Nerja, situated in the province of Malaga, within the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain, is a vibrant city and municipality perched on the Mediterranean coast of the Costa del Sol.
The standout attraction in Nerja is undoubtedly the “Balcony of Europe” an observation platform overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. This breathtaking spot emerged on the grounds where the Nerja fortress once stood but was destroyed during the earthquake of 1884. Its transformation was prompted by the visit of King Alfonso XII of Spain to Nerja, during which he delivered a speech from this newly established “Balcony of Europe.”
Originally founded by the Romans and bearing the name “Detunda,” this city transitioned to Arab rule in the 8th century, acquiring the name “Narixa,” which eventually evolved into the modern name “Nerja.” Under Islamic governance, Nerja gained renown for its silk production and flourishing agricultural practices.