** Playa Calahonda - Nerja, Spain
Playa Calahonda! Nerja's Most Photographed Beach! ➜ Home to the Balcón de Europa!
Out of all the Nerja beaches, Playa Calahonda is the most photographed and the one you see most often in travel brochures. Located in the heart of the Nerja old town it enjoys amazing views of the famous Balcón de Europa.
The unique beauty of Playa Calahonda comes from the fact that this tiny beach was once a port for local fisherman. They would cast their nets from the shores of Calahonda or set sail in their colorful boats in search of the days offering. Fishing equipment was stored in small houses carved out of the cliffs and rocks. Today, you can still see one of these charming little houses with its whitewashed exterior, blue door and trim, and a beautiful display of pink and red Geraniums.
If you are thinking of spending your next holiday in Nerja, keep reading to find out why Playa Calahonda might be the best beach for you and your family to enjoy!
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** Enjoying Playa Calahonda During the Summer
While visiting Playa Calahonda take a stroll along some of the recently renovated promenades. The city of Nerja has been working hard on building a seafront promenade that will run the length of the Nerja coastline and connect all the Nerja beaches. Currently the Calahonda section of this promenade has been completed. You can walk from Playa Calahonda, past Playa la Caletilla, all the way to Playa el Salón.
Going in the other direction, behind Playa Calahonda, you can take the 'Paseo de los Carabineros' until it reaches Playa Chorrillo. The renovation has not yet progressed beyond that point, but it will soon connect with Playa Carabeo the next beach going east.
The walks are short, but you will find many great opportunities for beautiful photos of the dark blue Mediterranean and the famous Balcón de Europa.
** Playa Calahonda, Nerja
Why Visit Playa Calahonda?Visit Playa Calahonda if you want to stay within the Nerja old town and you want access to restaurants, tapas-bars, and shopping.
How to Arrive ➜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 (first exit) towards Nerja. Drive straight until you reach town and find one of the parking areas below. Playa Calahonda can be accessed on foot from the Balcón de Europa.
From Malaga - Follow A-7 going east. Take exit 295 (Nerja) from A-7. Then follow directions above.
From the Center of Nerja - Make your way walking towards the Balcón de Europa. From there you will be able to access this beach on foot.
Access to the BeachAccess to Playa Calahonda can be obtained in one of two ways:
- Walking from the Nerja Town Center - Make your way to the Balcón de Europa in the center of Nerja. While you are there you will see the
'Boquete de Calahonda', this is a white structure with many arches, covered in colorful pots of Geraniums.
Behind the 'Boquete de Calahonda', around the corner from the blue fountain, you will find a winding stairwell. This stairwell will take you down to Playa Calahonda and its promenades.
- Driving - If you are not staying in town and want to visit Playa Calahonda, make your way to one of these two parking lots...
Parking Balcón de Europa, or Parking Carabeo.
From either parking area, it's a 3-4-minute walk to the Balcón de Europa.
** Playa Calahonda - One of Nerja's busiest beach
Parking ➜For parking in town, and access to Playa Calahonda and the other beaches, we recommend either of these two parking lots.
- Parking Balcón de Europa - this parking area is a three-story underground structure. It sits just below the Ayuntamiento (town hall), tourist office, and Nerja Museum.
- Parking Carabeo - This is a large open, dirt parking lot. It sits just behind the Nerja old town where you will have access to many restaurants and the shopping district.
Facilities on Playa Calahonda:Being in the center of Nerja you will have access to anything you might need while enjoying Playa Calahonda.
- Changing Rooms
- Sun Bed and Umbrella Rentals
- Tapas Bars
- Parking Garage
- Seaside Promenade
Beach Info ➜
|Type:||Family Beach / Urban Area|
|Level of occupancy:||High|
|Sand Type:||Dark Sand & Pebbles|
|Access||Boquete de Calahonda Stairwell & Seaside Promenade|
|Ease of Access||Easy|
- Playa Burriana
- Playa Carabeillo
- Playa Carabeo
- Playa Chorrillo
- Playa la Caletilla
- Playa el Salón
- Playa Torrecilla
- Playa el Chucho
- Playa el Playazo
** The Playa Calahonda Promenade and the Old fishing House
Playa Calahonda ➜ Where to StayLocated in the heart of the old town, you will find many great options for accommodation near Playa Calahonda. There are several hotels along the Balcón de Europa as well as apartments and low-cost hostels.
Hotels ➜The Hotel Balcón de Europa, directly in front of Playa Calahonda, has the BEST location in town with spectacular views! It is also located within walking distance of restaurants, tapas bars, night clubs, and shopping.
Hotel Plaza Cavana -
Hotel Carabeo - - Great Location, Very Nice!
Hotel Puerta del Mar -
Top Apartments for Rent ➜
Apartamentos Toboso Plaza
Apartamentos Plaza Cavana 5
Summer Villas to Rent ➜
Playa Calahonda ➜ Where to EatThere is no end of great restaurants in Nerja, you will find cuisine of all types, lots of locally grilled fresh seafoods, ice cream parlors, and tapas bars. Here are our top 4 favorite restaurants near Playa Calahonda...
Playa Calahonda ➜ Water Sports / ExcursionsEven though it's in the middle of town, Playa Calahonda is a quiet beach. People come here for rest and relaxation. For that reason, there are no water sports activities available on this beach.
Playa Burriana, on the other hand, is a very popular spot in Nerja for kayaking and water sports... due to its proximity to the Maro Nature Reserve and Waterfalls and the size of the beach. If you are interested in kayaking excursions to the waterfalls, paddle board, boat rental, or scuba diving... read these guides...
- Read more about the kayaking excursions here: Kayaking in Nerja.
- Scuba Diving in La Herradura - 15-minutes from Nerja and the best spot in Spain.
- Renting Boats & Jet Skis from the La Herradura Marina
** Playa Calahonda's Rocky Shoreline and Turquoise Water
Playa Calahonda ➜ Map
- The Nerja Caves
- Tour Packages
- Opening Hours
- The Nerja Museum
- The Nerja Tourist Train
- Tours to Nerja & the Nerja Caves
- Nerja's Top Sites
- Balcón de Europa
- Eagle Aqueduct
- The Ermita de las Angustias
- The Church of El Salvador
- Top Things to Do
- Visit the Nerja Markets
- Day Trips to Nerja
- Excursions From Nerja
- Costa del Sol Sailing Tours