The sandy beaches of Nerja are fab and the waters are shallow here too making it ideal for small kids.
I did not see any watersports here at all, I may be wrong but I think that you would need to go to one of the Costa resorts if you wanted more than the sand and the water!
You have to go scuba diving if you visit any warm country ~ Id previously been diving and lucky enough to have be trained as a child by my step/dad as he was an instructor~
But going with Barny was such great fun
Not only is he down to earth but he will give you and your friends and family what it is you want from your experience~~
being it a daytime dive
or nightime for more experienced divers
you really cant miss out on this great adventure it is after all
Another world under there
me and Gee did a few dives one of which was on the beach of Playa de Cantarrijan
this was a beautiful nudist beach not for all ~~ Smiles ~~A lovely beach with some excellent bars and taverns. A lively setting with a variety of music. It is reached via a very precarious cliff track (wide enough for one car) desending at a very steep rate - not for the nervous.
I didnt like it at all but it was worth it ~~ when you got down to the beach ~~
It is used as the base for one of Scubanerja's dive sites - a very beautiful setting
The marine life includes octopus, conger, moray, lobster, grouper, weaverfish moonfish, dasmil, wrasse, scorpion fish, salifish, swordfish, dolphin, silverfish, nudibranchis, flowers, faunas and corals.
Whilst walking along the coastline one morning, looking out at the sea, feet in water, thinking how lucky I am to be here, I looked over towards the fields and this herd were walking along the beach!!!
This pic just cracks me up - I found it so amusing at the time, I suppose it just goes to show that wherever you visit in the world you are just visiting someones home - Life goes on.
Nerja is fortunate enough to have 8 beaches. They are all named and I will list them with the most Westerly first. (Playa = beach):-
Playa El Playazo
Playa Torecilla (Opposite the Hotel Monica)
Playa El Salon (West of the Balcon de Europa)
Playa Calahonda (East of the Balcon de Europa)
Playa El Chorrillo
Playa Burriana (To the East of Nerja)
All beaches are of the same composition. Nerja has what can only be described as 'stony sand'.
There are plenty of beach bars dotted about serving drinks and food at very reasonable prices. Some bars have beach barbecues available all day.
Nerjas coastline consists of a straight length of beach and then goes into small coves, parts of it are rocky, but I spent hours sitting on these rocks, waves crashing up, mountains in the distance, sun on my back - wow!!
Nerja has many beaches. Some with sand, some with pebbles, small ones, bigger ones. Beaches with beds or with comfortable rocks...
There are many because the coast of Nerja is formed by cliffs. A mysterious little path runs at the bottom of these (from town center to Burriana beach) and will lead you past a few of the stretches of sand that have formed between the stone walls. They are very cosy and offer some privacy in the off-season. (Also check out the dozens of stray cats that lie purring in the shades.)
The bigger beach and my stationary sun-bathing spot was Playa Burriana. Many shops and restaurants and also a scuba diving school have gathered here for your convenience.
Some beach names: Burriana, El Salon, Calahonda, El Chucho, El Chorillo, La Torrecilla, Carabeo, El Playazo, La Caletilla, Carabeillo.
When in Nerja you can't possible miss the ocean. If you do you've done something wrong as the town is right along the ocean. There are many beautiful beaches in Nerja although the water seems to be a bit colder than what you will find on the Costa Blanca (up north). None the less the beaches and the views of the ocean from various spots in Nerja can't be missed.
Playa Burriana is to the east of Nerja town, maybe 15 minutes walk from the Balcon de Europa. My hotel was very near this beach and, from what I saw, it is the largest and nicest of the several Nerja beaches.
None of Nerja's beaches are particularly long...it's a coastline of coves and promontories...but Burriana is long enough for a decent walk along the shoreline (I saw plenty of people doing that, many with their dogs). It's also long enough for a wide expanse of the fine, greyish sand to be freely available although there are also sections where you must pay to hire a sunlounger.
The water is beautifully clear and, when I visited, there were real waves. There are lifeguard survey points so I assume that during the season lifeguards are on duty: there were none when I visited over New Year (but only a few hardy swimmers, of course).
Burriana is lined with cafes, restaurants and bars which are ideal for those who like to spend all day, and the warmer evenings, down on the beach. Many were open during my late December/New Year visit, and most were open at the weekend. There are also two or three open-air paella-speciality restaurants right on the beach. I was told that one of these is owned by one of the lads (now a much older man) who discovered the Nerja caves in the 1950s.
There are also toilets (free and very clean when I visited), a children's play area, what looked like a beach volleyball court and some fascinating geology. Millions of years ago the whole of this part of Spain was the floor of a vast prehistoric ocean and you can clearly see the layers of sediment...sometimes shingle, sometimes pebbles, sometimes billions of shells...in the cliffsides. That type of rock is fairly fragile, of course, so the cliff walk to Nerja itself has been interrupted for the past few years since a rockfall made the path unsafe. At present you have to go up to the town before descending again to continue the walk. There are, however, plans to re-instate the path in the near future.
One problem which you may encounter at busy times is parking. Burriana itself has a very small parking area (at the town end) and I think nearby streets have parking restrictions. It's probably better to park elsewhere in the town (there's a big underground car park in Nerja's centre and others elsewhere) and walk.
Two roads lead to Burriana: Calle Bajamar, which requires a steepish uphill walk to get back into town, and Calle Filipinas which, although a gentler slope, is a much longer route. Better, imo, to take Calle Bajamar...the hill really isn't that steep!
If I were seeking a sun & sand holiday in Nerja (which I was not) then I would definitely spend my time on this beach rather than the other, smaller ones nearer the town centre.
The beach is located between Playa Carabeo and Burriana beach on the eastern edge of Nerja. Access to the beach is by stairs are rather steep so it is not suitable for people with mobility problems, another option is to walk along the sand beach of Burriana.
La playa se encuentra entre Playa Carabeo y playa Burriana en el extremo oriental de Nerja. El acceso a la playa es por unas escaleras que son algo escarpada por lo que no es adecuado para personas con problemas de movilidad, otra opcion es caminando por la arena de la playa de Burriana.
I came to Nerja to relax and thats exactly what I did!
Just wandering along the beaches back to the hotel early evening was fantastic.
After we had visited the market on Tuesday, we visited this beach which has a nice promenade and several restaurants.