The 15 Almuñécar Beaches
** The Almuñécar Beaches - The Golden Sands of Playa Velilla
Savor the warm sands of these stunning Almuñécar beaches!Almuñécar is blessed to have 15 beautiful beaches, some sandy, some pebbled, but all breathtakingly beautiful...
Most of Almuñécar's beaches are classified as "family beaches", which means they are perfect for families with children of all ages. These beaches have lifeguards on duty and the water is usually calm, with few strong currents or large waves that could pose a danger to small children.
Keep reading to find all the information you need to plan the perfect day on any one of these 15 gorgeous Almuñécar beaches... Remember to pack your sunscreen!
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The TOP 6 Almuñécar beachesAlmuñécar's most popular beaches are located along a promenade that connects them to the rest of town. They are easily accessible and most offer underground or street parking.
Along the Almuñécar promenade you will find an endless number of restaurants, cafes, shops, parks and other necessary facilities such as toilets, showers and playgrounds. This makes spending the day at any of these Almuñécar's beaches a pleasure... as you will have everything you need right at your fingertips.
5 smaller more secluded Almuñécar Beaches are:Almuñécar has several smaller, more secluded beaches that offer a quieter, more peaceful beach experience compared to the hustle and bustle of the town's main beaches. The relative isolation of the Costa Tropical, away from the major tourist hotspots of the Costa del Sol, means that some of its beaches remain relatively untouched, with some only accessible via dry river beds and cliff paths.
|Calabajio - Cotobro - Pozuelo -
Puerta del Mar - San Cristobal - Velilla
|Puerta del Mar - Tesorillo
|Family / Youth / Music
|Cabria - Curumbico
|Water Sports / Youth / Secluded
|Playa Cantarriján - Playa Muerto
The 15 Gorgeous Almuñécar Beaches - An Overview
Playa Cabria is reached by driving along a dry riverbed. It's one of Almuñécar's more secluded beaches and has a village-like feel. There are several restaurants right on the beach, some of which even play music during the summer months. This beach attracts young people and bohemians.
Many water sports activities can be enjoyed from Playa Cabria. From here you can also access the second nudist beach in Almuñécar, Playa Curumbico.
A beautiful little beach located just below a 4-star hotel, the Playacalida Resort (pictured above). This Almuñécar beach is surrounded by an impressive Mediterranean garden, which is very popular with walkers and cyclists, and there is a great restaurant at the top of the hill.
Playa Calabajio is a mix of sand and pebbles, and is around 200 metres long. Its semi-urban setting and moderate waves make it ideal for a quiet day at the beach. As it's a bit more secluded, it tends to attract fewer visitors than Almuñécar's larger beaches, so it's a good choice if you're looking for tranquillity and a less crowded environment.
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Playa Cotobro is a very popular family beach, it's relatively small, about 350 metres long and has a mixture of sand and pebbles. It's in a semi-urban area, surrounded by apartment buildings, holiday villas and the beautiful ON ALETA ROOM hotel. The beach is set in front of a palm-lined promenade with magnificent views of the Mediterranean and Marina del Este in the distance.
As it's closer to town, this Almuñécar beach typically has more facilities, like beach bars (chiringuitos) and restaurants, and the hotel has a lovely terrace by the sea. However, as the beach is somewhat narrow and tucked away in a cove, it can feel quite intimate and secluded despite its proximity to the town center.
Due to the somewhat rocky seabed, snorkelling can be an enjoyable activity here, with opportunities to see some interesting marine life. The water quality is quite good, making it very nice for swimming.
Playa Muerto, which translates to 'Beach of the Dead', may sound a little ominous, but it's actually a beautiful spot, known for its tranquillity and natural beauty. It is one of the designated "playa naturalistas" or nudist beaches in the area.
This Almuñécar beach is located to the east of the town center, at the foot of a cliff. It's relatively isolated and can only be reached via a rocky footbridge, which adds to its secluded and peaceful atmosphere. It's made up of pebbles and has clear, calm waters, making it ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
Due to its more remote location, Playa del Muerto doesn't typically offer as many amenities or services as the larger, more urban beaches of Almuñécar. There are no lifeguards, beach bars or rental services of any kind, so come prepared with whatever you might need for the day. However, the local bus stops at the end of the road that leads to Playa Muerto.
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Playa Curumbico is an isolated cove accessed from the neighboring Playa Cabria via a stone walkway that wraps around the point. The beach boasts impressive views, but no services are available. The Playacalida Resort sits on top of the cliff overlooking this Almuñécar Beach.
This Almuñécar Beach is often praised for its cleanliness and the quality of its water, which makes it ideal for swimming and other water activities. As it's a sandy beach, it's also an excellent spot for sunbathing and for children to play.
Playa Pozuelo is a family beach located opposite a 4-star hotel with a spa. It has a restaurant right on the beach and, given its proximity to town, you're likely to find many more beach bars and restaurants nearby... making it a wonderful choice for a beach day.
Playa Tesorillo is another family beach, but is also very popular with young people. It is located in a cove surrounded by rugged cliffs that give it a sense of seclusion. The coastline stretches for about 100 metres and is a mixture of soft white sand and pebbles and the water is typically clear and calm, making it a great place for swimming and snorkelling.
Despite its small size and relatively secluded location, this Almuñécar Beach has quite a few amenities. There are two great restaurants right on the beach, one of which plays music during the summer months, and a lovely 4-star hotel just across the road. Sunshades and loungers can be rented for the day.
|Family & Youth / Live Music
Best Hotel Near Playa Pozuelo & Playa Tesorillo
Playa Puerta del Mar
On the other side of the San Cristobal Peñon is Playa Puerta del Mar. This Almuñécar beach is in the center of town and has easy access to many good bars and restaurants.
There is a very popular row of tiki bars that run along the beach, playing music during the summer and offering wonderful sunset views in the evenings. This is one of the most festive beaches in Almuñécar, full of party-goers at night and very popular with young people.
|Family Beach / Longest Beach
Playa San Cristobal
Playa San Cristobal is the most popular beach in Almuñécar. Located in the center of town, it has restaurants and hotels, car parks, shops and all the amenities.
One of the defining features of this Almuñécar beach is the Peñón del Santo, commonly known as Peñón de Cristóbal, a series of large rocks jutting out into the sea at its eastern end. It is topped by a cross and offers panoramic views of Almuñécar, its beaches, the marina and the Mediterranean. Climb to the top and have a look!
|Family Beach / Most Popular
Best Hotel Near Playa Puerta del Mar & Playa San Cristobal
Playa Velilla is the longest of Almuñécar's beaches and one of its main features is its long and lively promenade, a pedestrian-friendly walkway that runs the length of the beach. The promenade is lined with restaurants, cafes and shops and it's an ideal place for leisurely walks, bike rides or simply sitting and enjoying the sea views.
At the eastern end of Playa Velilla is the Aquatropic Water Park, which offers a fun-filled day for families. It has a variety of waterslides, pools and other attractions and is a fantastic alternative or addition to a day on the beach.
This Almuñécar beach is very popular for summer apartment rentals. You will find a wide range of holiday apartments, most with sea views. There are fewer hotels in this area.
This Almuñécar beach is a little off the beaten track and not easy to find, but it is great if you want to get away from the summer crowds. There are not many facilities, but there is a small restaurant on the beach that serves sandwiches and drinks. Buses don't go this far, so you'll need your own transport.
4 More Almuñécar Beaches in La Herradura:Just a 5 minute drive down the coast is the small village of La Herradura. It is part of the municipality of Almuñécar and it's four beautiful beaches give you even more opportunities to find the perfect base for your next beach holiday...
Playa La Herradura
Playa La Herradura is the main beach in the village of La Herradura. It's a long, crescent-shaped beach with a mixture of pebbles and sand, lined with a range of facilities including restaurants, shops, and rental services for water sports (wonderful kayaking tours are available). Unlike the other, more secluded beaches of Almuñécar, Playa La Herradura is bustling with activity, making it a lively hub for locals and tourists alike.
Playa Calaiza is a smaller, secluded beach that stands out for its natural surroundings and tranquility. It's a rocky beach and may require a bit of walking to reach, making it less crowded than Playa La Herradura. The unspoiled beauty of Calaiza offers a peaceful contrast to the busier atmosphere of La Herradura.
Located within the Maro-Cerro Gordo Natural Park, Playa Cantarriján is known for its beautiful clear waters and rocky seabed, making it a great spot for scuba diving and snorkelling. It's more secluded than Playa La Herradura, but has a couple of good beach restaurants. Compared to Playa Calaiza, Cantarriján has better facilities and easier access, making it a little more visitor-friendly, while still retaining its natural charm.
Check out the other beaches in the Maro Nature Reserve. ➜
This small cove, close to Marina del Este, is an intimate beach with clear waters and a mixture of sand and pebbles. It's more developed than Playa Calaiza, but quieter than Playa La Herradura, offering a balance of seclusion and convenience. While Playa Cantarriján stands out for its natural park setting, Playa Berengueles stands out for its proximity to the marina and its facilities.
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