PLAYA DE LOS MUERTOS

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Besides being one of the most famous beaches in Cabo de Gata, Playa de los Muertos has even been voted as one of Spain's best beaches. The 1.2 km stretch of beach is completely undeveloped and features a huge free standing rock formation at the edge of its crystal clear turquoise water. To arrive at the beach it is necessary to walk downhill from the parking area for 15 minutes. Although nudism is not practiced by everyone on the beach, it is quite common.

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Impressive rock formation in Playa de los Muertos – Cabo de Gata, Spain
Rock formation in Playa de los Muertos
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WHERE IS PLAYA DE LOS MUERTOS?

Visiting Muertos beach is one of the top things to do in Almeria. It’s located in the Cabo de Gata Nature Park on the Costa de Almeria. It is halfway between the towns of Agua Amarga and Carboneras (15 min drive to each). It is about a 30 min drive away from Mojacar.

AMENITIES AT MUERTOS BEACH

Other than a parking area, the beach does not have any amenities: no bathrooms, lifeguards or food/drink for sale. That means you need to take everything with you that you may want. With that being said, in the high season there is usually a couple of guys selling ice cream, drinks and snacks on the beach – but you can’t count on that 100%. In any case, help to protect the environment and always remember to leave no trace behind (ie, don’t leave your trash).

Playa de los Muertos in Cabo de Gata, Spain
Playa de los Muertos
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CHARACTERISTICS OF PLAYA DE LOS MUERTOS

Most of the beach is composed of small pebbles that become smaller in size the closer you get to the water. While the pebbles might not be as appealing as sand, they do help keep the water looking crystal clear. And there is a lot of marine life in the water around the beach, so make sure you bring your snorkel.

Playa de los Muertos with Carboneras & its industrial port in the background
Beach with Carboneras & its industrial port in the background
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The seas around the beach can get rough at times. Be cautious, especially if you visit the beach when the winds are strong. The entrance to the water can be very steep and getting in and out could be problematic.

While Playa de los Muertos is a gorgeous beach, in our opinion it is far from being the most beautiful in Cabo de Gata, especially considering that to one side of it you see the industrial port area of Carboneras.

CALA DEL PEÑON CORTADO

The stretch from the huge rock formation to the end of the beach is known as Cala del Peñon Cortado. These 90 m of beach are very popular and are usually the first to fill up. Perhaps it is because this area is more sheltered from the wind or maybe because it is impressive to be next to the huge rock!

Cala del Peñón Cortado in Playa de los Muertos – Cabo de Gata, Spain
Cala del Peñon Cortado
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HISTORY – WHY IS IT CALLED "BEACH OF THE DEAD"?

The name Playa de los Muertos - Beach of the Dead – originated because historically when ships would wreck nearby, the currents would bring the bodies to its shore.

NUDISM IN PLAYA DE LOS MUERTOS

Playa de los Muertos is a mixed beach. This means that not everyone practices nudism, but it is quite common. In general, nudism is concentrated on the left end of the beach (when facing the sea).

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT PLAYA DE LOS MUERTOS

The busiest times to visit are July and August. Some of its charm can be lost when it gets so full. If you want more of the beach to yourself, the best time to go would be in late spring (May - June) or early fall (September - October).

How to Get to Playa de los Muertos

Views of Muertos beach from the lookout point – Cabo de Gata, Spain
Muertos beach seen from the lookout point
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GET THERE BY CAR

The Muertos beach is located 65 km from the city of Almeria. By car, it takes about 50 to 60 minutes.

Mojacar Playa is located 24 km north of Playa de los Muertos. By car, it takes about 30 minutes. The route runs along the coast, first along the AL-5107 road to Carboneras and then along the AL-5106 road.

The nearest towns to Playa de los Muertos are Carboneras (6.5 km to the north) and Agua Amarga (3.5 km to the south). The beach is accessed via the road AL-5106 that connects both towns. There is a parking area next to this road.

GET THERE BY BOAT

In recent years, another popular way to get to Playa de los Muertos was by boat from Carboneras. However, new environmental protection laws prohibit the disembarking of passengers directly on the beach.

Path down to Playa de los Muertos – Cabo de Gata, Spain
Path down to Playa de los Muertos
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PARKING AT PLAYA DE LOS MUERTOS

Next to the road there are several parking areas. Some parts are managed by the government and cost 5€/day while others are free.

A few minutes walk from the parking, there is a good lookout point to the beach down below. To get there, exit the parking lot situated between the road and the beach, and continue on the path to the left.

From the parking area, it takes about 15 minutes of steep walking to get to the beach. Although it is not the most taxing walk, if you have limited mobility or are traveling with small children, you might want to reconsider.

Map showing the 3 paths to access Playa de los Muertos in Cabo de Gata, Almeria
Paths to access Playa de los Muertos
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ACCESS TO PLAYA DE LOS MUERTOS

The Muertos beach is essentially located under a cliff and therefore is not easily accessed. There are three paths that start at the parking area, about 60 m above sea level, and descend gradually to the beach.

  • Main path: It starts at the information point. This is the longest trail (700 m) but also the easiest. At a normal pace it takes about 15 minutes.
  • Path 2: It starts at the end of the parking area between the road and the beach. It is a little shorter (about 600 m), but it is steeper.
  • Path 3: It starts next to the viewpoint. It is the shortest but also the steepest and in the worst condition. There are slippery rocks and it is necessary to move with caution. But if you like adventure and you have gone to the viewpoint, it is a very fast way to go down to the beach.

To go down to the beach, it is not recommended to wear flip flop sandals. A good pair of comfortable shoes will help you stay on your feet and keep your toes safe. Think about how much stuff you actually want to be carrying down and then back up again at the end of the day. Most importantly, make sure you bring enough water!

Things to Do around Playa de los Muertos

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SAILING TOUR FROM CARBONERAS

Fun sailing in Cabo de Gata, Spain
Sailing in Cabo de Gata
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If you want to make the most of your visit to Cabo de Gata, exploring the area from the water should be at the top of your list. It will give you the opportunity to discover a different perspective of the park, including secluded coastline areas that are pretty much inaccessible from the land.

There’s no better way to explore Cabo de Gata from the water than by hoping onboard a sailboat. We recommend these two different sailing excursions that depart from Carboneras:

  • Cabo de Gata Caves and Los Muertos Sailing Tour: This family-friendly guided sailboat trip will take you to explore the iconic caves and beaches of Cabo de Gata, including Playa de los Muertos, Cala de Enmedio and Cala del Plomo. This 4-hour tour also includes a stop for a relaxing swim or snorkeling adventure. If you are lucky, you might even get to see dolphins!
  • Cabo de Gata Sunset Sailing Tour with Cava: If you are looking for a more romantic experience, then this 2-hour sailing tour is for you. You will be able to enjoy spectacular sunset views with a glass of bubbly from the comfort of a luxurious sailboat, while marveling at the stunning volcanic rocky cliffs of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park.
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BOAT TOUR FROM CARBONERAS

Boat excursion in Cabo de Gata, Spain
Boat excursion in Cabo de Gata
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If you want to explore the area from the water, you can also take part in this 2-hour boat tour to five coves in Cabo de Gata.

Starting from the Carboneras fishing port, this tour will take you to admire the park’s gorgeous coastline and its secluded beaches and coves, including among others the famous Playa de los Muertos.

After admiring the views of the small fishing town of Agua Amarga, the boat makes a stop at the remote Cala de Enmedio, where you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel before heading back to Carboneras.

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KAYAKING & SWIMMING EXCURSION

Exploring the coastline by kayak in Cabo de Gata - Almeria
Exploring the coastline by kayak
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This kayaking & swimming excursion in Cabo de Gata can be the perfect plan for travelers looking for a more active and close to the water experience.

For 3 hours, you will be able to explore the coastline by kayak, accompanied by very attentive and professional guides, who will also teach you about the wildlife and geology of Cabo de Gata. You will also have a chance to snorkel in crystal clear water and observe the rich marine life first hand.

Note that the departing point of this tour varies depending on the wind. Participants are informed about the exact meeting location the day before the tour.

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4x4 TOUR OF CABO DE GATA

4x4 excursion in Cabo de Gata - Almeria
4x4 excursion in Cabo de Gata
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A different way to discover the natural park is participating in this 4x4 tour of Cabo de Gata. During the 2.5 hours of this activity, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful corners of the area, such as the iconic Reef of the Mermaids, saltwater lakes, hidden pristine beaches and much more – all accompanied by an expert guide and driver. In addition, during the summer, the tour makes a stop for a swim at one of the beaches.

The starting point of this tour is the town of San Miguel de Cabo de Gata.

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