Nerja is a charming and typical Andalusian white village, located on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. The town is a mix of the original old town and more modern urbanizations and apartment complexes. Nerja also has gorgeous, sandy beaches, backed by rocky cliffs, and many other attractions.
To make it easier to find the best spot to stay in Nerja, we outlined five of the best locations along with recommended accommodations in each area.
El Capistrano Villages is an attractive urbanization and holiday resort full of lovely villas and apartments, all surrounded by green and pretty gardens and trees. Built in the form of a typical Andalusian white village itself, El Capistrano is located in a quiet area on the outskirts of town. Because it is so close to the Mediterranean Sea, the resort enjoys an excellent micro-climate, meaning that the temperatures are hot (but not excessively so) in the summer months, but mild in winter with almost continuous sunshine.
You don’t need to leave El Capistrano, as it is a village all of itself, with a restaurant, bar, mini-market and laundry available to residents. There are also several swimming pools dotted around the village including children’s pools. However, for those wanting to explore, it is only a five-minute drive, or 20-minute walk, into the centre of town and Burriana Beach. For those who prefer not to rent a car during their holiday, there is a regular bus service available to Nerja town centre and back.
The following accommodation options in El Capistrano village come highly recommended. Both options offer a range of lovely villas and apartments to suit all family or group sizes.
Playa de Burriana is one of the most popular beaches in Nerja. The beach stretches for 800 meters (0.5 mi) and is 40 meters (131 ft) wide, with fine golden sand. The beach is located at the end of Calle Filipinas, which is known for its steepness. However, the journey down (and up again) is well worth it. The beach is a favourite with visitors, offering excellent services and a pleasant promenade with a selection of restaurants, bars and shops. Here you will find sun beds, showers and toilets and play areas for the kids, along with all the popular beach sports, like volleyball, parasailing, pedalos, kayaks and jet skis. There is even a diving centre for those who feel more adventurous. The beach also offers some of the best chiringuitos (beach bars and restaurants) in Nerja, serving the freshest catch of the day, seafood and delicious paellas.
The following guest-recommended accommodation options are convenient for Burriana Beach, giving the opportunity to thoroughly enjoy your holiday.
Second only to Burriana Beach among Nerja’s sun and sand spots, Torrecilla Beach is located at the western end of the town. The beach is of Blue Flag rating and runs along the coastline, close to the remains of an old Moorish watchtower. Torrecilla Beach is easy to access and has a pleasant promenade with two restaurants serving snacks and meals at affordable prices. In the summer months, various refreshment kiosks pop up along the beach. There are a number of other restaurants and bars within easy walking distance. The beach has coarse sand with fine pebbles, and runs for around 300 metres (~0.2 mi) with a width of 40 metres (131 ft). Sun beds and parasols are available for hire. When swimming or snorkeling close to the watchtower, please take care as there are dangerous currents. The beach does, however, have lifeguards during the summer months.
The following are a couple of guest-recommended accommodation options close to Torrecilla Beach.
This small, but lovely beach is located directly in front of, and below the Balcón de Europa in Nerja. The beach is only 50 metres (164 ft) in length, with a width varying from 15 to 30 metres (49 to 98.4 ft). There is only one restaurant, Bar y Restaurant El Náutico, part of the Hotel Balcón de Europa, which is located on the beach. While the prices are a little high, the food is excellent and the terrace offers beautiful views across the beach and sea. This beach is a little more difficult to access, as you have to head there from the neighbouring Calahonda Beach or from the hotel itself.
The following accommodation options come highly recommended by previous visitors to Nerja and are within a short distance of La Caletilla Beach.
If wishing to stay near — but not in — Nerja, Frigiliana is a quaint and very beautiful Andalucian white village, located 16 km (~10 mi) from town. Frigiliana is quieter than Nerja and an excellent choice for a relaxing holiday. The town has winding, cobbled streets, with beautifully maintained white houses with colourful red slate roofs and flowers blooming on the balconies. As you stroll the streets, you get tantalizing glimpses of the surrounding countryside, right over to the sea. The town has been voted the “prettiest village in Andalusia,” and for very good reason. The village is in two distinct halves, with the newer section and the older, historic Morisco-Mudéjar part of the town.
The older part of town is the recommended place to be, with its winding streets and historic monuments and buildings. However, bear in mind that Frigiliana is built on a mountainside, around 300 metres (~984 ft) above sea level, and the streets are steep. The quality of the restaurants and bars in the old section of town make those steep streets totally worthwhile, with delicious dishes and terraces overlooking amazing views. The area also offers great fresh air options, with hiking in the Sierra de Tejeda Almijara Natural Park, or picnics on the Rio Higueron and Rio Chillar. There is also a natural swimming pool available, which is always fun on a hot summer’s day.
Getting to and from Frigiliana to Nerja is relatively easy, with a drive of 16 km (~10 mi) by car, or you can use the regular buses running between the two towns, which take approximately 15 minutes.
The following are some recommended accommodation options for your stay in Frigiliana, both of which are recommended by previous guests.
Enjoy your visit to Nerja!
All in all, Nerja offers one the best options for a holiday on the Costa del Sol. Endless sun, sand and beautiful surroundings make the perfect destination.
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