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Playa Calahonda

Nerja, Costa del Sol

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Playa Calahonda is right by the Balcón de Europa on the Costa del Sol. The popular beach spreads out to the east of the well-known viewing platform. From the lively plaza, with its numerous restaurants and shops, a broad set of steps leads to the bay. Many families spend their day bathing on this extremely vibrant beach, surrounded by a beautiful rocky landscape. On the broad sandy and pebbled surface of Playa Calahonda there are loungers and beach umbrellas, plus public toilets. In two smaller bays on the left-hand side you will find a little more peace and quiet.

Playa Calahonda - a rather crowded urban bay by the Balcón de Europa

This popular urban beach is located to the east of the well-known Andalusian attraction, the Balcón de Europa, in the romantic coastal town of Nerja. Playa Calahonda is surrounded by a varied rocky landscape that is overgrown with wild bushes. In the west the stone fortification of the Balcón de Europa, with its many palm trees, forms a beautiful backdrop.

From the vibrant Plaza de Balcón a broad set of steps paved with mosaics leads to the lively bay. Here you can bed down on the 120 metres of dark sand and fine pebbles. The shallow sea water entices you to bathe and snorkel. Playa Calahonda has public toilets and there is a lifeguard on duty. Unfortunately the restaurant at the back of the bay is no longer open. However in the middle of the beach you will find an area with loungers and beach umbrellas, which you can rent. Nestled in the beautiful rocky landscape at the left-hand end of the bay is an idyllic white fishing cottage. Several vibrantly painted fishing boats lie in the sand waiting until they are next needed.

You won't find any restaurants or water sports operators right on Calahonda beach. However there is a wide range of restaurants, bars and shops in the surrounding area, especially in the adjacent Plaza de Balcón de Europa.

Its central position makes the beautiful Playa Calahonda a popular destination for many tourists. Families in particular like to come here. In the summer months from July to September the beach has lots of visitors. If it gets too cramped and noisy on the limited lounging area, you can head to the two small adjacent bays to the east.


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Playa Calahonda is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 4/10 points
Place 72 of 85
This beach is not great for relaxation, but you will find the odd suitable space to settle down here.
Family: 8/10 points
Place 48 of 85
The beach is well-equipped, is easy to get to and is safe - an ideal beach for families.
Water sports: 1/10 points
Place 28 of 85
No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 2/10 points
Place 18 of 85
Not much happening at this beach and you won't find any party locations here either.

Atmosphere at the beach
6/10
Ease
6/10
Beauty
5/10
Romance
5/10
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4/10
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