For cycling aficionados there is the opportunity to explore some beautiful countryside, both by road bike and by mountain bike, although in both cases it is difficult to avoid some serious climbing. Many of our walking routes can be undertaken by mountain bike (and indeed this is how we ourselves often recce them), although you may wish to combine more than one such route to create a long enough ride. For purely road riding you can head off in either direction down the coast for miles, striking inland (and upwards) at various points. The MapMyRide Website, among many other such sites, lists numerous suitable cycling routes
There are a number of bike shops in Nerja that hire out bikes (although we do not recommend the one closest to El Capistrano – Xbikes), but the best by far is located in the nearby town of Torre del Mar. The (English-speaking) staff at this long-established bike shop – Bicis Yeyo – go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that you end up with the best bike configuration for you, and can also deliver to Nerja, if your car isn’t suitable for carrying your bikes. At the current time, however, they do not rent out mountain bikes.
Then, as our sister website - NerjaGolf - describes, and as is depicted above, there is ample opportunity in the area around Nerja to try your hand out at golf on a variety of beautifully located courses. Nerja doesn't actually have a golf course itself, although plans are well advanced for constructing one such in a spectacular location just north of the town.
Nerja is also an ideal location for horse riding as you can go either into the mountains and beautiful countryside around Nerja or down to the beaches. There are several riding stables in or near Nerja and they cater for all ages and levels of experience.
Then, remarkably for a location noted for its leisurely beach-based activities, a short drive away – in the general direction of Granada – lies the opportunity to do some serious skiing, in the area known as the Sierra Nevada.
The Sierra Nevada may not be as famous as the Alpine Ski resorts, but it is the largest, highest and best ski resort in Spain, boasting over 100 km of pistes, and with the seemingly endless 6 km long 'Aguila' it is also home to the longest piste on the Iberian peninsula. As the most southerly in Europe, it offers you, on a clear day, the most incredible views across the Mediterranean Sea to Africa.
In addition to actual physical activities such as these, there is also the opportunity to visit such attractions as the iconic Caves of Nerja (the third most visited attraction in the whole of Spain), the White Villages, or Pueblos Blancos, such as Frigiliana and Competa, together with Benalmadena’s Tivoli World and Sea-life Aquarium, the Selwo Animal Adventure Park, and much more besides. For further details visit SpainAway.com.