Spain – Nerja

Well, I loved Nerja the first time I went, and I liked Nerja the second time I went. As part of the Costa Del Sol it’s on every must do list.
Normally I would describe it as one of the coolest beach towns anywhere. All of the action sits high atop cliffs (the Balcony of Europe is there) and you can look down on beaches, giant rocks, and in some cases bars and shops. Now however, they have sort of let it go to shit. I think the beach has eroded to the point where the area around the balcony is just not that interesting. You can still make it to pockets of beach coves along the coast from the Playa Calahonda (right next to the balcony) but many of the pockets are now gone, rock slides have seemingly occurred everywhere, there is garbage everywhere, there appears to be a multitude of homeless people who set up shop along the pathways, and the parts that are accessible are maybe too accessible, meaning families can be in areas that used to be very very sexy. That was their whole point…private time with your girl (we got some but it just wasn’t cool enough, we couldn’t get far enough away without the water completely closing us in). I know I make it sound terrible, but to be fair, most people have never, ever seen anything like this, even in its current state. You can literally walk through giant boulders and find beach coves…you just can’t do it for very long anymore.
The playa Calahonda itself is small and the entire balcony can look over it making it very exposed..again not what you are looking for in Nerja. Playa El Salon on the other side of the balcony has the same problem, too exposed and some of it is right in front of a hotel’s private pool area…boring.
If you walk along the coast on top of the cliff (which is actually pretty cool with windy, skinny roads in every direction) you will eventually make it to Playa Burriana, probably the biggest beach area and there is a boardwalk like area with patios everywhere. That being said, this beach is kind of boring. I feel like it used to have giant rock formations and now it’s primarily just sand…and jellyfish sadly 🙂
We stayed in the Plaza Cavana and this was a perfect location. Great square. Close to everything. Lots of patios and people.

I’ll look out for a notice that Nerja/Spain is fixing the beach side walkways. They are in an utter state of disrepair, and since the homelessness and trashiness has been allowed to take over what little is left of these pathways, using the water to get to the coves along the coast is your best bet, but it’s dangerous.

Notes to self:

-The restaurant that is in the balcony of Europe was empty as shit when we went there. Looked too nice for our tastes so we only had a drink.
-Going to dinner on the balconies along the cliffs is just impossible to pass up. Great views and fine enough food. These places are built into the cliffs and can be as romantic as it gets.
-Hemingway’s, which is pubby with a nice patio is a great place to get a drink. Always busy and always fun.


Hotels

Plaza Cavana Nerja (May 2015)

Hostal Marissal Nerja (Apr. 2006)