Nerja has many beaches ranging from the lively Burriana beach with its shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife to small, secluded rocky coves. The closest beach to Punta Lara is Playazo. This is a long and relatively tranquil stretch of sand with several chiringuitos. The beach walkway makes a lovely 20-minute stroll along the sea from Punta Lara into Nerja town. Burriana which lies to the East of town is the most developed beach in the area and has a multitude of facilities ranging from trendy bars and eateries to the world famous Merendero de Ayo where huge pans of paella are cooked over an open fire daily at lunchtime. Burriana can be reached in about 15 minutes on foot along the picturesque cliff-path from the Balcon de Europe. Other popular beaches include Calahonda, Torecilla and El Salon.
A pretty Moorish Hill village clinging to the lower slopes of Monte el Fuerte, lies 6 kilometres north of Nerja and makes a popular excursion. This “Pueblo blanco” has steep and winding cobbled streets and is famed for it’s ceramics and locally produced wines.
Maro and Nerja Caves
A sparkling cluster of white walled houses set above an attractive cove beach, lies a few kilometres east of Nerja along the zigzag coast road. Maro is home to the world famous Cuevas de Nerja. These huge majestic caves have to be seen to be believed. One of the caverns has been adapted for use as an auditorium for concerts and other cultural activities during the summer festival.
This magnificent Moorish city is about 90 minutes by car from Nerja and the journey time will be considerably less when the new motorway is completed. A visit to the Alhambra is not to be missed, more than just a palace it is a complex made up of the Casa Real, the gardens of the Generalife and the Alcazaba fortress. Further information is available at www.alhambradegranada.org and tickets can be booked online at www.alhambratickets.com.