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Information about Nerja
Nerja marks the eastern tip of the Costa del Sol, just some 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Malaga, about 45 minutes drive from Malaga's Airport along the N340 coastal highway. Once a sleepy fishing village, the town now has a population of over 15,000.
Nerja boasts 16 kilometres (10 miles) of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear water. All major water sports are available here, including water skiing, scuba diving and sailing.
Flanked by a dramatic mountain range, Sierra Almijara, to the east, the town has, fortunately, managed to avoid being blighted by the concrete high-rise scenario which has been the inevitable result of the tourist boom in some of the coastal resorts. The old quarter of the town is still virtually unchanged with narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses with wrought iron terraces overflowing with geraniums...
The heart of Nerja is its spectacular Balcón de Europa, the "Balcony of Europe". Once the site of the great Moorish castle, it is now a magnificent palm-fringed promenade along the edge of a towering cliff, with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below, against an awesome backdrop of hazy blue mountains.
The town's monuments include the 17th century Church of El Salvador, in a style which is a charming mixture of baroque and Moorish, or mudéjar, and the beautiful Gardens of Capistrano Playa, which descend to Burriana Beach.
Nerja's most spectacular attraction are undoubtedly its fascinating caves, the Cueva de Nerja, located just three kilometres from the centre of the town. They include archaeological treasures such as 20,000 year old paintings and other pre-historic remains. One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall, where many performances are staged during the summer.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from in Nerja, and the visitor can hire a horse-drawn carriage to explore the most romantic corners of the town.
Nerja's cuisine includes specialities such as De La Doncella (red mullet) and pescaito frito (fried fish). Of course, top international cuisine is also available, as well as the ubiquitous sausage, eggs and chips.