Nerja always surprises the visitant. Situated between the mountain range of Sierra de Almijara (a protected area) and the Mediterranean sea, Nerja retains all the flavour and charm of the old fishing villages of Málaga without renouncing modern life. Nerja offers the visitor a wide range of restaurants, bars and shops that will suit all budgets and tastes. Burriana beach with its crystal clear waters are BlueFlag every year and have the best "chiringuitos" (beach restaurants) of the Costa del Sol.
The Nerja caves
The Nerja Caves are a amazing natural wonder. Also called "The natural Cathedral of the Costa del Sol", they are 750 meters from the seashore and about 200 meters above the sea level. The Caves open to the public cover an area of 140.000 sq m, with a maximum length of 700 meters. The most interesting item is the great column in the Sala del Cataclismo (Room of the Cataclism), with a height of 60 meters and a diameter of 18 meters. Currently specialists are working on many of the galleries that are yet to be open to the public.
Only 50km from Nerja you can find Málaga, the capital city of the Costa del Sol. Málaga offers history with its Alcazaba castle, the Roman forum or the Cathedral. It also offers the warmness of its people, the pretty streets full of tapas bars and wine cellars where to try the delicious gastronomy and regional wines. The city was founded by the Phoenicians, who built a settlement near the hill on which the Alcazaba stands today. During Roman times, Malaga obtained the benefits of being declared a confederated city of Rome. Under the rule of the Moors, the city enjoyed an era of great progress; however, in 1487 it was re-conquered by the Catholic Monarchs, following which it fell into relentless decline. By the end of the 18th century, beginning of the 19th, a high-class bourgeoisie had been formed, comprised mainly of two families: the Larios and the Heredia, thanks to whom Malaga became the second most important industrial centre in the country. Converted into a world capital of tourism, thanks to the development of the Costa del Sol, today Malaga continues growing.
Frigiliana and the wine route
Situated in the most eastern part of the Axarquia, in the Natural Park of the Sierras Almijara, Tejeda y Alhama, we find the Villa of Frigiliana, with an approximate population of 3.000 people. Its old historic centre, at 300 meters above sea level, surprises you with its narrow streets, covered in history and tradition. The small houses impossibly hung over each other are a symbol of the county, of Arab origin and considered by many one of the purest architectural complex of Arab tradition. It has become in several occasions the 1st Place in the Spanish contest of Villages. From Frigiliana starts the well-known Wine route, crossing many beautiful mountains covered in wine yards where grows the grape that produces the traditional sweet wine of Frigiliana.