If you are thinking of a car rental in Nerja, Bahia Sexi Rent a Car is your best option. Located just 60 km from the capital, it is one of the best options if you want to enjoy the beach in impressive coves, or visit some of its famous sites such as the “Caves of Nerja” or the Balcón de Europa “. To enjoy your Visit this city and its surroundings, coasts and coves that require mobility, so a good option would be to get a cheap rental car in Nerja. In Bahía Sexi you can choose the one that best suits your needs to enjoy his visit.
However, in this postwantedfocus on giving to know the city, its history, climate, gastronomy, visits “required” and all the activities offered.
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What to do in Nerja?
The city of Nerja offers many leisure activities, both day and night, adapted to the taste of all types of visitors. Beaches, sports, gastronomy, natural monuments and beautiful places … Here is a list of what to do in Nerja.
Go to the beach
One of the main activities for tourism in this town is to spend the day on one of its beaches or reserved coves, take a bath and enjoy its beauty. It has more than 17 beaches and these are some of the best known:
1. Burriana Beach
It is a large sandy beach located at the eastern end of the city and is the main bathing location in Nerja. If what you like is to be surrounded by people and meet the locals, do not hesitate to visit it.
2. Playa el Salón
It is the closest beach to the Balcón de Europa, accessed through a winding sandy path. It is one of the best beaches in the city. In it you can rent a hammock to sunbathe or eat typical food in the many beach bars that are spread throughout the promenade.
3. Torrecilla Beach
It is a clean beach with crystal clear water ideal for people who like diving. It is one of the most popular in Nerja and has hammock and jet ski rentals. To access, you just have to take an exit from the national road N-340.
4. Maro Beach
It is one of the most famous and recommended coves in the area. It has a wild and natural look and is located under some cliffs, it also has beach bars where you can eat or have a drink. We can leave your car parked at the top of the cliff.
5. Playa de la Caletilla
It is a beach near the old town, accessible from the promenade. In it, we have wonderful views of the Balcón de Europa and the Maro cliffs, for which it is so famous in summer.
These are some of the beaches that we recommend in Bahia Sexi. However, if you are not a person who only likes sun and beach holidays and needs to do other activities, we recommend visiting some of these places.
4 touristic routes to discover Nerja
Route 1: Explore the old town and the Balcon de Europa
Nerja is a lively town in the Costa del Sol. Its old town has the typical narrow streets with white houses and many flowers. Some of them end at one of the most popular Nerja´s attractions: the Balcon de Europa.
It is a large lookout with wonderful sea views. Definitely, it is the heart of the town, which is plenty of shops, bars, hotels, etc.
Close to the Balcon de Europa, you will find the San Salvador church, which has a nice Moorish style. The city hall and the touristic office are also in zone.
If you go under the town hall, you arrive to the Spain square, where you can find restaurants and occasionally some street market, such as the Christmas market. The Nerja´s museum is also here and shows the history and the cultural heritage of Nerja.
At Granada street you can find the Cultural Center, which organizes the cultural events.
Route 2: Visit the Nerja´s cave and surroundings
The Cuevas de Nerja is one of the most important Nerja´s attractions, which was discovered in 1960. The touristic visit can only see about a third of it. Nonetheless, it is a wonderful natural monuments, that you cannot miss.
The cave has an amazing acoustic. For this reason, every summer there is an excellent music festival.
The surrounding of the cave is a beautiful area with pine forest, where every year the people celebrate the Romeria de San Isidro. There are more services at your disposal, such as:
- Picnic area
- Souvenirs shop
- Nice walking trails to Maro or to San Isidro hermitage.
Route 3: Trekking along the Chillar River
If you love nature and trekking, you will love the Rio Chillar. It is a refreshing excursion along the river. It takes about 8 km go and back.
Summer is the best season to visit it. You can spend a funny day in the nature, but don’t forget picnic and sneakers.
After the light factory the fun starts, because you will find waterfalls and natural pools. And the most beautiful are “Los Cahorros”, where the river passes through narrow passages with high rock walls.
Route 4: Discover the Maro´s cliff and its ocean floor
The best way to know this Nerja´s attraction is from the sea. So you can book a kayak excursion from Playa Burriana. You will see waterfalls and cave. And especially, you will enjoy the crystal clear waters, which are ideal to take a refreshing bath.
You can also explore its ocean floors, which are really beautiful. For this reason, many people come to do scuba diving here.
Other recommended activities and visits in Nerja
Contemplate the views over the Balcón de Europa
The “Balcón de Europa” is a beautiful viewpoint located in the center of the city. It is one of the most famous places in Andalusia. It is a meeting point for tourists and artists, where you can take an idyllic picture of the Mediterranean Sea.
The name was given by King Alfonso XII, of whom we can find a statue in the viewpoint, after the great earthquake of 1884 that affected much of the region.
Immerse yourself in the Caves of Nerja
Located in the municipality of Maro, a few kilometers from the city, we can easily get there with our rental car. They were discovered in 1959, inside paintings of seals dated 42,000 years ago were discovered. They could be the first works of art of mankind.
Photographing the Chanquete boat (La Dorada), famous thanks to the Spanish series Verano Azul.
In the “Verano Azul” park we can find the original ship of the series. Verano Azul was one of the most famous Spanish series of the 80s. You can also book a guided tour to learn the whole history of the series and its anecdotes.
Adventures in Los Cahorros on the Chillar River.
Finally, if you are an adventurous person, we recommend you travel along the Chillar River. About sixteen kilometers (round trip) to enjoy the flora and fauna alone or with the family. It is suitable for all audiences!
All the festivals in Nerja
Finally, to complete an incredible vacation, we cannot say goodbye to Nerja without knowing its traditional festivals. Undoubtedly some experiences that will enrich your visit and will make you fall in love with Andalusia and its people.
San Antón in Maro
This festival takes place in Maro on January 16 and 17. Traditionally, animal owners lit bonfires in honor of San Antón to protect them and not get sick. If you visit Nerja in summer, do not hesitate to take a walk through its streets, you will find bonfires and musical performances throughout the night. It’s time to dance!
It is one of the best parties in Nerja, held for three days. The dates vary each year. The second day there is a costume parade, where everyone who wants can participate. So go ahead, dress up and have fun with this colorful parade.
It is celebrated between the months of March and April. For a whole week, the passion of Christ is celebrated. It is a very famous festival in all Andalusian cities, for its processions and tradition.
Cruces de MayoMay
On3, the day of the crosses is celebrated in Nerja. Floral crosses are placed in the main squares of the city and are accompanied by music and typical food.
The night of San Juan, which is from June 23 to 24, is celebrated on the beaches of Nerja these holidays to start the summer. The beaches are full of bonfires in which the participants can burn papers where the bad is written to give way to the good. The party is accompanied by stages with music and performances.
The fair takes place the second week of October, on the occasion of the fertility of the city’s patrons. This week there are many activities, in addition to being able to enjoy tents with music and attractions for children.
The day of the dead is celebrated in Maro one of the most picturesque festivals in the city. All the inhabitants gather in the streets to eat typical products such as chestnuts or sweet potatoes surrounded by monsters, vampires and witches. Trick or Treat?
There are many other festivities throughout the year in Nerja. So, if you have decided to visit this wonderful city, do not hesitate to inform him of all the activities, since fun is guaranteed. And the best advice is to interact with its inhabitants, nice people who will undoubtedly be happy to show you their traditions and customs.
Finally, don’t forget that Nerja is surrounded by other wonderful places to visit. It is a unique place since in addition to the beach with our rental car we can visit other cities such as Malaga or Granada in less than an hour, get to know other nearby towns such as Almuñecar or enjoy a day of skiing in Sierra Nevada. So don’t hesitate and book your cheap car rental in Nerja Bahia Sexi, we are waiting for you!
“Romeria de San Isidro” a festival for visitors
What does the festival consist of?
This day is a holiday in Nerja, and consists of a pilgrimage that begins with a Rocío mass at 11 o’clock in the morning. And then a fruit offering in the church El Salvador, on the Balcony of Europe.
In addition, after the mass, there is a tribute to the farmers with traditional dances and Nerja folklore groups also on the balcony of Europe, in front of the church. Because let us remember that San Isidro is the patron saint of Labradors.
After finishing the dance, the pilgrimage begins, led by oxen pulling the main wheelbarrow carrying the figure of San Isidro. A large row of carriages, horses and pilgrims populate the streets of Nerja as they enjoy their walk to the sound of music.
Everyone dances and sings sevillanas, rumbas and folk songs. Women and men wear their best outfits, many of them made by themselves throughout the year.
They wear gypsy dresses or faralae skirts, adorned with a beautiful flower that collects their hair. And shoes or boots according to the clothing.
The men and some women are dressed in short suits or camperos. They consist mainly of a wide-brimmed hat, a plain white shirt, a sash, as well as pants and gaiters.
It is a very special day, in which they gather in groups of friends, families and neighbors. All of them enjoy their floats decorated to the last detail. Loaded with food made by themselves the day before, and drinks to liven up the road.
Tourists also enjoy this party because they camp along the way. In addition, they enjoy the sun while waiting for the passage of the carriages and walkers. They wait for the pilgrimage to pass with umbrellas, chairs and food, and taking photographs.
At each stop along the way, you can dance, eat and even rest.
Once the saint is deposited in the hermitage, a rest is taken for animals and walkers that unfold around the enclosure. It is used to eat and replenish strength and can continue with the feast of booths, canteens and bars throughout the enclosure.
It is enjoyed during the whole afternoon until the closing and later cut of the music that puts an end to a long day of celebration.
Every year this festival exceeds all your expectations, it is very visited by all our tourists, who repeat year after year on this date.
When is San Isidro in Nerja?
The 15th of May of each year, in honour of San Isidro Labrador, patron saint of farmers.
Where does it take place?
The pilgrimage goes from the church El Salvador (Balcony of Europe) to the hermitage of San Isidro (caves of Nerja), through the main street of Nerja (C / painted) and all the national N-340 to reach the entrance of Maro and up to the parking lot of the cave of Nerja.
Time to enjoy! Where to eat in Nerja
The following section is dedicated to the sweetest tourist, or for those tourists who enjoy getting to know the gastronomy of the places they travel to.
The typical products of the gastronomy of Nerja are fish and tropical fruits such as avocado, custard apple and mango, among others. With these, typical dishes such as pickled anchovies, sardines, clam chowder or cod omelettes made with cane honey are made.
To enjoy the food of the city, as in other Andalusian municipalities, one of the most attractive ways to try the food is to visit the tapas bars. Some of the best known are La Biznaga, on the walkway of the viewpoint, La Pulguilla on Almirante Ferrándiz Street or La Puntilla Street in Bolivia.
In addition to these bars, we can visit some of the typical restaurants and savor traditional recipes.
Patanegra 57 Restaurant
Focused on the most select tourists. With an elegant place and an extensive and varied tapa of very elaborate dishes. It is highly recommended, and we can choose fresh meat or fish dishes. It is located on Almirante Ferrandiz street.
It is the best rated restaurant on Tripadvisor, despite having a high price, it offers a variety of traditional recipes. We found him in a place on Pintada street.
It is a small hotel located on Calle Carabeo, where we can enjoy a terrace with tapas or traditional food dishes. It has wonderful views of the sea and the cliffs. If you want to know where to eat in Nerja with your partner, this is your place.
Puerta del Mar Seafood Restaurant
If fish and shellfish are your thing, you can’t leave Nerja without visiting it. With views of the sea, and dishes of affordable prices and quality. We recommend the lobster rice soup, they will make you want to come back to town.
The weather in the city
If you have already decided to get your car rental in Bahia Sexi in Nerja, one of the most important issues to worry about is the weather in Nerja. This varies depending on the month of the year and the season, but the Malaga coast is characterized by mild and warm temperatures throughout the year. The annual average temperature is 18.2 degrees.
Also, there are few rainy months, so rain is unlikely to ruin your vacation. The driest month is July and the greatest amount of precipitation occurs in November, with an average of 57 mm.
As for temperatures, the warmest month is August, however, the sea breeze along with the Mediterranean coastal climate make summer days very pleasant. You just have to be careful with a characteristic weather phenomenon of Malaga called “terral”. It is intense, warm and dry. Those days the heat intensifies and you will appreciate having the beach close by. We recommend not going out during the hours close to noon and protect yourself well from the sun, with sun protection and hats.
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More information about Nerja
If you want to know more about the city, we recommend that you visit our blog dedicated to the city.
Finally, you know the basics to start a good vacation in this wonderful city. Once again, we remind you that if you need a rental car in Nerja, you can count on the services of Bahia Sexi and enjoy an experience that will make you want to come back every year. Enjoy your vacations!