Beaches in La Herradura - Impressive Cliffs and an Exceptional Seabed

la herradura beach with palm trees and kayaks
La Herradura is a small town that has three beaches: the main is La Herradura beach, nearby there is a semi-nudist Cantarriján beach and a small Calaiza cove surrounded by a beautiful pine forest.

view of the la herradura beach of granada
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  1. La Herradura - is the main beach located next to the promenade of the town and has all the necessary services.
  2. Cantarriján Beach - is a very nice semi-nudist beach with all services and a restaurant next to the seaside.
  3. Calaiza Beach - a small cove accessible only on foot, without any facilities or services.

map of the best herradura beaches and attractions

After Cantarriján the next beach is Cañuelo, but this beach belongs to the province of Malaga.

La Herradura Beach

several kayaks in the herradura beach in granada province La Herradura's coastline has a distinctive horseshoe shape, hence its name (herradura means horseshoe in Spanish).

The Herradura Beach is nicely protected from the wind by the marina on the East and the Cerro Gordo cliffs on the West.

This pebbly beach with dark sand is very popular. It is not a very big beach, just over 2 km long and almost 50 m wide.

Facilities and Services

beautiful beach of la herradura La Herradura has a long promenade and some areas with good access for people with disabilities.

It offers all type of services including: lifeguards, sunbeds with beach umbrellas, showers and restaurants. On the seafront you can find some children's play area too.

This is a great location for scuba diving and windsurfing. There are some companies offering different types of services for you to practice water sports.

several kayaks in the herradura beach in granada province

Cerro Gordo

The area surrounding area is Cerro Gordo, that stretches between Nerja (Málaga) and La Herradura, has a National Marine Reserve underwater, with a landscape of exceptional beauty and numerous caves.

This impressive landscape invites you to explore it, whether diving to admire a rich variety of marine fauna and flora, canoeing to discover caves and grottos, or hiking to enjoy amazing views and birdwatching from the cliffs.

Cantarrijan Beach

view of the beach of cantarrijan in la herradura The Cantarrijan Beach is located between high cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo, near the Natural Park of the same name and on the boundary of the provinces of Granada and Malaga.

Beautiful beach, surrounded by vegetation. It is completely isolated from urbanized areas.

It's been a nudist beach for a long time, although clothes could be worn there as well. In fact, Cantarriján was one of the first beaches in Spain to be officially considered naturist.

pebbles and clean water on the beach of cantarrijan It has the Association of Friends of the Nudist Beach of Cantarriján which ensures the conservation of the natural area and organizes naturist activities.

The Cantarrijan Beach is about 400 metres long and a 43 metres wide. It is made of black sand and bathed in calm waters.

How to Get to Cantarriján Beach

The access to the beach is not complicated but you will have to walk 1.5 km from the national road to reach it.

restaurant with plants around on the beach of cantarrijan In summer season (July 1 - August 31) no private vehicle are permitted, however, the beach has a minibus service that normally starts operating in mid-June.

Facilities and Services

. The Cantarriján Beach has two restaurants (La Barraca and Bola Marina 2) and hammock rental. The beach is quite popular, but usually is not too crowded.

There are outdoor toilet facilities, showers and sun beds.

Calaiza Beach

calaiza beach rocks near la herradura A small cove of dark sand and calm waters with some vegetation, located near the Cerro Gordo Natural Park.

It is about 55 metres long and 12 metres wide where very few people go, as it is very isolated and can only be reached on foot.

People who rent a kayak in La Herradura usually make a short stop in this cove.

It is a very quiet beach without any kind of service. It has no beach bars, no hammock rental. There are no showers or public toilets.

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Page Updated: Jul 08, 2021

 


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