Playa Calahonda
Playa Calahonda

Playa Calahonda

Playa Calahonda - Nerja
** Playa Calahonda - Nerja, Spain

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!

Playa Calahonda - Andalucía - Nerja Spain
Playa Calahonda Playa Calahonda - Summer Umbrellas
** 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 - Andalucía - Nerja Spain
** 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 Beach

Access to Playa Calahonda can be obtained in one of two ways:

  1. 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.

  2. 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 - busy beach - Nerja Spain
** 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  • Showers
  • Changing Rooms
  • Sun Bed and Umbrella Rentals
  • Restaurants
  • Tapas Bars
  • Lifeguards
  • Parking Garage
  • Seaside Promenade

Beach Info ➜

Type: Family Beach / Urban Area
Length: 120 meters
Width: 20 meters
Level of occupancy: High
Sand Type: Dark Sand & Pebbles
Facilities: See Above
Nudist beach No
Access Boquete de Calahonda Stairwell & Seaside Promenade
Ease of Access Easy

Other Nerja Beaches:

Playa Calahonda Playa Calahonda & Mountains
** The Playa Calahonda Promenade and the Old fishing House

Playa Calahonda ➜ Where to Stay

Located 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 Balcón de Europa Built into the famous Balcón de Europa, this hotel sits right on Caletilla Beach. It offers an outdoor pool, Free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, and balconies with stunning sea views. Located in the center of Nerja, it's also close to all the shops, bars and restaurants.
BEST LOCATION! tour stars

Two Other Good Hotel Choices
Hotel Plaza Cavana - tour stars
Hotel Carabeo - tour stars - Great Location, Very Nice!
Hotel Puerta del Mar - tour stars

Top Apartments for Rent ➜

Summer Villas to Rent ➜

Search Villas & More Apartments Near Playa Calahonda There are more than 300 private apartments and villas in the area around Playa Calahonda for rent during the summer. Look at this list, you are sure to find something amazing!

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Playa Calahonda ➜ Where to Eat

There 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 - OLIVA

Oliva is an upscale restaurant with a modern twist on traditional Andalusian cuisine. They are constantly experimenting with new tastes, textures, techniques, presentations and fresh products. They also have a great wine list that includes wines from all over Spain for you to try.


Playa Calahonda - Patanegra 57
Patanegra 57 €€€€ - MEDITERRANEAN

Patanegra is another of the upscale restaurants in the Nerja old town. Its Chef, Sergio Paloma, a lover of Mediterranean and international cuisine, studied at the prestigious School of Hospitality "The Consul" and has worked as a chef at many prestigious restaurants.


Playa Calahonda - Restaurante 34
Restaurante 34 €€€€ - EUROPEAN - SPANISH CUISINE

This Mediterranean style restaurant focuses on creating a wide selection of exciting new dishes using the organic fruits, vegetables, and olive oil from their farm. Restaurante 34 is located in the Hotel Carabeo. It has a wonderful terrace with spectacular views of the Mediterranean.


Playa Calahonda - Unico

Unico is located near the tapas bars and nightlife. It's a small but upscale restaurant that serves seasonal Mediterranean cuisine at an affordable price.

Playa Calahonda ➜ Water Sports / Excursions

Even 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...

Playa Calahonda  - Rocky Shoreline and Turquoise Water
** Playa Calahonda's Rocky Shoreline and Turquoise Water

Playa Calahonda ➜ Map

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