Top things to do in Nerja

Top Choice Cave in Nerja

Cueva de Nerja

It’s hard to imagine the surreal world that lies beneath the mountain foothills 4km east of Nerja, and it’s even harder to believe that these vast caverns weren’t discovered until five local chicos (young men) who h…
Top Choice Seafood in Nerja

Chiringuito de Ayo

The menu is listed in nine languages, but the only word you need to understand at beachside Ayo is ‘paella’. They cook the rice dish every day in a huge pan atop an open wood-burning fire right next to the sand. A p…
European in Nerja


Impeccable service, single orchids, a drum-and-bass soundtrack and a charcoal-grey-and-green colour scheme: in short, this place has class. The menu is reassuringly brief and changes regularly according to what's in…
Tapas in Nerja

La Piqueta

There are two very good reasons why this is the most popular tapas bar in town: first, the house wine is excellent; second, you get a free tapas with every drink in a tradition that's more Granada than Málaga provin…
European in Nerja

Restaurante 34

There's a truly gorgeous setting here, both indoors and outside in the garden, which is gently stepped to its furthest section overlooking the sea. Delicious and exotic food combinations are served – roast suckling …
Viewpoint in Nerja

Balcón de Europa

Located in the heart of town, the fabulous balcón juts out like a natural pier, forming a beautiful palm-lined terrace with panoramic views of the sea. The only downside is that it's perennially crowded.
Bistro in Nerja


The interior combines raspberry pink with charcoal grey, but most people head to the sprawling terrace overlooking pristine Playa Carabello. The menu should suit most discerning diners, ranging from light bites like…
International in Nerja


Homemade burgers, including vegetarian with cheese, plus Med-style sandwiches such as roasted pepper and goat's cheese, salad, grilled halloumi and quiche, make this a popular snack spot. Breakfasts include classy s…
Thai in Nerja

Lan Sang

The owner and chef are from Laos, so the dishes here are a subtle combination of Thai and Lao cuisines. As well as curries, stir-fries and soups, there's an emphasis on fresh local fish and seafood, prepared with sp…
Beach in Nerja

Playa Burriana

This is Nerja’s longest and best beach, with plenty of towel space on the sand. You can walk here via the bleached white Calle Carabeo, continuing down the steps to the beach and along to Burriana. The beach is back…