If you have found my post about things to do in Nerja, I’m guessing you have booked your holiday in the Costa Del Sol and are at the very exciting stage of looking places to visit when you get there. Nerja is a beautiful town on the Costa Del Sol and I really don’t think you will be disappointed with your visit at all. I have been on lots of holidays to Nerja, and there are plenty of things to do. It’s one of my favourite places to visit for a relaxing break in the sun. In fact I just love Spain in general as a family friendly holiday destination.
One of the reasons I love visiting the Costa Del Sol is because getting from Malaga to Nerja is really easy. I’ve often hired a car and picked it up from Malaga airport. The drive is really straight forward and takes about an hour straight down the A-7.
If there’s a group of you travelling, and you don’t feel like you will use a car while you are staying in Nerja, an airport transfer is a good option too. I’ve booked a taxi in advance from companies in Nerja to keep the cost down. The cheapest travel option is to get a bus from Malaga Bus Station to Nerja, and the journey time is around 2 hours but you need to get to the bus station from the airport as well which isn’t always practical with a lot of luggage.
The other reason we love Nerja so much is the weather. We tend to visit out of season as it’s a great winter holiday destination. If you visit Nerja in October for example the average temperature is 18°C with little chance of rain. It’s the perfect holiday when the weather in the UK is starting to turn wet and grey in the autumn and winter months.
The Balcon De Europa is one of the main meeting points making it one of the main places to visit in Nerja to take a stroll and watch the world go by. It’s one of the best spots in Nerja to enjoy views over the Mediterranean and the near by beaches and coves without actually going on the sand. It is surrounded by cafe’s and restaurants, but due to their location they will be a little more expensive than other places to eat in Nerja.
Eating an ice cream is probably a tradition on any kind of sunshine holiday, but it’s still worth mentioning for things to do in Nerja, Spain. In my opinion you will find the best ice cream kiosks on the Balcon de Europa so if you are planning to take a look around here it’s the perfect place to grab an ice cream too.
I cannot stress enough how amazing Nerja Caves (Cuevas de Nerja) are and they are worth going to whether you are a first time visitor to Nerja or you are a regular to this part of Spain. They stretch over 5 kilometres and are home to some incredibly breathtaking stalagmites including the largest in the world! If you are staying else where along the Costa Del Sol, it’s worth adding a visit to the Cuevas de Nerja to your list of things to do near Nerja.
Nerja is the perfect Spanish town to enjoy a tapas run, in fact it’s one of the best things to do in Nerja if you ask me. There are so many good restaurants and bars that restricting yourself to just one place to eat would be utter madness. Begin on Calle Almte. Ferrándiz and visit places like El Nino’s to kick off you tapas run, and make sure you visit Bar El Pulguilla for freshly cooked tapas including prawns and mini burgers en route.
When you are thinking about what to do in Nerja, I’m sure a visit to the beach will feature on your list. If you want to know which is the best beach in Nerja, Burriana wins hands down every time. It’s lined with cafes and restaurants and we love Ayo’s for paella and Barboca for fresh sardines. If you enjoy fresh fish and traditional Spanish food, these are the best places to eat in Nerja.
My only note of caution is it’s quite a steep walk up and down to this beach, and a hire car can come in handy for families wanting to visit here during their holiday.