Nerja is a town in the historical region of La Axarquia. What to discover in Nerja?admin
A town in the historical region of La Axarquia, Nerja is famous for its caves. Wall drawings have been discovered in these caves, showing that this region has been populated since prehistoric times. In addition, you can enjoy Nerja’s rich historical culture and architecture, as well as its surroundings. Nerja lies on the coast of the Mediterranean, which is formed by beaches, bays and gorges. So plenty to enjoy!
The Nerja caves
Discovered in 1959, the Nerja caves are one of the main tourist attractions. The caves consist of almost 2 kilometres of underground galleries open to the public. Here you can admire the fantastic geological formations formed over centuries. The high ceilings and spacious rooms are decorated with columns. The stalactites and stalagmites have formed the largest chamber, known as the ‘prehistoric cathedral’. As a result, the caves have been declared a historical artistic monument. The caves are of great archaeological value due to wall drawings from the Palaeolithic period, but remains from other periods have also been found, such as the Epipaleolithic and Neolithic.
The historical centre of Nerja – Rich culture and architecture
Nerja’s historic centre is characterised by local architecture. A fine example is the Hermitage of Nuestra Senora de las Angustias, built in the 16th century. This Hermitage houses exceptional and well-preserved frescoes. Furthermore, you can take beautiful walks through Nerja’s old town. When doing so, don’t miss the so-called Balcón de Europa (Balcony of Europe)! This can be found in the middle of town, on the coast. Originally, it was a fort, built against the rocks to resist English pirates and privateers. A kind of promenade has now been built on the remains of this fort, rising well above the rocks. From a sort of balcony you have a phenomenal view of the Mediterranean.
Rio Chillar and Frigilliana
Are you more of a nature lover and prefer to get out of the city? Then the La Axarquia region has several surprises in store. About 5 kilometres north of Nerja, visit the picturesque village of Frigilliana, which was named one of the most beautiful villages in Spain a few years ago.
Also, for anyone who wants to enjoy hiking, nature and tranquillity, a day trip to the ‘rio Chillar’ is a must. This refreshing river walk is light and also suitable for children. The Chilliar river also offers several pools and waterfalls in which you can swim.
Plenty of opportunities for day trips
Nerja is thus a great destination if you want to make one or more day trips from Finca La Toronja. Moreover, Nerja is easily accessible; this town is about a 30-minute drive from Málaga and just under 45 minutes from Coín. Want to know what else there is to do in the area? Feel free to ask us!