Nerja has 9kms of award winning blue flag beaches, which includes the popular Playa Burriana and five other to explore.
The most popular and well-equipped beach in Nerja is Playa Burriana to the far east of the town. You can either take your car to the beach or take the scenic rocky coastal path which leads from the town centre all the way to Burriana (about a 20 minute walk). The beach recently won one of only six 'Q-Standard Quality Awards' for its fantastic quality and cleanliness.
The 800-metre beach is a mixture of fine sand and pebbles and has all the facilities you could wish for. There are numerous beach bars and seafront cafes here, you can hire sun beds and shades and there's a full range of water sports including scuba diving and boat cruises along the coast.
Immediately below the Balcon de Europa, in front of Hotel Europa, you'll find Playa Caletilla, a small beach with softer sand than some of the other beaches in the area which tend to be more shingly.
To the left of the Balcon de Europa is the small and picturesque fishermen's beach, Playa Calahonda. The beach, reached by a steep path down from the Balcon, is a mixture of sand and small pebbles and is sheltered from the wind with rocks on either side.
A popular beach at the bottom of the town is Playa Torrecilla. It has been artificially widened to create a perfect beach for young children with shallow and generally calm water and soft sand.
Playa el Salon
Follow the cobbled walkway which leads off to the right of the Balcon, between Hotel Europa and the church, and you'll find Playa el Salon, a small and secluded beach which many visitors never stumble across. There's a beach bar here, good sand and sun beds for hire.
Just around the corner from Playa Torrecilla, to the right of the town is Nerja's longest and most rugged beach, Playazo. The beach stretches for 2 kilometres but it tends to be less crowded than its neighbours because it's primarily stony and there are fewer bars and facilities here.