With over 19 km of coastline, the Almuñécar beaches are for everyone.  Of course some of the most popular are those which are easily accessible and right in the urban area of town.  There are also several which are secluded or offer small coves or cliffs, for a little variety.  Many of the beaches are covered with sand or pebbles, there are even some have dark sand.

The beaches located near the towns of La Herradura, Almuñécar, Velilla Taramay, are equipped with a wide range of accessibility, health and security.  Some of them have been awarded on numerous occasions with the distinctive blue flag.

All of them are recommended for swimming at any time of year.  Do keep a lookout in the summer and fall for jellyfish warning (medusa).  There are 26 beaches on the coast and we highlight some of the Almuñécar Beaches, from west to east below.

 

Cantarriján Beach (Playa Cantarriján) Naturist / Nude Beach

It is a small naturist / nude beach, which can get pretty crowded in high season.  It can be difficult to access and there are some facilities available.  It is also used by non-nudists and it faces south-west.

 

Calaiza Beach (Playa de Calaiza)

This beach is made up of a succession of small coves with difficult access, so the number of sunbathers is very low.  This beach faces towards the east.  It is difficult to access via foot and is typically accessed via boat or kayak.  You may find people treating it as a nude beach as well.

La Herradura Beach (Playa de la Herradura)

Four kilometers from the town of Almuñécar, you’ll find the very picturesque bay of La Herradura.  It protected both flanks by the hills of La Punta de la Mona and Cerro Gordo.  It is very busy in the high season with many foreign tourists.  There are several water sports available (scuba diving, bouncy floats, kayaking, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboards, jet ski rentals, and more).  This is a family friendly city beach. Is well equipped and has a high level of services and faces the south-west, for beautiful sunsets.
 Adventures with Anya Tandem Paragliding in La Herradura Spain (1)

Berengueles Beach (Playa Los Berengueles) 

This is a small beach next to the marina of Marina del Este, with large numbers of people, mostly from the nearby beach developments.  This is an east facing beach.

Naturist Beach del Muerto  (Nude Beach)

Nudist beach which is accessed from Cotobro Beach.  You will walk around a set of rocks and cross a couple of very small beaches to reach the naturist beach.  This is also along the hiking trail between Almuñécar and La Herradura, so there may be passers-by who are not naturists.  The beach ends with big rocks, so it is not possible to walk along the beach to the Marina.  This is a south-east facing beach.

Naturist Beach del Muerto (Nude Beach)

Cotobro Beach (Playa Cotobro)

This is a small and narrow beach in an urbanized area with buildings scattered over the mountainside.   There is one restaurant and one hotel.  This is the turnaround point for the local city bus, line 1.  This is a south-facing beach.

China  Beach (Playa China)

The dive center uses this beach to enter the water/boats.  It is also nice for snorkeling.  There are a few restaurants across the street from the beach.  This is a south-east facing beach.
China Beach (Playa China) Almunecar Scuba Divers

San Cristobal Beach (Playa de San Cristobal) 

Located on the west side of Almuñécar, is one of the main beaches of the municipality, it has numerous restaurants and hotels that make it a center of great activity.  In the summer there is a sea of colorful umbrellas lining the beach.

There are several water sports available (scuba diving, bouncy floats, kayaking, windsurfing, stand up paddleboards, jet ski rentals, and more).  This is a family friendly city beach and is handicap accessible.  There are umbrellas and lounge chairs available to rent.  Is well equipped and has a high level of services and faces the south, for beautiful sunsets.   There is a dedicated bicycle path along the paseo as well.
 San Cristobal Beach view

Caletilla Beach  (Playa Caletilla)

A wonderful bay next to the east of Penones Santo.  It is nice for snorkeling.  This is a south-facing beach.
 

Puerta del Mar Beach (Playa Puerta del Mar)

Almunecar beaches Puerta del Mar Summer Rentals

Located in the center of Almuñécar this is likely the busiest beach in town.  It is easily accessible and is close to the shopping areas.  It is also right in the heart of the nightlife, near many bars and clubs.
There are several water sports available (bouncy floats, kayaking, windsurfing, stand up paddleboards, jet ski rentals, and more).  This is a family friendly city beach and is handicap accessible.  There are umbrellas and lounge chairs available to rent.  It is well equipped and has a high level of services and faces the south, for beautiful sunsets.

Velilla Beach (Playa de Velilla)

It is one of the main beaches of Almuñécar and perhaps the most extensive.  It is protected from the westerly winds, and is packed during the summer months with tourists.  This area is full of high-rise holiday rentals.
There are several water sports available (bouncy floats, kayaking, windsurfing, stand up paddleboards, jet ski rentals, and more).  This is a family friendly city beach and is handicap accessible.  There are umbrellas and lounge chairs available to rent.  Is well equipped and has a high level of services and faces the east, for beautiful sunrises.  There is a dedicated bicycle path along the paseo as well.
 Velilla Beach (Playa de Velilla) cycling route Almunecar Velilla Beach

Tesorillo Beach (Playa del Tesorillo) 

Surrounded by rocks and in the east of Almuñécar, you’ll find the cove of El Tesorillo.  It is one of the most beautiful and popular beaches for youth.  It is located near one of the ancient watchtowers of Arab surveillance and gets its name because it appeared on the shore a few gold coins.  This is an east facing beach.

Pozuelo Beach (Playa del Pozuelo)

Pozuelo beach is located on the east side following the beach Velilla and Tesorillo.  Shallow beaches are ideal for children.  There is a park nearby and a couple of restaurants.  In the summer there is usually a kiosk which sells various snacks and drinks.  This is an east facing beach.

Calabajio Beach (Playa de Calabajio)

This is part of a series of small beaches on the least developed area of ​​Almuñecar: Calabajío Cabria, Curumbico and Barranco de Enmedio.  This is more of a local beach rather than a tourist beach.  That said, during high season, the people staying in the urbanization and hotels above will likely walk down to this beach.  This is a south-facing beach.

Cabria Beach (Playa de Cabria) 

It is set away from the main beaches and is quite small and moderately popular.  There are two small restaurants and a little hotel.  This is a less developed part of town and access is either through the dry river bed or at the end of the road, which passes Playacalida Spa Hotel.   There is gravel and sand on the beach, with a shower for washing.  This is a south-facing beach.

Curumbico Beach (Playa de Curumbico) 

This beach is more gravel and rock.  It is set away from the main beaches and is quite small and more secluded.  It is often nice in the high season to escape the crowds.  There is some interesting tide pooling when the water is calm.  This is a less developed part of town and access is either through the dry river bed or at the end of the road, which passes Playacalida Spa Hotel.  You may park near Playa de Cabria and then walk over to Playa Curumbico.  Nude Beach?  Not sure if it is official, but people partake.  This is a south-facing beach.

tide pooling at Curumbico Beach

 

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Heidi is passionate about travel (50+ countries) and loves experiencing the world with hubby Alan and their 2 kids. In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”, quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Almuñécar. She likes to share all of her favorites things about the area, as well as practical information too. You may also view their family travel blog, Wagoners Abroad, at http://wagonersabroad.com