El Cañuelo Beach, Nerja

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Arriving in Nerja after yesterdays tiring adventure trekking up and down Granadas many mini mountains, the sight of the beautiful sweeping beach at el Canuelo was like stepping into another world. We picked this beach for its remoteness: you really need a car to get it. And when I say get to it, I mean nearer to it. The actual beach is about a 20 minute walk from the car park, downhill on the way there and uphill on the way back (obviously). So maybe forget the beach chairs and the inflatable alligator.

The beach itself is the grey kind of gravelly sand you find along this coast, but for the area it's supposed to be  one of the best quality. To make up for it, it's strewn with beautiful soft pebbles, perfect for skimming.

The water is that perfect crystal clear aquamarine blue that just makes me want to dump all my stuff on the sand the moment I get there and go diving in. Which is exactly what we did.

We had the beach almost entirely to ourselves, with the exception of a very pesky dog who attempted to run off with half our picnic. We swam, took photos and snoozed our way through the day and then went back to the hostel with two very burned Latinas feeling betrayed by their own skin, and our new lobster friend Rachel.

Turns out sun tan lotion is pretty important...

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