Nerja is a village and cities in Spain. Nerja is located in Andalusia, in the province of Malaga on the Costa del Sol about 50 kilometers east of Malaga in the Axarquia. The population is 21,811 (2009), in the summer, thousands of tourists to. The municipality includes the town of Nerja Nerja and about 5 kilometers to the village of Maro.
In about five kilometers from the town of Nerja, just north of Maro, remote caves have evidence of human habitation from the Paleolithic Age found. In the four kilometers east of the town of Nerja Maro village were evidence of Roman settlement Detunda found. The Moors built a little further inland than it is today’s city, the first building.
The first written references to the name Nerja comes from the historian Almacarri de Tremecen and the Arab poet and geographer Ibn Sadi about the year 917, “with the place name Nerja, Naricha, or Narixa Narija and meaning” (rich) water source. The Moors built a small fortress on the coast. After the Duke of Najera, the city of Velez-Malaga in 1487, captured in Nerja yielded without resistance to the Christian rule.
By far the biggest industry is tourism. The tourists come mainly from Spain, Britain, Germany and Scandinavia. It is also agriculture (including tomatoes, potatoes, wine, almonds, olives, sugar cane, custard apples, papayas, mangoes, and avocados) and run a little fishing.