Things to do in Nerja

Despite strong competition, the town of Nerja remains one of the most popular tourist destinationson the Costa del Sol. Once a sleepy fishing village, Nerja is one of the few places to have kept its traditional charm, with whitewashed houses, narrow streets and all the modern amenities you could hope for.

Beaches in Nerja

Nerja's most famous beach is Burriana Beach, and with good reason. The 800-meter long beach is characterized by dark sand, stunning views and a wide range of amenities. It is the perfect place for windsurfing, sailing and diving. Repeatedly awarded a Blue Flag, reflecting its cleanliness and amenities.

Nerja boasts MANY more beaches for exploring, you can click here for a guide to the beaches of Nerja.

Day trips

Nerja CavesThe magnificent Nerja Caves – Cuevas de Nerja – are a series of huge caverns stretching for almost five kilometres and home to the world's largest stalagmite, a 32 metre high column measuring 13 metres by 7 metres at its base.

Nerja to Frigiliana is a 15min drive or 1 hr 30min walk - Villages on the Costa del Sol don't come much more picturesque than Frigiliana. This exceptionally beautiful white-washed village is truly one of a kind

Gibraltar, Seville, Granada, Sierra Nevada, can all be reached in under 3 hours.

Kayaking in the sea from Burriana Beach to Maro.

One of the most beautiful outdoor activities in the area (if not in the whole of Andalucia) is a sea kayaking trip from Nerja’s Burriana beach to neighbouring Maro.

You pass through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery around, from hidden beaches, to turquoise water filled caves and huge waterfalls…...kayaking don’t come much better than this.

The ‘Lost’ village of Acebuchal is an exceptionally beautiful hamlet situated right in the heart of the Sierras of Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park. Visiting from Nerja makes a feasible and highly recommended outing.

The Acueducto del Águila, the Eagle Aqueduct, is located just outside of Nerja. Constructed in the nineteenth century, it continues to be used today. A place with a fascinating history and one that deserves to be seen.


There are lots of excellent bars and restaurants in Nerja, and for those who are extending their stay and are looking for some late night fun, the Plaza Tutti Frutti (a square consisting of many different late bars) is open until the early hours of the morning.

Nerja is relatively cheap, and some bars offer free tapas with every drink. 


Located Calle Cristo 51

Our favourite family-run Italian - beautiful food, staff and the best Sangria!

Meson de Antonio (traditional Spanish)

If you want chateaubriand for one, this is the best. Tapas at the bar is also a great option!

Antica Roma (Italian)

Lovely Italian pizza/pasta place looking out onto the sea and the Balcon. Ask for a seat at the front, looking out on the sea. Can be a bit chilly with the sea breeze but pleasant (bring a wrap/jumper)

El Nino (traditional Spanish)

Old school Spanish place. Lovely go in for a drink and tapas before heading into the centre of town but also great for a full meal. Again, as it's quite traditional, the food is quite substantial. I'd definitely recommend going for tapas. Also, you get a free tapa with every drinks so sometimes we just go in and end up staying drinking but eating so much!!! Deadly gin and tonics.

Thai- Lan Sang (Thai) 

In the middle of a lovely square. They also have a place on the beach (Burriana) which people seem to get for a takeaway lunch on the beds.


A beautiful rooftop terrace restaurant in the bustling centre of Nerja. We recommend booking in advance as this place is very popular.

El Pulguilla (traditional Spanish tapas)

Tapas where you can sit outside in the back. We usually go inside to the bar (doesn't look anything special, full of Spanish) and get drinks. Drinks are v cheap, and you get a free tapa with your drink- chorizo one is amazing. Nice to get drinks and the free tapas and then order a couple of larger tapas (paid) to share. Aubergine with honey is fab. Always buzzing.

Restaurant 34

Located in Hotel Hotel Carabeo, C/ Hernando de Carabeo, 34, Nerja

It's pricey but fab. Known as one of the best restaurants there.

Ayo's, Burriana Beach

There are many places to have Paella in Nerja, but there's only one Ayo’s and only one Burriana beach. The winning combination of an ideal location and great food provide an undisputable location to enjoy a taste of authentic Spanish cuisine.

Open 365 days a year and founded in 1969 if one man knows Paella, it’s Ayo having spent close to 50 years preparing fresh Paella (over a wood fire) on a daily basis.

You can find the Top 10 recommended restaurants in Nerja by clicking here.


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Hair Salons

Nora Hair

Nora Gerritzen Salon, Calle del Chaparil 5, Edf. Los Tesoros, local 2, Nerja
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Sparkles Hair Salon

Calle Pintada, 29780 Nerja, Málaga, Spain
+34 671 16 66 74

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