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Nerja - Charming Seaside Town, Costa del Sol, Southern Spain    by Anne Sewell

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Originally a small fishing village on the Mediterranean Sea, Nerja is still known for its traditional Andalusian atmosphere and mood. 

Located right on the beach front, Nerja is sunny 300 days per year.  Enjoy the sandy coves, mountain views and also the Balcon de Europa (balcony of Europe), which is part of an ancient fortress (approx. 900 AD) overlooking the ocean views.  There are several beaches, including the Playa Burriana (Blue Flag beach), and there is a charming seaside walk along the beachfront (known as the Paseo de Carabineros).

Woman Approaching Man Sitting on Step in Lane, Nerja, SpainThe old traditional centre of Nerja is charming, with white washed houses, narrow streets and the usual floral decorations on the balconies.  There are many little tapas bars and restaurants in the town to rest and enjoy the local produce.  You can also buy many regional products, including the famous olive oil, cheeses and honey, and delicious fresh tropical fruits, and vegetables.

There is so much to do in town, including flamenco shows, walking and hiking, jeep tours, sailing trips, mountain bike hire, diving and other water sports.  Want to learn Spanish?  There are Spanish courses held locally too.

A little further from town you will find the famous Cuevas de Nerja (Nerja caves) - originally discovered by children playing in the area, these caves have the largest stalactites in Europe and are the third most famous attraction in Spain.

Behind the Nerja caves is the nature park - Sierra Tejeda, Alhama and Almijara - with wonderful walks and views.  You can view the Spanish mountain goat (cabra hispanica) in its natural habitat.  Besides walking, there are also some wonderful drives through the area.

Other attractions close by include Granada - 1.5 hours drive - including the famous Alhambra and close by the Sierra Nevada mountains with wonderful ski slopes.  Visit the Alpujarras, a lovely mountainous area and the village of Trevelez, which is the highest village in Spain.

Malaga is also close by  - the capital of Andalucia, it is worth a visit to the Picasso Museum, the cathedral, the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro.  Other day trips can be made to famous Cordoba, Sevilla, Ronda and Gibraltar.

In conclusion, Nerja is well worth a visit - the real Spain, with wonderful beaches!
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About the Author:  Anne Sewell  is involved in web based accommodation reservations and advertising in Fuengirola, Spain. Visit All Barcelona Accommodation


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