The Nerja Caves are located just outside Maro, a small village of around 750 inhabitants in the municipality of Nerja. The village, known as Detunda in Roman times, is about 4.5 kilometres from Nerja along the old N-340 coast road.
Maro is surrounded by protected natural areas, these being the Paraje Natural Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo and the Parque natural de las Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama.
During the Arab occupation of Spain, Maro was known for its production of cane sugar. Just down from the main square, the Plaza de las Maravillas, there are the remains of the old sugar factory, El Ingenio de Maro.
In 1582, Felipe de e Armargol, a lawyer from Granada, purchased the title of ‘Lord of the Manor of Maro’ and promptly decided to cultivate sugar cane, constructing the first mill in the area. Building began in 1585 and this also resulted in the construction of a road from Maro to Granada through the Sierra Almijara mountains. The factory remained in operation until the 1850’s when it was damaged by fire.
The main square, the Plaza de las Maravillas, is dominated by the 17th century church, La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas – Church of Our Lady of Sorrows. The church was completed by the end of the 17th century, although the architecture suggests that it was either built over another church or building or was designed long before it was actually started.
The fairly modest interior contains the statue of the Virgen de las Maravillas. It has a single nave with a wooden beamed ceiling which was restored in 1887.
Maro Beach – Playa de Maro
It is quite a steep road down to the beach, but well worth the effort. Overlooking the beach, perched on the hill, is one of the old Moorish watchtowers.
The area has a unique ecological system and the natural environment is heavily protected. Because of its uniqueness, the waters in this area are popular with recreational divers and Buceo Costa Nerja, located on Burriana beach, make regular trips to Maro for those who are interested.
Kayaks also operate from Maro beach, all under the supervision of experienced monitors, for those who want a little trip around the area.
A Merendero provides all the necessary refreshments and sustenance, including full meals.
Length: 500 metres
Width: 20 metres
La Caleta de Maro
There are no facilities at all on this beach, so anything you need has to be taken with you.
Length: 400 metres
Width: 15 metres
Beach: Dark sand
At the bottom end of Plaza de las Maravillas, take the steps down past the sugar mill to the road, calle Nueva. Follow the road (to your right) for one hundred metres or so and you will come to a track to the right with a sign to La Caleta beach. Follow the track right down to the beach. The final section is a set of fairly steep steps. Nice views on the way.
Along the old N-340 coast road from towards Almuñécar there are a number of secluded, and undeveloped little coves and sandy beaches. Ideal if you want to get away from the crowds.
Las Alberquillas beach is 400 metres long, 20 metres wide and there no facilities whatsoever. It is just past km 299 and you park at the top then walk down to the beach.