Holidays to Nerja whisk you to an authentic corner of southern Spain, where sandy beaches and nightlife sit side-by-side with momentous history.
The pretty village of Nerja is the epitome of a Costa del Sol seaside retreat. A Cruise & Stay holiday here means an appealing combination of relaxing, sunbathing and exploring towns by day and spending lively evenings in Spanish tapas bars by night.
Quaint Costa del Sol
Nerja used to be a quiet fishing village, but it has grown into a trusty getaway location for discerning sun-seekers. Nerja has around 16 kilometres of powdery sand beaches leading to crystal clear sea. Traditional and picturesque, the village offers most major water sports, and promises a Costa del Sol experience a world away from concrete high-rises. Nerja is a great base to explore this stretch of famous coastline – both urban and countryside adventures are within easy reach.
The narrow winding streets of Nerja are lined with whitewashed buildings that house boutiques, bars and cafés. Spend an afternoon strolling the streets, with the aim to end up at the beautiful Balcón de Europa, Nerja’s impressive seafront promenade. This viewpoint shows a stunning backdrop of mountains, the Mediterranean Sea and the rocky coves that dot the coastline. It's a pretty breathtaking way to start or end a cruise holiday.
Nerja’s famous caves
Nerja is where famous Cueva de Nerja can be found, a series of enormous caverns featuring curious stalactites and stalagmites – including, impressively, the world’s largest stalagmite. Discovered in 1959, the caves have been a huge tourist draw in the years since. People come from across the world to marvel at the dazzling history and formations. There are three show galleries that guide visitors through the story of the caves, but for pure entertainment, summertime music concerts are held here too.
Being on the Costa del Sol, there’s no shortage of beaches in the area. In fact, Nerja has ten all of its own. These shingle beaches are wonderfully flat with gently lapping waves, and boast snack bars and souvenir shops. For a Cruise & Stay break with some energetic seafront action, try visiting Playa Burrinana or the smaller Torrecilla. Both have all the facilities you need, including toilets, showers and lifeguards.
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