10 Beaches in Granada For A Perfect Seaside Day Out in 2024

Granada Beaches

  1. La Guardia Beach
  2. Calahonda beach
  3. Cantarriján beach
  4. La Herradura beach
  5. La Joya beach
  6. La Rijana beach
  7. San Cristóbal beach
  8. Playa de Cabria
  9. El Cambrón beach
  10. Peñón de Salobreña beach
The  beaches in Granada are a good example of the region's unusual topography. In a few kilometers, you can go from the Mulhacén Mountains in Sierra Nevada to the Mediterranean Sea on Granada's territory. Because of this, the coastline remains steep in several areas.

However, this is not a problem because Granada beaches boast great sandy spots perfect for lounging in the sun or enjoying a refreshing dip. The Costa Tropical, or Granada beaches are also well-known for its temperate climate and for the sun's nearly constant illumination of some of them. One of the most stunning beaches in Spain, for instance, is Playa La Herradura, which is also the longest and busiest beach in the region.

The beach has semi-coarse sand and is great for families because it is clean and safe. La Rijana Beach, is another beach you must visit as it boasts one of the most stunning coves in all of Granada, complete with clear, quiet waters and an inviting, secluded setting.

Here is the list of best beaches in Granada:

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Calahonda Beach

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  • Calahonda beach is tucked between cliffs in the middle of Nerja in the province of Málaga, right at the base of the Balcón de Europa.
  • The little bay and the surrounding rocks make Nerja one of the most picturesque and recognisable postcard scenes in all of Andalusia.
  • Calahonda is one of the popular Granada Beaches for both locals and visitors to Nerjeo because of its picturesque cove of coarse and dark gravel.
  • White and blue painted cottages typical of fishermen surround it. This is the busiest beach since it is the most beautiful and centrally located.
  • The Chiringuito Papagayo is a well-known beachside bar and restaurant known for its tasty drinks and food.
  • This relaxing seaside spot has nightly live music alongside lounge chairs and umbrellas available for use on the beach.

    Malaga town center, near the Paseo del Balcón de Europa 

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Cantarriján Beach

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  • Playa Cantarriján is  one of the stunning Granada Beaches with a name inspired by the towering rocks that frame it.
  • Along its coast, these cliffs plunge steeply into the water, creating a safe haven.
  • Located in the Maro-Cerro-Gordo natural park, this little and picturesque bay has exceptionally fine sands.
  • The water is crystal clean, making it ideal for canoeing, kayaking, and scuba diving.
  • You'll feel like you're swimming in an aquarium as you feed the hundreds of fish from your hands with a loaf of bread.
  • You can find crabs and snails among the rocks.
  • Go for a swim in the middle of the night.
  • The plankton in the water is activated by motion and glows brightly.

    Location: In Andalucia about 45-minutes east of Malaga

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La Herradura Beach

  • La Herradura beach is a large, sandy, and gravelly beach in the Sierra de Almijara is part of the tourist-friendly coastal zone because its coral reefs have been well-protected. 
  • The bay was given its name because its natural contours evoke the shape of a horseshoe.
  • Even though Playa de la Herradura is a developed area, the natural environment around it is well-preserved, hence it is often referred to as "heaven on earth." 
  • Also, Herradura Beach is a fantastic location for scuba divers and other underwater adventurers; 
  • Make use of the stunning scenery afforded by the beachfront promenade to make some unforgettable memories.

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La Rijana Beach

  • One of the greatest beaches in Granada, this 250-meter-long bay is located 20 kilometers from Motril.
  • With calm, clear seas and a lack of crowds and tourist infrastructure, La Rijana beach is perfect for a day of snorkeling or scuba diving.
  • In fact, that's why the locals have such a soft spot for this place.
  • A tiny Chiringuito serves as the perfect spot to relax with a cocktail and a plate of delicious pescaito frito while taking in the stunning scenery of this pristine bay.

    Location: Along the southern coast of Spain in Andalucía

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Playa de Cabria

  • A modest stretch of sand  is Playa de Cabria that is easily reached by foot or automobile and doesn't see too many visitors.
  • A secluded bay surrounded by picturesque cliffs where you may relax and unwind after being online nonstop and subjected to incessant advertising. 
  • Without considerable human intrusion or modern services, this beach promises unadulterated interaction with nature, including sea breezes, rocks, the sky, and the water.
  • Thanks to this, you can take pleasure in life's simplest pleasures.

    Playa de Cabria Playa de Cabria s,n, 18690, Almunecar Spain

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Peñón de Salobreña Beach

  • At the very end of the Paseo Martimo, you'll find El Peón, Salobrea's most famous and picturesque beach.
  • With its clear, shallow waters and gentle surf, this is one of the beaches in Granada that is a sight to behold.
  • Now, picture how pristine it must look because nature has been left to reclaim its equilibrium in the absence of human interference.
  • Enjoy the excellent sardines, squid, and grilled octopus prepared by the chiringuitos to the utmost; there are other restaurants and tapas bars nearby.

    Location: Nearby Salobreña Playa and Caleta-La Guardia.

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San Cristóbal Beach

  • Extending for a full kilometer in the heart of Almuecar's metropolitan area is a stretch of dark-sand beach known as La China.
  • In addition to being surrounded by verdant greenery, its coasts are caressed by calm, clear waters.
  • There are many amenities available at this popular beach, including monitoring and rescue teams,  a service to rent hammocks and umbrellas,
  • In addition there is a programme to keep the beach tidy, trash cans, a playground, and a few chiringuitos serving up tasty pescaditos fritos.

    Location: Located to the west of the Peñon de Cristobal

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La Guardia Beach

  • One of the Granada Beaches , La Guardia has stunning views of the Peon, the town of Salobrena and is flanked by fields and sugar cane plantations.
  • With all the amenities of a city beach, but without the noise or crowds, this place is ideal for relaxation.
  • You can spend the day together as a family or as a couple in the sun.
  • The beach is shaped like a long U and features fine, dark sand, clean water, and gentle waves.
  • You can rent everything from kayaks and pedal boats to sun loungers and even beach umbrellas.
  • If you feel hungry during the day, there are a tonne of great options for dining and drinking at the nearby beach bars and restaurants along the water's edge.

    Location: Salobreña, located in the province of Granada (Andalucía)

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La Joya Beach

  • This cove is within Motril's city boundaries and the journey to get here is an exciting one.
  • This remote area is protected by high walls and towering cliffs, making it ideal for escaping the bustle of the city.
  • Due to its pristine condition, this is the perfect spot to spend a day basking in the sun and listening to the waves.
  • All the finest things about Granada's Costa Tropical are summed up here: quiet coves, family-friendly beaches, and, most importantly, pleasant temperatures all year round for swimming in the Mediterranean.

    Location: 12 miles (19 km) north of Downtown San Diego

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El Cambrón Beach

  • One of the tiny beaches in Granada at Cala del Cambrón can be found near the Torre del Cambrón neighborhood.
  • The beach is composed of gravel and cobble fragments which garner it a distinct look. 
  • It has moderate waves perfect for a refreshing swim.
  • El Cambron Beach should be definitely visited as it is one of the hidden gems, and is placed in an isolated area.

    Located next to the populated area of Torre del Cambrón

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People Also Ask About Granada

  1. How do I get to La Herradura beach in Granada?

    By road: The quickest method of travel between Granada and La Herradura is via cab, which takes 55 minutes to reach the shore by the A-44, after which La Herradura will be reached via the westbound route. Alternatively, you can take a bus, but getting there will take 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  2. Why is Cantarriján beach so famous in Granada?

    Cantarriján beach is one of the most well-known Granada Beaches due to the stunning views it provides of the Mediterranean. In addition, there is a wide variety of things to do at this beach, including basking in the sun, swimming, exploring the area on foot, hiking, renting a pedal boat, getting a massage, and scuba diving.
  3. What is the best time to visit Granada?

    There are two times of year that you will love visiting Granada: spring (especially in May and June) and fall (October to December). Granada is at its finest during this time of year, when the days are long and the weather is mild.
  4. What are the best water sports to do in Granada?

    1. Canyoning: The ideal way to become familiar with Granada's various rivers, canyons, waterfalls, and pools is canyoning. As the name implies, canyoning entails traversing canyons and riverbeds by foot or by swimming.

    2. Canoeing: This is a fun outing that the whole family can enjoy, and it's ideal for the warmer months of the year. Explore the various marshes, rivers, and even the seashore of the beaches in Granada by canoe. Canoeing locations around Granada include the Negratin reservoir, Cuevas del Campo, and the town of Maro.

    3. Rafting: There are few other water sports as challenging or as comprehensive as rafting in the beaches in Granada. It involves traveling down a river in a rowboat. Some locations that are ideal for this activity include the Genil and Guadalfeo rivers, the Verde River, and the Maro Cliffs.

    4. Water skiing: Water skiing is like skiing and surfing rolled into one: you get to enjoy the peacefulness of a boat trip while balancing on a board that's being propelled at high speeds. For those who enjoy both the water and speed, Almuecar is the best choice due to its fantastic beaches, however any part of the coast would do.

    5. Paddle surfing: If you're interested in surfing but don't have access to the ocean, paddle surfing is a great alternative that requires a similar level of balance and determination. To participate in this activity, one must paddle a board through the water. Carchuna Beach's favorable wind conditions and unique water qualities make this a viable option.
  5. What are the best things to do in Granada with kids?

    1. Spend Some Time in Parque Federico Garca Lorca: Parque Federico Garca Lorca is Granada's largest park, and it's packed with fun things to do with the kids. The playground is a great place for children to burn off some energy while their parents may enjoy the tranquility of the picnic area. Spend some time in the gardens and pond, where the ducks are always eager for some bread.

    2. Enjoy a Nighttime Trip to the Enchanting Alhambra: You can't come to Granada and not see the Alhambra. But if you want to step it up a notch, try scheduling your visit for after dark. At night, the already breathtaking palaces and lovely gardens take on a mystical quality. As darkness descends over Granada and the Alhambra, children will be able to experience a real feeling of the Alhambra's regal past. Click Here to Book: Alhambra Tickets

    3. Enjoy a spirited Flamenco performance: One of the best things to do in Granada with kids is a flamenco show, which isn't simply the most famous art form in all of Andalusia. The stunning choreography and poignant score will leave everyone in your family speechless. Every child, no matter their age, will love this show!

    4. Discover Something New at the Parque De Las Ciencias: While visiting a museum might not be high on most kids' to-do lists, they may end up enjoying themselves here. The science exhibits at Parque de las Ciencias are interactive and close to the ground, so children may learn through green landscapes and educational exhibits on health, astronomy, ecology, and more.
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