Nerja Tourist Attractions
Nerja is a popular seaside resort situated at the mouth of the Río Chillar on a steeply sloping site below the Sierra de Mihara. The coast road along the Costa del Sol runs through the town. The town was known to the Arabs as Narixa ("abundant spring"). The tourist boom has not left Nerja unscathed, as the mass of new buildings and some rather dreary beaches will bear witness.
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A few kilometers northeast of Nerja are the Cuevas de Nerja, a cave system discovered in 1959, with four chambers containing bizarrely shaped stalactites and stalagmites and prehistoric rock paintings.The lower gallery, well arranged for visitors, is about 800m/880yd long; upper gallery about 2,000m/2,200yd long. Many sinter formations, some very large (one pillar 60m/200ft high, 18m/60ft in diameter). Paleolithic wall paintings (stags, horses, goats, dolphins), particularly in upper gallery. Important excavations (fragments of skulls). Music, colored lighting; frequent concerts, ballet performances, etc.In summer the Sala de la Cascada serves as a concert hall for the Festival of Music and Dance. At the entrance to the caves are a restaurant and a small archeological museum.