Published On: Wed, Apr 3rd, 2024
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Costa del Sol local unveils ‘hidden gem’ beach with ‘crystal waters’ | Travel News | Travel

If you’re heading to the Costa del Sol this year and are hoping to explore off the beaten path, who better to ask than someone who lives in the area? IDILIQ Hotels & Resorts has shared the “ultimate local’s guide” to encourage tourists visiting the region (including their Costa del Sol property Wyndham Costa del Sol) to explore places they might not usually.

Lara Ann Main, the head of the entertainment and Kids Club, who lives in the area, lifted the lid on what she described as a “hidden gem” that offers complete peace and tranquillity.

Playa de Maro is a wild beach set within sprawling nature with thick sands and abrupt vegetation. This natural cove is set behind the mountains of the Sierra de Tejeda, between Malaga and Granada.

Given its surroundings, there is a steep bank down to the beach meaning it is mostly accessible by foot. Lara explained: “Playa de Maro [is] a small beach that is considered one of Andalucia’s most perfect beaches.

“Located under the grassy hills on the Nerja Cliffs and complete with crystal waters, this is the ultimate secret escape for those looking for a quiet spot to relax or those who want to make the most of the clear water to do a spot of snorkelling.”

In fact, some tourists say the snorkelling opportunities here are among the best in the Mediterranean.

Having previously visited Playa de Maro, a couple named Matt and Amy shared a review to Tripadvisor stating: “Great little beach with a small restaurant and a kayak rental place. Snorkelling is amazing, best I’ve seen in the Med.” [SIC]

The beach is also popular for those who want to enjoy non-motorised water sports, such as Kayaking, with a dedicated kayaking route from Burriana Beach to Playa de Mar. You can typically rent a kayak or embark on a guided kayaking tour for approximately €20 (£17). 

Along the way, you can expect incredible views of cliffs and limestone caves, as well as a series of waterfalls. 

Playa de Maro has been awarded the Blue Flag, a distinction awarded by the European Foundation for Environmental Education, partly due to the quality of its water.

The beach offers sun beds in the summer months for a small cost. However, it’s worth noting that while Playa de Maro is considered a “hidden gem”, the summer months are notably busier than off-peak seasons.

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