Playa de las Alberquillas
Playa de las Alberquillas

Playa de las Alberquillas

Playa de las Alberquillas, Maro
** Playa de las Alberquillas, Maro Spain

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Moving down the coast we arrive at our next destination, 'Playa de las Alberquillas'. This Maro beach is a continuation of the previous one, 'Playa del Molino de Papel'. It's easily accessed by passing by the remains of the ancient watchtower, 'Torre de la Miel', that sits at the water's edge.

This section of beach is stunningly gorgeous and often less crowded than the others, even in summer, due to the extra effort to get there.

You can also access this beach from the top by narrow paths that descend between the cliffs covered by wild rosemary and thyme. These rocky cliffs create an impressive sea entrance and make this place an almost impregnable fortress... perfect for nude sunbathers.

With a length of 400 meters, this sand and pebble beach enjoys crystalline waters and is yet another inviting place to practice snorkeling as the marine life is protected due to its status as a nature reserve.

Playa de las Alberquillas - Maro, Spain
Playa de las Alberquillas - Sand & Gravel Playa de las Alberquillas - View from Above
** Views of Playa de las Alberquillas - Maro, Spain

Why Visit Playa de las Alberquillas?

Visit Playa de las Alberquillas if you want to be immersed in nature, avoid the crowds, and don't mind putting in a little extra effort to get there.

How to Arrive ➜ Playa de las Alberquillas

From Granada - Drive south on A-44. Take exit 183 to merge onto E-15 / A-7 towards Salobreña / Málaga. Take exit 305 towards N-340 / La Herradura.

➜ Continue to the roundabout and take the N-340 towards Maro, go through the tunnel. Drive for about 5-minutes until you pass Calas del Pino at marker #300, Playa de las Alberquillas will be the next beach on the left at marker #299. Drive slowly as the entrance is easy to miss.

From Malaga - Follow A-7 going east. Take exit 295 (Nerja) from A-7.

➜ Continue to the roundabout and take the N-340 towards Almeria to Maro. At the Nerja Caves roundabout take the second exit to pass Maro. Continue on the N-340 for about 5-minutes until just after Playa del Molino de Papel and marker #299.

From Nerja - Drive along Carretera de Almería / N-340 going east towards Almeria. Then follow directions above.

Parking & How to Access Playa de las Alberquillas

To access this Maro beach follow the N-340 until you reach signpost #299. There are several parking areas on the cliffs overlooking the sea and beaches. Playa de las Alberquillas is split by a rocky point that juts out into the sea and both sides have trails leading down to the beach. The trails will take you about 5-10 minutes to reach the bottom and they are not too steep.

Playa de las Alberquillas - Crystal Clear Waters
Playa de las Alberquillas - Views from Mirador Playa de las Alberquillas - Lookout
** Playa de las Alberquillas - Crystal Clear Water & Mirador

Facilities on Playa de las Alberquillas:

Due to its location and access, this beach does not have any services. However, parking is available. Bring food and drinks, as well as an umbrella.

There is a small mirador (lookout) at the top of the cliffs where you can stop to take photos of the beautiful views of Playa de las Alberquillas and the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea below.

Beach Info ➜ Playa de las Alberquillas

Type: Isolated Natural Beach
Length: 470 meters
Width: 10-25 meters
Level of occupancy: Low
Sand Type: Fine Sand & Small Pebbles
Facilities: None
Nudist beach No
Access N-340 Highway & Rocky Trail
Ease of Access Moderate

Other Beaches in the Maro Reserve:

Where to Stay Near Playa de las Alberquillas

If you want to experience the beauty of the Maro / Cerro Gordo coastline there are several areas where you can stay. All offering a little something different. Here is what we recommend.

  • Nerja (8 km) - A famous white village with tons of restaurants, shops, and nightlife. You will find a large assortment of hotels and villas here.

  • Frigiliana (9 km) - Chosen as one of the prettiest villages of Spain this mountain village is just a 12-minute drive from Nerja and Playa de Maro. The Hotel Villa Frigiliana is the nicest hotel.

  • La Herradura (7 km) - A picturesque fishing village to the east of the nature reserve on the opposite side of Playa Cantarriján. It has a gorgeous bay with seaside chiringuitos and a marina. Here is nice selection of hotels and villas.

  • Almuñecar (14 km) - Another popular holiday destination just 20-minutes from Nerja with a waterpark, aquarium, bird park, and a castle! Best hotels and villas in Almuñecar.

  • Maro (1.7 km) - This tiny village is the closest to the Maro beaches but has far less accommodation. If you would like to stay here try these options.

  • If you haven't found anything yet, you can also try VRBO.com, they have a ton of great villas and apartments near Playa de las Alberquillas, like this one!

Coastline near Playa de las Alberquillas - Maro
** Coastline Near Playa de las Alberquillas - Maro, Spain

Kayaking & Scuba Tours from Playa de las Alberquillas?

There are no kayak rentals or scuba excursions from Playa de las Alberquillas but if you're interested in joining an excursion while visiting the area read: kayaking in Nerja. There are excursions that leave daily from both Nerja and La Herradura that pass by this beach. They visit the caves, hidden coves, and waterfalls of the Nature Reserve.

Scuba diving is also a popular activity in the reserve as Maro is one of the top diving destinations in Spain. Most of the diving companies are located in La Herradura or Nerja. Read: Scuba Diving in La Herradura / Maro.


Kayaking - Playa de las Alberquillas
Kayak Cliff Tour of Nerja and Maro - Maro Waterfall - This guided kayak tour of the Nerja and Maro cliffs is in high demand. You must reserve in time to guarantee your place. There are several scheduled departures: 10:00, 13:00, 16:00. Kayak past the beautiful beaches of the Maro Reserve, like Playa de las Alberquillas.

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Restaurants ➜ Playa de las Alberquillas

There are currently no restaurants on Playa de las Alberquillas. If you are in the area and looking for a good place to eat, we suggest:

Playa de las Alberquillas - Trail
Enjoying Playa de las Alberquillas Playa de las Alberquillas - Trail
** Trail to Playa de las Alberquillas

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