Located in the Axarquía region, Nerja has a Mediterranean gastronomy with exotic tropical notes. The town hides magical corners ready to be discovered. This is the case of Nerja Caves, 4 km away from the village, which are one of the main local attractions. They were discovered in 1957 and opened for visits three years later. If you visit the caves, don't leave without tasting typical dishes of this area!
Tropical fruits, the exotic note
Is it possible to combine tropical fruits with Mediterranean cuisine? In Nerja it is actually possible. The area privileged weather makes possible the existence of tropical fruits such as avocado, mango, papaya or custard apple, which have been introduced into Nerja gastronomy up to the point of being considered typical from it.
A gastronomy with past reminds
Nerja's history can be told through its gastronomy, which has not very much changed for years. Among its most typical dishes, don't hesitate tasting the potaje de fideos (noodles stew), where fish is the main ingredient.
Other popular dish is migas, made with flour and served with fish, peppers, grapes or any other ingredient the chef chooses.
“Patatas a lo pobre” is a dish whose origins lie on the Andalusian rural people. This receipt consists of thinly sliced fried potatoes, served with peppers, eggs and cold meat.
Have you tasted the ajoblanco? It's a very typical dish of the region, similar to gazpacho, but with almonds, olive oil, garlic and grapes. This cold soup has become a very famous dish in every Spanish best chefs' kitchen, but the receipt continues to be the original one.