Day trips from Nerja

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


  • 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.
  • Wikipedia: 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:
    • Read about 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
  • Tripadvisor: Ronda

La Herradura


Water park near Nerja: Aquavelis

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If it is hot in Nerja, you can take a trip to the Aquavelis water park in Torre Del Mar. It is 22 minutes by car (28 kilometers) and it is near the El Ingenio shopping center that you can visit at the same time.


Take the A7/E-15 west towards Malaga, and use exit 272. Map with directions: For the waterpark and for the shopping center.

Is there a hardware store in Nerja?

Answer 1: Ferretería Martín Hardware SL on Calle Almirante Ferréndiz has it all. Best in town, according to us.

Answer 2: Ferretería Bricojardín on Calle de Almería 2 has a lot to offer.

Answer 3: There are two hardware stores on Calle Almirante Ferrándiz.

Answer 4: There is one on Calle Almería, between Calle Antonio Ferrandiz and Calle el Chaparil. This is near the Supersol supermarket. There are also several hardware stores on the road to Frigiliana.

Answer 5: There is a hardware store on the top of Calle Granada, before the locksmith.

Answer 6: There is a hardware store in Frigiliana (seven minutes by car). When coming from Nerja: Take right in the first roundabout, then you will find the store on the left hand side after a while.

Answers translated and refined from Nerja friends Scandinavia.

Is VAT included in restaurant prices?

Answer 1: VAT is called IVA in Spain, and should be included in the price.

Answer 2: Sometimes, there is a minimal note at the bottom, saying that IVA is not included.

Answer 3: There are some restaurants that add IVA to the shown prices (+ 10 %). This is for instance done by:

Answers translated and refined from Nerja friends Scandinavia.

How much is a cab from Malaga airport to Nerja?

Answer 1: Taxi Bus Nerja takes 65 euro and has a very good service.

Answer 2: Malaga shuttle bus takes 20 euro per person. Note that you must book in advance.

Answer 3: 65 euro if you book with a taxi company in Nerja. Valid for up to four persons.

Answer 4: The price varies depending on if it is weekday or weekend. During the day it is between 65 and 80 euro. After midnight, it is 110 euro.

Answer 5: 70 euro if you order it from Nerja. More expensive at the airport.

Answers translated and refined from Nerja friends Scandinavia

Virgen del Carmen celebration

It is time for celebrating Virgen del Carmen in Nerja:

  • July 15, starting at 7:30pm: Local people visit the church of El Salvador to make offerings
  • July 16, evening: Procession of the Virgen del Carmen (after a service in church of El Salvador at 6pm)
  • July 17, evening: Open air party with music and food, open to all, from around 10pm, Plaza de los Cangrejos

Read more: Nerja celebrates the Virgen del Carmen