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1. Balcon de Europa
The Balcón de Europa (Balcony of Europe) is both one of Nerja’s most recognizable landmarks and a popular gathering place. Visit this terrace and observation deck to enjoy uninterrupted views of the town’s coastline, its mountain backdrop and picturesque sunsets. Spot statues and historical relics, be entertained by street performers and attend open-air live music performances.
Enjoy an authentic Mediterranean seaside ambiance at Burriana Beach (Playa Burriana). This is Nerja’s largest and busiest beach, a place adored by both locals and tourists. Come to Burriana Beach to swim in the warm water and have fun trying various aquatic activities. Marvel at the beautiful coastal scenery and dine, drink and shop along the waterfront esplanade.
Experience the magnificence of nature and a true visual treat at Nerja Caves (Cuevas de Nerja). Walk amid enormous, naturally formed chambers to discover astonishing rock formations, ever-changing colors and age-old artwork. Nerja Caves is a complex of three cave galleries, one of which is open to the public. Time your visit to coincide with performances of dance, opera and symphony orchestras in the surprisingly spacious underground auditorium.
Spend a day enjoying the warm sun and swimming in the calm Mediterranean Sea at Salon Beach (Playa El Salon). This small sandy beach lies west of the Balcón de Europa. Large rocks shelter the beach from winds and also enhance its picturesque setting. Salon Beach is popular with local families but non-Spanish visitors to Nerja often overlook it.
The Acueducto del Águila (Eagle Aqueduct) is a remarkable piece of historic Spanish architecture in the countryside near the village of Maro. Bridging two sides of a rocky ravine in the Barranco de la Coladilla, the structure was formerly used to supply water to the nearby San Joaquín sugar mill. Admire the astonishing view that combines magnificent Mudéjar architecture with a picturesque mountain panorama when you visit this intriguing landmark on the Costa del Sol.