Beach of La Herradura in Almuñécar

29 Apr
Last update: 20 January, 2020

Discover the Beach of La Herradura in Almuñécar with Ruralidays and enjoy everything this spectacular beach in Granada has to offer. Don’t miss out on it!

Near Granada, in the area of La Herradura, which belongs to the town of Almuñécar, lies one of the best beaches on the Costa Tropical: the beach of La Herradura. How to get there, its features, facilities, activities that you can engage in, and where you can accommodate: this post offers you all the info you need to plan your trip at best. Pack your things; you are going to Almuñécar!

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Features of the beach

The beach of La Herradura is an urban beach, with dark sand and gravel. It’s usually very attended, as it’s ideal for those who seek sunshine and warm temperatures all year round. However, thanks to its dimensions (2,050-mt length per more than 40-mt width), you will find less-crowded spots, for which you can relax as you please, at the sound of the waves crashing on the shore.

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The easy swell makes this beach ideal for families with children. Besides, the mountains that surround the seashore protect it from the cold winds coming from the Sierra Nevada, thus creating a sub-tropical climate in the area.

Fun fact: the beach of La Herradura is named after the peculiar shape of its bay (a horseshoe, “Herradura” in Spanish), being the two extremes the Punta de la Mona and the cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo.


The beach of La Herradura relies on all kinds of facilities to let you spend an unforgettable day on the Costa Tropical. These include access for people with reduced mobility, which makes this beach one of the several wheelchair-accessible beaches in Andalucia. Moreover, the beach features a wide maritime promenade, wooden footpath to get to the seashore, chiringuitos, children playgrounds, and numerous companies that provide you with engaging activities to enjoy your stay at best.

It has surveillance service, marked dangerous areas, a local police post and a lifeguards tower. Likewise, you will also be able to rent hammocks and parasols for the day, shower and use the toilets located all along the beach. A water and beach cleaning service is also provided in La Herradura.

Activities to do on and around the beach

Among the activities that you can engage in on the beach and its surroundings, several sports and marine activities stand out, thanks to the beach’s privileged position.

Diving is, undoubtedly, the top activity. The richness in wildlife and maritime flora, thanks to the high degree of protection of the area, the pleasant temperatures all year round and the crystal-clear waters, make this beach the favourite destination for lovers of this sport.

Fun fact: while you dive, you may find some submarine archaeological sites. Those that stand out the most are the rests of the fleet of the Spanish Armada, which wrecked in the bay of La Herradura in October 1562.

Besides diving, you can also snorkel with much lighter equipment, discover the numerous coves on a kayak boat, and train with paddle surf, thanks to the several companies that offer this service around the beach.  

Kaysurf on the beach of la Herradura, in Almuñécar
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And if you are thinking about spending your holidays near the beach of La Herradura, you can’t miss out on the splendid natural areas that surround it: the several hiking routes allow you to discover the nearby Natural Park of Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama.

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You can complete your visit strolling down the Puerto Deportivo Marina del Este, a marina set in the bay of La Herradura. It features more than 220 berths and a wide offer of shops and restaurants.

Where to eat?

There are several chiringuitos and beachfront restaurants on the beach of La Herradura so that you can make the most of the tasty Andalusian cuisine. The most famous are:

Chiringuito on the beach of La Herradura, in Almuñécar
Photo courtesy of Turismo Granada
  • The Rincón de Peña Parda. At the end of the seaside promenade, you will find this Mediterranean-cuisine restaurant, provided with a spacious covered terrace overlooking the sea. The top dishes are codillo al horno (pork meat with potatoes), the paella, fresh seafood and the tropical flavours, being avocado with prawns a true classic.
  • Chambao de Vicente. This restaurant is located in the promenade Andrés Segovia, at the feet of the Cerro Gordo cliff. The views are breathtaking, as you will be able to spot the bay in its whole beauty. This chiringuito relies on an outdoor terrace and a 100-place indoor room. On summer nights, a rooftop terrace is also open. Its specialities include pimientos de piquillo rellenos de marisco (a variety of pepperoni filled with seafood), la parrillada de pescado (fish barbecue), seafood casserole and the scrambled salmon with prawns.
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  • Chambao de Joaquín. Right at the beginning of the promenade, you will find this famous chiringuito. It features a sun loungers area with parasols that invite you to spend some hours enjoying the views and a refreshing drink. The Chambao is one of the oldest chiringuitos in the area, as it was inaugurated in the 50s, and it features a peculiar decor. Its most famous dish is paella, although the barbecued meat and the fresh seafood don’t lag behind either. Besides, at night, you can also enjoy a Flamenco show.
  • Mesón El Tinao. This beachfront restaurant opened its doors for the first time in 1988. It offers the Alpujarra cuisine and, thanks to the high quality of the ingredients used, you will be provided with a whole new flavour experience.

Where is the beach of La Herradura

The beach of La Herradura belongs to the area of La Herradura, in the town of Almuñécar (province of Granada). Only 7 km separate the beach from the town.

How to get there

To reach the beach of La Herradura by car, you will have to take route 902 from Granada. Then, take the A-44 highway and, after that, the A-7 highway. A 50-minute drive takes you to the beach from Granada.

If, on the contrary, you prefer going by bus, Alsa connects Granada with Almuñécar 9 times per day. Ticket costs between €3.30 and €8.45, depending on the day and time you choose to travel. The trip is 1.5-hour-long. Once in Almuñécar, several bus lines connect the city centre with the beaches, being the bus line 2 that which takes you to the Herradura beach.

Your holiday home near the beach

If you are looking for quiet accommodation, you can enjoy our holiday homes in Almuñécar. The impressive villas with private pool and the beachfront apartments let you make the most of your holidays within a stone’s throw from the beach of La Herradura.

Now, you just have to pack your things and go to the beach!

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