Playa El Salón - small, pleasant town bay with a living room ambience
A mosaic-clad pathway leads down through the romantic flower-bedecked alleyways of Nerja's old town to the delightful beach of Playa El Salón. Past the popular Irish Pub "Cochran's" and a mere five minutes from the famous Balcón de Europa, you enter this pretty cove via a promenade planted with tall palm trees. The wide route is a bit steep, but is wheelchair accessible.
The popular beach of Playa El Salón is framed by rocks of medium height and has a 200 by 20 metre surface of fine sand. The pebbles increase as you head towards the water. But this won't spoil your enjoyment, as the water quality at Playa El Salón is excellent. The cool, transparently clear waters sparkle with intense blue tones, which is why the snorkelling and diving here are so good, especially around the isolated boulders on either side of beach. On the surface between the rocks there’s a bit of privacy.
Along the cliff surrounding the beach several pretty hotels and apartment complexes blend almost unnoticed into the scenery. The back of the beach is overgrown with trees and bushes. A single small beach kiosk nestles between the small private fishermen's cottages here. Two or three little fishing boats lie on the dry sand, waiting for their next outing.
Next to them you will find a row of loungers and sun umbrellas. In the summer months you can ensconce yourself here for the appropriate fee. Playa El Salón also has public toilets and showers. A lifeguard monitors the colourful activity on land and in the water and takes care of your safety. In peak season this pretty little cove gets quite full. However, the noise level on the beach stays within reasonable limits.