Set between the dramatic Sierra Almijara mountain range and one of the warmest and most sheltered parts of the Mediterranean Sea, Nerja offers a taste of how the Costa del Sol used to be. With 16 kilometres of sandy beaches and sparkling clear water, this is an alluring corner of Spain, where the pace of life is gentle, traditions survive and the weather is fine all year round. The old town has iconic, winding streets, whitewashed houses and bougainvillea in abundance.
History is all around you in a town named Narixa (“abundant spring”) by the Moors. The local caves have a human history dating back more than 20,000 years and you can still see the ancient paintings today. For a modern cultural experience in the caves, you can enjoy the Festival de la Cueva in July, where live performances take advantage of the natural acoustics to create an enchanting spectacle.