Useful things to know when in Nerja
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I get a lot of questions from people who are coming to Nerja related to everyday, mundane things; How to get there? Where to eat and from where to buy stuff? I’m always more than happy to help you all if I just know the answers, but for to make things a little bit easier, I gathered most commonly asked questions and answers here!
How to get there. This super beautiful place is located on the seashore about 50 km from Málaga (65km from Malaga airport), and it’s actually the eastern tip of Málaga’s Costa del Sol. You can get from Malaga Airport to Nerja by bus, taxi, minibus transfer, or rental car.
If you choose bus, you have to get first from Málaga airport to Málaga bus station. The A Express bus leaves from outside the T3 arrivals, and travelling time is 20-30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the train from the airport to the center of Málaga. When you get to Málaga Bus Station, purchase a ticket from the Alsa Bus Company office. The ticket from Malaga station to Nerja costs under 5€, so this way of traveling is for budget travelers.
A pre-booked taxi transfer is probably the easiest way for you to travel, as there will be a driver waiting for you inside the airport (holding a sign with your name) and it is quite a bit cheaper than getting a taxi at the Malaga Airport taxi rank. The only provider we have used is called Nerja Taxis (they operate both standard and VIP taxi transfers), and I would highly recommend their services. They also have the highest rating on TripAdvisor of any local transfer company, so I guess that I’m not the only happy customer 😉 .
If your plan is also to travel outside from Nerja during your trip, car rental might be the answer. Driving time is around 50 minutes depending on traffic, and the motorway will lead you straight to Nerja (M23-> M20 in direction: Motril-> A7/E15 until you reach Nerja -> exit 292 for Nerja, Costa, Frigiliana).
Best breakfast. Nerja’s lovely streets are full of small cafes, but if you you’re looking for something else than an authentic Spanish culinary-type of experience, head straight to Anahi Cafeteria Pasteleria (Calle Puerta del Mar, open 08:00 – 23:30 every day) at Balcon de Europa. They offer a delicious breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner, and they have vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.
If you’re looking for more luxurious way of to start your morning, Hotel Parador de Nerja (Calle Almunecar 8) is the answer. You can buy their breakfast even though you don’t stay at the hotel and shortly said, their breakfast buffet is incredible! That combined with an amazing view from their terrace is something you don’t want to miss
Best bakery. There are small bakeries almost in every corner and they all look really tempting with their freshly baked goodies, but for me there’s one and only place to go inside; Panaderia Salvador (Calle Granada, 92). They are open from dawn to dusk, and the products are always fresh. You’ll find all the breads and buns, cakes and pastries from there, and I promise that once you try those, you don’t even think about going anywhere else!
Best tapas. I recommend you to go to Sevillano (Ask the special tapas menu where one tapa is around 2€! They have three locations: Calle Huertos 33, Calle el Chaparil, 7 & Calle de la Gloria 17) or Bar Redondo (Calle de la Gloria, 14), they won’t disappoint you. Also Lizarran (Plaza Balcón de Europa) is great if you want to try different pinchos. You’ll find more our favorite tapas restaurants on this post!
Best vegetarian restaurant. Finding restaurants that are suitable for vegetarians or vegans isn’t that easy but La Joya (Calle Huertos, 54) is a real gem. They offer brunch, lunch and dinner and also have gluten free options, and their portions always hit the spot!
Nightlife. Especially during the summer season, you’ll find many bars and clubs open until the early hours of the morning, and there are also live music places, if those are more your thing. If you only want to relax, sip couple of drinks and watch people walking by, I suggest you to choose one of the bars situated on the main road leading to Burriana Beach (Calle Filipinas). For example H2O is very chilled out place and they are famous of their gin and tonics 😉 .
If dancing and partying till the morning is the thing you’re looking for, head straight to Plaza Tutti Frutti. This plaza is a big area, filled with numerous bars and nightclubs, and it’s only five minutes walk to the Balcón de Europa. But don’t go there too early, nothing will happen before midnight!
Gym. If you want to exercise during your stay in Nerja, running around isn’t the only option. Time Sport (Calle Joaquín Herrera 21) is a well equipped private gym and health club, that is open from Monday to Saturday, and you can pay for only one session (they’ll give you discounts if you purchase multiple sessions in advance). They also offer different classes every week day at no extra charge!
Grocery shopping. For food shopping there are several large supermarkets, and small supermarkets almost where ever you’ll walk. Two Mercadonas (Calle San Miguel 11 and Calle Cártama), two Super Sols (Calle Antonio Ferrandis Chanquete and Avenida Pescia), Supermercados Mas (Calle Antonio Ferrandis Chanquete) and Lidl (Avda. Alcalde Antonio Villasclaras Rosas, 3) a little bit outside from the center, will definitely offer you everything you’ll need during your stay with amazing prices.
Of course, there are also a lot of independent butchers, fishmongers and fruit and veggie shops, and they will provide far more choices and are more than happy to give you a personal service.
Shopping in Nerja. Nerja is a small place and maybe not the biggest paradise for shopping but actually you can find some interesting stores here and make some great findings. There is a wide range of quality shops in the town center, all within easy walking distance of each other. The main shopping areas are around Balcón de Europa and the main shopping street is called Calle Pintada. From there you can find some interesting stores such as Springfield and Desigual as well as a lot of small independent stores.
For serious shoppers. Hop in a car or a bus and travel a little bit. The closest shopping center called El Ingenio you find already in Vélez Málaga (20min by car), and it has over 100 stores including Bershka, Mango, Massimo Dutti, H&M, C&A, Oysho, Pull&Bear, Springfield, Stradivarius, Zara and so on. If you really like shopping, you should spend the whole day in the center of Malaga. From there you find everything you need: Shopping streets, shopping centers and factory outlets. You might also be interested in driving to Granada (55min from Nerja by car), as they have opened a new gigantic shopping center called Nevada Shopping. With its 240 stores and 120.000 square meters it’s actually the biggest shopping center in the whole Andalusia!