The Costa de Almeria and its wonderful nature park of Cabo de Gata is one of those stretches of the Spanish coast that always deserve a second visit. At any time of the year, its beaches and coves exude beauty and a unique character thanks to the contrast that occurs in these lands when the Tabernas desert spills abruptly into the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean, forming large white cliffs that protect countless picturesque coves.
Among all of them, there is a beach that is famous around the world and is internationally known for its spectacular nature, the quality of its fine sand and the turquoise color of its waters. This is Playa de los Muertos and it is a visit that you cannot miss on your next getaway to Mojacar.
Why is it called Playa de los Muertos (beach of the dead)?
Despite the fact that cinema and literature pay special attention to the Caribbean Sea when setting the stories of pirates, the presence in the Mediterranean of Berber corsairs was more than frequent a few centuries ago and frightened the lives of the small towns of the Spanish coast.
In this context, the peculiar name of this beach can be understood, famous and feared in those times because the marine current returned to its shore the bodies of those pirates, merchants and sailors who were often shipwrecked in front of it due to the large number of rocks that dot the coast of Cabo de Gata.
This is the famous Playa de los Muertos
Located in the municipality of Carboneras, this beach renews its position at the top of any list of the best beaches in Spain every year. In addition to its waters that meet optimal conditions for bathing, the beach is located in a completely unspoilt area under the protection of a large cliff and surrounded by vegetation.
Los Muertos beach is a paradise of more than 1 kilometre long and 30 meters wide with one of the best sandy beaches in Cabo de Gata, of an intense white colour and very fine thickness in the part closest to the sea. In the middle of the shore a colossal rock rises up on which everyone who visits this beach cannot avoid taking pictures. Are you going to be any different?
But today it’s the beach of the living! The seabed of Playa de los Muertos is protected within the Cabo de Gata Natural Park by the impressive underwater world that inhabits its crystal-clear waters. Without a doubt, it is an ideal place for diving.
How to get to the Playa de los Muertos?
Playa de los Muertos is located between Carboneras and Agua Amarga, very close to Mojacar, in a completely virgin area. Nearby there is parking that has to be paid for during the summer months, but free the rest of the year.
Access to the beach is from the parking lot through three pathways that you have to walk for approximately 10 minutes. These are trails with quite a difference in level and are not recommended for people with reduced mobility or children. It is advisable to wear suitable footwear.
The most common path starts from the information point and extends for about 700 meters. A little further north there is another shorter path, but much more abrupt. Finally, at the north end of the car park, near the viewpoint, there are some irregular stone stairs that also give access to the beach.
What to do near Playa de los Muertos
Playa de los Muertos already constitutes a plan by itself to enjoy a full day in the middle of nature. But its location, one step away from the most beautiful towns on the Almeria coast, allows you to include it on your route and get to know other nearby beaches that are also worth a visit.
La Cala de Enmedio, Playa del Mónsul or Playazo de Rodalquilar are some of the most popular and are perfect for taking a break after strolling along the cliffs, strolling the narrow streets and tasting the seafood specialties of the area.
Mojacar is a place with so many attractions that it is the perfect candidate to become the destination of your next vacation. Our Marina Playa and Marina Mar hotels, located in front of the Marina de la Torre beach, offer you all the comforts so you can relax and enjoy yourself after a day of adventure getting to know the area. Beaches, nature, culture, gastronomy ... Mojacar awaits you so you can taste the flavour of Andalusia!