Best Things To Do In Nerja, Spain

Nerja Spain is one of the prettiest, most charming beach towns on the sunny Costa del Sol in southern Spain. It’s halfway between Malaga and Granada, so if you’re anywhere near these two cities, you definitely don’t want to miss Nerja. Keep reading below to see all the best things to do in Nerja Spain!

Pink Building with mountain in background in Nerja Spain

Perfect for a Day Trip from Malaga or Granada

Nerja Spain is halfway between Malaga and Granada, so it’s the perfect place to stop for a visit if you’re traveling between these two cities. You can also visit as a day trip from Malaga or Granada — it’s about one hour driving from either city.

View from Balcón de Europa in Nerja Spain

Balcón de Europa

The Balcón de Europa (Balcony of Europe) is the most popular hotspot in Nerja Spain. It’s the place to see and be seen. The best views of Nerja are from the Balcón de Europa!

White Arches on Balcón de Europa in Nerja Spain

From the Balcón de Europa, you have a gorgeous view of the beach, the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and rugged mountains in the background. 

Sevillano Restaurant in Nerja Spain

Eat Tapas on a Terrace

Spain’s Costa del Sol (“Coast of the Sun” in English) averages more than 320 sunny days every year. Even in the winter it’s warm enough to sit outside and enjoy the sun! Nerja is the perfect spot for a leisurely lunch sampling the local cuisine.

Pacomari Restaurant in Nerja Spain

Wander the Narrow Streets

There are many narrow, cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants around the Balcón de Europa. Definitely take some time to wander and explore these charming streets!

Pink Building with mountain in background in Nerja Spain

Playa Burriana

Playa Burriana is the most popular beach in Nerja and offers boat rentals, lifeguards, and a boardwalk with shops and restaurants. You can easily walk to Burriana Beach from the Balcón de Europa. Along the way is this gorgeous view of the colorful buildings in Nerja. You can see Burriana Beach off to the right. This view point is on a pedestrian street right behind the Parador de Nerja hotel.


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Rainbow Stairs in Nerja

I am soooo sad I missed these gorgeous rainbow stairs when we were in Nerja!! Evidently they are the steps to Torrecilla Beach, near the Rui Monica Hotel. If you find them please let me know or tag me on Instagram!!! @kevinandamanda

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Best Things To Do in Nerja Spain

Best Things To Do in Nerja Spain

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  1. Matt & Sue

    Hey Kevin & Amanda,

    first of all thank you very much for the lovely read and the gorgeous pictures about Nerja. We love that spot a lot and do believe it’s a true gem at the Costa del Sol.

    Regards the Rainbow stairs – We have never seen them before? We better have to look that up as we will be out there in a few days time :)

    Best wishes,

    Matt & Sue

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