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Balcony of Europe

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Paseo Balcón de Europa 1, Nerja, 29780
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The famous Balcón de Europa, which was built where once stood the fortress that was destroyed in 1812 during the War of Independence, sits at the end of a broad palm-lined avenue that ends in a circular plaza that provides a panoramic view of the entire Nerja coast and, in front, an immense seascape that holds viewers spellbound.

For years it has been held that it was King Alfonso XII, during his visit to the region after the earthquake that shook La Axarquía in 1884, who upon approaching this place baptised it with the name by which it is known throughout the world ("Balcony of Europe"). There are now serious doubts as to the veracity of that account or whether that was Alfonso XII"s precise exclamation, but it is true that from that time the former Paseo de la Batería ("Battery Promenade", an allusion to the battery of cannon that used to be in the fortress) began to be called Balcón de Europa.

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