The 5 best spots in Andalucia.
Which are the 5 most remote and lesser-known beaches in Andalusia? Because fighting for a spot on the beach first thing in the morning in the middle of August is not your thing and you want to be able to enjoy a bit of space for your swims. Check out our ranking.
1- Cala de Enmedio, Almeria.
Snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of Cabo de Gata.
The beaches of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park in Almeria have a special charm. This is due to the fact that they are in a protected enclave: all you can see around them is nature, the desert landscape of the Park. One of them is Cala de Enmedio, a shallow beach with crystal-clear waters and surrounded by white cliffs. It is a perfect place to take refuge with goggles and flippers and enjoy snorkelling.
To get there you will have to drive along an unpaved road to Cala del Plomo, and from there you will have to walk along a path (approximately 20 minutes) that leaves from the car park. We recommend you take comfortable shoes, water and something to eat (as there are no services of any kind on the beach), and try not to go in the middle of the day to avoid the heat during the walk.
2- Calas de Roche, Cádiz.
Cliffs to take shelter from the Levante wind.
Cadiz has many beautiful, incredible and even paradisiacal beaches, but they have one “but” and that is the Levante wind. The Calas de Roche are not the typical Cadiz beach like the beaches of Bolonia, Valdevaqueros or Caños de Meca.
The Calas de Roche are tiny, carved into cliffs of reddish tones and with rough tides depending on the wind. The coves of Roche are a very good option when there is Levante because they are sheltered and also when there is no Levante because they are much less crowded. However, if the tide is high, there may not be enough space to place a towel and sunbathe.
3- Doñana Beach, Huelva.
The perfect beach for endless strolls overlooking the Atlantic.
At Doñana Beach, and all along the Costa de la Luz, you can enjoy long walks on the sand overlooking the Atlantic without the crowds. This particular beach was named after the famous National Park, and is accessed from the busier Playa de Matalascañas.
There are no showers, beach bars or toilets here either, so be prepared for a day at the beach with food and drink. What you will find is tranquillity and space for a dip in the cool waters of the Atlantic.
4- Barranco de Maro cove, Malaga.
Black sand and surprisingly refreshing water very close to Nerja.
Cala del Barranco is in Maro, a village with much less affluence than its neighbour Nerja. What the beaches of these two villages have in common are the crystal clear and refreshing waters (the temperature is low compared to other Mediterranean beaches) and the pebbles that dot the black sand.
You have to go by car, it is more difficult to access than the urban beaches of Nerja (you have to walk for 10-15 minutes to get there), but it is worth the peace and quiet. It does not have a beach bar, so we recommend you bring a bottle of water and some food if you are going to spend the day there.
5- El Cambrón Beach, Granada.
Granada is not only the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada. The province of Granada has some charming beaches that are still unexploited, precisely because it is not as typical a beach destination on the Andalusian coast as the Costa del Sol or the Costa de la Luz. An example of this is the Cambrón beach in Salobreña.
80 metres long and 20 metres wide where tranquillity reigns for a day of sun and salt water. However, it is advisable to wear suitable footwear because instead of sand there are the typical pebbles of the beaches in the area.