When we mentioned that we are going to Nerja to our Spanish friends, they asked “what for?”, with expressions of bewilderment on their faces. It was March, long before the start of the season, and Nerja struck them as being nothing more than place to relax on the beach. So we decided to find out for ourselves.
It’s a bit of an unusual destination. At first glance, it genuinely looks like there is no reason to go there outside of the holiday season. In the summer, Nerja attracts tourists looking for a somewhat more relaxed vacation, in a smaller town. You won’t find any big hotels or crowds of foreign tourists on all-inclusive holidays, whilst in the off-season, you’ll see groups of pensioners looking to spend the winter months in a warmer climate, or who perhaps have emigrated for good. The town is small and picturesque with great views and small beaches sheltered in coves (albeit with the infrastructure needed to make you more comfortable). Nerja is set against a back-drop of mountains, and the small towns and villages dotted among them are within easy reach (e.g. Frigiliana is located only few kilometers away), as are the numerous attractions of AndalucĂa. Â We stopped here during a trip to Granada â€“ Malaga â€“ Ronda – CĂłrdoba.
The weather at this time of year (mid-March) can be somewhat whimsical and uncertain, but even so, it’s much warmer than the other parts of the country. We were lucky in that we visited during what was a warm weekend, which meant it was ideal weather to walk around in short-sleeves during the day. In March, you can start to feel that summer is indeed coming to AndalucĂa â€“ beach bars are already opening. You have to admit that it is an ideal setting to have a drink at sunset.
Nothing is more relaxing than the sea and beautiful views. You’ll find that Nerja is an ideal place for a weekend getaway â€“ the kind with a balcony, views, breakfast on the beach, lazy walksâ€¦ Its one of the prettiest sea-side towns on the Costa del Sol