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Beaches in Nerja
Info to make your visit more enjoyable.....


Beaches in Nerja

There are many Beaches in Nerja to choose from. The most popular one is Burriana Beach, which is to the east. 2006 it won the Blue Flag Award for its high degree of cleanliness. It is situated 20 minutes walking from the centre of town.  There is a paid car park that can get really busy at the height of summer and at weekends, so it’s best to either walk or get there early to get a space.  Definitely worth making the effort. Having all the amenities that you will need, such as bars, restaurants and shops.


Here you can hire pedalo for you and the family or you can try snorkeling or learn to scuba dive. There is some great diving around this part of Spain and with twelve beaches to choose from.

Torrecilla Beach is to the west of Nerja and has been made artificially wider and has its own promenade. Many sunbeds and parasols to hire, and also showers and toilets. Also, the same as with Burriana Beach, you hire pedalos here. You´ll find a couple of bars down on the beach for refreshments, tapas, lunch or just a cafe con leche!!


Beaches in Nerja…Spoilt for Choice?

You could be spoilt for choice as there are 12 Beaches in Nerja!

The longest beach in Nerja El Playazo beach. This is situated west of Nerja. It offers beautifully fine sand and small and large pebbles. You will find a few Chiringitos…Spanish beach bars  where you can have a spot of lunch or just drinks if you prefer.

Salon beach which is immediately to the West of the Balcon de Europa, is more secluded.  At the side of Unicaja Bank on the Balcon, you´ll see a cobbled walkway that leads down to the beach. Not many people know it’s there, so if you fancy abit of private sunbathing then this is the one for you.

Calahonda beach to the east of the Balcon de Europa. You´ll see an archway that leads down with many steps. It is sandy but also has a few small pebbles, so be careful how you walk! There are often small fishing boats here, where you can often find fishermen tending to their nets.  There are small fisherman’s cottages built into the wall, and great for those souvenir photographs.


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Beaches in Nerja, Calahonda
Beaches in Nerja, Calahonda








List of the main beaches in Nerja:

  • Burriana – A Blue Flag beach. It is approx. 800m long and is THE most popular in Nerja. Apart from offering the sun and the beautiful views from one of the many sunbeds available to rent, Burriana beach has volleyball courts, pedaloes and jetskis for hire, organised scuba diving and kayaking trips, and even the chance to parasail behind a speed boat. There are also free beach showers, toilets and changing cabins all along the seafront.
  • La Torrecilla – Torrecilla Beach is 300 metres long and is one of Nerja’s main beaches.  It has a full range of facilities, including sunbed hire, and in the past was given the distinguished Blue Flag award. A promenade runs the full length of the beach, with several restaurants, including delicious seafood cooked outside on wood or charcoal fires. Torrecilla Beach can be reached from Plaza de los Cangrejos, at the end of Avenida Castilla Perez.
  • El Salón – This is located to the west of the Balcon de Europa and is accessed from the Balcon square, via a path by the side of Marrisal Cafeteria/Hostal. The beach is popular with families. As with all beaches in Nerja the outlook is fantastic. El Salon is another of Nerja’s Blue Flag beaches.Toilet facilities, a lifeguard and showers are all provided and there is a kiosk ini the summer months
  • Carabeo
  • Calahonda – This beach is located on the eastern side of the Balcon de Europa. You get down there, by walking down a cobbled path that has not changed much since Raquel Welch walked down it in 1967 in the film Fathom .The beach is quite small but offers full facilities.  There are showers and toilet facilities, and a lifeguard presence during the holiday season.  Sunbeds can be hired. There is a bar/restaurant called Papagayo which overlooks the beach. Here they offer drinks and food on the large terrace. Local fishermen still use the beach as the launching point for their traditional fishing boats.  You can watch them land their catch, repair their nets and push their boat into the sea.
  • El Playazo
  • El Chucho
  • La Caletilla
  • El Chorrillo
  • Carabeillo
  • El Cañuelo is one of the remote beaches between Nerja and Almunecar in the Maro-Cerro Gordo natural park. This natural park runs approx. 7 miles along the coast from Nerja towards La Herradura. Has dramatic coastline, with cliffs, rocky beaches and ruined watchtowers. The beaches in the natural park also benefit from crystal clear water, being far enough away from the pollution from the nearby towns. Currently at El Cañuelo other than a beach restaurant, there are no facilities. In the summer months there is a bus service down to the beach from the main road above, otherwise it is a long hot walk down the track. Hence the beach is one of the last unspoilt beaches on the Costa del Sol