Location: 10 minutes drive from San Carlos
Facilities: Loungers, parasols, restaurant, beach bar
Size: 300 m long and 15 m wide
Getting there: Reached only by car. On the road from San Carlos to Cala San Vicente, turn right at the Aigües Blanques sign. If you follow the lane straight on, you come to the middle of the beach where there is a parking area (small fee) at the top of the cliff; the access to the beach is down a steep way and some steps.
Aguas Blancas is one of the favourite beaches for island residents. Backed with beautifully coloured and textured high cliffs, it has unblemished surroundings with a dramatic effect. The beach has golden sand that is soft and fine, and the sea bed is also sandy but with some rocks dotted around - so watch your step!
It is an official nudist beach but still very mixed; some go naked, others don’t. And don't be alarmed if you find people walking around covered in a reddish mud - adding a bit of water to the dirt from the cliffs makes a paste which is very beneficial for the skin!
With the right wind Aguas Blancas can often have a good swell, with good sized waves for a bit of body surfing. On less windy days the water is incredibly clear and perfect for snorkelling – there are two interesting rocks only 30 m away from the shore and on the right end of the beach a little cove can be discovered.
Due to the quite difficult access, the beach isn’t crowded even in August, the peak of summer. On the far left there is an area which is only reachable over a rocky part on the shore; here no loungers are found and it is incredibly peaceful.
Tip: This beach is at its best in mornings and midday, as the high cliffs cast shade in late afternoon. For the early risers among you - it's a fantastic spot to watch the sunrise.
Beach bars and restaurants:
You can grab a drink and a bite at one of the two beach bars lining the sand. At the south end of the beach there is the much-loved Chiringuito frequented by the hippy fraternity, locals and holidaymakers alike. It’s charmingly rustic and serves very tasty bocadillos and other snacks. It’s always packed, so mornings are the best time to get one of their ramshackle, coconut-umbrella shaded tables.
Nearest resort: The town of Santa Eulalia with a wide choice of hotels and apartments. There are also plenty of nice holiday villas available in this more remote area, for example the magnificently styled Luxury Villa Rosmarin or the Villa Can Vich, a beautifully restored 200-year old finca.
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