Playa del Molino de Papel – a quiet, unspoiled pebble beach, but a tricky descent
Playa del Molino de Papel consists of two natural bays in the east of the Costa del Sol. It's about 50 minutes by car from Málaga and about 15 minutes from the Andalusian coastal town of Nerja. Although the route is not signposted it's not too difficult to find. From the car park down into the bay you follow a narrow track which crosses steep, rough ground, and is potentially quite hazardous. If you plan to bathe here, you'll need sturdy footwear and a certain amount of scrambling ability. The route down to the beach is definitely not suitable for small children or anyone with mobility problems.
But don't worry! Just a few minutes to the east you will find another unspoiled cove by the name of Playa de la Alberquilla. This beach is significantly easier to get to, and is almost as quiet and relaxed as Playa del Molino de Papel.
If you can manage the tricky descent, however, you will discover that Playa del Molino de Papel is a secluded natural beach, nestling in the hilly Andalusian landscape. The mouth of a small river divides the beach into two coves, creating the right environment for some lovely freshwater vegetation, in the form of tall grasses and reeds, on the stony shore. There are several pools of warm water which both dogs and humans will appreciate. Both bays are covered with large pebbles. You should take great care when entering the water, as the beach shelves quite steeply and the seaweed on the stones makes it very easy to slip. The water conditions at Playa del Molino de Papel are ideal for snorkelling and diving, but you need to bring your own equipment.
This beautiful, natural beach has few visitors, so you can bank on plenty of peace and privacy. The bathers in this natural idyll are predominantly Spanish, and the absence of tourist amenities here makes it a good place for naturists.