Playa el Salón
Playa el Salón

Playa el Salón

Playa el Salón - Nerja
** Playa el Salón - Nerja, Spain

Playa el Salón! ➜ A Nerja Favorite with loads of Charm!

Playa el Salón stands out amongst the Nerja beaches, and is a favorite of many Spanish families due to its beauty, location, and charm. This 200-meter-long cove was once a fisherman's beach. Like Playa Calahonda to the east, this beach was used as a small port where fisherman and their families gathered, worked, and celebrated the catch of the day.

Small houses were built into the surrounding cliffs that were used to store fishing equipment... and some were even lived in. These unique dwellings are still present today along Playa el Salón and most have been converted into tiny summer homes.

Playa el Salón - Andalucía - Nerja Spain
Playa el Salón - Summer Playa el Salón - Summer Umbrellas
** Playa el Salón and the El Salvador Church

Playa el Salón is also one of the hosts, along with Playa Burriana, of Nerja's annual 'White Party'. During the month of August, a temporary stage is installed on one of these beaches for live music and dancing into the night. The atmosphere is fun but cozy. Lanterns are setup along the beach, as well as small tents for food and drinks... Anyone is welcome to join, but you must come dressed in white!

Playa el Salón - Andalucía - Nerja Spain
** Playa el Salón - Views to the East

Why Visit Playa el Salón?

Visit Playa el Salón if you want to stay near the Nerja old town, and you want a beach that is peaceful with stunning views, and is less crowded than the popular Playa Burriana or Playa Calahonda.

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 el Salón 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 el Salón, these are the two closest parking areas.

  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.

Playa el Salón - Summer - Nerja Spain
** Playa el Salón - in June

Access to the Beach ➜

Playa el Salón, a small beach surrounded by cliffs, is only accessible by foot. It’s located just west of the Balcón de Europa.

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

  1. Via Calle Salón - Just to the right of the Church of El Salvador, in the Plaza de Balcón de Europa, you will see a small walkway heading towards the sea, called Calle Salón. Follow this path until you reach the beach.

  2. From Playa Caletilla - You can also use the newly built promenade that connects Playa la Caletilla to Playa el Salón. This new section of seafront promenade now connects Playa el Salón with Playa Caletilla, it then continues around the Balcón de Europa until it reaches Playa Calahonda. The views along the way are not to be missed...

Playa el Salón - Calle Salon Playa el Salón - Path to Beach
** Path Down to Playa el Salón

Facilities on Playa el Salón:

Being in the center of Nerja you will have access to anything you might need while enjoying Playa el Salón.

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

Beach Info ➜

Type: Family Beach / Urban Area
Length: 200 meters
Width: 20 meters
Level of occupancy: High
Sand Type: Dark Sand & Pebbles
Facilities: See Above
Nudist beach No
Access Via Calle Salón & Seaside Promenade
Ease of Access Easy

Other Nerja Beaches:

Playa el Salón - Promenade to Caletilla Playa el Salón - Fishing House
** Playa el Salón - New Promenade & Old fishing House

Playa el Salón ➜ Where to Stay

Located in the heart of the old town, you will find many great options for accommodation near Playa el Salón. There are several hotels along the Balcón de Europa as well as apartments and low-cost hostels.

Hotels & Apartments ➜

The Hotel Balcón de Europa tour stars, just around the corner from Playa el Salón, has the BEST location in town with spectacular views! The Hotel Plaza Cavana tour stars is another good choice. Both are located within walking distance of great restaurants, tapas bars, night clubs, and shopping.

Hotel Plaza Cavana - tour stars - Hotel Plaza Cavana is set 100 m from the beach and the famous Balcón de Europa. It features 1 outdoor swimming pool located on the rooftop terrace.

Air-conditioned rooms at the Plaza Cavana are spacious and bright. All rooms have a TV and a private bathroom, and some have a French balcony. There is a poolside snack bar in summer that serves cocktails.

Nerja Hotels

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A few other good choices near Playa el Salón ➜
Hotel Balcón de Europa - tour stars
Apartamentos Toboso Plaza
Apartamentos Plaza Cavana

Summer Villas for Rent ➜

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

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Playa el Salón ➜ Where to Eat

There are no restaurants directly on Playa el Salón, but you will find many just a short walking distance away. Take Calle Salón back up to the main plaza and you will find more than 20 great places to eat. Cochran's Terrace Bar, on the way up, has a great terrace overlooking Playa el Salón with stunning views.

Playa el Salón - Cochran's Terrace Bar
Cochran's Terrace Bar - This restaurant / pub is the closest to Playa el Salón with Outdoor seating available overlooking the sea. The food is simple but good.

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

Playa el Salón ➜ Water Sports / Excursions

Even though it's in the middle of town, Playa el Salón 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...

Playa el Salón - Old Fishing House Playa el Salón - House built into Cliffs
Playa el Salón  - From the Distance
** Playa el Salón - Houses Built into the Cliffs

Playa el Salón ➜ Map

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