Salobreña - Plaza de Goya (next to La Bodega restaurant). Tel. 958 610 314.
Open Tuesday–Saturday 9:45–13:30 & 16:00–18:45.
Guided tours available.
Almuñecar - Palacete de La Najarra, Avenida de Europa. Tel. 958 631 125.
Granada - Plaza del Carmen, 9. Tel. 958 248 280.
Most of the beaches along the Costa Tropical are fine pebble beaches rather than sandy.
Salobreña beach front is split into two sections by the Peñon (the rock which juts into the sea), the right hand section from El Peñon to La Caleta is called Playa de La Guardia and we feel it is the better section as it is not built up here. The left hand side boasts a long promenade which is particularly pleasant for a stroll at sunset and there are many bars and restaurants along this section of beach.
Playa Granada located at the golf course "Los Moriscos" is a good place to take children as there is no road running parallel to the beach. There are several bar/restaurants and of course the golf course. Take the N340 to the Granada turn off, first right and follow signs for "golf".
Heading east you will find Playa de Poniente which is overlooked by the development which extends along this section. A very large beach which is full of life in the summer months and at night its chiringuitos (bar/restaurants) transform into an area of lively night life.
Between Poniente and the next beach, Playa de las Azucenas, you will find the area Varadero (port) beside which is the yacht club, Club Nautico, the commercial port and fishing port. Playa de las Azucenas extends from the fishing port to Torrenueva with no development and it remains in its virgin state with sugarcane extending virtually to the sea.
Playa de Torrenueva is a long beach and quite busy in the summer.
After this you will find Playa de la Joya which is quite well protected but difficult to gain access to and is classified as a nudist beach.
Playa de Carchuna extends from the lighthouse to Calahonda. With clean water it is the preferred beach for windsurfers and fishermen.
Playa de Calahonda, WITH QUITE SOME BUILDINGS, connects with Playa de Carchuna making this whole stretch incredibly long with many chiringuitos.
In the direction of Almuñecar you will find Playa Cabria signposted from the main road - small black volcanic sand and once again quite safe for children with pleasant beach restaurants.
Further on you will find Playa Velilla on the left hand side of the N340 just before the first tunnel. It is almost 2 km long, fine shingled to quite coarse pebbles and is overlooked by the large spread of development along the area. The nicest part of Playa Velilla is a little cove located at the very beginning that is surrounded by rock that acts as a good windbreak. It also has bar/restaurants and is a very popular area during the summer.
In the centre of Almuñecar there is Playa Puerta del Mar and further west past the Peñon del Santo and tiny little beach called La Caletilla that expands or disappears with the tide we arrive at Playa San Cristobal. This is about 1 km long and again there are many bars and restaurants along this stretch.
At the end its name changes to Playa de la China.
Heading round the next point you pass a couple of tiny beaches and some rocky areas until you reach Playa Cotobro. This is a beautiful little bay with bars.
From here you can get around to the completely unspoilt Playa del Muerto either by sea or over the rocks.
A little further on the other side of Marina del Este, which also has a beach, Playa de los Berengueles, next stop heading west about 4 km is La Herradura which is a very picturesque bay.
The bay is split up into different areas - Playa del Lance covers the eastern end, Playa de la Bahia the centre and Playa del Carbon goes to the west. They are in effect the same beach.
And last but not least there is one more spot which you can aim for if you are prepared - Playa de Cantarrijan lies on the other side of Cerro Gordo about 2 km from La Herradura. It can only be reached off the old road. A very steep road twists down to the beach with its small beach bar and if you have nothing to hide then you can enjoy reasonable privacy at the furthest end which has been designated a nudist area.
In the Nerja area the main beach is Playa Burriana which has a promenade and numerous restaurants and bars. Located on the east side of Nerja, signposted off the N340.
Salobreña, Almuñecar and Nerja all have numerous beach huts which rent out pedalos, canoes, boats, jet skis, windsurfing equipment etc
Open mid-June to mid-September from 11:00-19:00 approx. The entrance price is the same whether you go for the whole day or just one hour. However after 3pm the price is SOMETIMES reduced. All the aqua parks have restaurant and cafe bar facilities along with grassed areas for sun-bathing etc.
For information and booking please enquire at Restaurante Casa Antonio, at Playa Cabria.
Probably the most beautiful place to walk is in the Alpujarra and the Lecrin Valley.
There are daily organised walks available from El Monteñero, Carataunas. For those who wish to walk independently there are not many signposted walks however people do not mind you crossing their land although watch for "Coto Privado" which is private hunting grounds.
We also recommend the area from Los Guajares to the resevoir at Beznar (Presa de Beznar).
Around the village of Cadiar and Portugos there are a number of signposted walks.
At Maro just before Nerja there are some twelve signposted walks up into the mountains behind Nerja.Survey maps are available from most bookshops (librerias). Walking guides available from local tourist offices. Guided walks are available.