Rio Chillar in Nerja

Must-do in summer

Rio Chillar, the chill-out river, is located just five minutes’ drive from the Nerja centre, at the Sierras de Tejeda mountains. It’s a very popular spot for Spanish families. Both kids and grown-ups can enjoy fantastic walk full of splashing in the crystal clear water.


Step by step

The route down the river starts very inconspicuously as initially the water barely covers your feet. On the sides of the river bed you will see some bushes, rocks and trees. Nothing spectacular. After 20 minutes of walking, the landscape gradually changes. The river enters a narrow gorge and the water starts to get slightly deeper, but don’t worry, in most places it should never reach your knees. The high cliffs provide plenty of shade, making the walk really enjoyable for everyone.
And that’s when the real fun starts! Jumping and splashing around, dipping in one of the several natural pools formed by the river, sitting underneath a waterfall – all these irresistible attractions can be found in Rio Chillar. Your kids will burn all their energy in no time. It takes around 3-4 hours to complete the whole route. However, you don’t need to reach the very end of the river to experience all the joys of Rio Chillar. Enjoy!

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Tips for the trip

A good pair of shoes is recommended as there will be lots of slippery pebbles and rocks under your feet most of the time. If you haven’t got anything suitable, visit a good sports shop with a wide range of light water shoes. During summer weekends Rio Chillar can get a bit busy, try to avoid that time. However, arriving in the morning can be a a good way of avoiding the crowds. Never visit Rio Chillar right after intense rainfall or when there is a forecast of rain as heavy rain causes water levels to rise very quickly.


Best windsurfing in Andalucia

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Spain is definitely the best country in Europe for windsurfing. Thousands of kilometres of coastline, warm climate almost all year round and excellent winds statistics.  Have a look at our ranking of the best beaches for windsurfing in Spanish Andalucia.

Top windsurfing spots on Costa de La Luz

1. Tarifa windsurfingPlaya de los Lances is one of the favourite spots for windsurfing in the Andalusian capital of water sports. You will find here lots of kitesurfers and windsurfers all year round. Another very busy spot, bordering Los Lances beach, is Playa de Valdevaqueros. In Tarifa, you will find lots of windsurfing schools and renting shops. Recommended to everyone.

2. El Palmar near Conil de la Frontera windsurfing – very long beach, nearly 5 kilometre long, with good surfing schools. It is directly exposed to the wind what makes it absolutely excellent for windsurfers and surfers.

3. Ayamonte windsurfing – located at the border between Spain and Portugal, the tranquil and peaceful Ayamonte offers excellent conditions for windsurfers. The sandy beaches of Isla Canela provide a beautiful backdrop for windsurfing. Because of the proximity of Atlantic Ocean the currents and winds tend to be much stronger here. Recommended to experienced windsurfers.

4. Valdelagrana windsurfing – in Puerto de Santa Maria, near Cadiz – large beach, nearly 2 kilometre long, very popular among windsurfers from Cadiz. There are some good chiringuitos and restaurants near the beach. There is a big parking available there as well.

5. Chiclana de la Frontera windsurfing – nearly 6 kilometre long Playa de la Barrosa is another great windsurfing spot. The winds are moderate here, so it might be a good sport for beginners.

6. Embalse de Bornos windsurfing – big reservoir near Arcos de la Frontera might be a good choice for beginners.

Top windsurfing spots on Costa Tropical

1. La Herradura windsurfing  – near Almuñécar on the Costa Tropical  – tropical vegetation, beautiful virgin landscape all around you, wide beaches and the blue Mediterranean sea. All this has helped La Herradura become the capital of water sports on Costa Tropical. You will find here windsurfing schools, shops with equipment quality chiringuitos and great atmosphere for windsurfers.

2. Roquetas de Mar windsurfing, near Almeria – this popular resort, boasting more than 10 kilometres of beaches, has become increasingly popular among windsurfers in the recent years. Recommended for beginners.

Best kayaking & canoeing


Top kayaking & canoeing places in Andalucia

1. Tarifa kayaking – Playa Chica (the Mediterranean part of Tarifa) as well as Valdevaqueros-Punta Paloma route are the top two places for kayaking on Costa de la Luz region. There is a surf ski company operating in Tarifa (sit on top type of kayak), Epic Surfski Centre.

2. Algeciras kayaking – starting point Getares beach in Algeciras and the finishing point Punta Carnero, very popular route, great for beginners. Punta Carnero offers unforgettable views of the Gibraltar Strait and Morocco.

3. Cabo de Gata-Níjar near Almeria – amazing route on the beautiful sea. Great views of the rocky coastline, magical cave tunnels on the way. Depending on how much you want to see, the trip can last anytime from a few hours to full day. There are companies organizing kayak tours there. Much recommended.

4. Nerja-Maro kayaking – stunningly beautiful route along the Maro beach, crystal-clear water, beautiful rock formations, small waterfalls  – all this make you feel as if you were in a paradise. The water is very shallow in most places, so it’s safe as well. There are companies organizing kayak tours there. Much recommended.

5. Fuengirola kayak rental – if you spend your holidays on Costa del Sol and have little resources to organize a kayaking trip, head off to Fuengirola. There is a water sports centre where you can rent  a single boat (25 Euros for half day)/double boat 935 Euros for half day) and much more – Cristopher’s Kayak Rental.

6. Vinuela lake near Malaga canoeing – perfect for beginners as the lake is much calmer than sea, beautiful turquoise lake, only 50 kms inland from Malaga. It’s possible o rent a canoe at the local sailing club.

7. Zahara de la Sierra reservoir kayaking – the picturesque lake, surrounded by mountains and guarded by the beautiful white village, is a perfect venue for kayaking in summer. The western side of the lake, to the right of the A-2300 road, has three good starting points where you can easily park your car. Much recommended.


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The European capital of windsurfing is a top destination for active people. Windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, skateboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, you can do this and much more in this small coastal town. Tarifa, the southernmost point of Europe, is also the where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Poniente and Levante, two different winds in Tarifa,  provide unique conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing almost all year round. However, the best wind surfing conditions are in July, August and September.

The urban beach of Tarifa city is called Playa Los Lances. It’s very wide and enjoyable and in close distance to the numerous waterfront buildings. Valderama and Punta Paloma,  the virgin beaches neighbouring Tarifa to the west, are also worth a special credit. Those unspoilt beaches, boasting white sand and crystal clear water, stretch for more than 10 km. If you seek privacy and getting close to the nature, go no further. Valderama boasts some great sand dunes which can be climbed easily.

With all the great active people from all over the Europe, the night life in Tarifa can be very intensive, especially in summer.

Tarifa – nearest destinations: Zahara de los AtunesGibraltar

Sierra Nevada

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The popular Spanish ski resort Sierra Nevada lies an hour drive from Granada. The 30 km long road to Sierra climbs to 10,000 feet to arrive at the sunny Pradollano which lies at the foot of the slopes. Here, the lovers of snow can take advantage of more than 45 km of pistes on Valeta, the second highest mountain in Spain. The skiing conditions of varied. Blue and red runs dominate and there are some green and black runs as well. There are two major gondola lifts and around 15 chair lifts. On a sunny day, Velta or the nearby Mulhacen, the highest mountain in Spain, allows its visitors an amazing  panoramic view of Africa!

Sierra Nevada is the sunniest ski resort in Europe, the first one in Spain to start the skiing season with snow to be found there as early as late November and as late as early May. The popular ‘Costa del Snow’ boasts Sulayr Snowpark where as many as 110 different ramps and rails can be found. Sierra Nevada is a top holiday destination in the winter season! Try to avoid Christmas time, Semana Santa and school holidays when the place can get crowdy.

When the snow melts down, Sierra Nevada becomes very popular among hikers. The beautiful scenery  of hillsides, pine forests and river valleys as if from a fairly tale quickly rewards all the hiking effort. Quite recently, Sierra Nevada National Park was added to an elite worldwide list of protected reserves.

In summer, Sierra Nevada becomes a magnet for enthusiastic mountain bikers from all over Spain. Remote pine forests,  barren rocky peaks provide varied conditions for all kinds of needs – all mountain, enduro, or cross country. The Sierra Nevada Bike Park is a top choice for mountain bikers. Jump into Telecabina Borreguiles with your bike and in a few minutes you will be at the top of the mountain. If you are looking for spectacular mountain biking holidays, come to Sierra Nevada ‘ in June, July or August.

Sierra Nevada – nearest destinations: Granada, Nerja



Family paradise on Costa del Sol

Nerja is a very popular summer resort located in the eastern tip of the Costa del Sol. Once a small sleepy fishing village, Nerja has become probably the best place for beach holidays in Andalucia.
Nerja boasts unique coastal landscape which you won’t find anywhere else on Costa del Sol. Surrounded by cliffs, Nerja’s extensive beaches are famous for crystal clear water and charming coves that lure all beach-goers to take advantage of the warm sea. Nerja’s coast is probably the best place for scubadiving and snorkelling on Costa del Sol. However, if your kids enjoy building sand castles, they might be disappointed as the sand tends to be coarse and mixed with small pebbles.
DSCF0923_400c630The Caves of Nerja, part of Andalusian Geological Heritage, is the most popular attraction of Nerja, although located on the outskirts of the town. A long walk up and down the winding stairs allows a visitor to explore a series of overwhelmingly colossal caverns, home to the world’s largest stalagmite measuring an incredible 32 metes.
Nerja is a perfect place those seeking to spend their holidays actively with their family. If you are into kayaking, water-volleyball, swimming, scuba diving, paddling or rowing boats, Nerja is the best place in Andalucia for your next summer holidays.

The closest airport is in Malaga. Getting from the Malaga airport to Nerja takes about an hour.

Nerja – nearest destinations: Malaga, Granada

Best beaches in the Nerja region

  1. Calahonda beach – located on the eastern side of Balcon Europa. It’s the most photographed beach in Nerja. Small beach surrounded by cliffs and rocks with a small fishing cabin in the corner. It boasts crystal clear water, but can be overcrowded in high season. The popular El Papagayo restaurant is located directly on the beach.
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  1. La Caletilla beach – located on the western side of Balcon Europa, just under the hotel Balcon de Europa. Only 50 metre long. Sunbeds for hire are available here.
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  1. Buriana beach – the biggest and most know beach in Nerja with distinctive local fishing boats in the western side of the beach. It’s nearly 1 kilometre long and 40 metre wide. There is a mix of small stones and sand on the beach. On Buriana you will find here showers, volleyball nets as well as sunbeds, kayaks or even jetskis for hire. Long paseo marítimo runs behind the beach with some good restaurants offering amazing paellas in the shade.
  1. Maro beach – 500 metre long and 20 metre wide beach located in the Maro village, just next to Nerja. Favourite spot for many scubadivers, because of vivid and abundant sea life. One of the favourite activities on the beach is canoeing. The sea route between Maro and Buriana beach is breath-taking. There are plenty of beautiful waterfalls and small coves on the way, the water is shallow and it’s possible to see the bottom of the sea from your kayak.
  1. Canuelo beach – one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, around 13 kilometres from Nerja. It’s wild, full of beautiful rock formations and transparent shallow water teeming with little fishes. All this makes it a great snorkelling beach for everyone. There is a very nice restaurant at the beach as well. The Canuelo beach is located in the protected area which makes it impossible to access the beach by car. At the parking near the N-340 road, at the roundabout, catch a shuttle bus which goes to the beach every 15 minutes in season.
  1. Las Calas del Pino beach – 350 metre long peaceful beach located a couple of kilometres east of Nerja, in the Park Natural Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo. A steep 200 metre long walk leads to the bottom of the beach. Because of the troublesome access, there is not many people on the beach which adds to the a blissful feeling of remoteness. The beach tends to attract some nudists.
  1. Alberquillas beach – 500 metre long beautiful rural idyllic beach. It’s located 10 kms east of Nerja, in the Park Natural Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo. The water is amazingly clean on the Alberquillas beach, it abounds in fishes and snorkelling there is truly unforgettable experience. The beach is quite popular among nudists. To get there you need to park your car near the N-340 road and walk down a steep chill.

8. Rio Chillar walk -if you seek to really cool off on hot summer day in Nerja, try the fantastic walk down the Rio Chillar, and take all your friends and family with you. You will all love it! When you start the walk, the water will be ankle height, but further up the river in the narrow shady canyon it can be knee-height. The whole route is 17 km long, but most people do around 10 kms. ‘Rio Chillout’ can be a great alternative to beaches when it’s too hot for a beach.


Nerja Holidays in Spain

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Aventura Amazonia


Aventura Amazonia is an exciting climbing park located just outside of Marbella, only half kilometre from the Costa del Sol beaches of Elviria. Aventura Amazonia is the largest adventure park in Andalusia. It’s an ideal place for a moderate adrenaline rush for you and your kids!

Aventura Amazonia is built in the tree tops of a pine forest located behind a commercial centre. Overall, inside the park you will find numerous adventure routes with 83 different challenges, 20 zip-wires, various ladders, bridges and other adrenaline-inducing attractions.One of the zip-lines is nearly 240 long! It’s probably the longest tree top zip-wire in Andalusia.

There are different tracks available on different levels of difficulty. The course is suitable for young kids and adults, for people of different sizes and ages, for absolute amateurs and for those who come with some experience. Although you might sometimes climb to dizzying heights, everything is absolutely safe in Aventura Amazonia. You always have the highest technology safety equipment clipped around you which makes it impossible to fall.

Firstly, there is a Mini-kids zone suitable for 4-7 year old, the Kids zone for young children, the more challenging Explorador with an average height of 2.8 meters and finally the most advanced Jungla, Aventura and Deportivo circuits suitable for adults.

Aventura Amazonia – nearest destinations: Marbella, Benahavis .

San Roque

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Alcaidesa golf resort

Golfer’s heaven

San Roque is well known for amazing golf courses. One part of San Roque, urbanizacion Alcaidesa, has been turned into a beautiful seaside resort built in an incomparable setting and surrounded by outstanding golf courses. Alcaidesa offers spectacular views of the Strait of Gibraltar and Africa being only 15 km from the popular British enclave of Gibraltar.

Breath-taking views, delightful peacefulness and delicate sea breeze. The uniqueness of Alcaidesa golf resort becomes clear once you get there. If you consider yourself a serious golfer, make sure to plan a golf break in Alcaidesa soon.

It takes around 15 minutes drive on the A7 coastal motorway to reach San Roque-Alcaidesa from Gibraltar. Once you are on the spot, there are two magnificent golf courses available, Alcaidesa Links and Alcaidesa Heathland, with a total of 36 professional holes. The former is the only links-type golf course in southern Europe.

Take advantage of magnificent driving range with 72 bays, a spacious practice area with putting green, bunkers and a short game area. From Alcaidesa you can also quickly access the top quality Sotogrande and Valderrama golf courses. And when you are tired, soak up some sun on one of the excellent beaches, one in the centre and the other remote one with a nudist beach nearby. Or plan a trip on the Rock.

San Roque – Alcaidesa – nearest destinations: Gibraltar, Sotogrande

Best mountain biking in Andalucia


Spanish Andalucia is probably the best mountain biking region in Europe. 320 sunny days a year, very versatile landscape including valley dirt roads, narrow forest trails, bumpy trails leading down big virgin hills or dangerous rocky trails winding down formidable mountains. Andalusia is a true MTB paradise. There is something for both beginners and experts.

It’s hard to pick the best MTB destinations in southern Spain as individual expectations are always different and there are simply too many amazing spots. Here’s what Best Andalucia considers most popular:


    1. SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS – it’s best to come here in late spring, summer and early autumn,  the virgin mountains near Granada are true mountain biker’s paradiseCIMG3148_2
    1. SIERRA DE LAS NIEVES NATURAL PARK – the area around Ronda and Montecorto area abounds in great mountain biking paths
    1. MIJAS and BENALMADENA mountains, including the Cable Car trail, are easily accessible and very popular among mountain bikers on Costa del Sol
    1. TARIFA region, including Valle de Ojen, is great spot on Costa del la Luz
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Best kitesurfing in Andalucia

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Kitesurfing is a high adrenaline sport that is becoming increasingly popular all over the world. More and more young people take up kitesurfing because it’s actually quite simple to learn, much easier than windsurfing for example, and does not require a great level of fitness.

Spanish Costa de la Luz is a top destination for kitesurfers from all over the Europe, all year round. The best kitesurfing season on Costa de la Luz is June, July, August, September and October.

The amazing beaches of Tarifa, which look as if custom-made for kitesurfing, have become the most popular spot for kitesurfers. With around 30 kitesurfing schools, plenty of sports shops where you can buy all the equipment and outfits for kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing, Tarifa has recently turned into a real international water sports centre.

Best kitesurfing destinations on Costa de la Luz

DSCF2144_630x4001. TARIFA – the Surfing Capital of Europe or the Wind Capital of Europe as it is called, provides some of the best conditions for kitesurfing in the world, best beaches: Los Lances and the Valdevaqeuros beach

2. BARBATE – Los Canos de Meca west of Barbate is the most popular beach there

3. CHICLANA south of Cadiz – two recommended spots: Playa De Sancti-Petri, Playa de la Barrosa

4. PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA north of Cadiz – Fuentebravia beach

5. EL PALMAR, small village between Conil de la Frontera and Barbate – local beach

6. BOLONIA – Ensenada de Bolonia

Costa del Sol tends to be underestimated when it comes to kitesurfing, because the conditions are not as reliable as on the Atlantic coast between Tarifa and Cadiz, but there are some really good spots there as well.

Popular kitesurfing spots on Costa del Sol

1. MALAGA – the best conditions can be found at Malagueta beach

2. TORREMOLINOS – Playamar and Los Alamos, which is the official kite zone, are the best sports there

3. CABO PINO located between Malaga and Marbella – local beach

4. ELVIRIA near Marbella – local beach

5. ESTEPONA – La Rada beach is quite popular among kitesurfers

6. MARBELLA – Los Monteros is the best kite beach

In general, there are three very popular kitesurfing regions in Europe: the Spanish-Portuguese coast starting in Tarifa and ending in Lisbon, the Atlantic coast in French Aquitaine and the Basque Country and, thirdly, Cornwall, the westernmost part of Great Britain. Have a look at our ranking of the best kitesurfing destinations in Europe.

Best kitesurfing spots in Europe