** Playa Carabeo - Nerja, Spain
Playa Carabeo! ➜ A Hidden Cove in the Nerja Old Town
Surrounded by high cliffs and enormous rocks, Playa Carabeo is protected from strong winds and waves. It's the perfect place to spend a lazy day, away from the crowds... but close enough to town to enjoy its many bars and restaurants.
Stroll along the beautiful Calle Carabeo in Nerja, past boutiques, flower-filled balconies, and charming cafes... and you will at once come across a small, intimate mirador, the Balcón de Carabeo. It boasts magnificent Mediterranean Sea views and the picturesque cove of Playa Carabeo will be just below.
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** Enjoying Playa Carabeo During the Summer
Playa Carabeo can be easily accessed within the old town and is close to many of the lower cost hostels and apartments. The stairway leading down to the beach is steep, so you will need to be physically fit to do it. Otherwise, this beach is the perfect place to spend a day relaxing in the summer sun. It tends to be quieter than the other beaches and doesn't have as many services.
** Playa Carabeo, Nerja
Why Visit Playa Carabeo?Visit Playa Carabeo if you want to stay within the Nerja old town with access to restaurants, tapas-bars, and shopping, and would like to stay somewhere less expensive. This beach is surrounded by apartments and lower cost hostels like the Hostal Tres Soles and Casa Eva.
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 Carabeo 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.
Parking ➜For parking in town and access to Playa Carabeo these are the two closest parking areas.
- 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.
- 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.
** Playa Carabeo - Mirador Balcón de Carabeo & Beach Stairway
Access to the Beach ➜Playa Carabeo is a very secluded beach and currently can only be accessed from one place. However, once the seaside promenade is finished, you will also be able to access Playa Carabeo from neighboring Playa Calahonda.
- From the Mirador Balcón de Carabeo - From the Balcón de Europa in the center of Nerja walk east, through the shopping district,
along Calle Carabeo.
You will walk for about 5-minutes. After you pass 'Restaurante #34' and the
Hostal Tres Soles, you will find a small mirador on the right-hand side. From this lookout, walk down the stairway until you
reach Playa Carabeo.
Facilities on Playa Carabeo:Being in the center of Nerja you will have access to anything you might need while enjoying Playa Carabeo.
- Restaurants Nearby
- Lifeguard Station
- Parking Nearby
Beach Info ➜
|Type:||Protected Cove / Urban Area|
|Level of occupancy:||High|
|Sand Type:||Dark Sand & Pebbles|
|Access||Stairway from the Top|
|Ease of Access||Medium (Steep)|
- Playa Calahonda
- Playa Burriana
- Playa Carabeillo
- Playa Chorrillo
- Playa la Caletilla
- Playa el Salón
- Playa Torrecilla
- Playa el Chucho
- Playa el Playazo
** Playa Carabeo - Umbrellas & White Sand
Playa Carabeo ➜ Where to StayLocated in the heart of the old town, you will find many great options for accommodation near Playa Carabeo. There are several hotels along Calle Carabeo, as well as apartment rentals and low-cost hostels.
Hotels & Apartments ➜
Parador de Nerja -
Casa Jardin -
Hostal Tres Soles
Apartamentos Plaza Cavana
Summer Villas for Rent ➜
Playa Carabeo ➜ Where to EatIf you walk down Playa Carabeo heading towards the Balcón de Europa you will find several great restaurants along the way... These are the ones we recommend...
If you are looking for other good places to eat in the area (near Playa Carabeo), we suggest:
- Restaurante #34 - Part of the Hotel Carabeo, it has a wonderful terrace overlooking the sea.
- Little Italy - Cheapest meal in Nerja. People line up to get into Little Italy.
- ➜ The BEST 20 Nerja Restaurants
Playa Carabeo ➜ Water Sports / ExcursionsEven though it's in the middle of town, Playa Carabeo 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. 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 known as the best spot for scuba in mainland Spain.
- Renting Boats & Jet Skis from the Marina in La Herradura
** Playa Carabeo's Rocky Shoreline and Turquoise Water
Playa Carabeo ➜ Map