Playa la Caleta de Maro
Playa la Caleta de Maro

Playa la Caleta de Maro

Playa la Caleta de Maro, Maro
** Playa la Caleta de Maro - Maro, Spain

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Discover the beach that once inspired the backdrop of one of Spain's most famous television series, 'Verano Azul'. Playa de la Caleta de Maro, or 'Calachica' to the locals, is located just 1 km outside the village of Maro, in the municipality of Nerja, and is surrounded by sugar cane fields and rocky cliffs.

This beautiful 400-meter stretch of virgin Mediterranean coastline is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon sunbathing. The area is naturally shielded from strong winds and breaking waves due to the coastal cliffs and large rock formations that have formed a natural breakwater, which also provides this Maro beach with more privacy for nude sunbathers.

Playa la Caleta de Maro ➜ Verano Azul

The most interesting thing about this beach is that a popular Spanish television series, Verano Azul (Blue Summer), was filmed here.

The series, directed by Antonio Mercero, was broadcast from October 11, 1981, to February 14, 1982. The show recounted the adventures of a group of kids between the ages of 9 and 17, while on summer vacation in a small town along the Costa del Sol.

Playa la Caleta de Maro - Maro, Spain
Playa la Caleta de Maro Views Playa la Caleta de Maro Rocks
** Views of Playa la Caleta de Maro - Maro, Spain

Verano Azul drew up to 20 million viewers in Spain and was also broadcast in Latin America, Portugal, France, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. One of the main characters on the show 'Chanquete' lived on an old fishing boat... a replica of this boat can be found in the 'Parque Verano Azul' on the western end of Nerja!

Why Visit Playa la Caleta de Maro?

Visit Playa la Caleta de Maro if you are curious to see where the young group of "Verano Azul" actors spent their days... and you want to spend your day relaxing and enjoying one of the lesser crowded beaches of Maro!

How to Arrive ➜ Playa la Caleta de Maro

From Granada - Drive south on A-44. Take exit 183 to merge onto E-15 / A-7 towards Salobreña / Málaga. Take exit 295 (Nerja) from the A-7.

➜ Continue to the roundabout and take the N-340 (second exit) towards Maro. At the next roundabout take the second exit onto the N-340 towards La Herradura. You will come to a smaller roundabout, take a sharp right turn and start driving towards the coast. There will be a small gravel road on your right-hand side marked 'La Caleta de Maro' just before you reach the end, where you will also find Playa de Maro.

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

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

Parking & How to Access Playa la Caleta de Maro

Parking is free along the road but there is limited space. From there, this charming 'wild' beach can be accessed by a gravel road and then a winding wooden staircase that descends through the overgrown sugarcane onto the sand.

  • Park at the top of the road. No cars are allowed on the gravel road.
  • Take a right at the first signpost.
  • Continue straight at the second signpost.
  • At the end of the road you will find a staircase on your right.
  • The walk takes 10-15 minutes.
  • Enjoy this beach!

Playa la Caleta de Maro - Parking Lot Playa la Caleta de Maro - Sign to Beach
Playa la Caleta de Maro - Sign to Beach Playa la Caleta de Maro Access through Wooden Staircase
** Playa la Caleta de Maro - How to Arrive - Wooden Staircase

Facilities on Playa la Caleta de Maro:

Only the sand and the surf, and a few kayaks to rent.

  • Parking Along the Road

Beach Info ➜ Playa la Caleta de Maro

Type: Isolated Natural Beach
Length: 400 meters
Width: 15 meters
Level of occupancy: Low
Sand Type: Dark Sand and Some Small Rocks
Facilities: None
Nudist beach No
Access Gravel Road & Wooden Staircase
Ease of Access Easy

Other Beaches in the Maro Reserve:

Where to Stay Near Playa la Caleta de Maro

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 la Caleta de Maro, like this one!

Playa la Caleta de Maro, Natural Beach Playa la Caleta de Maro Beach
Playa la Caleta de Maro - Isolated Cove
** Playa la Caleta de Maro - Natural Beach with Sand & Pebbles

Kayaking & Scuba Tours from Playa la Caleta de Maro?

There are kayak rentals on Playa la Caleta de Maro, but they are limited (4-5 kayaks are available). No tours leave from this beach but many groups pass by here from neighboring Playa Burriana.

If you're interested in joining a kayaking excursion, read: Kayaking in Nerja. Tours leave daily from both Playa Burriana in Nerja and La Herradura. These tours visit the caves, hidden coves, and waterfalls of the Maro 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 la Caleta de Maro
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 la Caleta de Maro.

Leaves from Playa Burriana (Nerja) - tour stars 484 Reviews

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** Playa la Caleta de Maro - Kayak Rentals

Restaurants ➜ Playa la Caleta de Maro

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

Playa la Caleta de Maro - Boats
** Playa la Caleta de Maro - Boats

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