This popular town is situated on the coast in the far East of the Costa del Sol and Axarquía, 56 kms from Málaga with a population of around 22,000, about 30% of whom are foreign residents.  To cater for this large population there are about 400 restaurants and bars and as you stroll through the small narrow streets, reminiscent of the Lanes in Brighton or Shambles in York, you are quite spoiled for choice.


The famous Caves of Nerja are actually in Maro and they were discovered as late as 1959 by 5 local boys , Francisco Navas Montesinos,  José Torres Cárdenas, Manuel Muñoz Zorrilla, Miguel Muñoz Zorrilla and José Luis Barbero de Miguel, who after moving some stalagtites found themselves in an enormous pothole which descended into a huge cavern where they discovered sketetons and ceramic pottery, every boys dream come true!  Today there is a large sculputure of the boys at the entrance to the caves.  The discoveries inside the caves showed they were inhabited around 25,000 BC.  Cave paintings as well as stone and bone tools and other artefacts are now on display in a Museum just outside the Cueva de Nerja.

Although the Romans then inhabited the area, ruins of this settlement have been discovered near the town of Maro next door to Nerja,  as with most of Andalucia the Arabs took over in the 8th Century and under their influence the town was known as Narixa, meaning Abundant Spring.  The narrow cobbled streets of today show this Moorish influence.

Balcon de Europa

Sometime in the sixteenth century during the ministry of Alonso de Molina Duran, the church of El Salvador was completed and still stands today in the square leading to the famous Balcon de Europa where on visiting the area after the earthquake in 1884, King Alfonso XII apparently stood and declared “This is the balcony of Europe”  There is a life sized bronze statue of him standing against the rails overlooking the sea at the end of the Balcon which was first knows as La Batería, a reference to the gun battery that was there in a fortified tower.  Two guns now sit on either side at the far end of the Balcon close to the King. 

On the road leading from Nerja to Maro stand the ruinous remains of the once proud San Joaquín Sugar Mill, built in 1585.  Sugar cultivation has been part of life in this area for as long back as the 10th century, due to its micro climate.  Large expanses of sugar cane were planted and irrigated from water channeled from the Acueducto del Aguila ( Eagle Aqueduct ) as it was first known.  This continued until the closure of the Mill in 1911.  However, the Larios sugar company then took over production in 1930 and continued until half way through the 20th century.  Nowadays sugar cane production has gone and the richer crops of mango and avocado have taken over.  The once vine covered  hills of the Axarquía have since been replanted with this valuable source of income by the local farmers.

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Properties for sale in Nerja, Spain

Found: 414 Properties

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Village/town house : Nerja

1,800,000 €

Townhouse consisting of a house and commercial premises located on the main street of Nerja!house:Comprises 2 bedrooms (one with en suite bathroom

  • Reference: 698044
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Built size: 226 m²
  • Plot size: 0 m²
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Hostal : Nerja

1,758,750 €

HOSTAL* 16 bedrooms* 16 bathrooms on suite * Centrally located* Private terrace* Nicely furnished* Successful business

  • Reference: 63546
  • Bedrooms: 16
  • Built size: 700 m²
  • Plot size: 320 m²
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Villa : East Nerja

1,699,000 €

  • Reference: 673576
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Built size: 384 m²
  • Plot size: 5658 m²
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Detached Villa : Burriana

1,575,000 €

This unique spacious and bright villa has been totally reformed to the highest standard. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac in the Chimenea area, walking distance

  • Reference: 776478
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Built size: 214 m²
  • Plot size: 1082 m²
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Detached Villa : Punta Lara

1,500,000 €

Located in a fabulous position high in the hills of Punta Lara Alto, this spacious 3 bedroom villa has stunning uninterrupted views of mountains, sea and

  • Reference: 352206
  • Bedrooms: 9
  • Built size: 530 m²
  • Plot size: 5000 m²
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Commercial Building : Nerja

1,500,000 €

2 floors building recently constructed with an area of 400 m2 in Nerja center!Comprising : Business premises + hall +stairs + 2 ofices per floor (4

  • Reference: 686024
  • Bedrooms: 0
  • Built size: 400 m²
  • Plot size: 130 m²
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Chalet : Maro

1,495,000 €

Magnificent detached villa, designed by the present owner, situated in the nature park near the Nerja caves. This very spacious house has 520m², 6 bedrooms

  • Reference: 679510
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Built size: 520 m²
  • Plot size: 4000 m²
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Prestige Property : Capistrano

1,475,000 €

Built on a gently sloping hill which allows commanding views to the sea. This detached villa consists of an impressive reception room off an arched hallway

  • Reference: 297985
  • Bedrooms: 10
  • Built size: 1200 m²
  • Plot size: 2700 m²
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Cortijo : West Nerja

1,390,000 €

Luxury country house in a unique location, with 170m2 built on one floor, 300 meters from the Mediterranean and a 5-minute walk from Nerja.Cortijo

  • Reference: 732063
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Built size: 170 m²
  • Plot size: 5000 m²
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Detached Villa : Burriana

1,350,000 €

A well designed villa of 300m2, built to a high standard, set on a 740m2 plot in the heart of Nerja in the popular area known as Chimenea.The main house

  • Reference: 355553
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Built size: 300 m²
  • Plot size: 740 m²
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