Deciding between Nerja and Granada again depends on what type of vacation experience you're looking for. Each city has its own unique charm and attractions.
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A view to Nerja with the Mediterranean Sea in the background
A view to Nerja with the Mediterranean Sea in the background

Nerja or Granada?

Nerja is a lovely coastal town on the Costa del Sol, known for its beautiful beaches, clear Mediterranean waters, and relaxed pace of life. Highlights include the famous Balcon de Europa and the Nerja Caves. If you're looking for a beach holiday with a mix of relaxation, water sports, and some local culture, Nerja could be a great choice.

Granada, on the other hand, is a historic city located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It's renowned for its grand Moorish architecture, particularly the Alhambra, an expansive hilltop fortress complex encompassing royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty. You can also explore the Albayzín, the old Muslim quarter, a maze of narrow medieval lanes and whitewashed courtyards full of character. Granada also offers great food (known for its tapas), a lively nightlife, and in the winter months, skiing in the Sierra Nevada.

In essence, Nerja offers a relaxing beach and town life, while Granada offers historical architecture, vibrant city life, and mountain adventures. You could also consider splitting your time between both places, as they are less than a two-hour drive apart, giving you a chance to experience both the beach and the rich history of Andalusia.

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The Alhambra in Granada with the Sierra Nevada mountains in the background
The Alhambra in Granada with the Sierra Nevada mountains in the background
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