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Beaches


The Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park is one of the great treasures of the Spanish Mediterranean coast and the largest protected coastal area in Europe. Cabo de Gata is an amazing succession of almost virgin beaches, cliffs of great beauty and the best seabeds on the European coast.
   

Torregarcia Beach

It is a virgin beach with sand and pebbles, so the use of protective footwear is recommended in some of its areas. All access routes are on dirt roads that are suitable for all types of vehicles, as well as cyclists. It has three elements of tourist interest: the Torregarcia Hermitage, an old 16th century lookout tower and the remains of ancient Roman salted fish.
 
Torregarcia Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 1,800 m
Average width: 100 m
Composition: Gravel/Sand
Colour: Dark gray
Grain: Coarse
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
   
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Las Amoladeras Beach

It is a virgin beach with a low level of occupancy since access is made by dirt road that crosses the “Cañada de las Higueras”, where at some times of the year it is possible to run aground in the sand. In some areas the use of protective footwear is recommended.
 
Las Amoladeras Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 3,750 m
Average width: 100 m
Composition: Gravel/Sand
Colour: Dark gray
Grain: Coarse
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: Yes
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
   
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San Miguel of Cabo de Gata Beach

This beach, also known as Cabo de Gata Beach, belongs to the neighborhood of San Miguel de Cabo de Gata. It is also the starting point for more of the most beautiful beaches in the province. It has all the services of an urban beach, with access for the disabled, showers and a children's play area.
 
San Miguel of Cabo de Gata Beach
 
Length: 2,500 m
Average width: 60 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Medium
Occupation: High
Type: Urban
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: Yes
Anchoring zone: No
 
      

      

      

   
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Las Salinas Beach

This is considered one of the best and most beautiful beaches in the province of Almeria, besides being the most extensive. Its fine and natural sand is one of its great attractions, along with its crystal clear waters. From here you can see Las Salinas Church; one of the most iconic images of the Natural Park. Due to its virgin nature it lacks services such as showers or access for the disabled.
 
Las Salinas Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 5,000 m
Average width: 100 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: Medium
Type: Virgin
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
   
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Almadraba de Monteleva Beach

This is the east extension of Las Salinas beach and belongs to the small town of the same name. Its occupation is usually high and it has a small hotel and several restaurants where you can enjoy the fresh fish of the day. It also has services such as showers and access for people with disabilities.
 
Almadraba de Monteleva Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 660 m
Average width: 30 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Medium/Thin
Occupation: High
Type: Semi-urban
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
      

   
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La Fabriquilla Beach

It is the last beach on Las Salinas esplanade, before the terrain ascends to the Cabo de Gata Lighthouse, which is situated on volcanic cliffs. There are some establishments where you can taste the gastronomy of the area, and it is very busy during the summer months. It is the departure area for kayaks to visit the volcanic area of Cabo de Gata and the Sirens Reef. It does not have showers or special access.
 
La Fabriquilla Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 600 m
Average width: 30 m
Composition: Gravel/Sand
Colour: Beige
Grain: Coarse
Occupation: High
Type: Semi-urban
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
      

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Corralete Beach

Also known as Ancon beach. To access it, you have to go up the Lighthouse Road, which has stunning views of the entire Almeria Bay and especially the area of Cabo de Gata Saltworks and Cabo de Gata Lighthouse. The setting is idyllic and the sunsets are breathtaking.
 
Corralete Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 600 m
Average width: 30 m
Composition: Gravel/Sand
Colour: Beige
Grain: Coarse
Occupation: Medium
Type: Semi-urban
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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Arena Cove

It is a tiny cove of extreme beauty. It is the first cove after the Cabo de Gata Lighthouse and is ideal for nature lovers who want to enjoy an isolated place to spend a day at the beach. It is accessed through a small unpaved road and there are no parking or services, except for cleaning and surveillance.
 
Arena Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 70 m
Average width: 15 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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Raja Cove

Raja Cove is in a privileged location between the “Punta de Cabo de Gata” area of special marine protection, and the “Cerro del Vela Blanca” area of special ground protection. Raja Cove is located between cliffs, which protect it from the annoying “levante” wind. The sand is very fine and pleasant and the entrance to the water is soft with a gentle incline.
 
Raja Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 120 m
Average width: 10 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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Carbon Cove

Carbon Cove is another of the small coves of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, isolated and with difficult access through dirt roads. This cove has no sand and consists of stone boulders, so it is not as popular as other beaches although the water is completely clear, revealing the rocky sea bed.
 
Carbon Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 150 m
Average width: 10 m
Composition: Stones/Gravel
Colour: Gray
Grain: Coarse
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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Media Luna Cove

As its name suggests, it has a half-moon shape and is one of the best beaches in Cabo de Gata, with fine sand and a peaceful atmosphere. It can be very busy on weekends and in summer, since you can reach the beach by car.
 
Media Luna Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 185 m
Average width: 30 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Dark gray
Grain: Thin
Occupation: High
Type: Virgin
Parking: Yes
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
   
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Monsul Cove

Monsul Cove is, along with Los Genoveses beach, the most famous beach of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, since it has appeared in many films and advertisements. Nowhere else in the Natural Park is its volcanic origin better reflected. It has a parking lot from which you can quickly access the beach, however in summer time, access is limited to a certain number of cars and once the spaces are full, the only way to get there is by bus.
 
Monsul Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 300 m
Average width: 45 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Dark gray
Grain: Thin
Occupation: High
Type: Virgin
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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Barronal Beach

Barronal Beach is located in the area of “Campillo del Genoves”, in the municipality of San Jose. Bordering the cliffs that surround this beach, there is a path that leads to other smaller coves, known as the “Calas del Barronal”.
 
Barronal Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 250 m
Average width: 20 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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Grande Cove

It is an isolated cove with difficult access through dirt roads between mountains, which results in a low degree of occupation. It is one of the best coves in the Mediterranean, both for the quality and cleanliness of its waters and for the beauty of its landscape.
 
Grande Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 225 m
Average width: 30 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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Chica Cove

It is a hidden cove surrounded by volcanic walls of great beauty and vertical height. It is a place to get lost and enjoy nature, unusual places and virgin spaces.
 
Chica Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 150 m
Average width: 30 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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Principe Cove

It is a tiny cove embedded between volcanic walls. It has no services and can be accessed on foot by walking about a kilometer along steep roads from Los Genoveses Beach. Its waters are clean and transparent, ideal for bathing, although great care must be taken when there is tidal swell.
 
Principe Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 120 m
Average width: 30 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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Los Amarillos Cove

It is a small cove surrounded by large cliffs that are yellowish in color, which can be accessed from Los Genoveses Beach.
 
Los Amarillos Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 100 m
Average width: 15 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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Los Genoveses Beach

It is the most beautiful bay in Cabo de Gata and one of the most iconic corners of the Mediterranean. A virgin beach, with no buildings, power lines, beach bars or roads ... a real paradise.
 
Los Genoveses Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 1,180 m
Average width: 40 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: High
Type: Virgin
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: Yes
 
   
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San Jose Beach

This beach is located in the town of San Jose and has been awarded a Blue Flag for the quality of its services and equipment for tourist use. It is a familiar, urban beach with good quality sand. Unlike most beaches in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, you will find all kinds of services on this beach.
 
San Jose Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 850 m
Average width: 30 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: High
Type: Urban
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: Yes
 
      

      

      

   
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Higuera Cove

It is a small stone cove with excellent environmental conditions. Access is very easy from San Jose, through an unpaved road that ends in a small parking lot.
 
Higuera Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 220 m
Average width: 15 m
Composition: Stones/Gravel
Colour: Gray
Grain: Coarse
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: Yes
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: Yes
 
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El Embarcadero Beach

Also known as El Esparto Beach, it is a pebble beach that is often frequented by teams of divers who explore its attractive seabed full of reefs and the colonies of the meadows of Posidonia Oceanica.
 
El Embarcadero Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 320 m
Average width: 20 m
Composition: Stones/Gravel
Colour: Beige
Grain: Coarse
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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El Arco Beach

Also known as Los Escullos Beach, it is located under the “Cerro del Fraile”; the volcanic domes more than 450 meters high that are located next to the neighborhood of Los Escullos. Notable here is San Felipe Castle from the 18th century.
 
El Arco Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 350 m
Average width: 40 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: Low
Type: Semi-urban
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
      
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El Peñon Blanco Beach

Also known as La Isleta Beach, it is a beach with extraordinary environmental conditions located next to the neighborhood of La Isleta del Moro Arraez. The beach lacks services, but being located next to the neighborhood, you can find everything you need close by.
 
El Peñon Blanco Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 240 m
Average width: 25 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: Low
Type: Semi-urban
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
      
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Carnaje Cove

It is a hidden cove, frequented by cane fishermen, and which is accessed after walking about 2 kilometers. The nearest town is Rodalquilar, a mining origin town located in a valley of great beauty.
 
Carnaje Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 400 m
Average width: 20 m
Composition: Stones
Colour: Gray
Grain: Coarse
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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La Polacra Cove

It is located between the impressive rocky spur of “Cerro de Los Lobos”, 262 meters high, and “Punta de La Polacra”. Here we find a virgin cove which you are advised to only access by sea. Under the surface of its waters is an extensive meadow of Posidonia Oceanica and it is a specially protected area.
 
La Polacra Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 120 m
Average width: 20 m
Composition: Gravel/Sand
Colour: Dark gray
Grain: Coarse
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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El Playazo Beach

It is an impressive and extensive virgin beach of fine sand. Next to it rises San Ramon Castle, a defensive bulwark of the 18th century. It is accessed through a road of about 3 kilometers that starts from the town of Rodalquilar.
 
El Playazo Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 650 m
Average width: 90 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: High
Type: Semi-urban
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
      

   
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Cuervo Cove

It is a small isolated cove nestled between cliffs, near which there is a campsite. It has interesting underwater backgrounds, extraordinary environmental conditions and great panoramic views. It is easily accessed from Las Negras neighborhood.
 
Cuervo Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 130 m
Average width: 20 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: Yes
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
   
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Las Negras Beach

Las Negras Beach is located in front of the town center and it is a beach of sand, stones and volcanic rocks. It is necessary to be very careful with the waves and sea currents, given its open situation. From this beach, boats leave for San Pedro Cove.
 
Las Negras Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 650 m
Average width: 20 m
Composition: Stones/Gravel
Colour: Dark gray
Grain: Coarse
Occupation: High
Type: Urban
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: Yes
Anchoring zone: No
 
      

      
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San Pedro Cove

It is a hidden cove of great beauty but is difficult to access, with a walk of more than three kilometers on dirt trails. Today, from Las Negras, people are transported by boat to this cove. In the cove there is a fresh water spring and a coastal defense from the 18th century; the so-called San Pedro Castle.
 
San Pedro Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 225 m
Average width: 20 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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El Plomo Cove

It is a really beautiful area lost in time. There is somewhat complicated access through an unpaved road that is in poor condition. There is a dirt road that leads to the still more isolated and difficult to reach Enmedio Cove. There are no services of any kind.
 
El Plomo Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 260 m
Average width: 15 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Coarse
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: Yes
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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Enmedio Cove

It is a cove difficult to access and totally isolated, which makes it an ideal beach for lovers of tranquility. In addition, it has been chosen as one of the best beaches in Europe by the New York Times. It has fantastic views of the town of Agua Amarga and the hill of “Mesa Roldan”, where you can see its lighthouse and its tower.
 
Enmedio Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 130 m
Average width: 35 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
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Agua Amarga Beach

Agua Amarga is a small and very quiet coastal town of extraordinary beauty, which has a beach with a family atmosphere. It has been awarded a Blue Flag for the quality of its services and equipment for tourist use. Access and parking do not present big problems, although it is very busy in high summer, especially on weekends.
 
Agua Amarga Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 550 m
Average width: 35 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Light beige
Grain: Thin
Occupation: High
Type: Urban
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: Yes
Anchoring zone: Yes
 
      

      

      

   
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Los Muertos Beach

It is one of the most beautiful beaches on the entire Mediterranean coast. Its name refers to the corpses that were washed up in antiquity from the shipwrecks that occurred in the area. Access to the beach is not easy and you have to be very careful, since it is a very dangerous beach when there are strong marine currents.
 
Los Muertos Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 950 m
Average width: 80 m
Composition: Gravel/Sand
Colour: Gray
Grain: Coarse
Occupation: High
Type: Virgin
Parking: Yes
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
   
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El Corral Cove

It is a cove formed by cliffs of volcanic origin located next to the famous Los Muertos beach, and is about 3 kilometers from the urban center of Carboneras. It has easy access on foot and by car and is very popular with families with children, as it has spectacular natural pools where you can enjoy yourself with the little ones.
 
El Corral Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 250 m
Average width: 70 m
Composition: Gravel/Sand
Colour: Gray
Grain: Coarse
Occupation: High
Type: Virgin
Parking: Yes
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
   
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Las Marinicas Beach

This beach is located to the south of the urban center of Carboneras, located between the fishing port and the industrial port. It affords beautiful views of palm trees, the sea and the San Andres Island.
 
Las Marinicas Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 1,450 m
Average width: 80 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Gray
Grain: Thin
Occupation: High
Type: Urban
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: Yes
Anchoring zone: No
 
      

      

      

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Los Barquicos Beach

Also known as Los Cocones Beach, it is the most traditional and popular beach in the town of Carboneras. It is a totally urban beach, sheltered from the winds, with a sandy bottom and a gentle slope towards the sea.
 
Los Barquicos Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 650 m
Average width: 65 m
Composition: Gravel/Sand
Colour: Gray
Grain: Thin
Occupation: High
Type: Urban
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: Yes
Anchoring zone: No
 
      

      

      
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El Ancon Beach

Also known as El Lancon Beach, it is one of the most frequented beaches by the population of Carboneras and its visitors, since it is located in the heart of the city and has all kinds of services.
 
El Ancon Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 1,350 m
Average width: 60 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Gray
Grain: Thin/Medium
Occupation: High
Type: Urban
Parking: Yes
Bus: Yes
Promenade: Yes
Anchoring zone: No
 
      

      

      

   
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La Galera Cove

It is a spectacular cove with crystal clear waters, an area of vegetation and beautiful sea beds. It is less than a kilometer from Carboneras and is an ideal cove for nature lovers. It has stunning views of the cliffs on the coast of Carboneras and the Rayo Tower.
 
La Galera Cove (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 350 m
Average width: 40 m
Composition: Gravel/Sand
Colour: Gray
Grain: Coarse
Occupation: Medium
Type: Virgin
Parking: No
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
   
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El Algarrobico Beach

It is the northernmost beach of Carboneras, where the municipality ends and the Mojacar region begins. It is characterized for being an isolated virgin beach, with very few constructions that alter its surroundings and natural beauty. Very controversially, a hotel was recently built on this beach, but finally, after many campaigns in defense of this environment, it will be demolished.
 
El Algarrobico Beach (Cabo de Gata)
 
Length: 2,950 m
Average width: 55 m
Composition: Sand
Colour: Gray
Grain: Thin
Occupation: Low
Type: Virgin
Parking: Yes
Bus: No
Promenade: No
Anchoring zone: No
 
   
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    Blue flag

    Showers or footwash

    Litter bins

    Water activities
 

        Access for the disabled

        Sports areas

        Rental of hammocks

        Nudist area
 

            Toilets

            Children's areas

           Restaurant areas

           Protected area