Playa del Cañuelo


East of Nerja the coast becomes more rugged; with your own wheels you can head to some great beaches reached by tracks down from the A7. Playa del Cañuelo, immediately before the border with Granada province, is one of the best, with a couple of summer-only restaurants.

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Nearby Nerja attractions

1. Playa de Cantarriján


Hemmed in by rocky cliffs and the glittering Mediterranean, gorgeous grey-pebble Cantarriján is one of Andalucía's original and favourite nudist beaches…

2. Cueva de Nerja

3.31 MILES

It’s hard to imagine the surreal world that lies beneath the mountain foothills 4km east of Nerja, and it’s even harder to believe that these vast caverns…

3. Playa Burriana

4.41 MILES

This is Nerja’s longest and best beach, with plenty of towel space on the sand. From Balcón de Europa, walk east down bleached white Calle Carabeo and…

4. Playa Calahonda

4.72 MILES

This small, pretty cove is just east of the Balcón de Europa. You can rent sunbeds and parasols here, though it does get busy at the height of summer,…

5. Balcón de Europa

4.75 MILES

Located in the heart of town, the fabulous balcón juts out like a natural pier, forming a beautiful palm-lined terrace with panoramic views of the sea…

6. Museo de Nerja

4.87 MILES

Nerja’s museum traces the history of the town from the cave dwellers of Paleolithic times to the tourist-boom years of the ’60s, and is well worth a…

7. Playa de San Cristóbal

5.18 MILES

Almuñécar's western and best beach is a pretty grey-pebble strip framed by green headlands and dotted with seafood chiringuitos that catches the sun well…

8. Parque Botánico El Majuelo


A lush park built around the remains of a Carthaginian and Roman fish-salting workshop, where garum (fermented fish sauce) was produced before being…