Nerja organizes many Christmas-related events throughout December and January. The most important one will take place on 31st December. On the last night of the year, most of Nerja’s residents as well as its visitors will gather together at Balcón de Europa, next to Church of El Salvador, to celebrate the end of the year. Everybody attending will be given cava [sparkling wine] and uvas de la suerte [the 12 grapes of luck]. At midnight, the party will begin with a firework display and live music.
Furthermore, on 21st December, the traditional Christmas Concert will be performed by the Nerja Town Band at the Centro Cultural de la Villa. Since its creation in 1989, this band has taken part in all Nerja’s cultural and institutional activities. In 2009 it performed in Nerja Cave, commemorating the 50th anniversary of its discovery. This Christmas it presents its varied programme of music for all tastes, which includes a special repertoire of typical popular and international Christmas carols.
Another pleasant option is to visit Nerja Cave, either in person or virtually. At www.cuevadenerja.es you will find a virtual tour through the Cave, with high resolution images that show you the beauty and grandeur of this natural monument. From your computer screen, you can visit the spectacular Nerja Cave without losing a single detail thanks to the 360º moving images.
And to conclude, we would like to mention that, during December and January, you can take the traditional hiking routes through the stunning Sierra de Almijara, the mountains around Nerja, with an extra: snow. Every year, the highest peaks in the area such as La Maroma or Pico del Cielo, are covered with snow to greet visitors and give them the chance to take splendid photographs. These routes through nature have a medium difficulty and usually take three to seven hours to complete. It is possible to do these hikes either with or without a guide, as all the paths are well signposted.