Maro is a quiet little village just outside Nerja on the old N-340 coast road heading east. Its greatest claim to fame are the Nerja Caves, located just outside the village.

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Narrow streets and alleys, whitewashed houses and great views out to sea or across the bay to Nerja are all characteristics of this quaint village. Street signs are made from ceramic tiles.


Places of Interest

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The centrepoint is the village square, dominated by the church.

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Just down from the square is the old, abandoned sugar mill. 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.

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From the old mill, a track takes you down to the beach, a nice walk through agricultural land. It’s the walk back up that is the killer! Maro is a picturesque little village, well worth a visit and a good base for exploring the region.

Local Festivals

Semana Santa

Feria de Las Maravillas (September 7th)

Fiesta de la Castanje y el Boniat0 (October)

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