Nerja is one of my favourite towns on the Costa del Sol. I love that it’s managed to retain its traditional Spanish fishing village charm, despite being a holiday destination for thousands of international holidaymakers.
As such, Nerja isn’t really a banging epicentre for nightclubs and after-hour parties. You’re far more likely to be sipping long drinks and cocktails in a bar on the beach or enchanting historic quarter than throwing shapes on a dance floor. El Papagayo, just below the Balcón de Europa, is a good bet for sundowners and post-dinner drinks as there’s often a live sax player to provide the soundtrack.
If you’re after some live entertainment, how about an authentic flamenco show in Bar Típico El Molino (Calle San José, Nerja; +34 952 526 653), or Cochran’s Irish Bar at the Tobos Aparthotel (Paseo Balcon de Europa, Nerja; +34 952 52 74 74; www.tobosoaparthotel.com). And, if you‘re in Nerja in the summer and get the chance, you really should get along to one of the concerts in the atmospheric caves. Check the dates in the local press (www.surinenglish.com), or at the tourist office (www.nerja.org/turismo_ing).
For general information on what to expect of nightlife on the Costa del Sol, see my Costa del Sol nightlife page. For more advice on nightlife in resorts across the Costa del Sol, see Benalmadena nightlife, Estepona nightlife, Malaga nightlife, Marbella nightlife and Sotogrande nightlife.