El Puente del Águila, Nerja

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One of the most architecturally impressive structures in its province, El Puente del Águila once carried water to a nearby sugar factory. Designed by architect Francisco Cantarero at the end of the 19th century, the structure closely resembles ancient Roman aqueducts. Four tiers of brick arcades sit atop each other, forming a total of 37 horseshoe-shaped arches. Used continuously since its construction, the aqueduct continues to serve the local farming community in need of reliable irrigation. Walk to the structure from the nearby village of Maro, or use the roadside rest area to park and get a good view for photographs. Arrange your visit to El Puente del Águila and discover more family-friendly attractions in Nerja using our Nerja vacation planner.
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  • August 19, 2017
    You can stop on the busy road in a layby and look at the view of this aquaduct but that's it, nothing more to say or recommend!  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    You cannot go on the aquaduct, unless you are on a boat of course. You can however see and photograph it from the roadside. It is a very impressive structure and the architecture is also very unusual.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This aqueduct is surprising. Appears suddenly and is magnificent, a marvel of civil architecture. I was delighted.
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  • Beautiful piece of architecture. Best viewed from the N-340 bridge. Be warned if you venture down below. I encountered stray dogs and there are now people who live in the caves that dot the walls of the ravine who don't want you there.
  • Beatiful structure, it's colour looks like candy :)
  • Amazing art-structure
  • An impressive masterpiece of architecture. Try not to miss it on the left when driving from Nerja to Maro.
  • Amazing aqueduct that was built to send water to sugar field.

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Luxury and economy hotels line the water at Burriana Beach, the most popular beach in the city. For a stay in the center of the action, consider lodging at Carabeo Beach along the town's main promenade. Lodging in El Capistrano Village, a recreation of a traditional village, offers a peaceful respite in white-washed buildings among flower gardens.
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