What to do in Nerja

If you have chosen Nerja to spend your holidays or as your new residence we can tell you that you couldn’t have chosen a better location. Nerja and the whole area of la Axarquia is perfectly located between two strategical cities: Málaga and Granada.

what to do in nerja

Just 45 minutes away from the Málaga Airport and one hour drive from one of the most magnificent monuments in the world (la Alhambra), Nerja offers a huge variety of options, from discovering the whole area getting closer to the local culture and history, to visits to museums and to simply lie on the beach.

What Oletrips can do for you

Come with us to discover the real Andalusia! We will pick you up at your accommodation in Nerja and will take you to different villages and locations, where you will have the chance to discover the local life.

We are specialized in small groups of maximum eight people and minimum of two. Your driver will be also your guide, which means that you will be always accompanied. Our guide is local to the area and will help you to understand Spanish culture and traditions. 

We offer day trips from Nerja to the rest of the Axarquia area. These day trips change depending on the day of the week and the season, so there will be always something new to discover on your holidays in Nerja!

Our services always include:

  • Pick-up/drop off on your accommodation in a Mercedes Vito van.
  • Small group always guaranteed.
  • Guide – driver in Spanish, English and German.
  • Visit to different villages and locations.
  • Lunch and/or dinner.

To find out more about our weekly routes, please click here.

Other options to do in Nerja

There is a lot to do in Nerja. From just lying on the beach to discovering the huge range of traditional Spanish food.

Discover the Burriana and Maro beaches

The coast in Nerja is wide and there are different beaches to choose, but definitely the Burriana and the Maro beaches are two gems worth to be discovered.

With different styles, the Burriana beach is located in east Nerja and it has an easy access. This one is the most popular not only among visitors but also among locals due to the wide range of activities available there: from sports to a huge variety of restaurants and cafés.

On the other side, the Maro beach is known to be one of the most beautiful of the area. This beach is ideal for those who just want to relax. This beach is 500 meters long and it is located in a small bay, surrounded by nature. Nonetheless, those looking for adventures won’t be disappointed, either. This beach also offers sport activities such as kayaking, diving or snorkeling.


Visit the Nerja Caves (Cuevas de Nerja)
cueva de nerja

Visiting the Nerja Caves is a must on your visit to the area, and a perfect plan no matter the season. These caves were discovered in 1959 by chance by a group of teenagers from Maro. They didn’t know by that time that they had discovered one of the most important geological gems in Spain.

These caves hide on the inside the world’s largest column, which made them win its place in the Guinness Book of Records in 1989. It is also known to be the world’s oldest Neanderthal paintings, which nowadays are impossible to visit.

However, this cave is the perfect place to spend a few hours just walking by and discovering this artistic and historic monument, which has been also recognised as Heritage Asset.


You can find out more information about the caves here.

A day trip to Frigiliana and El Acebuchal
frigiliana visit

As we always say, Frigiliana is a MUST on your visit to the area. Its white houses and its mixure of ancient cultures are known worldwide. Frigiliana has been described many times as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Its narrow streets and white houses still remain our arabic and jewish past. There is A LOT that can be said about Frigiliana. But why not to come and discover it for yourself? 

Frigiliana is just 10 minutes by car from Nerja and has an easy access. Just a walk among its streets early in the morning will fill you with peace and calm. We recommend to go early in the morning and enjoy also a breakfast in one of its coffee shops.

After your visit to Frigiliana, a visit to El Acebuchal will surprise even more. This small village is 20 minutes away from Frigiliana and the access is not that easy, BUT you will be surprised about what you will find there.  

The lost village of El Acebuchal is one of those magical places where it seems like time has stood still. It is a small village abandoned during the Spanish Civil War rebuilt by a wonderful family. Antonio “El Zumbo” always dreamed of returning to his hometown and in 1998 he began to slowly rebuild it. Today the result is spectacular: its streets are lovely and the family of Antonio runs a restaurant and a rural house in this village. Antonio keeps improving El Acebuchal every day, and he loves to talk about its history to all visitors. Going to the acebuchal is like going back in time, getting lost in its streets is magical.

the lost village of the acebuchal
However, if you don’t have a car and prefer to let you guide through history and local culture, you can join us every Wednesday to discover this lovely village. You can find out more information about this tour here.
A stroll in El Balcón de Europa
Balcón de Europa in Nerja

The Balcón de Europa (Balcony of Europe) is a gorgeous viewpoint balcony shaped located in the city center of Nerja. This is one of the most famous places in Andalusia. An idyllic place to take a panoramic picture of the Mediterranean Sea, to pose next to the famous statue of King Alfonso XII or just to take a stroll and fall in love with its views. You will find here all kinds of artists, musicians, caricaturists, jugglers, etcetera. It is also a for visitors and locals due to its strategic location in the center of Nerja, and the perfect place to wait for friends or family, while taking an ice cream in a bank or in one of the many bars that surrounds this place. In addition, it is one of the touristic points of Nerja that you cannot miss it on your visit. We promise it will become one of your favourite spots in this village.

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