We dedicate this blog to one of the most beautiful viewing points in all of Europe. None other than the ‘Balcon de Europa’ situated in the nerve centre of Nerja! This is a favourite site for visitors and local people – it definitely took my breath away when I first saw it, and that was at night time!
The beautiful, palm tree lined promenade walks you out towards the Mediterranean whilst passing white-washed Andalucian arches on one side with bars and restaurants opposite
The very end/viewing point is a large, semi-circular ‘Balcony’ with panoramic sea views and mountains. Being here during sunset will be truly unforgettable, not only the views – but the atmosphere and general energy bouncing amongst many, all enjoying the moment
History of the Balcon de Eurpa
A popular photo opportunity amongst so many, are the two cannons located either side of the viewpoint. These are historical reminders of the fortress that used to sit upon the cliffs until 1812.
Pictured, is King Alfonso XII – very popular amongst the tourists. After all – why wouldn’t you have your picture taken while on the famous pier, with an incredible scene behind you and the King acting as your selfie partner?! You’d be mad not to…
King Alfonso XII was King of Spain, reigning from 1874 to 1885 who visited Nerja on the 12th January 1885 and gave the name of the Balcon de Europa – well did you know that?! The sculpture was erected in February 2003 by F. Martin. Later that year, the King died and left his unborn son to reign a year later
So if you’re making plans to visit Nerja soon – this is an obvious and unmissable attraction, make the most of it, enjoy and take lots of pictures!
If you’re not planning to visit Nerja soon, then DO!
Some pictures I took below – August 2014