Explore Nerja´s hidden secrets
Follow one of our great Tapas Bar Trails and discover the real Spain hidden in Nerja's wonderful back streets. A night of Tapas in the traditional bars is a great night out, not only is it very cheap but it is a very social way of eating and drinking at your leisure whilst mixing with the locals and doing as they do. Children are welcomed although you may find you pay more for their soft drinks than you do for your beer & wine!! One thing is for sure, you will think twice about sitting in restaurants for every night of your future holidays. Enjoy.....
We will be adding more trails but here are a few to be getting on with. As you will appreciate Pete & Kathy have dedicated many hours to the research and exploration of these Tapas Bars, its not easy but someone has to do it. (You can download any of these Tapas Trails including maps at the end of this page
This Trail starts at Bar El Duque (1). On the main N340 just south of the roundabout/turnoff for the Parador Hotel. Here they serve a lovely red wine and very good tapas. Immediately next door is Bar Atalaya (1A) again offering very good tapas. Turn left out of here a few hundred yards on the main road to reach Bar El Velero, this is at the junction of Avda Pescia (the main road) and Calle Almirante Ferandiz, directly opposite the BP garage. Turn right as you leave El Velero (2) using the doors beside the bar, down Almirante Ferandiz a few hundred yards, then just look up the first left and you will see Bar El Cangrejo (3). Very good fish here. Leaving here return to Almirante Ferrandiz and turn left downhill, shortly you will find Bar Las Mariposas (4) on your left. Here they will serve you rather than you choosing. You are likely to get one of a vast array of top quality Spanish cured hams here and the house red is superb. Turn left out of Mariposas then first right at the crossroads and you will see Los Bilbainos (5). Here is a good place to try the local wines in kegs above the bar. This is another good place to try the local fish. When you are done turn left out of here then take the next right which takes you back to the main N340, continue up the main road and you will immediately see the brightly lit Bar El Fuente (6) on your right. It is also a games room but that is to the rear whilst the tapas are in the bar at the front.
This Trail starts at Bar Rincon del Sabor (1) which can be found on Calle Ruperto Anduez. From the parador fountain roundabout take the exit Calle del Torrox and Ruperto Anduez is the first right, Rincons is immediately on the right. Here they are quite happy for you to pick your tapas, then take one of the tables outside. On leaving here turn right then immediately left into Calle San Pedro. Shortly on your left you will reach Bar Dolores - El Chispa (2). Here they tend to bring you pinchitos (cubes of marinated grilled pork) but ask if you fancy something different. Turn left out of here and continue up to Bar La Puntilla (3) another very good fish bar. Turn right out of Puntillas, then immediately left and in front of you is your next stop at Bar Los Cunaos (4). After Cunaos turn left and a little way down the hill cross the road to La Taverna de Pepe (5), here they will serve you whatever they are currently making rather than offering a choice. Remember here for another great night out, it is a superb restaurant and serves the best gambas al pil-pil in town.
This trail starts halfway down Calle Almirante Ferrandiz (unless you have re-visited some of the ones from previous trails that you have passed along the way) at La Taverna del Pescador (1), the fish is excellent here. From here just pop next door to El Niño (2). Here there is always a good selection of lovely tapas. Turn right out of El Niño and continue straight down into the pedestrianised centre of the old town. Continue through the restaurants until you reach El Pugilla (3) on your left. This is a fish restaurant but they serve both meat and fish tapas at the bar. Turn left out of Pugillas and almost immediately on your right is El Meson de Julio (4) offering a very wide selection of tapas. Then just two doors down is La Taverna (5) with another good array. Turn right out of La Taverna and continue to the end of the road (only a few yards). At the junction you can turn left if you wish and pop around the corner to Los Barrilos (6). Here the salchicha de infierno (flamed sausage) is worth paying an extra 2 euro for, otherwise just wait and see what you are given. Return to the junction and continue straight on up Calle Pintada (turn right if you are going straight from La Taverna), a little way on your right is La Piqueta (7). Another one where you do not chose your tapas but what you are given will be very good and the house red is lovely.
Don't be afraid to ask for a tapa if they do not automatically ask you and if you don’t know what they are called, just point to the one that you want. Often things like cheese, ham and olives are not so obviously on display so dont be afraid to ask.