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article imageOp-Ed: Nerja, Spain — Absolute charm, with a balcony overlooking the sea Special

By Anne Sewell     Apr 7, 2012 in Travel
Nerja - Perched on the rocky coastline, east of Málaga city, is the "The Jewel of the Costa del Sol", a small town called Nerja.
When visiting the Costa del Sol, it is definitely worth travelling around 40 minutes by car from Málaga to visit this charming town. You can also catch a bus from the centre of Málaga.
Surrounded by the Sierra de Almijara mountains, with magnificent views over the sea, the town truly is "The Jewel of the Costa del Sol".
The following is a brief introduction to the major sights of Nerja.
As you stroll the traditional Spanish streets, you will be surrounded by pretty balconies sporting the ubiquitous geraniums, and caged songbirds will be your personal soundtrack along the way.
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Scenes of Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain
Nerja Today
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The town has many restful plazas, where you can enjoy a meal in the fresh air and have a cool relaxing drink.
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Scenes of Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain
Nerja Today
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You will also find fresh water fountains in the streets to top up your water bottle.
Scenes of Nerja  Costa del Sol  Spain
Scenes of Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain
Nerja Today
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Nerja is renowned for the famous Balcón de Europa (balcony of Europe), where you can enjoy really impressive views. On this spot you will find many shops, restaurants, bars, cafés and of course hotels. Stay in a room with a view during your holiday in Nerja.
The Balcón de Europa was formerly a fortress designed to keep out British pirates and privateers, but now quite happily welcomes British (and other) tourists!
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Scenes of Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain
Nerja Today
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The beaches of Nerja and the surrounding areas are simply beautiful - nestling in the rocky coves along the coastline.
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Scenes of Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain
Nerja Today
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While often busy during the summer months, travelling a short distance will always find a quieter spot to get the essential tan before returning home.
Scenes of Nerja  Costa del Sol  Spain
Scenes of Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain
Nerja Today
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Nerja has a Donkey Sanctuary, which is a definite must-visit. The sanctuary was established in 2004 and is a wonderful place for children and adults to visit rescued donkeys, mules and horses. The sanctuary is often home to other abandoned farm animals, and you will quite likely see lambs, goats and piglets during your visit. Of course there are almost always the absolutely cutest baby donkeys on hand to pet.
The good news is that entry is free, and you are allowed to bring carrots to feed the donkeys by hand.
Scenes of Nerja  Costa del Sol  Spain
Scenes of Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain
Nerja Today
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Nerja has a weekly market, where you can get some bargain souvenirs and clothing to take home after your stay. The image below shows colorful traditional pottery on sale.
Scenes of Nerja  Costa del Sol  Spain
Scenes of Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain
Nerja Today
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Restful water fountains, rivers and waterfalls are found in many locations in Nerja:
Scenes of Nerja  Costa del Sol  Spain
Scenes of Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain
Nerja Today
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Scenes of Nerja  Costa del Sol  Spain
Scenes of Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain
Nerja Today
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The highlight of your visit is the Caves of Nerja. Only discovered in 1959, the caves contain wall paintings which are believed to be approximately 20,000 years old. Only a few of the huge cave chambers are open to the public and one has been converted into an auditorium, used for concerts in the summer months.
Scenes of Nerja  Costa del Sol  Spain
Scenes of Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain
Nerja Today
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All in all, a wonderful place to stay during your Costa del Sol vacation or holiday. You can find accommodation here and lots more information and photos of Nerja on the Nerja Today website.
Also see a short 3 minute guide on Nerja below:
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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