Although scenic, Nerja beaches aren’t the most beautiful on the Costa del Sol as they’re composed of a fine grey sand rather than the golden sand you’ll find at the resorts to the west of Malaga. With summer temperatures into the 30ºC’s it’s wise to always wear flip flops as the heat of the sand can be unbearable. There are several nice beaches along the coast on either side of the Balcon de Europa which are well maintained and offer good facilities for holiday makers.
You can rent sun beds and shades on several of the beaches and you’re rarely far from bars and restaurants when the thirst becomes just too much. Pristine sand and water conditions have won Burriana Beach numerous awards and it’s a popular base for scuba divers.
Furthest east is Playa Burriana which serves visitors staying in apartments at Capistrano Playa all the way up the hill to Capistrano village itself. If you’re coming from the other side of town you can walk down to the beach at the side of the Balcon de Europa and follow the walkway for about 20 minutes or just head along c/Carabeo to the Parador hotel and drop down to Burriana beach there. There’s no shortage of bars along the Paseo de Burriana and a popular lunchtime option is a plate of paella cooked on an open fire. Ayo’s is the best known of the paella restaurants.
Heading west (towards town) from Burriana you can walk along Playas Carabeillo, Carabeo and Chorrillo all of which lie beneath the sheer rock face of Nerja without immediate access to facilities. Just minutes away, however, is Playa Calahonda which is a popular, sheltered beach just down from the eastern side of the Balcon de Europa. Here’s a good spot to rent a sun bed for the day and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at the Papagayo restaurant. On the other side of the Balcon de Europa is Playa el Salón which tends to get very busy. Take the small alley next to the church to get there stopping off for a drink on the sun terrace at Cochran’s on your way down.
Further west and not accessible along the beach from Playa el Salón is Playas La Torrecilla and El Playazo which mainly cater for tourists staying in the hotels over in the west of town such as the Monica and Perla Marina. You’ll need to walk through town to reach them. La Torrecilla is the pick of the two with El Playazo being quite pebbly with few facilities.