Playa Carabeillo
Playa Carabeillo

Playa Carabeillo

Playa Carabeillo - Nerja
** Playa Carabeillo - Nerja, Spain

Playa Carabeillo! ➜ The quiet side of Playa Burriana!

Playa Carabeillo is a small cove on the western end of Playa Burriana, but it really is just a continuation of Playa Burriana. The large rocks, that jut out of the sea on one end, and the surrounding lush vegetation have created a very private natural cove... This is why Playa Carabeillo has been given its own beach designation.

If you are staying near Playa Burriana, Playa Carabeillo is a wonderful place to spend the day. Here you will find quiet nooks and crannies among the rocks where you can hide out from the masses. You will also have easier access to the town center via a staircase on the eastern side of the beach that leads to the busy 'Calle Carabeo'.

Playa Carabeillo  - White Sandy Beach Playa Carabeillo  - Colorful Umbrellas
Playa Carabeillo - Andalucía - Nerja Spain
** Playa Carabeillo - Colorful Umbrellas on a White Sandy Beach & Cove

This tiny beach has 70-meters of smooth white sand, a gently inclined surf, crystal-clear water, small waves, and magnificent views of the Costa Tropical and Maro Nature Reserve in the distance.

On the western end of the beach, you will notice the remains of a seaside promenade that once reached Playa Carabeillo. Today, it is no longer in use but it is the hope of the town hall that it will be reconnected in the future.

Why Visit Playa Carabeillo?

Visit Playa Carabeillo if you want access to everything, but you want to find a quiet corner where you can relax and get away from the crowds. Being connected to Playa Burriana, you will find restaurants, tapas-bars, beach shops, and kayak rentals / excursions just a short walk away.

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. Then navigate to the 'Parking Carabeo' parking lot.

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 Mirador del Bendito. From there you will be able to access Playa Carabeillo on foot.

Playa Carabeillo - Breathtaking Views Playa Carabeillo - Closeup
** Playa Carabeillo - Views and Closeups

Parking ➜

For access to Playa Carabeillo, 'Parking Carabeo' is the closest parking area and it is huge. You can also park in Parking Balcón de Europa but you will have a 15-minute walk to the beach through the old town.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Access to the Beach ➜

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

  1. From the Mirador del Bendito - From the Balcón de Europa in the center of Nerja walk east through the shopping district along Calle Carabeo for about 15-minutes. You will pass the restaurant 'BAKUS' on your left. When you reach the Mirador del Bendito (a white archway covered in Bougainvillea), take the stairs on the right down to the beach.

  2. From Playa Burriana - If you are spending the day on Playa Burriana and want to find a quiet spot, walk west along the beach until you reach Playa Carabeillo. This is also how you can easily reach town on foot from Playa Burriana.

Facilities on Playa Carabeillo:

There are NO services on Playa Carabeillo, but you can easily walk over to Playa Burriana and find anything you will need.

  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Tapas Bars
  • Parking Area
  • Promenade into Town

Playa Carabeillo - Rocky Shoreline Playa Carabeillo - Clear Water
** Playa Carabeillo - Rocky Shoreline & Clear Water

Beach Info ➜

Type: Family Beach / Urban Area
Length: 70 meters
Width: 10 meters
Level of occupancy: Medium
Sand Type: Light Sand & Pebbles
Facilities: See Above
Nudist beach No
Access Burriana Beach & Mirador del Bendito
Ease of Access Easy

Other Nerja Beaches:

Playa Carabeillo - Andalucía - Nerja Spain
** Where Playa Carabeillo and Playa Burriana Meet

Playa Carabeillo ➜ Where to Stay

Located just east of the old town, you will find many great options for accommodation near Playa Carabeillo. There are several hotels along Carabeo Street as well as apartment rentals and low-cost hostels.

Hotels & Apartments ➜

The one hotel with direct access to Playa Carabeillo is the Parador de Nerja, it is also located within walking distance of everything in town. This hotel has stairs (and an elevator) that lead to an area where Playa Carabeillo and Playa Burriana come together. This is our #1 choice for hotels in Nerja.

Playa Carabeillo - Nerja Parador
Parador de Nerja - tour stars - One of our top picks in Nerja! The Nerja Parador offers direct lift access to Burriana Beach and Playa Carabeillo, and wonderful views of the coast. It offers an outdoor pool, tennis courts, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioned rooms, and a balcony or terrace. Check Prices & Availability...

A few other good choices near Playa Carabeillo ➜
Hotel Carabeo - tour stars - Great Location, Very Nice!
Coronado Parador Nerja
Jarales Parador Nerja Canovas

Summer Villas for Rent ➜

Search Villas & Apartments Near Playa Carabeillo - There are tons of private apartments and villas in the area around Playa Carabeillo for rent during the summer. Check out this list to find something amazing!

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Playa Carabeillo ➜ Where to Eat

From Playa Carabeillo, walk over to Playa Burriana and you will have a HUGE assortment of great restaurants. Check out our favorites on the Playa Burriana page. However, one of Nerja's best restaurants happens to be on the terrace overlooking Playa Carabeillo...

Playa Carabeillo - Bakus
Bakus €€€€

Bakus is located very near to the Nerja Parador with excellent views of the beaches and the Costa Tropical mountains and cliffs. It's a favorite among locals and never disappoints.

The restaurant itself has a very cozy, warm feel and there is an outdoor seating area in front of a beautiful terrace overlooking Playa Carabeillo.

If you are looking for other good places to eat in the area (near Playa Carabeillo), we suggest reading:

Playa Carabeillo ➜ Water Sports / Excursions

There are no water sports available on Playa Carabeillo.

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. If you are interested in kayaking excursions to the waterfalls, paddle board, boat rental, or scuba diving... read these guides...

Playa Carabeillo - Andalucía - Nerja Spain
** Playa Carabeillo - Enjoying the Beach

Playa Carabeillo ➜ Map

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