Nerja is one of the most sought after destinations on the Costa del Sol. Its appeal is easy to understand, being one of the few booming holiday resorts that has kept its traditional fishing-village feel.
The whitewashed village sits at the base of the Sierra de Tejadas mountains, at the mouth of the Chillar River. Water has always played a large part in Nerja’s history. With Nerja getting its name from the Arabic word 'narixa,' meaning 'bountiful spring.'
High on most people’s wish list when holidaying in Nerja is to visit one of her many beaches. The coastal landscape is a panorama of contrasts, from the long stretches of sandy beach that make up El Playazo to the more urban beaches of Torrecilla and Calahonda and onwards to the majestic Burriana and Maro beaches.
A guide to Nerja's beaches
This is a guide to Nerja’s beaches. You’ll find pictures, videos, maps, restaurant tips and all the information you need to have an enjoyable day on any one of them.
There are 12 beaches that sit within Nerja’s provincial borders. I have added 3 more onto the list; Playa Alberquillas, Las Calas del Pino and Playa El Cañuelo. All of them are close to Nerja and are definitely worth a visit.
Just past Maro you start getting in the Acantilados de Maro natural reserve, an area that is home to some of the best beaches in Spain. There are several more mentioned in our 'Ten best beaches in Andalucia list.'
Without further ado -
Playa de Burriana - Burriana beach
Burriana is without a doubt Nerja's most well known and best loved beach. A popular spot ever since the TV series 'Verano Azul,' put it firmly on the map.
Water sports, restaurants, bars.....there's everything you'd want and then some.
For more information on Burriana beach.
Playa de Maro - Maro beach
Consistently voted as being one of the best beaches in Spain. Maro beach is a paradise.
A land of hidden waterfalls, underwater caves and some of the best snorkelling around, all within a few kilometres from Nerja.
For more information on Maro beach.
La Caleta de Maro
Maro beach's younger sister. The Caleta de Maro is the lesser known and quieter cove that sits adjacent to the Playa de Maro.
Clothing optional, remote and never too crowded, a visit La Caleta de Maro is highly recommended.
For more information on La Caleta de Maro beach.
Playa de Alberquillas - Alberquillas beach
Situated just ten kilometres from the centre of Nerja, this beach feels a world away.
Clothing optional, exceptionally clean and situated within the Acantilados de Maro natural reserve.
For more information on Alberquillas beach.
Las Calas del Pino - Las Calas del Pino beach
Las Calas del Pino, the pine coves, is a clothing optional beach that is situated right in the heart of the Acantilados de Maro natural reserve.
Crystal clear waters, great snorkelling and access that is difficult enough to deter most visitors.....Las Calas del Pino is never busy.
For more information on Las Calas del Pino beach.
Playa El Cañuelo - El Cañuelo beach
They don't come much more beautiful than Playa El Cañuelo. Situated right on the Malaga-Granada border, El Cañuelo is a fantastic beach for families.
Great snorkelling, sheltered waters and some of the best scenery the coast has to offer.
For more information on El Cañuelo beach.
Playa Playazo - Playazo beach
Playazo beach is Nerja's largest and western-most beach.
Looking to get away from it all and within easy walking distance from Nerja's city centre, then Playa Playazo is the place to be.
For more information on Playazo beach.
Playa El Chucho - El Chucho beach
El Chucho beach is situated between Playazo and Torrecilla beaches.
The last beach on the western side to have a paseo maritimo - a seafront promenade. El Chucho is within easy walking distance from all amenities.
For more information on El Chucho beach.
Playa de Torrecilla - Torrecilla beach
Torrecilla is one of Nerja's most popular beaches. Bars, restaurants and every service you could hope for at your fingertips.
Within easy walking distance from the centre of Nerja, Torrecilla is a popular beach.
For more information on Torrecilla beach.
Playa El Salón - El Salon beach
A small beach that is mainly frequented by Spanish families.
Playa El Salón sits to the right of the Balcón de Europa in a quiet cul-de-sac. The access road is easy to miss and ensures that the beach is never 'overly' crowded.
For more information on El Salon beach.
Playa de la Caletilla - Caletilla beach
Sitting directly beneath the Balcón de Europa, La Caletilla is often mistaken for a private beach. It is, in fact, a very public beach.
The smallest beach on the list. Caletilla is only 50m and has been known to disappear completely during high tides.
For more information on Caletilla beach.
Playa de Calahonda - Calahonda beach
One of Nerja's most iconic beaches. Playa de Calahonda seems to grace every postcard or Nerja-themed calendar.
Situated just next to the Balcón de Europa, you can't miss seeing Playa de Calahonda.
For more information on Calahonda beach.
Playa El Chorrillo - El Chorrillo beach
Playa El Chorrillo is the name given to three coves that sit next to Playa de Calahonda.
On a calm day, these hidden coves make a fantastic spot to spend the day.
For more information on El Chorrillo beach.
Playa de Carabeo - Carabeo beach
A beach that is overlooked by many, despite being situated in the centre of Nerja.
Access is via a steep flight of stairs that deters most visitors and means the beach is never too crowded.
For more information on Carabeo beach.
Playa Carabeillo - Carabeillo beach
One of the most picturesque of all of Nerja's beaches. Carabeillo is a firm favourite with many.
Surrounded by lush vegetation, clear waters and fine golden sand, Carabeillo beach is quite a sight and should be high on any visitors list.
For more information on Carabeillo beach.