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Playa El Salón

Nerja, Costa del Sol

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Summary of the Beach Inspectors
The delightful sandy bay of Playa El Salón is reached along white alleyways that lead down through Nerja's old town. This rock-framed bathing cove, situated not far from the Balcón de Europa, has a fine sandy surface sloping gently down into warm, turquoise-blue seawater. It has a good infrastructure, with sun loungers, toilets, showers and a small beach kiosk. The name "Playa El Salón" gives a clue to its special feature: it's a veritable "living room" for the lucky fisherfolk who have settled here along the rock face at the back of the beach.

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.

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Playa El Salón 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: 5/10 points
Place 68 of 85
Although it can get a little busy, you will find a nice spot here where you can relax.
Family: 8/10 points
Place 53 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 68 of 85
No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 72 of 85
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

Atmosphere at the beach
6/10
Ease
6/10
Beauty
8/10
Romance
3/10
Exclusivity
2/10
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Playa El Salón

Offer: Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Low

Clientel: Low

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    Offer: Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Low

    Clientel: Low

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geo coordinates: 36.744226, -3.877014
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