Cala del Pino, in Nerja

Summer in Cala del Pino

Nerja It is one of the oldest and most historic towns in Spain. It is in Malaga, in the region of Axarquia, and since the 60s it has been part of the tourist mecca that is the Costa del Sol. It has a large stable population, including foreigners, preferably English, which doubles during the summer holidays.

Today we know the Cala del Pino, in Nerja. Unforgettable.


Area view of Cala del Pino

It is 52 kilometers from Malaga and only 100 kilometers from Granada. Surely you have heard of the Cueva de Nerja, one of the most fantastic caves in Europe. His paintings, around 42 years old, reveal the passage of humans and, who knows, it is speculated that they could be the first known work of art, to date, in the history of our civilization.

Several peoples settled in the area, including the Phoenicians, later the Greeks would arrive, nearby although they left no trace, and later, of course, the Romans made an appearance by founding three settlements. In the Middle Ages the Visigoths were defeated by the Muslims who shone with their culture.

Malaga was reconquered by the Christians in 1487, so its cultural richness has always had three aspects, the Muslim, the Christian and the Jewish. At least until the forced exodus of the Jews.

Making a great leap in its history, we arrive at the 50s of the XNUMXth century, when the Cueva de Nerja was discovered and attracts the attention of many onlookers. Some time later Summer Blue was filmed on its shores, popular series that had international projection. Today, among its many cultural and natural wonders, we can talk about the Pine Cove, ideal to get lost next summer.

Pine Cove

Pine Cove

At the heart of Maro Cliff Natural Park Playa del Pino is located, beautiful and wild, typically a mediterranean beach. It is, moreover, a nudist or naturist beach, so people have a lot of freedom to walk as God brought them into the world.

The cove has some 350 meters, of sand and pebbles, with crystal clear waters. It has been a protected site for a long time, so the seabed is great, with many colored fish, ideal then to do scuba diving. Of course, it is not a beach that is in sight. Is that why it is still an almost virgin beach?

Getting there is not so easy because you have to go down a rough path whose layout is quite abrupt. The descent is around 10 minutes and it is not easy. There is also no transport to take you, unlike other beaches in the area such as Playa de Cañuelo, so that makes families with children do not usually choose it. Excellent!

Sea in Cala del Pino

So, it is a cove that is far away, so you have to use the car, take the N-340, go through Maro Beach, see the signs for Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo and Cala del Pino Natural Park, leave the car there, walk about 200 meters and then there is the path that goes down to the beach. A path that, let us remember, is steep and complicated but that always has herbs and wild flowers.

Down on the coastline, actually, there are two coves connected by a small group of rocks with curious formations. The Pine Coves they are virgin beaches, wrapped precisely in Pine trees. And between them you can see a Roman tower, the so-called Pine Tower, a decorative element that gives a lot of charm to this beach that, even in summer, is not so crowded.

Cala del Pino sign

The rocks, which are located between the sand, in the water, form natural pools ideal for splashing. If you go with children, if you encourage them to go down that path, they will be a delight for them and a peace of mind for you. Keep in mind that there is no installation, nothing at all: no beach bar, no bathroom, no deckchair and umbrella rental shop, no sports or children's area. Therefore, you have to carry everything, back and forth, to maintain cleanliness.

I want to return to a point: the nudism/naturism. There is cross information because some sites say that this practice is accepted and others do not. It seems that naturism here is optional. Although it is not as marked as in Cantarrijan, it can be practiced especially around the rock formation that separates the two coves of this coastal strip.

The rocks are loose and you can walk between them and on them without danger or skirt them by the sea. If you are going to practice naturism then pay attention to where people are concentrated doing the same, so as not to generate any type of discomfort. We could say, then, that It is a semi nudist cove.

nudism in Cala del Pino

Of course the Cala del Pino It is not the only beach that you can visit in Nerja, there are 17 beaches in total.l: About ten are close to the town center and the rest you have to use, yes or yes, a car or the public bus. And in addition to the beaches, a summer in Nerja can mean much more.

Nerja offers activities for people of all ages. On Tuesdays and Sundays there is Nerja market, with the sale of fresh products and at a good price, you can make jumping, know the Balcony of europe and contemplate Africa in the distance in the afternoon, take a boat ride, go kayaking or canoeing along the cliffs of Maro, do paddle surfing, paragliding, diving or hiking.

In this sense you can do one of the most famous excursions in Nerja, the Chillar river route, in the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park. There are eight kilometers going up and eight going down and sometimes you have to put your feet in the water. And if you are young and have batteries for a while, it must be said that Nerja has nightlife, in its cafes and pubs and in the square itself.

Practical information about Cala del Pino:

  • How to get there: by car on the highway. There is a parking area and then a steep and rugged trail. You can also use the intercity bus Nerja – Motril.
  • Length and width of the beach: 350 meters long and 10 meters wide.
  • Sand: gravel and sand
  • Services. none

What do you think about knowing Nerja next summer?

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