Blue flag and Q for Quality beaches in the municipality of Águilas 2018
9 Blue Flags and six Q for Quality beaches in Águilas The Blue Flag for beach tourism quality is an internationally recognized award given by the Foundation for Environmental Education, who bill the flag as “a world-renowned ecolabel trusted by millions around the globe”. The criteria on which the award of Blue Flag status is based are grouped together in four areas, dealing in general terms with water quality, environmental information..

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Introduction to Águilas beaches
36 beaches on the 28 kilometres of coastline in Águilas The municipality of Águilas, in the south-west of the Costa Cálida and the Region of Murcia, has much to offer to both visitors and residential tourists: a fascinating history, beautiful landscapes, the clear water of the Mediterranean, the gastronomic delights of the area and the warm climate to name but a few.   However, without any doubt tourism would not be such an important..

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Águilas beaches: Calacerrada or Playa de los Cocedores
Wind-sculpted rock formations adorn the westernmost beach in Murcia Cala Cerrada: the first beach within the Águilas municipality and Region of Murcia. For many people the neighbouring Playa de la Carolina is the last at the south-western end of the Costa Cálida in the Region of Murcia, but in fact part of the attractive cove known as Cala Cerrada or Playa de los Cocedores lies within the regional boundaries and claims the distinction of..

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Águilas beaches: Playa de la Carolina
An attractive Blue Flag beach with calm bathing conditions and views out towards Águilas  The Playa de la Carolina, at the western end of the coastline of the municipality of Águilas, is one of four beaches which are included in the Cuatro Calas area, which is an officially protected part of the landscape in Águilas and the neighbouring municipality of Pulpí. The other three beaches in this area are Cala Cerrada (or Cala de los Cocedores)..

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Águilas beaches: Playa de la Higuerica
A stretch of golden sand flanked by vegetation and dunes in Águilas Playa de la Higuerica is one of four beaches in the municipalities of Águilas and Pulpí within the Cuatro Calas area, which is an officially protected part of the coastline on the border between the Region of Murcia and the province of Almería in Andalucía. The other three beaches included are Cala Cerrada (or Cala de los Cocedores), Playa de la Carolina and Calarreona...

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Águilas beaches: Playa Calarreona
A sandy beach with both Q for Quality and Blue Flag awards The beach of Calarreona is one of a group of four lying in the Cuatro Calas area, which is an officially protected part of the landscape in Águilas and the neighbouring municipality of Pulpí, and is the fourth beach in the run of 36 beaches stretching for 28 kilometres along the Águilas coastline, but it is very different from its companions Cala Cerrada (or Cala de los Cocedores)..

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Águilas beaches: Cala de la Tortuga
Access is not easy to this well-hidden cove close to the beach of Calarreona The Cala de La Tortuga is a small, out-of-the-way cove which nestles on the western side of the headland separating the beach of Calarreona from the one at Matalentisco.   It is the fifth in line of 36 beaches in the Águilas municipality, running down in line from the border with Almería to the Lorca border, along 28 kilometres of coastline. The beach is..

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Águilas beaches: Cueva de las Palomas
A sheltered cove on the headland between Matalentisco and Calarreona The Cueva de las Palomas, also known as Cala Mijo, is a small curving beach which nestles on the eastern side of the headland separating the beach of Calarreona from the one at Matalentisco, and is between the Cala de las Tortugas and the small cove known as La Herredura.   This is the sixth beach of 36 in the Águilas municipality along 28 kilometres of coastline..

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Águilas beaches: Cala de La Herradura
One of a series of semi-wild beaches at the western end of the Águilas coastline La Herradura is a tiny cove towards the western end of the Águilas coastline, located on the headland which is at the south-western end of the Playa Matalentisco. This is the seventh beach of 36 in the Águilas municipality along 28 kilometres of coastline, running down from the Almería border and is a semi-wild beach. The name of the beach, “La Herradura..

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Águilas beaches: Playa Matalentisco, a Blue Flag beach with a dog-friendly area
Thick green vegetation occupies the dunes behind this 270 metre long Águilas beach The Playa Matalentisco is a 270-metre-long,15 metre wide stretch of sand towards the western end of the Águilas coastline, reached via an unmade track which starts at kilometre 2.8 on the main RM-333 road. This is the main road between Águilas and San Juan de los Terreros in Almería. The 100-metre track is not as rough as some, though, and access is in fact..

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Águilas beaches: Playa de la Cañada del Negro, dog friendly beach
150 metres of rocky beach in the western outskirts of Águilas The stretch of beach in Águilas known as La Cañada del Negro is a 150-metre-long area just outside the western end of the town, alongside where the Calle de Iberia meets the RM-333 road to San Juan de los Terreros. This is a dog friendly beach, one of only two in the municipality on which it is legal to allow dogs off the lead and in the sea, although for the summer of 2017..

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Aguilas beaches: Playa de la Casica Verde
A Blue Flag flies at the new beach at the western end of the town of Águilas The beach known as La Casica Verde in Águilas is at the western end of the town, just to the west of the Puerto Deportivo Juan Montiel, and lies in the curve formed by the harbor wall of the marina. In 2018 it was awarded Blue Flag status for the first time in recognition of improvements made to the services. It is the tenth beach in the series of 36 Águilas beaches..

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Águilas beaches: Playa de Poniente
One of the most popular beaches in Águilas with a full range of services The Playa de Poniente is one of the most popular of the beaches in Águilas, and year after year is awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for the facilities and services provided and the Q for Quality award.  The beach lies at the western end of the built-up town centre of Águilas, between the Puerto Deportivo Juan Montiel and the Rambla del Charco, a flood channel..

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Águilas beaches: Playa de la Colonia
A Blue Flag beach under the shadow of the castle of Águilas The Playa de la Colonia in Águilas is located in the centre of the town, on the western side of the headland on which the Castillo de San Juan stands, and the wide expanse of sand lies in the curve which leads round to the rocky promontory. The location is at the same time spectacular and perfect for family days out by the Mediterranean: the water in this corner of the bay is protected..

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Águilas beaches: Playa de Levante
The Playa de Levante lies between the marina and the main harbour in Águilas The Playa de Levante in Águilas is a 450-metre-long strip of sand which lies alongside the main road along the seafront to the east of the headland on which the castle stands, the Paseo de Parra. At the western end is the main port and at the eastern end is the smaller marina. The beach boasts a Blue Flag for the quality of service provided, but of all of the major..

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Águilas beaches: Playa de las Delicias
A long curving swathe of sand in front of the Águilas auditorium  The Playa de las Delicias is one of the best known and most used of all of those along the south-and east-facing coastline of the municipality of Águilas, and has boasted a Blue Flag in recognition of the services and facilities on offer since 1992. It is possibly the best equipped of all Águilas beaches, and its attractiveness has been one of the main reasons for urban development..

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Águilas beaches: Playa de los Cocedores
Spectacular views across the Hornillo bay from this beach east of Águilas  The Playa de los Cocedores is at the western end of the Bahía de Hornillo, which in turn is to the eastern side of the built-up area of the town of Águilas. Access is from the street which runs uphill behind the modern Auditorio Infanta Elena, past the CIMAR museum and aquarium, and the beach is then reached via a ramp or steps.  The Playa de los Cocedores is..

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Águilas beaches: Playa del Hornillo
Beautiful views over the Bay of Hornillo from this sandy Águilas beach The Playa del Hornillo is located to the east of the emblematic Embarcadero del Hornillo in the bay of the same name, and lies below the spectacular residential developments which have been hewn into the mountainside overlooking this beautiful seascape. The eye is immediately drawn to the Isla del Fraile on the left and the headland of Punta del Nido del Cuervo and the..

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Águilas beaches: Playa Amarilla
A wild gem of a beach on the Costa Cálida coastline Among the 36 beaches in Águilas, the one known as Playa Amarilla was, until recently, one of the least commonly visited due to it being hard to reach along rough tracks from the main road towards Calabardina or the Playa del Hornillo, but this has now changed a little due to the construction of a mountain road as part of the Isla del Fraile resort development. It is now relatively easy to drive..

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Aguilas beaches: Playa de Calabarrilla
This stretch of the Aguilas coast also includes the Playa del Fraile, Playa Cigarro and Playa Cambron  The 28-kilometre coastline of Águilas contains a total of 36 officially listed beaches, and those of Calabarrilla, El Fraile, Cigarro and Cambron are all among those which are dotted along the black cliffs which characterize the shoreline between the Isla del Fraile and Calabardina. Few people visit them on account of the difficulty or..

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Aguilas beaches: Playa del Barranco de la Mar
An isolated beach among the cliffs of the Eastern Aguilas coastline The beach of Playa del Barranco de la Mar, is close to the Todosol residential development, and lies at the bottom of the steep cliffs on the seaward side of the built-up area. Todosol is signposted on the RM-D14 on the way out of the town of Águilas heading eastwards, shortly before the fork in the road offers motorists the option of heading right on the RM-D15 towards..

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Águilas beaches: Playa del Arroz
Popular with campervans, this is between Águilas and Calabardina The beach of Playa del Arroz, which lies in a small bay towards the eastern end of the stretch of coastline between Águilas at one end and Cabo Cope and Calabardina at the other, is neither the biggest, nor the sandiest, nor the best equipped in the municipality, but for many it is one of the most pleasant. The beach is reached relatively easily from the main RM-D15 road which..

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Águilas beaches: Playa del Pino
A secluded sandy bay on the southern stretch of the Aguilas coastline between Águilas and Calabardina The Playa del Pino is a small rural beach on the stretch of coastline between the town of Águilas in the west and the headland of Cabo Cope in the east, and is close to the seaside village of Calabardina which nestles at the foot of the headland.  It is very close to the larger Playa del Arroz, and is reached by means of a 100-metre..

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Águilas beaches: Playa de la Cola
A semi-urban beach near to Calabardina  The Playa de la Cola is a long, narrow, south-facing beach in the municipality of Águilas, and is classified as “semi-urban” due to its location just outside the western edge of the village of Calabardina, lying within the pedanía of "Cope". The beach is 1050 meters long and an average of 10 metres wide, running along a mixture of scrubland and semi-urban land, itself a combination..

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Águilas beaches: Playa de Calabardina
Fine sand on this long urban beach in the east of the municipality of Aguilas The coastline of Águilas in the south-west of the Region of Murcia is rightly renowned for the variety of its beaches, from small, unspoilt and relatively inaccessible coves to wide swathes of pristine sand in urban settings, but within this latter category the beach of Calabardina tends to be forgotten. The reason for this is that it is not in the centre of..

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Águilas beaches: Playa Ensenada de la Fuente
This Águilas beach nestles under the imposing headland of Cabo Cope Playa Ensenada de la Fuente lies within the pedanía of Cope, part of the Águilas municipality, an area of the coastline which enjoys low occupancy simply because there are so many beaches along this 28 kilometre stretch of 36 beaches which are either closer to main population centres or have easier access.  There are several options in this area and if the neighbouring beach..

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Águilas beaches: Playa Canalicas
An attractive cove in the town of Calabardina  This is one of those areas where the beach was probably one of the reasons for properties being built here in the first place, but where those properties do nothing to ruin the attractiveness of the setting. Apartments on the headlands to either side seem if anything to enhance the view out to the south over the Mediterranean, and while development is far from unobtrusive, neither is it excessive..

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Águilas beaches: Playa del Sombrerico
The Playa del Sombrerico is one of a string of undeveloped beaches in Aguilas The Playa del Sombrerico is one of a long series of unspoilt and picturesque beaches and coves which lie on the eastern coast of the municipality between the headland of Cabo Cope in the south and the Playa de la Galera, which marks the boundary with Lorca a few kilometres further north.  Like almost all of the dozen or so beaches on this stretch of the coastline..

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Águilas beaches: Playa de Cope
A small beach next to the old watchtower of Torre de Cope and headland of Cabo Cope Cabo Cope is an imposing rocky headland which breaks the long run of coastal beaches of the Águilas municipality and creates a natural landmark dividing one block of wild beaches from another. The area is popular with visitors who come to see the headland and old watchtower (Torre de Cope) which was built in the 16th century to warn inhabitants of the..

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Águilas beaches: Playa del Charco Nudist Beach
The Playa del Charco is one of a series rural beaches north of Cabo Cope The Playa del Charco (number 10 in the list of Águilas beaches) is one of a long series of unspoilt and picturesque beaches and coves which lie on the eastern coast of the municipality between the headland of Cabo Cope in the south and the Playa de la Galera, which marks the boundary with Lorca a few kilometres further north.  This is very much a wild beach, so those..

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Águilas beaches: Playa del Rafal
The Playa del Rafal is one of a string of undeveloped beaches in Aguilas The Playa del Rafal is one of a long series of unspoilt and picturesque beaches and coves which lie on the eastern coast of the municipality between the headland of Cabo Cope in the south and the Playa de la Galera, which marks the boundary with Lorca a few kilometres further north.  Like almost all of the dozen or so wild natural beaches on this stretch of the coastline..

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Águilas beaches : Playa de la Rambla de Elena
The Playa de la Rambla de Elena is one of a string of undeveloped beaches in Aguilas The Playa de la Rambla de Elena is one of a long series of unspoilt and picturesque beaches and coves which lie on the eastern coast of the municipality between the headland of Cabo Cope in the south and the Playa de la Galera, which marks the boundary with Lorca a few kilometres further north.  Like almost all of the dozen or so wild natural beaches on..

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Águilas beaches: Playa del Pozo
The Playa del Pozo is one of a series rural beaches in eastern Aguilas The Playa del Pozo  is one of a long series of unspoilt and picturesque beaches and coves which lie on the eastern coast of the municipality between the headland of Cabo Cope in the south and the Playa de la Galera, which marks the boundary with Lorca a few kilometres further north. This is a wild, natural cove, 30 metres long and 6 metres wide, and the surface is sand..

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Águilas beaches: Playa del Pocico del Animal
The Playa del Pocico del Animal is one of a series rural beaches in eastern Aguilas The Playa del Pocico del Animal is one of a long series of unspoilt and picturesque beaches and coves which lie on the eastern coast of the municipality between the headland of Cabo Cope in the south and the Playa de la Galera, which marks the boundary with Lorca a few kilometres further north.  This little beach is 65 metres long and 13 metres wide, and..

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Águilas beaches: Playa del Saladar
The Playa del Saladar is one of a string of undeveloped beaches in Aguilas The Playa del Saladar is one of a long series of unspoilt and picturesque beaches and coves which lie on the eastern coast of the municipality between the headland of Cabo Cope in the south and the Playa de la Galera, which marks the boundary with Lorca a few kilometres further north.  This is a typical natural wild beach,  around 200 metres long and 11 metres..

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Águilas beaches: Cala de Pozo Huertas
The cove of Pozo Huertas is one of a string of undeveloped beaches in Aguilas The Cala de Pozo Huertas is a small unspoilt cove which forms part of a long series of wild and picturesque beaches and coves which lie on the eastern coast of the municipality between the headland of Cabo Cope in the south and the Playa de la Galera, which marks the boundary with Lorca a few kilometres further north. It's a curved cove, or cala, 55 metres long..

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Águilas beaches: Cala de los Abejorros
The Cala de los Abejorros is one of a string of undeveloped coves and beaches in Aguilas The Playa de los Abejorros is a wild and pebbled cove or cala which forms part of a long series of unspoilt beaches and coves which lie on the eastern coast of the municipality between the headland of Cabo Cope in the south and the Playa de la Galera, which marks the boundary with Lorca a few kilometres further north.  The Cala de los Abejorros is..

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Águilas beaches: Playa de las Pulgas
Tranquility and privacy are the order of the day on the northern beaches of Águilas The beach known as Playa de las Pulgas (literally, beach of the fleas) at the northern end of the Águilas coastline is a small cove which measures 60 metres in length and is 11 wide. It is located just south of the beautiful beach of Playa de la Galera, and is reached by the same rather complicated route: turn off the RM-D14 at the Bar el Pocico between..

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Águilas beaches: Playa de la Galera
A small sandy isthmus ideal for swimming at the Playa de la Galera The Playa de las Galeras, also known as La Chapa de los Pájaros, is the northernmost beach in the municipality of Águilas, so is either the first encountered when entering the municipality from Lorca, or the last if following the coast from Almería. If choosing the latter, then it's the 36th beach in the series of 36 Águilas beaches which run along the 28 kilometres of Á..

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