Spain Tourist Attractions: Great Natural Sites in Nerja
In this p0ost, I want to discuss some Spain tourist attractions in the town that I think will be of real interest to those who enjoy natural sites.
I’ll start with a beautiful attraction in the center of the town known as, Balcon de Europa, or the Balcony of Europe. There you’ll find a man made outlook built on a beautiful cliff that overlooks the sea. Local tales state that the cliff itself got the title of Balcon de Europa when King Alfonso XII of Spain visited the area, and was moved by the beautiful view. Accordingly, a statue of the king now stands at the site.
I would say that the balcon is certainly one of the best Spain tourist attractions for photographers, and lovers of natural beauty. It offers wonderful views of the rocky coastline below the cliff, and a crystal clear view of the water for some distance. There are also beautiful views of the Aljimara Mountains, and the palms around the cliff.
As a lover of historical sites, I am also intrigued by the fact that a Moorish castle stood on this cliff in the ninth century, and was later replaced by a fort that remained on the site for several hundred years. One can imagine what striking views those residing in these structures must have had.
If you’re intrigued by natural Spain tourist attractions, the caves of Nerja are also a must see during your visit to the town. The beautiful and extensive cave complex was discovered in the late 1950’s, and has a rich history dating to prehistoric times.
Archeological studies have revealed that humans were using the complex as a shelter as early as 25,000 BC. Over time, tribes of prehistoric hunters began to use the caves as a year=round shelter. This practice would continue until the Bronze Age.
Today, you can visit the caves to see paintings done by prehistoric inhabitants, and an impressive number of items discovered during archeological digs at the site. Interestingly, one of the chambers which are open to the public is also used for several festivals and concerts, due to the natural acoustic effects which are produced.
If you want to see areas of the cave which are generally not open to the public, it is possible to join a tour led by professional spelunkers.
Access to the cave complex will cost you a very reasonable 6 Euros (discounts are available for children, elderly, and groups). This makes the complex one of the best Spain travel deals for the naturalist on holiday in Nerja.