Nerja lies on the southern Spanish coast 53 kilometres from Malaga on the N340 coastal highway, and marks the eastern point of the Costa del Sol. It can be reached from Málaga airport in about 45 minutes by car or about an hour and a half by bus.
Once a sleepy fishing village, Nerja is now a charming and extremely popular holiday resort on the Costa del Sol. However Nerja still retains much of the character from its moorish past and has fortunately managed to avoid being blighted by the concrete high-rise developments characteristic of so many of the neighbouring coastal resorts developed during the boom in tourism in recent years. As a result Nerja is often referred to as 'The Jewel of the Costa del Sol.
The town is sheltered to the north and east by a dramatic mountain range, the Sierra Almijara. The old quarter of the town is still virtually unchanged with narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses with wrought iron terraces overflowing with geraniums. The heart of Nerja is its spectacular Balcon de Europa, the "Balcony of Europe", a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff, once the site of the great Moorish castle, with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below, against an awesome backdrop of hazy blue mountains.
With 16 kilometres of beaches of powdery sand and sparkling clear water all major water sports are available here, including water skiing, scuba diving and sailing.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes here to choose from and the visitor can hire a horse-drawn carriage to explore the most romantic corner of the town. The town's monuments include the 17th century Church of El Salvador, in a style which is a charming mixture of baroque and Moorish, or mudejar, and the beautiful Gardens of Capistrano Playa, which descend to Burriana Beach.
Nerja's most spectacular attraction is undoubtedly its fascinating caves, located just three kilometres from the centre of town. They include archaeological treasures such as paintings over 20,000 years old and other pre-historic remains. One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall, where many performances are staged during the summer with frequent participation from top international entertainers.
Nerja cuisine includes several specialities including De La Doncella (red mullet) and pescaito frito (fried fish) and ranging from top international cuisine to the basic sausage, eggs and chips!
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The climate in Nerja is one of the best in Europe with sunshine on over 300 days of the year over 200 of which are virtually cloud free. The weather in Nerja is heavily influenced by its location. The mountain ranges to the north protects it from much of the cold air and rain moving south. The warm air from Africa and the warm Mediterranean also contribute to the privileged climate enjoyed in Nerja.
The months of May, June, July, August and September are statistically the driest. While some rainy days can be expected during May and September it rarely lasts during these months and with temperatures in the mid 20′s this is a good time to visit Nerja for those looking to avoid the soaring temperatures of the summer months which are almost always sunshine all the way through.
April and October are very similar in rainfall and sun, with beautifully warm days and occasional showers.
In general it is rare to have prolonged periods of bad weather. Even during the winter months temperatures in the sun can be up to 20 degrees or more, making this time of year perfect for walking in the mountains or just relaxing.
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