Nerja is a seaside resort of sandy coves on the Costa del Sol.

Its white-washed buildings, beaches, easy access from Malaga airport and temperate climate make it a great location for a Spanish language course in Spain at any time of year.Often called 'The Jewel of the Costa del Sol', Nerja has a population of just 25,000.But in the summer months, several times as many tourists come to explore the narrow streets of the Old Town, enjoy local delicacies with an ice-cold beer or glass of Sangria in shaded street cafes and restaurants, laze in the sun and sand, and take excursions to Andalusia’s famous white villages and historic cities. It’s easy to see why many students return year after year to Nerja.

The town’s name comes from the reign of the Moors and means “rich in water”.In those days, Nerja was surrounded by orchards and fed by the river Chillar, and famous for tissues and silk drapery that was exported to the east as far as Damascus.After the reconquest of Spain, fortifications were built in the area, including Nerja’s most famous monument, the “Balcon de Europa”, which was originally a gun battery. This much photographed landmark has stunning views across the sea and is a popular meeting point for students.

Sheltered by the impressive Sierra de Almijara mountains.

The discovery of the Nerja Caves in 1959 put Nerja on the tourist map.The caves are believed to be one entrance to a linked series of potholes stretching miles into the mountains between Nerja and Granada. Concerts are regularly held in one of the chambers.Nerja’s setting and climate make it ideal for outdoor activities such as mountain walking, horseback-riding, tennis, biking and water-sports.It’s the centre of scuba diving on the Costa del Sol, with the Natural Park of Maro - Cerro Gordo nearby.

And in the evenings, follow a tapas trail or check out the nightlife around the Plaza Tutti Frutti..No visit to Andalusia is complete without a Flamenco show. There are regular performances in Nerja, which also has some fun festivals. In early Spring, a parade of bicycles attracts a few thousand cyclists of all ages. On May 15th, the Festival of San Isidro, experienced riders can join the procession on horseback. And during Mardi Gras, there’s a carnival parade through the town with people lining the streets.

Learn Spanish in Nerja and discover one of Andalusia’s precious gems!

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