Nerja, located in the east of Malaga’s coast, is a truly captivating town and also an ideal place for a dream destination wedding. Planning a wedding in Nerja is easier than you might think, with plenty of accommodation options and a mild climate that makes it a great year-round choice. 

As a seasoned destination wedding planner, I can confidently say that Nerja is an outstanding place for expats to get married. When I first visited this town, I had high expectations, because it’s one of the most cherished gems of the entire Spanish coast. But my expectations were easily surpassed and with each visit I’m still discovering the layered beauty of each corner of this small piece of heaven. . 

If you’re looking for a destination that will simply wow your guests, here’s why you should consider Nerja as your wedding location. 

Nerja – The smart choice for your destination wedding

As we like to call it, Nerja is the crown jewel of the Axarquia region. A charming town that combines great natural landscapes with a rich cultural heritage. Nerja is located between the mountains and the sea and boasts a dramatic coastline with beautiful beaches, hidden coves and soaring cliffs.

One of the most iconic spots in Nerja is the Balcon de Europa, a promenade overlooking the Mediterranean Sea that offers breathtaking views of the coastline and the surrounding mountains. Nerja is also the home of some marvelous beaches, such as the popular Playa Burriana, the idyllic Playa Carabeo or the romantic Playa Maro.

But Nerja is not only about the landscapes. The town has a long and fascinating history, dating back to the ancient Phoenicians, and has been influenced by different cultures over the centuries.

It’s no wonder that so many expats choose to live in Nerja and that couples from all over the world come here to tie the knot. The town has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with a vibrant community that welcomes visitors with open arms.

Balcon de Europa, the most emblematic place for a destination wedding in Nerja.

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Nerja is incredibly accessible, just 45 minutes away from Malaga Airport

Placed in the province of Malaga, Nerja it is situated 70 kilometers east of Malaga’s airport. Major European cities, including London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Dublin, have direct flights to Malaga operated by many airlines.

The journey from the airport to Nerja takes approximately 45-50 minutes and the route is well signposted.  Nerja is conveniently located just off the A-7 Highway, which is the main coastal road connecting the towns and cities of the Costa del Sol. This means that Nerja is easily accessible from other parts of Andalusia, such as Granada, Seville or Cordoba. 

Whether you are arriving by car, bus or train, getting to Nerja is straightforward and hassle-free.

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Nerja’s wedding venues: a diverse and impressive selection

In terms of wedding venues, Nerja has a wide range of options to suit a wide range of styles and budget expectations. From breathtaking beachfront locations to opulent hillside villas, from rustic fincas to attractive Spanish-style restaurants, Nerja offers an incredible selection of wedding venues that will leave you spoiled for choice.

Imagine exchanging your vows in a stunning beachside setting, with the Mediterranean Sea as your backdrop. Or in an imposing cortijo, surrounded by lush gardens and panoramic views. Or perhaps a rustic finca with a cozy and intimate feel is more your style? Maybe a charming Spanish-style restaurant with mouthwatering cuisine and authentic ambiance? The options are endless, that’s the thing.

With so many wedding venues to choose from, you can rest assured that your wedding day in Nerja will be as memorable as you’ve always dreamed. 

The Old Town, full of pubs and restaurants, makes Nerja an outstanding wedding destination.

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Where to stay in Nerja: a variety of accommodation options for your dream wedding

In Nerja, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations that cater to various preferences and budgets. From cozy guest houses to spectacular villas, the town has something for everyone.

If you’re looking for a luxurious experience for you and your wedding guests, there are many high-end hotels to choose from, such as the Parador de Nerja, a stunning four-star hotel situated on a cliff overlooking the sea, with its own elevator to the beach. 

Other options include the Hotel Riu Monica, which offers some thrilling views of the Mediterranean, and the Hotel Los Arcos, a charming hotel located in the heart of the town.

If you value your privacy more than the amenities of a top class hotel, there are many villas and apartments available for rent, offering a comfortable and intimate setting for you and your guests.

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Weather in Nerja is amazing all year-round

One of the most enticing reasons to choose Nerja as your destination wedding location is the excellent climate it enjoys all year round. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Nerja is one of the sunniest places in Europe.

Even during the winter months, the temperatures in Nerja rarely drop below 15°C, making it an ideal location for couples looking for a sunny and warm wedding place. 

Nevertheless, sometimes the weather can be windy and rainy, so it is important to discuss all these details with your wedding planner.

If you’re planning your wedding in Nerja, we think the best time would be in the months of May, June and September.  During these months, the temperatures are warm and pleasant, also the crowds are less compared to the peak summer months of July and August.

With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Nerja is a perfect destination wedding town.

Nerja has a diverse dining and drinking scene

Choosing a destination wedding in Nerja, you can be sure that your guests will enjoy the abundance of bars, pubs and restaurants, where they can taste the exquisite Mediterranean cuisine with the best views.

From traditional tapas to upscale dining, guests can indulge in the local food and wine culture. Nerja has got you covered, no matter if you’re in the mood for an intimate setting or a lively welcome dinner for all your family and friends.

Planning your wedding in Nerja: near-by attractions

If you’re feeling adventurous, Nerja is the place where you can plan fun water activities like paddle boarding or kayaking. At the same time, Nerja offers hiking trails with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

If you want to have your guests join you in some of the adrenaline raising activities, it’s best to plan everything a couple of days before the actual wedding and approach a safety first policy. Also consider there’s need to be something fun for all ages and fitness levels.   

Nerja is surrounded by incredible attractions that are sure to make your wedding guests’ experience unforgettable. 

Encourage your guests to take a trip to the beautiful village of Frigiliana, known for its winding streets and traditional architecture. Or tell your loved ones to visit the impressive Nerja Caves, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region.

Frigiliana, near Nerja, the ideal place for your destination wedding in Spain.

With so much to see and do, your wedding guests will be thrilled to be a part of your special day in this amazing part of Spain. 

Don’t miss the chance to experience the unique appeal of Nerja and make your wedding day one of the best days of your life!

Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and to start planning your special day in Nerja. Our team is here to help you with all the arrangements, so you can relax and enjoy your wedding day in this stunning part of Andalusia.