Playa el Playazo
Playa el Playazo

Playa el Playazo

Playa el Playazo - Nerja
** Playa el Playazo - Nerja, Spain

Playa el Playazo! ➜ Nerja's Longest Beach!

One of Nerja's most popular resorts, the Marinas de Nerja tour stars, is located at the western end of Playa el Playazo. It boasts a spa, a beachfront restaurant, self-catering rooms with sea views, and two huge outdoor pools. Boat and jet ski rentals are also available on the beach.

If you are thinking of spending your next holiday in Nerja, keep reading to find out why Playa el Playazo might be the best beach for you!

Playa el Playazo - Palm Trees Playa el Playazo - White Sand
** Playa el Playazo - Palm Trees and White Sand

Playa el Playazo is Nerja's longest beach, and because of that its characteristics change depending on where you are. On the eastern end, near Playa el Chucho, the beach is very natural and rocky. There are a few rustic chiringuitos but mostly there are few services.

On the western end of the beach, however, things change... Instead of dark sand and pebbles you will find smooth white sand. There is also a great little chiringuito / beach bar, Paraiso De Nerja Playa, on the western end that serves delicious tapas and rents sun beds by the hour or day.

Playa el Playazo tends to be much less crowded than Playa Burriana and Playa Calahonda and has a very tropical feel to it.

Playa el Playazo - Rocky Eastern End
Playa el Playazo - Sandy Western End
** Playa el Playazo - Rocky Eastern End & Sandy Western End

Why Visit Playa el Playazo?

Visit Playa el Playazo if you prefer to stay in an all-inclusive resort with self-catering apartments, huge swimming pools, tennis courts, and a restaurant right on the sea. The Marinas de Nerja Beach & Spa (tour stars) is a Nerja favorite, but you will need a car to get into town. A shuttle service is available.

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 292 (Nerja) from the A-7.

➜ Take the third exit and head towards the coast. At the third large roundabout take the first exit and head away from Nerja. Parking for Playa Playazo will be on your left-hand side. If you are staying at Marinas de Nerja, continue straight for another 2-3 minutes, the entrance will be on your left.

From Malaga - Follow A-7 going east. Take exit 292 (Nerja) from A-7. Then follow directions above.

Parking ➜

Parking for Playa el Playazo can be found behind the beach. There are three large dirt parking areas along the main road. To find each of these areas, click the links below.

Playa el Playazo - Marinas de Nerja Resort
** Playa el Playazo - Marinas de Nerja Resort & Wide Beach

Access to the Beach ➜

Playa el Playazo is easy to access and has numerous parking areas behind it, amongst the farms and sugarcane plantations, or you can walk from town.

  1. Walking From Town - Take advantage of Nerja's lovely promenade that runs past most of the Nerja Beaches. If you are in town, make your way to the Plaza de los Cangrejos, from there take the seaside promenade along Playa Torrecilla going west towards Playa Chucho. When you reach the end, you will find yourself on Playa Playazo.

  2. From the Parking Areas - If you are not staying in town and want to visit Playa el Playazo, make your way to one of these two parking lots... Parking El Playazo or Parking El Playazo 2. From there you can easily walk onto the beach.

  3. From Marinas de Nerja - If you are staying at the wonderful Marinas de Nerja Resort you will have direct beach access from the hotel. You will also find umbrellas, sunbeds, and small boat rentals.

Facilities on Playa el Playazo:

Playa el Playazo does have a few services along the beach (two VERY rustic chiringuitos), but most are located towards the end near the resort.

  • Showers
  • Changing Rooms
  • Toilets
  • Sun Bed and Umbrella Rentals (Resort)
  • Restaurants
  • Boat Rental / Ramp
  • Lifeguard Station
  • Parking
  • Disabled Access

Beach Info ➜

Type: Natural Beach / Rural Area
Length: 1700 meters
Width: 30 meters
Level of occupancy: Low (Medium in Summer)
Sand Type: Dark Sand & Pebbles
Facilities: See Above
Nudist beach No
Access Dirt Road off Main Highway
Ease of Access Easy

Other Nerja Beaches:

Playa el Playazo - Rustic Chiringuito Playa el Playazo - Marinas de Nerja
** Playa el Playazo - Rustic Chiringuito Next to 4-Star Resort

Playa el Playazo ➜ Where to Stay

Like we mentioned before, there is only one hotel located on Playa el Playazo, the rest of the area is very rural and undeveloped.
Marinas de Nerja Resort & Spa - tour stars - Offering impressive sea views and accommodation with balconies, Marinas de Nerja Hotel is set on Playa el Playazo. It features a spa and a restaurant on the beach.

Apartments and studios at the Marinas de Nerja Aparthotel have spacious seating areas with satellite TV and a well-equipped kitchenette. They feature simple, bright décor with tiled flooring.

The Marina’s buffet restaurant serves a range of Mediterranean cuisine, while the beachfront restaurant serves paella during the summer months. There are also a poolside bar and lounge.

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Summer Villas for Rent ➜

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

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Playa el Playazo ➜ Where to Eat

There are four chiringuitos along Playa el Playazo and they are all very rustic and serve typical Andalucian seafood dishes. Paraiso De Nerja Playa is the best with the amazing views of the sea...

Playa el Playazo - Paraiso De Nerja Playa
Paraiso De Nerja Playa - A hidden gem located at the very end of Playa Playazo. Paraiso de Nerja is a rustic chiringuito where you can sit with your feet in the sand and enjoy the flavors of a well-cooked seafood dinner while watching the sun set over the beach and sea.

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

Playa el Playazo ➜ Water Sports / Excursions

Playa el Playazo normally doesn't offer kayak rentals like neighboring Playa Burriana, but there is a large boat yard where you can rent small motor boats for the day. From Playa el Playazo you can go east towards the Nature Reserve and check out the waterfalls and hidden caves.

Playa Burriana is the most 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 el Playazo  - Marinas de Nerja
Playa el Playazo - Dark Sand and Rocks Playa el Playazo - White Sand and Palm Trees
** Playa el Playazo - Dark and Light Sand & Marinas de Nerja

Playa el Playazo ➜ Map

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