No Car Needed: Visit Beachside Nerja From Málaga


Nerja on the Mediterranean Sea


By Christine Medina

Nerja is one of my favorite summer getaway spots in Spain. It’s well-connected and easy to get to as it’s less than an hour away from Málaga. It’s beautiful, set on a gorgeous stretch of coastline and is a tourist favorite without losing its charm or feeling ‘too touristy’.

A trip to Nerja always means a relaxing vacation because there’s not much to do besides sunbathe on one of its several beaches, eat delicious seafood, or head to the town’s chief attraction the Cueva de Nerja, a series of caves just outside of town.

Sunny Nerja in Southern Spain

The city itself is centered around the Bálcon de Europa, where the touristic heart is. And as much as I love grabbing a gelato (you have endless options in this area) and strolling around this part which overlooks the Mediterranean, I also love heading up away to where the locals are and getting a taste of the more authentic Nerja.

Nestled into the old quarter is a bar with a great atmosphere called Los Cuñaos. You’ll easily recognize it by the hundreds of soccer scarves from all over the world that cover the walls. The owner is friendly and happy to chat you up and the tapas are tasty–I recommend the fresh-cooked fish and habas con jamón (beans with ham.)

Nerja Beaches

Stay in this area for a great tapas route. This is one of the only areas (if not the only) in town that practices the free tapa with each drink rule many know and love from Granada. The two streets are Calle de la Herrera Oria and the other is Calle de San Pedro.

As for accommodation, I heartily recommend a stay at Estrella del Mar (http:// The family that runs this cute, super-affordable (rooms start at 38€) will treat you like their own. Ask for a sea-view room…the view alone will make leaving your room a difficult task!

In Nerja, there’s no shortage of sunshine, beautiful beaches, whitewashed houses and plenty of tasty food.

Shopping in Nerja

Getting there:

To get to Nerja from Málaga you’ll take a bus which will drop you off at c/San Miguel at the north end of Nerja. From here, you’ll walk about five minutes south until you arrive at the center and beaches. From Málaga to Nerja it’s about an hour.


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