Playa de Maro

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Playa de Maro is one of the best beaches in Andalusia. In this small bay, surrounded by grassy hills, water is crystal clear, and the rocky outcrops in either end of the beach are rich in marine life.
How to get there?

Playa de Maro is located near Nerja, approximately 50 kilometers east of Malaga. Follow the “Nerja” signs on the coastal highway (E15/A7, Autovia del Mediterráneo) and take the “Nerja-Maro” exit (nr.295). Playa de Maro is well signposted. If you visit the area in summer, get there early if you want to find a parking space along the road, close to the beach. If not, you may have to park 1000 meters from the beach, and walk 15 to 20 minutes to reach the spot.

Water entrance

There are two areas to explore at Playa de Maro. They are at either end of the beach, around 300 yards apart. Enter the water directly from the beach (where the first rocks are). If you want to explore both sides, it is better to get out of the water and walk on the beach to the other end.

Aerial view


In the area, the seabed is rocky, sprinkled with small patches of posidonia (↕6-12ft/2-4m). Life is at its most abundant along the rocky outcrops on either side of the bay. It is easy to come across the highly colorful Mediterranean rainbow wrasse, peacock wrasse, or the painted comber. The central part of the spot, in front of the beach, consists in a white sandy area, which is poor in marine life (↕6-30ft/2-8m).

This small beach is overcrowded during weekends and summer months. Too many swimmers in the water can alter visibility on the shallow areas. Move further from the shore to enjoy clearer waters, but be very careful: kayaks and swimmers can still disturb your experience at any time.

Restaurants and accommodation

On the beach, you will find a restaurant and bar, where you can buy some drinks, ice creams and snacks.

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  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
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  • Restaurants nearby
    Yes, budget

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