Nerja is a small town nestled between the gentle foothills of the Sierra Almijara Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Perched on the top of small cliffs with panoramic views in both directions, the town still retains its intimate Moorish street plan centered around the Balcón de Europa.
Luckily tourism has not spoilt this part of Spain, with its narrow cobbled streets full of quaint shops and characteristic tapas bars where one can take a drink and try out some of the local specialities. Though still an andaluz community of character, throughout the year, Nerja welcomes visitors from all over the world.
Nerja town boasts no less than 7 beaches some of which can be seen from the lovely coastal path walkway which starts from the fisherman beach Calahonda, in the east side of the Balcón de Europa, and meanders its way through palm trees and cliffs to the famous Burriana, giving you a chance to sample all the coves and inlets along its route.
Burriana Beach, or Playa Burriana, is a large sandy beach situated at the eastern end of town and is Nerja´s premier beach. It has been a regular recipient of the prestigious "Blue Flag" of excellence awarded by the European Union, and the "Q for Quality" flag issued by the Spanish authorities. The beach itself is approx. 800 metres long and on average about 40 metres wide. There are sunbeds for hire, play areas and a selection of waterbased activities, such as pedalos, parasailing, jetskis etc. Burriana Beach has a large selection of Spanish beach restaurants, foreign owned establishments, supermarket, souvenir shops and ice-cream parlours.
The name Nerja actually comes from the Moorish name for the town Naricha. The town started in the 10th Century as a Moorish farming community with also a flourishing industry in silk weaving. Twenty thousand years ago it was inhabited by the Paleolithic man and evidence of this can be found by visiting the cave at Maro.
Travelling in an easterly direction from Nerja approximately 2km along the main road, you will come to what is claimed to be a Roman Aqueduct.
The truth is uncertain as it is believed to have only been built at the beginning of the 19th century to carry water to the village of Maro, but built in the Roman style. It is now used to irrigate the farm lands surrounding the village of Maro.
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