The Balcón de Europa is, without doubt, Nerja’s most iconic landmark as well as the focal point of the town.
It is a large balcony viewpoint which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and the rest of the Costa del Sol. It is even possible to see the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains.
The viewpoint is built upon a former fortress and gun battery and was formerly known as “La Batería”. However, in 1885 when King Alfonso XII visited the town, while inspecting the damage caused by an earthquake, he is said to have been so enthralled with the view that he exclaimed “This is the Balcony of Europe”.
Many cannons were housed strategically in towers along the coast and were used primarily by the French against pirate raids and against the British.
These days, the Balcón de Europa is a heaving tourist attraction with many restaurants, bars and ice-cream parlours.
In the summer months, the viewpoint is the stage of many concerts and other big celebrations.
Situated right on the edge of the famous Balcón de Europa, is the Church of el Salvador – Iglesia El Salvador – a baroque-neoclassical style church finished in 1697.
A popular church set in an unbeatable location, the church has one of the longest marriage waiting lists on the Costa del Sol.