Trip-N-Travel suggests that you do the following things when you are in Nerja:
Explore the caves of Nerja
Hike the El Cielo
Swim at the Burriana Beach
Eat Paella at Ayo’s
Go to the Aqueduct of El Aguila
Explore the Rio Chillar
See the Hamlet of Acebuchal
Swim at the Maro Beach
Tour around Frigiliana
Try sea kayaking at Nerja
Visit the Balcon de Europa
See the Parque Verano Azul
Visit the El Salvador church
Visit the Museo de Nerja
Go to the Capistrano Beach
Drop by the Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja
Travel to Papagayo Beach
Stroll along Punta Lars
Ride bike at Nerja
Visit the Botanical Garden in Nerja
Lars comment: I do not trust this list to 100 %. For instance: For me, Capistrano Beach (15) is an area of apartments (Capistrano Playa) close to Burriana Beach (3).
20 things to do in Nerja
If you are coming to Nerja with your family, which are the top activities that you should consider?
Here are a few suggestions:
Nerja caves. Go snorkeling or scuba diving.
kayak tour from the Burriana beach. Take a river walk in
Rio Chillar. Watch football in Malaga.
Go shopping in Malaga. There is a big shopping center at the bus station.
If you have a car, visit the
El Ingenio shopping center in Velez Malaga for shopping and something to eat. There is a large pizza and pasta buffet restaurant with over 100 dishes. Look out for the chocolate pizza! Visit the mountains in
Sierra Nevada during the Summer (June 25 – September 4). Take the lift up to 3000 meters, and walk to the top. Walk to the middle lift station and take the lift down. Visit the hot springs in Alhama de Granada (June 10 – October 10).
No cost: Free small pools outside the spa.
Average cost: A large outdoor
thermal pool with around 6 € entrance. High cost: Head for the
spa circuit. Take a trip to
Gibraltar. Bring your passport. Take a rock tour to visit the apes. Stroll down main street.
When you are staying in Nerja, the white village of Frigiliana is well worth a visit.
You can get there by bus from the Nerja bus station, for one euro.
A taxi will cost you around 10 – 12 Euros.
If you have your own car, it is a ten minute drive.
Read more about Frigiliana:
Here are a couple of ideas for day trips from Nerja, suitable for a family.
Nerja Caves and Maro
Large cave system that is one of Spain’s main tourist attractions.
Car, bus and/or walk.
“I would also have a morning walk or take the bus to Maro to see the amazing Nerja caves then walk into Maro for lunch.
Learn more about the Nerja Caves:
The Nerja Caves Fundacion Cueva de Nerja:
Visit the Cave Frigiliana
Pretty little white village.
Bus (1 Euro on the bus – pay the driver)
The Frigiliana market is on Thursdays.
Learn more about Frigiliana at Frigiliana Today:
Welcome to Frigiliana Malaga city
Malaga is a nice city with some great buildings, tapas bars, shops and a nice new port area.
Easy access from Nerja by bus. Car also possible, but plan where to park.
Alhambra de Granada
Palace and fortress complex.
Alhambra Learn more:
Alhambra de Granada
Plan your visit to Alhambra How a day trip by bus from Nerja may be like:
Before the day of visit:
ticket sales in advance and book ticket online through Ticketmaster. You can for instance book the Nasrid Palaces for 12:30 pm. Print out tickets at the La Caixa bank ATM behind the main church in Nerja.
Book the bus 6:30am bus from Nerja for the day of visit, since the ticket office is not open that early.
On the day of visit:
Take the 6:30am bus from Nerja.
Arrive at the Granada bus station after a beautiful two-hour drive up the mountains.
Go up the stairs, and buy a bus ticket to the Cathedral for around 2 euros. Bus 3 or 33.
At the Cathedral, take the Alhambra mini buses for 2 euros to the Alhambra entrance.
You may consider bringing your own lunch, since there is not that many places to buy food.
To get back to Nerja, take the buses in reverse order.
You may take the bus to Nerja at 4pm or 5:30pm.
A town in the mountains where bull fighting was born.
Car. Far away, but might be worth it.
Ronda La Herradura
A popular thing to do when it is hot in Nerja is to do a bit of river walking in Rio Chillar. Here is a video showing what kind of experience it can be.