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Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo
The natural park 12km to the east of Nerja is a 1,815 hectare area known as the ‘Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo’. The protected area covers both land and sea and stretches from La Herradura to the outskirts of Maro village.
This rugged area on the edge of the Sierra Almijara features steep cliffs amongst which you’ll find beaches, coves and waterfalls flowing into the crystal clear water. The limestone rock of the region in many places has been heavily eroded by the sea leaving rocky outcrops, stacks, arches and underwater caves such as the ‘Cueva de los Genoveses’ and the ‘Cueva de la Cajilla’.
During the summer months the larger beaches such as Maro beach and El Cañuelo are popular with tourists so don’t expect them to be deserted, indeed El Cañuelo has a minibus service to ferry beach goers up and down the steep slopes for a charge of €2 return. Don’t forget though that this is still a protected area and is a considerable fire risk in the summer months and as a result camping on the beach and driving your vehicle to the beach side is forbidden. It is also forbidden to fish in the natural park given the number of protected species that call the waters home.
You can access the natural park and its beaches at various locations along the N340 coastal road between Maro and La Herradura where you’ll find signposted parking areas. You can also visit a number of 16th century defensive towers found within the parks boundaries such as the restored example which is visible from Maro and watches directly over Maro beach. Our top tip for getting the most out of the area though is to see it via boat or for the more adventurous from kayaks which can be rented from both Burriana and Maro beaches for a price of approximately €10 per hour.