Home to the Caves of Nerja and the spectacular Balcón de Europa overlooking Burriana beach, Nerja is often referred to as the gem of the Costa del Sol.
Having managed to escape the building frenzy of the 60’s and 70’s Nerja has managed to retain its traditional Spanish seaside charm.
Due to its location just 56 kilometres east of Malaga with the Sierra Almijara Mountains rising behind it, Nerja is considered as being in a micro-climate protected from colder winter weather.
Due to this and the fact Nerja averages over 320 days of sunshine per year, many Northern Europeans choose Nerja for their retirement.
In Nerja, you will find all the conveniences of a large Spanish town with the bonus of a plethora of restaurants and tapas bars to suit all tastes.
Get a Taxi at Malaga airport
The taxi rank at Malaga Airport (AGP) is located outside the arrivals area of terminal T3. All fares are calculated using a taximeter with a minimum fare of 5.50€. This starting price increases at night and on weekends and public holidays. Taxis also charge a supplement of 0.45€ for each suitcase.
Private Airport Transfer
Booking your transfer ahead of time, may be a better alternative to waiting around for a taxi, and for reassurance, they will agree a set price in advance. Several companies offer Malaga airport transfers to Nerja and some tend to have newer, more upmarket cars than general taxis.
Get the Bus to Nerja
If you are on a tighter budget, taking the bus from the airport is your best option. ALSA is the Spanish equivalent of National Express in the UK and operates 32 buses a day between Malaga and Nerja, with one-way ticket prices starting at just 4.65€.
Buses depart four times daily from the bus stop outside the arrivals area of terminal T3.
09:45, 13:30, 16:15 and 19:15
Depending on the time your flight arrives, you may be better taking the Malaga Airport-Malaga city bus to the main bus station and changing there for Nerja.
Express Airport (Line 75) runs every 15 minutes from the airport to the bus station and costs 3.00€ which is payable to the driver.
ALSA buses to Nerja from Malaga bus station depart from stand #38 and run approximately every 45 minutes during the day.
A one-way ticket costs 4.65€ and can be purchased from the ASLA ticket cubicles in the bus station or a designated machine.
Direct buses take an hour, stopping only at Velez Málaga and Torrox, while buses that stop at other towns along the route take 45 minutes longer.
Although Nerja has a small bus station with some buses stopping at a designated area on the town’s main road, not all do, so make sure you have the Line 75 bus from the airport as mentioned above.
Travel by Car
If you plan on renting a car from Malaga Airport and driving to Nerja it should take you no more than an hour using the A-7 motorway.
When leaving the airport, follow the signs for Malaga until you see a sign for the E-15 A-7. Continue on the A-7 until you see a sign for Nerja Exit 292.
More on Nerja
Perfect for couples or families Nerja is a great choice for a beach holiday or as a base for exploring southern Spain. Just outside of the summer months, villas and apartments in Nerja are surprisingly competitively priced.
However, If you do plan to come away in the summer months yet you’re on a smaller budget, Torrox is the next town down and is just 15 minutes from Nerja on the coast road. Torrox hotels are normally a little cheaper than those in Nerja itself.
So with a little research you can save a lot of money on accommodation yet still benefit from the climate of Malaga weather.
During the 1980s Nerja was the setting for a popular Spanish television show called “Verano Azul” (Blue Summer) and is known throughout Spain.
A few things not to miss while staying in Nerja are a visit to the Nerja Caves. Discovered by a group of boys in 1959 the caves are an underground wonderland that contains the world’s largest stalagmite.
Visit Maro beach just outside of town and rent a sea kayak to explore hidden coves and waterfalls. Make sure to take with you snorkeling gear as this area is a marine reserve full of sea life.
The nearby White Pueblo of Frigiliana is a photographers dream with a rich history dating back to the Moors.
For day trips visit Malaga and its wonderful museums or spend the day in Granada admiring the Alhambra while shopping in the old Arab Albaicin neighbourhood.
Nerja has something for everyone, which is why it is the perfect choice for your Costa del Sol holiday.
Tours & Excursions
Recommended hotels on the Costa del Sol
The 4 Star Hotel Sercatel Perla Marina boasts an ideal location just a few minutes walk from the renowned Balcon de Europa, where you can sit in one of the cafe bars and enjoy the sunset. The Sercatel is close to the beach and offers 197 rooms and self catering apartments. Reviewer Rating: 8.0
For ideal mid range accommodation try the popular 3 star MB Boutique Adults Only Hotel. It is just a 10-minute walk away from the Balcon de Europa and is surely one of Nerjas top hotels with its modern interiors and stunning roof top lounge and plunge pools, a perfect place to chill out.
Reviewer Rating: 9.0
One of the top budget destinations in Nerja is the 2 star Hostel Abril which boasts a great location in the heart of the old town. Just a 5 minute walk to the beach and the Balcon de Europa and surrounded by bars, cafetreias and restaurants. Modern facilties and bright clean rooms make has made the Hostel Abril a popular choice wehn it comes to a budget place to stay in Nerja. Reviewer Rating: 8.7