Best beaches in and around Nerja
Cala del Cañuelo beach
Playa el Salón beach
Playa de la Alberquilla
Map of beaches near Nerja
The best beaches in Nerja are Burriana and Maro.
It is true that Nerja has a pollution problem. There has been a purification system in the works for years but as far as I know, it is not done yet. As per what I know and as reported, Nerja still pumps untreated sewage into the sea.
However, the beaches I mentioned are usually very clean and you can go for a swim without encountering any trash. But as I said, usually.
Video on Nerja beach
Rick Steves, the well-known American traveler and writer rates Nerja beaches as the best. Here is a video from Rick Steves