|Environment: Desert and cliffs: Ajaches Natural Monument.[MAP]|
|Size: Good size beaches dotted along 3.5 km of coastline.|
|Access: Accessible by following a path from Playa Quemada. Do not try to go by car, it’s not only prohibited, but the tracks are also in poor condition.|
By coming off the LZ-2 main road and heading four kilometres towards the coast, you’ll reach the small fishing village of Playa Quemada. Many tourists won’t discover it during their stay and it’s not picture postcard pretty, but precisely for this reason it’s considered one of the most charming coastal villages on the island. You’re likely to come across elderly fishermen and enjoy some of the island’s best sunsets from some of the seafront restaurants.
The first beach is in the village itself, but its rocks and pebbles make it rather uncomfortable, so you’re better off exploring further afield – you can take your pick from five other nearby beaches – it really depends on your time and determination. The next beach along, Playa de la Arena, is actually pretty close, so close, in fact, that you can get there by crossing the rocks at low tide, but be warned, if you come back at high tide you’ll have to follow the coastal path which you’ll need trainers for.
To reach the next four beaches you’ll definitely need proper footwear to take you over the rocky terrain with its continuous ups and downs. Make sure you pack sunscreen as well and plenty of water, especially on sunny days. You’ll see how there is a choice of paths to follow; the ones that run closer to the sea are perhaps the prettiest but also the most difficult. For your safety, it’s essential that you stick to the paths which are not always clear but are mostly marked with piles of rocks.
Here is a complete list of all the beaches from the village beach to the furthest beach 3.5 km away.
Playa Quemada: This is the village beach and as we have said before it’s a little uncomfortable because it is very rocky and a bit complicated to get in and out of the water barefoot.
Playa de la Arena: This is next to the village beach and is accessible by climbing over the rocks at low tide or by climbing over the hill that separates them. As its name suggests, it’s a black sandy beach scattered with just a few pebbles. Like the next few beaches, they are popular with nudists.
Playa del Pozo: About 1.5 km away from the first beach, this is the longest beach and is named after the well that can be found here. It has black sand and lots of pebbles.
Playa de La Casa: This is easily recognisable because of the little garden that has been created over the years by a family who has decorated it with various pieces of flotsam and jetsam that have been washed ashore. It’s a curious place with a certain charm. Like the beach before it, there are a few pebbles on what is mostly a black sandy beach.
Playa de Los Dises: This beach connects to the next beach along, separated only by some stones. It is covered with a lot more pebbles.
Parrado Beach: This is the last beach and, as we said, it’s right next to the previous beach mentioned. It’s similar with lots of pebbles and little sand.
|Eat + drink: Several good restaurants by the sea in the village.|
|Pros: That feeling of really disconnecting and being able to combine exercise with a swim and a sunset meal in a local restaurant.|
|Cons: The village beach is uncomfortable. The walking trails are not suitable for children or elderly people, especially the paths that run along the clifftops. It’s not unusual to come across rubbish washed up by the sea in the more remote beaches.|