Lying between the warm Mediterranean and the protective horseshoe of the Sierra Almijara mountains it enjoys an enviable microclimate with cooling sea breezes in the hot summer months and many warm sunny days through the winter months.
A small market town, Nerja has managed to retain much of its village charm and atmosphere from the past. The old town fans out to the north of the Balcon de Europa, a natural palm-lined belvedere which offers magnificent views over the rocky coastline. This landmark is a local gathering place and at dusk it is the scene of a relaxed “paseo” with families strolling along the wide avenue of palm trees, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the bustle in the open-air cafes and bars.
The tangle of pretty streets are packed with charming shops, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and pockets. One thing you won’t find in Nerja are the high-rise developments experienced in many other popular Spanish resorts, Instead, strolling through the neat streets lined with charming white houses you will discover interesting courtyards and narrow alleyways, many decorated with colourful flowers.
Nerja is very much orientated towards sports and outdoor activities. Popular pursuits include horse riding, hill and mountain walking, cycling, climbing, scuba diving, kite boarding, paragliding and sailing. The famous winter ski resort of Sierra Nevada lies only about 100km north of Nerja making it feasible to ski in the morning and sunbathe in the afternoon!