The coast

Beach towns near Competa.

Torrox Costa

The nearest beach town is Torrox Costa which can be reached in about 20 mins taking the Torrox road out of Competa. Torrox is small and not as busy or developed as the larger resorts. There are a number of beaches to choose from.

El Morche.(Torrox Costa)

El Morche forms part of the municipality of Torrox and is at the western end of Torrox Costa.

The beach, which flies the prestigious EU Blue Flag, is fine sand, about 1200 metres long and, on average, about 40 metres wide. Very popular in the summer months.

There is a paved promenade, which runs parallel to the N-340, and there are several beach bars to grab a drink and a bite to eat. The Scuba Doo dive centre is just behind the promenade if you fancy checking out the marine life.

Ferrara Playa.(Torrox Costa)

Ferrara Playa is a very large, ‘blue flag’ beach in Torrox Costa, Málaga province. It’s a sandy beach, over 1 kilometre long and, on average, about 30 metres wide. Very popular in the summer month

El Penoncillo.(Torrox Costa)

El Peñoncillo beach runs parallel to the old N-340 coastal road and is about 1,400 metres long and, on average, about 20 metres wide. The area is semi-urban and the beach is, shall we say, ‘rustic’.

There are a number of restaurants and chiringuitos along the length of the beach, including El Ancla, Al Manzur and Merendero Costa del Sol.

The chiringuitos are a great place to relax and watch the world pass by.

Several of the places specialise in ‘espetas de sardinas’ – sardines on a stick – and you can often see them cooking on barbecues as you drive past. Or if you’re on the beach, you get that lovely barbecue smell that just makes you hungry.

Nerja Beach Guide.

Nerja is a beautiful place to visit and one of the star attractions is the Balcón de europa (the balcony of europe).This is a man made balcony which overlooks the sea and has some stunning views. There are horse drawn carriages that will take you around the town to see the sights if you would like to see them (you have to pay for this of course)

Nerja is a seaside resort of sandy coves sheltered by the impressive Sierra de Almijara mountains and is often referred to as ‘The Jewel of the Costa del Sol’.

There are over nine kilometres of beaches, from small secluded coves to large sandy areas, which means there is something for everyone.

Burriana beach.(Nerja)

Burriana beach, or Playa Burriana, is a large, sandy beach situated at the eastern end of town and is Nerja’s premier bathing location.

Playa Burriana is a regular recipient of the prestigious ‘Blue Flag’ of excellence, awarded by the European Union, and the ‘Q for Quality’ flag issued by the Spanish authorities.

It is a modern area, almost a separate village or resort in many ways, with just about every conceivable facility available to the thousands of visitors, both Spanish and foreign, who flock here every year.

Calahonda beach (Nerja)

To the left of the Balcón de Europa, right in the centre of town, is Calahonda beach.

Access to the beach is via a walkway to the left of the Balcón de Europa and it zig-zags its way down, so although fairly steep, it is not exhausting.

The beach area itself is relatively small, sandy and sheltered.


Carabeillo beach. (Nerja)

Carabeillo beach is sandwiched between Carabeo and Burriana beaches at the eastern end of Nerja.

Access to the beach is either via some very steep steps, not suitable for anyone with mobility problems, or by walking along the sand from Burriana beach, a bit further along.

This is a nice sandy beach, relatively quiet due to the slightly difficult access and a great place if you want to get away from the crowds and hustle-bustle.

Obtaining refreshments means either going up the steps to the kiosks, bars and restaurants or walking along to Burriana beach where, being Nerja’s premier beach, everything is available in abundance.

El Playazo beach. (Nerja)

El Playazo beach is situated at the western end of town and is the longest beach in Nerja.

Although there are plans to renovate the whole area at some stage, including the construction of a promenade, El Playazo is currently undeveloped, natural and unsophisticated. This means that prices are more ‘normal’ in the various Chiringuitos.

If you are looking for English bars, Sky Sports, Internet cafés and sophisticated restaurants, then this isn’t the beach for you. If, on the other hand, you are looking to swim, sunbathe, play games on the beach and enjoy a good meal at a reasonable cost, then Playazo is the place to go.

Maro beach. (Nerja)

Maro beach A few kilometres outside Nerja on the old N-340 coastal road, is the lovely little village of Maro. It is still within the municipality of Nerja, so the beaches are classed as Nerja beaches.

It is quite a steep road down to the beach, but well worth the effort. Overlooking the beach, perched on the hill, is one of the old Moorish watchtowers.

The area has a unique ecological system and the natural environment is heavily protected. Because of its uniqueness, the waters in this area are popular with recreational divers and Buceo Costa Nerja, located on Burriana beach, make regular trips to Maro for those who are interested.

Algarobo Costa

Torre Del Mar