Nerja is a mountainous area of Costa Del Sol with spectacular views from above and stunning Mediterranean scenery from the coast. It is a sleepy fishing village that is close to Malaga airport, so this was our go-to destination when travelling with a toddler and a baby, and a Bearded man who likes fishing and seafood. It’s not too far to travel from the airport and it’s within easy reach of all things you may require when travelling with a little one; food, neccessities, beach and booze.
Nerja has something to offer everyone. While the explorers can enjoy caverns with profound stalagmites and stalactites, the music lovers can enjoy evening concerts during the summer months.
It seriously has it all – for any age!
Love watersports? Nerja beaches stretch miles with tons of activities to suit any thrill-seeker. The walker amongst your party will certainly not be disappointed. Also, did I mention it’s a golfers dream? There’s an abundance of courses to entertain the novice or the pro…
There’s also historic sites and botanical gardens, and this part of Spain boasts some of the best cuisines, with equally stunning views.
The thing we love about Nerja is how friendly and welcoming people are – even at 9pm as you walk past their restaurant with a screaming baby! And yes, we did this… Nothing is too much trouble and it has a happy “everyone knows everyone” kind of vibe about it.
There is ample accommodation in the mountains with fabulous views but of course, this is something to bear in mind when planning a holiday with the elderly, disabled or little people in pushchairs. We struggled on a number of occasions as most places have lots of steps up to the accommodation, as well as unmade walkways to some of the best local restaurants that aren’t lit particularly well.
The candlelit cobbled streets are what make it though – it gives this part of Spain a real rustic feel. There’s something magically authentic about the taverna’s, the ornate flashes of colour on the crockery and the token really, really old person sat on the front step having a snooze… and witnessing all of this in a perfectly dimmed light as opposed to everything being illuminated by modern lighting.
If you’re lucky enough to get a table, drop into Esquina Paulina, a fabulous restaurant recommended to us by my Dad who travels to Nerja at least twice a year and is practically part of the furniture in this place. The street outside is really narrow but nestled to the side are tables for al fresco dining that is perfect for people watching. As well as cosying up with the most exquisite tapas and melt-in-the-mouth deliciousness of their infamous cheese board. Plus, you can enjoy a bottle of Rioja for a tenner*!
If you want to enjoy all of this, including live entertainment, then this is your place, but you simply must go early or you’ll be left outside. Although even then, this isn’t a bad thing. We have had a few evenings on the outskirts of the fun inside, but it doesn’t stop outside – there’s always something going on!
Undoubtedly, this is the best place in Nerja!!! I guarantee it will be at least one of the reasons you go back.
*at time of posting