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By George Prior, your Nerja expert

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Why go to Nerja?

To see where we came from

It’s long been known that Nerja Caves, covered in pre-historic paintings, were the last place in Europe where Neanderthals lived; but it’s just been discovered it was the place where modern man ‘crossed over’ with them. Last summer, I was lucky enough to see some two concerts in the caves’ natural amphitheatre – it’s the most surreal location - during the International Cave Festival in July.

For strolls in elegant surroundings

You can’t go to Nerja and not have a stroll along the Balcón de Europa, a marble promenade on the edge of the cliffs in the heart of the town. Almost all my photos of the area are taken from El Balcón as it gives you some great vistas to the mountains and the beaches below - plus you’ll get some brilliant photos at dawn when the sun peeks over the horizon.

For the old town charm

Although firmly on the tourist trial, thanks to being surrounded by imposing Sierra Almijara mountains, Nerja has escaped the concrete developments of some of the other towns along the coast. I defy anyone to feel stressed in this sleepy, laid-back former fishing village. After a day or so spent milling around the streets, grabbing drinks in one of the many cafés, and looking out over the sea from the cliffs, you’ll be utterly rejuvenated.

For a different kind of ‘Costa’ beach

The rocky coves with fine white sand, normally accessed via cliff-top paths, remind me of the beaches on the Greek islands. The massive boulders in the water mean the sea is exceptionally clear and great for snorkelling. Unlike other beaches on the coast, I’d advise you to take some refreshments as it’s often a long hike back to the bars. My favourite secluded beaches are Carabeillo and El Chorrillo.

For a day out on the waves

So once you’ve chilled out in the sunshine, get out on the sea in a kayak from Burriana Beach, which has some of the best kayaking routes on the Costa del Sol. I love seeing the town from a different angle and seeing the massive cliffs plunge down into the sea.

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Nerja Hotels

Price fromRating (out of 5)
1. Hotel Cortijo Bravo
£60
4.6
2. Hotel Carabeo
£67
4.5
3. Finca el Cerillo
£63
4.3
4. Hotel La Posada Morisca
£33
4.1
5. Hotel Paraiso del Mar
£61
4.0
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Nerja Restaurants

Price guideRating (out of 5)
1. Restaurante 34
Expensive
4.5
2. Rey Alfonso
Mid-range
4.0
3. Restaurante Colonia
Mid-range
4.0
4. Bistro Sevilliano
Mid-range
3.8
5. El Papagayo
Mid-range
3.7
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