May 10th, 2012
Playa de la Rijana, or Rijana beach is situated in the province of Granada just outside of the village of Castell de Ferro. Some 20 kms east of Motril.
The beach has consistently been voted as being one of the best on the Costa del Sol – despite being situated on the Costa Tropical. These minor technicalities apart, for beach lovers, you couldn’t hope for a more beautiful spot.
Playa de la Rijana
The pebble beach offers exceptionally clean waters and is a favourite with divers.
Situated in a little cove that you need to walk down to, the access is quite easy to miss. Adding to its appeal.
Castell de Ferro
This part of the coast has not opened up to foreign tourism.
Nestled between the clear, blue waters of the Mediterranean and the Las Alpujarras mountains, the lack of regional infrastructure has always ensured that the area is relatively untouched.
Hopes for a more buoyant local economy based on foreign tourism have given way to intensive agriculture. The area produces high quality vegetable crops such as cucumbers, courgettes, peppers and avocados, most of which are for export to Northern Europe or other areas of Spain.
All of these factors combined, ensure that visitors get an authentic impression of the ‘real Spain.’
During the busier summer months, the beach can be crowded with local Spaniards from the neighbouring villages and Motril. But, generally speaking, you can always find a quiet spot for yourself.
What is there to do?
Not much. The beach is not within walking distance of the village. There is, however, a small bar/chiringuito on the beach that offers some spectacular views, is reasonably priced and a fantastic spot to have a drink and contemplate the natural beauty that surrounds you.
The geological conditions along this stretch of coastline make it very rich in marine life. Bring a mask and snorkel – the beach and the surrounding coves are excellent for snorkeling.
If coming from the Malaga/Costa del Sol direction, the beach is situated several kms before the village of Castell de Ferro – Google map
The road winds up and down, goes through several tunnels and passes some spectacular coves/beaches. Playa de la Rijana is one of these.
Keep your eyes peeled for the exit – see picture. You’ll see this on your left-hand side (when coming from Malaga).
Be careful, people drive very quickly and the old N-340 is renowned for being dangerous.
If you miss it first time round (likely) just drive into Castell and double back on yourself.
Park at the top and walk down. You have to walk back under the motorway through a tunnel. Its not far, some 200m from the car park to the beach.
Bring plenty of suntan cream, water and prepare yourself for a fantastic day out on one of the Costa del Sol’s/Costa Tropical’s best beaches!!