A four-star beachfront retreat in the heart of Malaga’s Nerja awaits at Hotel Balcón Europa. The property is built into the rock face of the Balcón de Europa, and offers direct access to the sandy Calahonda beach. Guests can expect to be surrounded by a plethora of restaurants, bars, and samples of local life and the Nerja cave paintings are just over one kilometre away. El Salon Beach is also just 100 yards away from the property.
Hotel Balcón Europa offers two on-site restaurants, Don Enrique that serves a buffet breakfast and dinner, and Náutico Beach Club, which is located by the seafront, offers á la carte lunch options, and specialises in seafood. There is also an al fresco café bar that serves cocktails with a view. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a sauna and a gym, and a games and reading room.
Formerly comprised of fishing villages, Costa del Sol rose out of the landscape to become a preferred destination for holidaymakers during the 1960s and 1970s. Today its continuous popularity as a sunny getaway is visible in the luxury resorts and hotels like Balcon de Europa inhabiting the coastline. Here, visitors can bask in the sun, hang out by the pool, or get involved in various water sports, among lots of other things.
There are also abundant opportunities to delve into the cultural, historical and culinary sides of the region, if you should wish to do so. Further north on the coast lies the provincial capital of Malaga, with its fortress, Alcazaba towering above the city. You can explore the walls of this citadel at your own leisure, gaze down on the streets below, and out across the glistening Mediterranean Sea. At the foot of the fortress, there’s a museum dedicated to the city’s most famous son, Pablo Picasso. Here you can find out more about his life and see some of his beautiful paintings on display. After a day of experiences and sightseeing, you can dive into some of the region’s local cuisine. Tapas accompanied by sweet Malaga wine serve as good introductions, but fried seafood and almond biscuits should definitely also be sampled frequently.