Calahonda Beach

Calahonda beach is a smallish sandy beach located just to the left of the Balcon de Europa, right in the centre of Nerja.

Access to Calahonda beach is via a walkway to the left of the Balcón de Europa and it zig-zags its way down, so although fairly steep, it is not too exhausting.

The beach area itself is relatively small, sandy and sheltered.

Overlooking the beach is the Balcón de Europa, the focal point of the town, and several restaurants where you can enjoy a snack or a meal on the terrace and gaze down on the world.

The restaurants/cafeterias with terraces overlooking the beach are Anahi, Portofino, Puerta del Mar and Calaballa and you can find out more about these in the Bars and Restaurants Guide.

Calahonda beach, Nerja Calahonda beach, Nerja


Calahonda beach, Nerja Calahonda beach, Nerja

As with many of the beaches in Nerja, they are still used by the local fishermen, although in lesser numbers as time goes by, and you can often watch them as they prepare or repair their nets and then set sail to bring back your lunch.

Calahonda beach is one of several where you can still see the old fishermen’s cottages and storerooms built into the rocks.

Calahonda beach, Nerja Calahonda beach, Nerja

Behind the beach is the Paseo de los Carabineros, a former walkway connecting the Balcón de Europa with Burriana beach. Unfortunately, this walkway is closed at the moment due to rockslides a few years ago.

There are plans, however, to try and repair and reopen at least part of the walkway which hopefully will come to fruition in the not too distant future.

In the meantime, if you walk past the cottage and along the shoreline, you will find some very nice little coves and bays.

On the beach itself is the restaurant El Papagayo, a very nice watering hole. The food is good and the prices are very reasonable. During the summer months there is often ‘live’ music in the evenings, including Flamenco shows.

El Papagayo, Nerja El Papagayo, Nerja

The beach has the following facilities:

  • Beach showers
  • Toilets
  • Lifeguard
  • Sun Beds
  • First Aid
  • Restaurant



Walking the shoreline form Calahonda beach.

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