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NERJA

HISTORY OF NERJA

The first settlers date back from Paleolithic to Bronze period, going through the Epipaleolithic and Neolithic, with important human remains belonging to Cro-Magnon.

In the 10th century a tower was erected on the coastline, similar to the ones existing in other places along the coast.

When the Muslims of Vélez finally surrendered in 1487 to Ferdinand, the Catholic Monarch, they were followed by the inhabitants of most part of the Axarquía region in this action. In the Christian chronicles this action is reported and Narija, the current Nerja is mentioned in such chronicles.

There was an enormous earthquake on 25th December 1884 and due to this unfortunate event His Majesty the King Alphons XII came to visit the affected areas. After admiring the paseo de la "batería" he officially named it as the "Balcón de Europa". The Council was also honoured with the title "Most Excellent". The discovery of the Nerja Caves in 1956 is the symbol of the new boost and later on came the big tourist boom involving both progress and prosperity, changing the social face of Nerja.



NERJA BEACHS

Playa de Burriana

It is the major tourist beach of Nerja coast. Main access off the N-340 at the exit of Nerja towards Almeria, turning right at the level of urbanization "Verano Azul".

Its size is 700 m in length by some 35 m wide, and is often frequented by families.

It has good facilities, including car-parks, regular bus service, newly-built hotels, Red Cross post, lifeguards, showers, telephones, sun beds, a variety water sports, volleyball, promenade, beach bars, souvenir shops and restaurants...

In 2004 it was one of two Andalusian beaches distinguished with the Q for Quality Tourism in Beaches and currently retains this certificate..

Playa de la Torrecilla

A beach approximately 225 m in length and an average of 25m wide. It attracts a high concentration of people.

It consists of medium-grain sand, and is black in colour. It has four possible means of access:

Across the beach of El Chucho and round the promontory where the ruined tower of La Torrecilla lla stands, and from which the beach takes its name.

Using the path at the end of c/ Antonio Añejo.

Via the Paseo de la Plaza de los Cangrejos.

Via the path at the end of the Avenida Castilla Pérez.

A beach with good facilities, consisting of: regular bus service, hotels, restaurants, telephones, showers, sun beds, waters sports, promenade, beach bars.

It has been awarded the Blue Flag.

Playa El Salón.

This beach is 200 m in length and some 10 m wide. It has a high density of people, and is more of an urban beach. It consists of medium-coarse sand, black in colour.

Access is by means of the Plaza de la Iglesia, situated in the Balcón de Europa. It can only be reached on foot. It is equipped with telephone, and waste-bins.

Playa Carabeo

A beach of black, medium-grain sand, 120 m in length and approximately 15 m wide at its central part. It is often frequented by families.

This beach can be reached via the Paseo de los Carabineros, or via Calle Carabeo using the stepped path downwards that you will find at the end of the street. It is equipped with telephone, and waste-bins.

Playa Calahonda

Situated under the Balcón de Europa, it can be accessed by the path downwards called the “boquete de Calahonda”, to be found at the end of the Calle Puerta del Mar.

It has a length of about115 m, and an average width of 20 m; it can get crowded, and the buildings surrounding it are urban in type.

The sand is medium-grain and black in colour. It is well equipped with restaurants, hotels, showers, umbrellas, sunbeds, waste-bins, telephones and water sports for hire. The Paseo de los Carabineros starts off from this beach, leading to Burriana Beach across some picturesque cliffs.

El Playazo

The westernmost beach in the municipality of Nerja, this has two ways of accessing it by car:

On the right, at the 289.5 km milestone on the N-340 going towards Almería. It is only a short way to the beach.

From inside the town itself, going down Calle Antonio Ferrándiz, at “I.E.S. El Chaparil”, the old Factory of San José, where you turn to the right into a lane which, after crossing the Chíllar River, brings you in sight of the beach.

The most spectacular part of the beach is the surroundings: the "vega" of Nerja. It is about 1800 m long, and 30 m wide. It has a medium density of people, and is in a natural setting. Its sand is black and of medium grain. The Chíllar River flows into the sea on the eastern side of this beach, and the Seco River to the west.

Playa El Chucho

This is to be found between the mouth of the Chíllar River, which leads it on to El Playazo Beach, and which is one of the possible ways to reach it, and La Torrecilla Beach.

It is about 200 m long, and 30 m wide. Its sand is also medium-grain and black in colour.

Playa La Caletilla

This beach has a length of about 50 m and a width of approximately 10 m. It attracts a medium density of people, and is more urban in its surroundings.It consists of medium-coarse black sand. There are two ways to get to it:.

Through the Hotel Balcón de Europa (which is private), situated on the Paseo of the same name

Via the Calahonda beach.

The hotel and service facilities consist of restaurants, accommodation, telephone, waste-bins, umbrellas, sunbeds and water sports for hire.

Playa El Chorrillo

In order to get to this secluded cove, follow the path from the Paseo de los Carabineros.

It also has sand of medium grain and black in colour. It is 20 m in width, and 60 m long, with a medium degree of occupation. It has a telephone, and waste-bins.

Playa de Carabeillo

This beach can be accessed by the path down from the “Mirador del bandito”, situated at the end of Calle Carabeo, or across Burriana Beach. The path can only be done on foot.

The size of the beach is approximately 70 m long and 10 m wide. It does not get very crowded, and is equipped with telephone, and waste-bins. Its sand is black and of medium grain.



The Caves - Nerja's famous tourist attraction

The caves of Nerja are our greatest tourist attraction, they are visited by thousands of tourists each year. Click the following link for further information.
 
 
RÍO CHÍLLAR - A route to know
 
In Nerja there are many hiking routes, but we want to inform you of a very beautiful route, the river Chillar runs between winding bends, rocks, pools or torrents. You can answer to our establishment.

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