Nerja comes to it’s own in Autumn – with the amazing Autumn light bringing the sea and mountains to life – and it is a great time of year to visit! With average temperatures staying around 21 degrees – Autumn is the perfect time to make the most of our beautiful town and surrounding area without all of the crowds!
Whilst this year will mean that we don’t see our usual Autumn festivals (such as the amazing Feria de Nerja in October), there are still plenty of things to do! Here is just a few our our favourite recommendations;
Hit the Beach!
Spending the day on the beach is so amazing in the Autumn! The summer crowds have gone – along with the crazy summer heat… so apply the sun-lotion and make the most of Nerja’s wonderful beaches! Whether you stay in town and walk down to Burriana, Carabeo, Calahonda, El Salón, Torrecilla, Chucho or Playazo or decide to jump in the car and head either east towards the wonderful Herradura bay or west towards Malaga – the choice is just incredible!
Chill in Nerja
As a year-round resort, Nerja’s many shops, bars and restaurants stay open throughout the Autumn. Have breakfast whilst watching the spectacular Autumn sunrise from one of the cafés around the Balcón de Europa, lunch in the Chiringuitos down on Burriana Beach, wander back to the centre of Nerja and do a little shopping before having a few tapas in your favourite bar – the pace is slower and it is easier to get a table than in the height of summer!
The neighbouring hillside town of Frigiliana makes a delightful excursion in the Autumn! Either drive up – it is easier to park at this time of year – or take the regular Nerja – Frigiliana bus service
from the bus station – and enjoy the boutique shops and numerous restaurants and bars of the lovely town.
Take to the water
Hire a kayak or paddle board from Burriana Beach and paddle along the spectacular coast to Maro – or speak with us here in the Nerja Paradise Rentals office and either hire your own boat for the day or join an organised trip to explore the Nerja coastline! There are many beautiful bays, waterfalls and coves to explore – and if you are lucky, you may get to see the dolphins!
Nerja’s famous caves – the Cuevas de Nerja – offer a great option for a day trip. You will be amazed by the cathedral like underground space with it’s many natural formations – truly spectacular! A great day out for all the family.
Follow the miles of forest trails
The natural park behind Nerja provides hundreds of kilometres of marked trails for hikers and mountain bikers of all levels. The cooler autumn days offer the perfect opportunity to climb through the surrounding woodland to the higher peaks which offer incredible views back down to Nerja and the coast.
Andalucia’s cities can be simply too hot to enjoy in the Summer months – but Autumn provides the perfect climate to explore!
Málaga City is an easy 40 minute drive from Nerja and with the highest density of museums of any city in Spain provides plenty of options!
Granada – with its famous UNESCO World Heritage Site the Alhambra – is about an hour’s drive through stunning scenery. You may even see the beginning of the snow capped mountains in the Sierra Nevada mountain range!
Córdoba‘s rich history is within easy reach just 2 hours drive from Nerja – make sure you visit the unbelievable Mezquita – the World’s third largest mosque & UNESCO World Heritage Site.
And of course – no visit to Andalucia would be complete without a trip to it’s capital city, Sevilla! It is also within easy reach for a short trip at only 3 hours drive from Nerja. Major landmarks include the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giralda.