Suggested Nerja activities from Trip-N-Travel

Trip-N-Travel suggests that you do the following things when you are in Nerja:

  1. Explore the caves of Nerja
  2. Hike the El Cielo
  3. Swim at the Burriana Beach
  4. Eat Paella at Ayo’s
  5. Go to the Aqueduct of El Aguila
  6. Explore the Rio Chillar
  7. See the Hamlet of Acebuchal
  8. Swim at the Maro Beach
  9. Tour around Frigiliana
  10. Try sea kayaking at Nerja
  11. Visit the Balcon de Europa
  12. See the Parque Verano Azul
  13. Visit the El Salvador church
  14. Visit the Museo de Nerja
  15. Go to the Capistrano Beach
  16. Drop by the Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja
  17. Travel to Papagayo Beach
  18. Stroll along Punta Lars
  19. Ride bike at Nerja
  20. 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).

Read more: 20 things to do in Nerja

Fun for the whole family in and around Nerja

If you are coming to Nerja with your family, which are the top activities that you should consider?

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Visit the Nerja caves.
  2. Go snorkeling or scuba diving.
  3. Take a kayak tour from the Burriana beach.
  4. Take a river walk in Rio Chillar.
  5. Watch football in Malaga.
  6. Go shopping in Malaga. There is a big shopping center at the bus station.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. Visit the hot springs in Alhama de Granada (June 10 – October 10).
    1. No cost: Free small pools outside the spa.
    2. Average cost: A large outdoor thermal pool with around 6 € entrance.
    3. High cost: Head for the spa circuit.
  10. Take a trip to Gibraltar. Bring your passport. Take a rock tour to visit the apes. Stroll down main street.

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

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