Family holiday: The 10 best activities to do in Nerja and the surrounding area
Torrox and Nerja are considered to have the best climate in Europe. Added to this is the beauty of their beaches and the quality of the amenities they offer visitors. If you want to visit this destination, there are many activities for your children to enjoy while you experience all that this privileged area of the Costa del Sol has to offer.
Visit the Nerja Caves to learn about the first cave paintings in the Iberian Peninsula. Educational tours are also offered with special activities for children.
The Axarquía-Costa del Sol Water park offers fun for all, with a wide range of attractions like the Kamikaze with its 80-metre drop at full speed, the most spectacular water slides on the Costa del Sol, the amazing wave pool or the new attraction for little ones, AquaSplash. What are you waiting for!
THE TREASURE CAVE
El Rincón de la Victoria is where you will find the Treasure Cave, one of the three unique sea caves that are known of in the world. This is the only one of its kind on the European continent, which is also home to cave paintings.
Bay of Málaga by boat
If you love the sea and enjoy feeling a sea breeze on your face, you must take a boat trip around the Bay of Málaga. The sea, which has always been linked to the city of Málaga, has always favoured these kinds of activities, but the renovation of the port and the construction of new leisure facilities between Quays One and Two has revitalised this activity, making it another tourist attraction to add to the many the city already boasts.
There are several companies offering these kinds of trips, with a wide range of possibilities for those who want to go sailing, from short routes lasting one hour to renting a boat for events or incentive activities, trips with underwater views or dolphin watching.
Nerja Blue Summer family routes
Nerja is a beautiful town on the Malagan coast that is quite well known. It boasts delightful coves and beaches, a chilled atmosphere and refreshment stalls, where you can enjoy delicious paellas and fried fish, and impressive caves.
When someone mentions Nerja, most Spanish parents will immediately think of the programme they watched when they were kids, where a gang of friends travelled by bicycle through a town on the Malagan coast and had loads of adventures along the way. We are of course talking about the programme Blue Summer, which was filmed in Nerja and was a bit hit in the 1980s.
So, there is good news for nostalgic parents. From June to September, you can take tours of the town of Nerja with an exceptional guide, Miguel Joven, who played Tito in the programme. Starting at the “Chanquete boat’ (which has a replica in the park also called ‘Blue Summer’ as a tribute by the town of Nerja to the programme that made it so famous), Miguel Joven or ‘Tito’ will accompany you on a two-and-a-half-hour tour of the main scenes of the programme and share interesting facts and a ton of stories that will make you feel like you were part of the gang.
The beautiful beaches and coves of Nerja
Nerja, as well as being one of the prettiest towns on the Malagan coast, also boasts quite a wide range of beaches and coves for all tastes, from popular beaches with good amenities to spectacular, hard-to-access coves for more adventurous swimmers.
One the one hand, we have urban or semi-urban beaches such as Playazo, Chucho and Torrecilla. Playazo Beach, at 5,577 feet long, owes its name to the fact that it is long and wide and is located at the mouth of the River Chillar, as is Chucho Beach, though it is quite a bit smaller. Torrecilla Beach is one of the most popular because of its amenities and quality. Since 2006, is has held the distinguished Tourist Quality Q Award for Beaches and the EU’s Blue Flag.
If you want your children to learn while they play, head to Granada and its Science Park. This is an interactive museum covering a surface area of over 230,000 ft2 and located a few minutes from Granada’s historic centre, which has a wide variety of activities for children.
A trip through Frigiliana
The town of Frigiliana, located in the far east of the District of Axarquía, looks out to the Mediterranean from the winding summits of the Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Sierras and is undoubtedly one of the prettiest and most charming towns in Málaga province. Wouldn’t you like to visit?
KAYAK ROUTE ALONG THE CLIFFS OF NERJA AND MARO
This is a low difficulty activity that is suitable for all: a kayak trip from Nerja to Maro that passes through caves, waterfalls and magical corners, where you can snorkel and discover the sea bed and posidonia.
The Refugio del Burrito is a not-for-profit association dedicated to donkey and mule rescue and welfare in Spain. It also provides assisted therapy with donkeys for children with special needs. Its farm in Fuente de Piedra, which is home to around 80 donkeys, is open to the public and entry is free. It is the perfect place to spend some family time and learn about its donkeys and animal welfare at the same time.
WHERE TO STAY
You can rely on Fuerte Hoteles to help you enjoy your trip to Axarquía, where you can stay in accommodation nestled on the eastern Costa del Sol between Torrox and Nerja, traditional Andalusian towns with the best climate in the whole of Europe. It offers you peace and quiet while giving you access to a large number of activities and places to visit. The complex has air conditioning, a spacious living room with satellite TV and a modern kitchen equipped with oven, dishwasher and washer dryer. Some units have a terrace and wonderful views of the Mediterranean Sea. You can also stay at Fuerte Marbella, a hotel nestled in the city centre and right on the beach, just a few steps from the old quarter in an area full of shops and restaurants with terraces.