El Cañuelo is one of the remote beaches between Nerja and Almunecar in the Maro-Cerro Gordo natural park. This natural park runs for around 7 miles along the coast from Nerja towards La Herradura and has dramatic coastline, with cliffs, rocky beaches and ruined watchtowers. The natural park is a world away from the wall-to-wall concrete of some parts of the Costa del Sol and the isolated beaches make even Nerja’s El Playazo beach look overdeveloped.
The beaches in the natural park also benefit from crystal clear water, being far enough away from the pollution from the nearby towns.
Currently at El Cañuelo other than a beach restaurant, there are no facilities. In the summer months there is a bus service down to the beach from the main road above, otherwise it is a long hot walk down the track. Hence the beach is one of the last unspoilt beaches on the Costa del Sol
From 2013 loungers and parasols will be available to hire, bringing a more modern tourism experience to the natural park.
Other Beaches In The Acantilados de (Maro Cerro Gordo Natural Park
Fortunately there are still other unspoilt beaches in the natural park, accessible only to people fit enough to make their way down the, often, steep cliff paths. Although there are facilities at El Cañuelo, the other smaller beaches between Maro and El Cañuelo have no facilities whatsoever, so if you want to try any of the other beaches, make sure you where good shoes and bring everything you need with you for the day. The other beaches often have natural streams running down to them, so at least you can wash the salt off after your swim in the sea – these streams are not suitable for drinking though, due to the agriculture in the area, so take plenty of bottled water with you for the day. To try one of the other beaches, park in one of the cliff top car parks above the beaches, and walk down the unmade footpath. Some paths are much steeper than others, so beware.