Maro is a village of about 800 people located about 3.5 km east of Nerja. It’s actually the very last village in Malaga province when going east. It’s not a place that gets a lot of visitors…and that’s a shame.
(Ps. video below. I called Maro a town and not a village which brought out all the pitchforks. Sorry)
We really liked our short visit to Maro. First of all, it has an incredibly peaceful vibe. There’s not much going on in Maro so if you like a really pretty, really calm village then you’ll like Maro. You’ll still see farmers toiling the fields and you might see a horse trotting through town as we did on this day (in the video above).
Maro is also surrounded by lots of natural attractions:
– It is a short walk (10 minutes) to the Nerja Caves via a pedestrian bridge that spans over the highway
– Right next to the Nerja Caves is the stunning Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park (see my previous posts on hiking El Cielo and Almendron)
– 20 minutes down the coast is the Maro Cerro Gordo Nature Reserve, a nature reserve with hiking trails, old Roman Towers (the Maro Tower being the most famous), and beaches
– Maro also has a town beach (Playa de Maro) which some say is one of the nicest beaches in Spain
It’s just a really nice, pretty village with lots of nature all around.
Getting to Maro
– You can walk there from Nerja in 45 minutes as we did (the N-340 road has a wide sidewalk)
– The Alsa bus gets you there in 10 minutes from Nerja but will drop you off at the Nerja Caves. See the Alsa website and enter Nerja (Cuevas) as your destination.
– You can take the tourist “train” to the Nerja Caves from Nerja’s Plaza de Espana (cost is 4 Euros return. It’s a fun ride)
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