Nerja has many squares, some big, some small, some tucked away in a back street and some of them right on display in the middle of town. Plaza Cavana is one of those squares in plain view that you may never have heard of. It is right next to the El Salvador church, which itself opens on to the Balcon de Europa.
Plaza Cavana is lined with cafe bars and restaurants who all have outside tables in the square itself, plus inside seating for the colder winter nights. From Plaza Cavana you can walk down El Barrio (also pedestrianised) and turn left towards Torrecilla beach.
Calle Diputacion (which is closed to traffic at night during the summer months) has more restaurants and shops, plus food shopping (including a bakers, a greengrocers, butchers and a mini-market at the end).
Parking is available nearby in the underground car park at Plaza España – the entrance is from Calle La Cruz (which you get to from Calle San Miguel). You can pay to park by the hour or day and you can also get discounted tickets for longer stays. You can also park for free on the nearby streets, but watch out for any restrictions, including loading/unloading only and no parking in the evening. You can also park for free in the large “dust bowl” car park that you get to from Calle Puente Viejo – this is then an easy 10 minute walk to Plaza Cavana.
If you are arriving by public transport, taxis can drop you off directly at Plaza Cavana during the day, or at the end of Calle Diputacion if the road is closed during the evening. Nerja’s bus station is a 10 minute walk away (from the bus station turn right at the roundabout down Calle San Miguel and then look out for Calle Granada on the left by the bakery, which comes out on the square).
If you are staying in one of the hotels or apartments on Plaza Cavana, you won’t need a car as everything is in easy walking distance, including Burriana beach to the east and Torrecilla beach to the west, plus of course the famous Balcon de Europa itself is on your doorstep with Calahonda and El Salon beaches.