No Car Needed (no. 9): Nothing To Do In Nerja Except…


Nerja on the Mediterranean Sea

Sometimes having a place to chill without big city distractions, can be the perfect vacation.  Christine Medina, our guest writer and expert from Southern Spain loves Nerja for her summer vacation with eating, sleeping, and walking the beach being the only things on her agenda.  No Car Needed from The Scoop.

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. (Check for more info)

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 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 where you’ll find Los Cuñaos 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 28€) 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

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 5 minutes south until you arrive at the center and beaches.

No Car Needed:  Malaga to Nerja, less than an hour.  Could be a fun day trip.  Lots of travel options.

Related Spain Scoop:  Close by is Malaga.  We have more Scoop on southern Spain.

Christine Medina, originally from Seattle, Washington, has been an expat in Andalucia for two years.  She shares her travel advice, anedotes and photographs   on

2 Responses

  1. Rena Dunne says:

    By the way, Los Cuñaos is closed. I passed there last week and there is a Se Alquila sign outside it.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Rena, that’s good to know!

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