Nerja (Nerja) is a town and municipality in Spain, part of the province of Malaga, in the autonomous region of Andalusia. The municipality is located in the district (Komarki) of Aharquia-Costa del Sol. It occupies an area of 85 km². The population is 20361 people. Distance 50 km to the provincial capital.
Nerja is one of the resorts in the south of Spain, on the Costa del Sol. The first "civilized" village on this site was founded by the Romans, but its current name is said to come from Arabs who later occupied this area, which gave it the romantic name "Neris", literally meaning "stormy spring"..
Among the tourists, Nerja became popular in the second half of the last century for the chance discovery of local youth: on the walls of one of the caves near the town, a group of children discovered pictures that had been there since prehistoric times. Since then, this cave has become a world cultural monument. She was also included in the Guinness Book of Records, with a unique 49-meter stalactite pillar, considered the largest in the world.
But besides the natural beauty, Nerja is also known for its architecture. Several ancient cathedrals built in the XVII-XVIII centuries, a beautiful aqueduct consisting of 37 thin arches, distinguish Nerja from other similar spas. Worth mentioning is also the famous "balcony of Europe". This is a large viewing platform that once had an Arab fortress protecting the city from attack. Over time, however, it was destroyed, and in its place was built a site where military weapons were deployed. Well, in the XIX. It was freed of rifles in the 16th century and converted into a wonderful resting place, which has fallen in love with locals and visitors and offers a good view.
In recent centuries, the city of Nerja has remained practically unchanged - it is also buried in the green, there are almost no multi-storey houses under the buildings, and the local population lives a quiet and measured life. However, this does not mean that there is nothing to do. In Nerja there are 12 beautiful beaches, various bars and clubs where local bands, karaoke, shops and even a large donkey sanctuary where you can ride a donkey. Gourmets will appreciate the local restaurants that serve traditional local dishes as well as European cuisine.