Nerja

The inner city of Nerja has a terrace street and a cosmopolitan environment where you live relaxed in paradise. It is somewhat bigger and has more inhabitants and tourists than Salobreña and Almuñecar, which are the closest to PanoramaHouse. It is a great city where you can spend the day time exploring and the night time enjoying a delicious meal.

The most visited and famous place in Nerja is Balcón de Europa, a platform with a 360 degrees view over the Mediterranean. The old canons were put up in 1509 in connection with the fortification of the cliffs as a defense against the many pirates from the ocean. Here streets musicians and artist often perform while painters do their uppermost with brushes and canvases. Sometimes couples do a tango while a gentleman tries it as Frank Sinatra. Behind Balcón de Europa lies the pedestrian street with a wealth of shops and numerous elegant restaurants.

Under the Arab period the city was called Narixa - many sources - and was well-heeled because of the trade with silk and because of the vegetable production. Without resistance the city was conquered by the Christians in 1487, and although the core of the city looks like corresponding cities, it is from a more recent period as a huge earthquake ruined Nerja in 1884. In 1591 the first sugar factory in Nerja was built. The production of sugar was in many years the most important source of money for the city; however, in 1971 it closed as it had become too unprofitable to produce ugar from sugar canes.

El Acueducto del Aguila, built by the local master, Francisco Cantarero is an aqueduct  in five levels with brick arches and temple towers on the top level. On one of them you can read the inscription: "Pure and immaculate conception". The reason for this construction was to supply the sugar factories in the area with water for the processing.

Las Cuevas de Nerja, the stalagmite caves in Nerja, is another tourist attraction in the city. The caves are called a "Prehistoric Cathedral" because rock drawings and other prehistoric residues are found here, which are dated back to 30.000 BC. To complete the capturing beauty created by the stalagmite formations light and sound follows you - and during the summer music and dance festivals are held in the caves.

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