Nerja is the most eastern municipality in the province of Malaga and is situated about 50 km eastern of the province capital Malaga. Nerja has about 20,000 inhabitants. The municipality of Nerja constists of the town Nerja and the village Maro. Despite the big part of foreign population it conserves the flair of a typical andalucian fishing village. Crooked streets and white painted houses form the cityscape. There are very little big buildings like in other coastal towns. The origin of the historical town is going back to the year 1487. Parts of the Balcón de Europa – an old fortress from the 9th century – now serves as a viewpoint over the sea and the surrounding coast. On clear days you can even see the rock of Gibraltar.
In the creek of the Calahonda beach starts the “Paseo de los Carabineros”. A wonderful footpath bordered by cliffs which is going to the Burriana beach. On the other side of the Balcón de Europa you will find the “Iglesia de El Salvador”. A church in a moorish-baroque style from the 17th century. Also a visit worth is the church of pilgrimage “La Ermita de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias”, built in the 16th century, in which you marvel at the frescos of the master Alonso Cano.
North of the town, near the village Maro, you will find the “Cuevas de Nerja”, stalactite caves with milelong labyrinths. Day after day innumerable tourists take part on a guide through the caves. In the rear part of the 4,823m long cave a uncommon sport can followed up: cave climbing. In july every year a music and dance festival takes place in the underground concert hall of the caves. The caves are after the Prado in Madrid and the Alhambra in Granada the most visited object of interest in Spain.