterrupted beach time and lunches of fresh local fish, but you'll also be within a short drive of other coastal wonders that are worthwhile to explore.
Head six miles east to explore the Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs, a natural park with seven miles of shoreline, small untouched beaches, and views that reach the coast of North Africa on clear days! To the north of Nerja is the Sierra Tejada, Alimijara, and Alhama Natural Park, a sprawling expanse that includes the 6,788-foot summit of La Maroma. The park is a wonderland for canyoning, climbing, hiking, as well as for observing birds, ibex, and roughly 1,150 species of plants.
Let our lovely selection of vacation rentals in Nerja give you a taste of Spain's beloved cuisine, scenery, and culture - book your unforgettable escape today!
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