Playa la Caletilla
Playa la Caletilla

Playa la Caletilla

Playa la Caletilla - Nerja
** Playa la Caletilla - Nerja, Spain

Playa la Caletilla! ➜ A Small Cove, Perfect for Families!

Located in front of the 4-Star Hotel Balcón de Europa tour stars, Playa la Caletilla was thought by many to be private. But on the contrary, this lovely little cove, nestled within the cliffs and rocky shoreline, is available to all... and is perfect for families with small children.

Playa la Caletilla sits just below and to the west of the famous Balcón de Europa and it enjoys staggering views of the historic balcony, the flower-covered cliffs below it, and the bright blue sea that stretches out into the horizon.

The beach itself is rather narrow, especially when the tides come in... on some days it might disappear completely. But on most days, you can happily enjoy it's calm, smooth shoreline. On the western end of Playa la Caletilla, you will find interesting rock formations and an old stone archway that are perfect for exploring.

Playa la Caletilla - Hotel Balcón de Europa Playa la Caletilla - Summer Umbrellas
** Playa la Caletilla - Hotel Balcón de Europa

Playa la Caletilla is very easily accessed as the city of Nerja has built a wonderful promenade that runs the length of this 50-meter-long sandy beach. You can walk from either Playa Calahonda to the east or Playa el Salón to the west.

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

Playa la Caletilla - Andalucía - Nerja Spain
** Playa la Caletilla, Nerja - Low Season

Why Visit Playa la Caletilla?

Visit Playa la Caletilla if you want a quiet cove, with soft sand and a gentle surf that is perfect for small children. The wonderful Hotel Balcón de Europa (tour stars) sits right on the beach making this a perfect choice for families. It's also within the Nerja old town with 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 la Caletilla 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 la Caletilla 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 la Caletilla - Statue of Chanquete Playa la Caletilla Promenade and Rocks
** Playa la Caletilla Promenade, Statue of Chanquete, & Rocks

Access to the Beach ➜

Playa la Caletilla can only be accessed on foot in one of three ways:

  1. From the Balcón de Europa - Make your way to the Balcón de Europa in the center of Nerja. While you are there you will see the 'Boquete de Calahonda', a white structure with many arches, covered in colorful pots of Geraniums.

    Walk down the stairs behind the structure and you will see Playa Calahonda on your left. Continue walking on the seafront promenade around the Balcón de Europa. On the other side of the Balcon you will see some stairs leading down to Playa la Caletilla. Enjoy!

  2. From Playa el Salón - A new section of the seafront promenade has finally been finished and it connects the two beaches of Playa la Caletilla and Playa el Salón. From Playa el Salón, walk to the top of the entrance ramp and you will see a small mirador with wooden railings. On the far side of the mirador you will find some stairs that will take you down and across Playa la Caletilla. It's a beautiful walk with magnificent views.

  3. From the Hotel Balcón de Europa - If you're lucky enough to stay in the Hotel Balcón de Europa just walk straight out onto the beach!

Facilities on Playa la Caletilla:

If you are staying in the hotel, you will have many more services available but Playa la Caletilla is open to the public. Services on this beach include:

  • Sun Bed and Umbrella Rentals
  • Hotel Restaurant
  • Seaside Promenade

Beach Info ➜

Type: Family Beach / Urban Area
Length: 50 meters
Width: 15-30 meters (depending on the tide)
Level of occupancy: Medium
Sand Type: Light Sand
Facilities: See Above
Nudist beach No
Access Seaside Promenade & Hotel
Ease of Access Easy

Other Nerja Beaches:

Playa la Caletilla - busy beach - Nerja Spain
** Playa la Caletilla - Enjoying the Beach

Playa la Caletilla ➜ Where to Stay

The best place to stay in order to enjoy Playa la Caletilla is the Hotel Balcón de Europa, however there are several hotels along the Balcón de Europa as well as apartments and low-cost hostels.

Hotels & Apartments ➜

Hotel Balcón de Europa - Built into the famous Balcón de Europa, this hotel sits right on Playa la 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

A few other good choices near Playa la Caletilla ➜
Apartamentos Toboso Plaza
Hotel Plaza Cavana - tour stars
Hotel Puerta del Mar - tour stars

Summer Villas for Rent ➜

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

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Playa la Caletilla ➜ Where to Eat

Make you way up to the Balcón de Europa, there are a ton of good places to eat near Playa la Caletilla... The easiest choice may be to eat in the Hotel Balcón de Europa Restaurant (Restaurante El Nautico), right on the beach.

Playa la Caletilla - Restaurante El Nautico
Restaurante El Nautico - Belonging to the the Hotel Balcón de Europa, this restaurant sits right at the waters' edge. It doesn't get any easier than this. Leave your beach towel in view while you sit and enjoy a lovely meal by the sea. Take in the spectacular views of the Balcón de Europa just in front of you, and when you're done... head back to the sand and relax...

Playa la Caletilla ➜ Water Sports / Excursions

There are no water sports available on Playa la Caletilla.

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 la Caletilla  - Views of the Balcon
Playa la Caletilla - Beach Playa la Caletilla - Beach in the Summer
** Playa la Caletilla - Views of the Balcon & Umbrellas

Playa la Caletilla ➜ Map

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