El Salon beach is to the west of the Balcon de Europa and is accessed from the Balcon square, via a path behind the large trees. The beach is fairly long and wide, and is popular with families. As with all beaches in Nerja the outlook is fantastic.
Sunbed hire, toilet facilities, a lifeguard and showers are all provided and refreshments are available in the summer.
The famous Balcon de Europa is a highlight of any visit to Nerja, with its magnificent views and arguably the best panorama of anywhere in the Costa Del Sol. Looking to the south towards Africa there is just sea and sky, changing according to the time of day, the season of the year, the weather. To the east you can see the rocky coast stretching away past Maro and beyond, with the hills and mountains of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park forming the backdrop. To the west you can see the Torrox lighthouse and the coastline stretching off towards Malaga. In early morning or in the evening as the sun is setting the Balcon de Europa is a special place to be.
Calahonda Beach is located on the eastern side of the Balcon de Europa, down a cobbled path that has not changed much since Raquel Welch walked down it in 1967 in the film Fathom.
The beach is quite small but offers full facilities. There are showers and toilet facilities, and a lifeguard presence during the holiday season. Sunbeds can be hired here. Snorkelling around the rocks beneath the Balcon de Europa is a popular activity, and at the far end of the beach there are some hidden coves to explore.
Local fishermen still use the beach as the launching point for their traditional fishing boats. You can watch them land their catch, repair their nets and push their boat into the sea.