It’s well worth hiring a car at Malaga Airport if you’re holidaying in Nerja. Not only does the vehicle provide you with your own transport for transfers it also allows you to get out for a spin in the local countryside. The nearest spot you’re likely to head for is the Nerja Caves which are only 4km east of town following the old coast road. There’s plenty parking available when you get there. The other main excursion locally is to Frigiliana which is a beautiful whitewashed village just 6km up the hill from Nerja.
A little further afield is the 30 minute drive to Lake Viñuela where you can have a pleasant lunch overlooking the reservoir then take a detour into the hills surrounding the lake including a stop at the olive oil factory at Mondron. There’s a fascinating farmers market every Tuesday near Periana. Other places of interest include Alhama de Granada which is an ancient spa town and El Torcal National Park near Antequera which has some fascinating flora and fauna amongst its unique rock formations.The most popular day excursion is to the Alhambra Palace in Granada which is about a 1 hour 15 minute drive heading east via Almuñecar.
As you approach Granada look out for the Alhambra Palace and Sierra Nevada sign which takes you directly to the Alhambra parking without having to negotiate the awful traffic system of the city centre. In fact, even if you’re going to Granada (100km) without visiting the Alhambra it’s a good idea to use the Alhambra parking and walk down to Plaza Nueva or use the local buses or a taxi. Remember to reserve Alhambra tickets well in advance.
Nerja Car Rental
The weekly cost of renting a car at Malaga airport is similar to the price of a single taxi journey from the airport to Nerja. Having the car also proves convenient for getting into the centre of Nerja where there’s fine underground parking just next to the Balcon de Europa.
You can also get down to Burriana Beach without having to hike up the steep hill towards Capistrano Village if you’re staying on the eastern edge of Nerja and the car is ideal for stocking up at the supermarket in town. Don’t leave reserving your Nerja car rental until you arrive in Spain as you’ll get better deals by booking in advance through online brokers.