Romantic things to do this Valentine’s in Nerja

Spend Valentine's in Nerja for a weekend of romance and fun.

Spend Valentine's in Nerja for a weekend of romance and fun. Image: Pixabay

Nerja is one of the most well-loved whitewashed towns in Andalucia. While it tends to be buzzing with tourists all through summer, February in Nerja is pleasantly peaceful and there’s still plenty of sunshine.

With mild temperatures, exquisite beaches, and undeniable Andalucian charm, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable Valentine’s in Nerja.
We’ve put together a list of some of the most romantic activities do in Nerja for Valentine’s Day.

1. Wander around Nerja’s Historic Centre

Nerja is one of those places where you could spend hours just wandering around, taking in the brightly coloured flower pots and quaint charm.

The Historic Centre is quintessentially Spanish; cobblestone streets, ornate cathedrals, and views of the Mediterranean.

Start your Valentine’s in Nerja off right by wandering hand-in-hand through the narrow streets, taking it all in.

Travel back in time and soak up some culture with a visit to the El Salvador Church, dating back to the 17th century.
For art-lovers, pay a visit to the ‘Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Las Angustias’ (the Hermitage of our Lady of Anguish).
This tiny chapel, built in 1720, is filled with paintings by artist Alonso Cano.

2. Go for a romantic walk and a spot of lunch on Playa de Burriana

The beaches around Nerja are world-class. Burriana Beach, in particular, is one of the best-loved beaches in the area.
Packed in summer, February offers a nice reprieve from the flocks of sun worshippers.

Wrap up warm and take a nice stroll along the beach for a romantic Valentine’s afternoon.

If you fancy a quick bite, just behind the beach, you’ll stumble upon a pretty promenade lined with bars and eateries.

For a truly authentic Spanish experience, head to the nearby beachside restaurant called Ayos.

Open since 1969, this little gem prepares fresh paella cooked over a wood fire for that divine smokey flavour.

Just a few kilometres from Nerja centre, you’ll find another breathtakingly beautiful beach called Maro Beach.

Touted as one of the best beaches in Spain, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a Valentine’s Day picnic in Nerja.

While the water is usually too nippy to swim in February, Maro Beach boasts stunning rock formations, waterfalls, and crystal clear waters.

It’s an idyllic backdrop for a romantic Valentine’s surprise.

3. Take a Valentine’s Day hike in the great outdoors

If your idea of a romantic Valentine’s in Nerja involves getting outside and reconnecting with nature, then why not go for a hike.

There a several fantastic hiking trails around Nerja for all levels of fitness.

Two of the most popular are the El Cielo mountain trail and the Rio Chillar trail walk.

Standing at 1,508 metres tall, El Cielo is the highest coastal mountain in this part of Spain.

For confident hikers, this trail makes for a fantastic day of hiking.

Take a picnic with you and get ready to lots of pictures at the peak. The views are out of this world.

On a clear day, you can see the whole of the Costa del Sol.

If you are looking for a medium-level hike in Nerja, the Rio Chillar walk may be for you.

This wet trek is a popular hiking trail in Summer thanks to the pools darted around.

You’ll hike through natural pools, a marble gorge, and you may even stumble upon a waterfall on your travels.

There are some restrictions and rules, so it’s best to take a guider walking tour for a stress-free Valentine’s hike.

4. Enjoy Valentine’s Dinner and Drinks on el Balcon de Europa

No Valentine’s in Nerja would be complete without enjoying dinners and drinks overlooking the breathtaking Balcon de Europa.

The focal point of Nerja, the Balcon de Europa is an iconic Spanish landmark.

By day, the balcony is buzzing with people soaking in the sea views and gulping up the fresh sea air.

Walk to the end of the balcony and be sure to snap a photo of you and your partner looking out to sea.

By night, the Balcon de Europa comes alive.

Spoil your loved one with a romantic dinner and a few drinks on one of the many restaurant terraces.ç

While you enjoy your meal, you’ll be thoroughly entertained by the many street performers who hang out on the Balcony playing music and making art.

Great food, electric atmosphere, and some of the best views in Spain, who wouldn’t want to spend Valentine’s in Nerja.

5. Spend Valentine’s in Nerja Caves

Fancy something different? Why not spend Valentine’s in Nerja exploring its impressive caves.

Surprise your loved one with a tour of the caves where you can meander through the different chambers and marvel at the rock formations.

The Nerja Caves are home to the largest column in the world. At 32 metres high, it’s a sight to behold.

Final Thoughts

If you’re searching for the most romantic destination in Spain to take your sweetheart, look no further.

Valentine’s in Nerja is the perfect chance to spoil your special someone and give them a weekend to remember.

You’ll spend your Valentine’s strolling around Nerja’s charming Historic Centre, enjoying tapas in one of the local restaurants, browsing in the artisanal shops, and marvelling at the views from el Balcon de Europa, the heart of Nerja.

If you and your Valentine are feeling adventurous, Nerja’s convenient location makes it for day trips to neighbouring towns, such as Frigiliana.

And for some fun without the pressure of it being Valentine’s Day, whether you’re single or in a couple, head down to RnR on Calle de los Huertos where you’ll find friendly staff and great bar food, big TV’s, music and a sunny terrace!

There’s no doubt about it, Nerja has a touch of magic.

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