Beaches in and around Almuñecar ( Almunecar )
This pearl in the costa tropical boasts some 26 unique beaches covering almost 20km of coastline. Almunecar is blessed with natural, charming beaches, many secluded coves, sheltered bays and even the occasional nudist areas for those who love to bare all.
Our mild winters and long hot summers make beach life a year long activity for all.
Here are just a few for your enjoyment.
Cantarrijan Beach / National Nature Reservation
This beautiful sandy naturist beach is located to the west of Almuñécar and La Herradura. It lies below the cliffs of the Cerro Gordo nature reserve and is accessed off the main 340 highway via a winding road (3 minutes), or a gentler gradient to the beach via a dirt trail.
Although a naturist beach, there are no rules and it is open to all comers. There is ample parking to the rear of the two beach restaurants, La Barraca and La Bola Marina. Showers, sun beds and sunshades are available plus a good massage if you need loosening up. The Cerro Gordo cliffs have produced an interesting seabed for divers.
Length = 385 m , surface area = 13.400 m2, capacity = 2970 users
A picturesque horseshoe bay (the name La Herradura means horseshoe in Spanish) which is approximately 3.5 km from Almunecar, going west, on the main 340 road. Sheltered by the hills of Punta de la Mona and Cerro Gordo it has fine to semi-coarse sand and offers all the facilities for fun on the beach. Sailing, rowing, waterskiing, jet skiing, aqua diving, pedalos are just a few of the nautical sports available.
The beach which is surrounded with many restaurants and beach bars and parking is available along the length of the beach.
Length = 2.200 m, surface area = 110.050, capacity = 21.960 users
Los Berengueles Beach
A quiet, charming, unspoiled beach, which lies adjacent to the leisure port of Marina del Este. There is a selection of good restaurants and bars. The area is interesting for scuba divers and training is available at two local diving schools. Take a walk around the marina, hire a yacht, or just relax for the day and use the beach bar restaurant. The sand is semi-fine.
Length = 190 m, surface area = 4.900 m2, capacity = 670 users
«El Muerto» Beach
Certainly not the ‘beach of the dead’ (as the name suggests in Spanish), this is another beach officially recognised as naturist. The ‘Eagle Peak’ naturist apartments, high up on the rocks, overlook this sand and shingle beach. So if you love your bare freedom, this is for you.
It can be accessed by a constructed path along the rocks leading from Cotobro beach. There are secluded coves and rocks for climbing if you are that way inclined. Leave your car at the west end of Cotobro beach, walk along, and appreciate the beauty of this little bay.
Length = 300m, surface area = 5, 850 m2, capacity = 1.200 users
A sheltered, elegant bay surrounded by apartments with the stylish new 4 star HOTEL PLAYA COTOBRO situated at the east end of this sand and shingle beach.
It is accessed via the beach road going west from the town of Almunecar. There is also a short cut down to the beach off the main 340 road coming out of Almunecar going east and sign-posted Cotobro.
Length = 410 m, surface area = 10.000 m2, capacity = 2.150 users
San Cristobal Beach
Located from the centre of Almunecar town – under the Castillo de San Miguel – and going west stretching past the Rio Seco all the way to the fishermen’s quarters at the west end of the beach where the fishing boats lay aground. This is the La China end of the beach which has been awarded the the EU Blue Flag for cleanliness and services.
There are restaurants and beach bars in abundance and many first class hotels and guest houses along the breadth of this most popular, semi-fine sandy beach. It’s a lively area both during the day and at night. The promenade which extends more or less the whole length is used by walkers and the occasional joggers.
Length = 1.200 m, surface area = 70.250 m2, capacity = 12.925 users
Puerta del Mar Beach
Puerta del Mar is situated in the centre of Almunecar, between San Christobal and La Caletilla beaches, and close to the main shops. This trendy beach area has many night clubs, bars, cafes and restaurants. There is a large underground car park, so no problem finding a parking space.
It has a beautiful palm tree lined paseo where families and lovers stroll in the evenings and a sandy beach which is extremely popular for locals and foreign visitors alike.
Length = 760 m, surface area = 32.100 m2, capacity = 6.450 users
This palm tree lined beach lies to the east of Almunecar and is probably the largest in this area. It is a shingle and coarse sand beach with many bars, restaurants and shops running the whole length of Velilla’s 1.5km the shore line. Construction work for an underground car park is currently being carried out at the west end of Velilla beach.
All sorts of water sports are available plus sun beds, umbrellas and showers. In the summer months 3m2 platforms, for diving off, are moored 25 meters out from the beach.
Length = 1.540m, surface area = 96.700 m2, capacity = 18.730 users
El Tesorillo Beach
A quaint little sandy cove boarded by rocks and overlooked by an ancient Moorish watchtower. This beautiful beach is located at the west end of Velilla beach and has two popular beach bar restaurants. Limited parking is available at the rear of the beach – so get there early.
Sun beds and umbrellas are provided and you can dive off the rocks into the Mediterranian.
Length = 94m, surface area = 3.450 m2, capacity = 680 users
With beach front bars and restaurants, the fine sand, sheltered, Pozuelo beach is ideal for swimming. The beach is particularly safe for young children to paddle and swim, due to the shallow gradient of the sea bed. There are pedalos, canoes and sail boats for hire.
Length = 270 m, surface area = 6.950 m2, capacity = 1.350 users
The still waters of Calabajio lap onto the dark almost volcanic sand of this beach. This is another of Almunecar’s beaches which is good safe bathing particularly for young children. You frequently see people canoeing here. It has parking, shower facilities and restrooms.
Length = 190 m, surface area = 8.700m2, capacity = 1.650 users
This is another of those beaches in this succession of small, charming, coved bays in the area. It has idyllic and sheltered bathing and good eating facilities. Safe for children as it has a gentle gradient into the sea. This beach offers a surfice of fine black sand! It can be located off the main 340 highway from Taramay.
Length = 240 m, surface area = 9.800 m2, capacity 1.950 users
A captivating and appealing cove, reached either by sea or accessed via a specially constructed path through the rocks from Cabria beach. It has semi-fine dark sand. A good place to get away from the crowds.
Length = 125 m, surface area = 5.850 m2, capacity = 1200 users
Barranco de Enmedio Beach
The last cove on the eastern boundary of Almunecar. If you are prepared to carry your beach equipment cross country you will find this small, beautiful cove with calm waters making it ideal for swimming and snorkelling. It is a sand and shingle beach.
Length = 135 m, surface area = 5.100 m2, capacity = 1.000 users