Nerja is located in the region of Andalucía in the south of Spain. Known as 'The Jewel of the Costa del Sol', Nerja is home to just over 22,000 people. The area was first inhabited about 25,000 years ago and paintings from this era can still be viewed within the world famous Nerja Caves.
Data obtained from Malaga weather station, 40 km to west
Past industries in the area include sugar cane plantations and sugar cane mills. These can be dated back to the 16th century, however many are now derelict. In the 19th century the economy still relied on the export of sugar but this was then joined by wine, raisins and wood.
Regardless of the month you choose to visit Nerja, you will always find a festival as they run throughout the year. February sees the Nerja Carnival in the week running up to Lent, where the partying makes for one of the most enjoyable and interesting festivals of the year, as a giant sardine is paraded through the town. There is also the Nerja Caves Festival in July which showcases a week of music and dance.
Along with visiting the caves, other tourist attractions include the donkey sanctuary which has also rescued abandoned farm animals like piglets and lambs; the Nerja History Museum where you can find out all about the town, or take advantage of the Rio Chillar Walkway and head down to the El Playazo beach.
Nerja experiences consistently warm temperatures throughout the year. January is the mildest month with an average daily maximum of 17 °C, while temperatures reach an average maximum of 31 °C throughout July and August.
Last updated: 6 February 2015