El Papagayo

Address: Plaza Balcón de Europa, Nerja, 29780, Spain
Telephone: +34 952 523 816

- Mid-range

3.7

A beach restaurant that doesn’t just rely on its fabulous location.

Nestled between the beach and the steep cliffs, this is one of Nerja’s most talked about eateries. The smallish, white wooden restaurant is literally a stone’s throw from the shoreline and is my favourite Nerja lunchtime spot in the summer. Only lunch is served at El Papagayo as the kitchen closes at 4pm, but the bar’s open until late - see you there for sundowners? - and there’s often some funky, live sax to watch the sun go down to.

Food and drink
3.4
90%
Service
3.5
90%
Food and drink
3.4
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Ambience
3.8
90%
Location
4.1
90%

Food and drink

The menu consists of simple, summery, Mediterranean beach favourites including freshly cooked paellas, salads, wraps and barbecued fish. And they often come around with free watermelon after your meal, which I always think is a nice touch. The chefs obviously take pride in their work.

Ambience

It's chilled out to a degree that would win over a Californian surfer. I defy you not to relax and unwind here as you look across the beach and down to the sea from your table.

Service

It can be a little slow when it’s busy, which is almost always in the summer.

Location

It's just below Nerja’s famous Balcón de Europa. Follow the pathway down to the beach.

Price advice

It is only a touch more expensive than your average beach restaurant/bar, but the quality is better than most. Expect to pay 15 euros a head for lunch.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Sporty types
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • No fuss
  • Chilling out

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