Playa Chica (Playa Pila de la Barrilla)

Playa Chica - Spain
© Frank Vincentz

This cosy little beach is the Southernmost in Puerto del Carmen, just along the coast from the harbour in the old town.

It’s one of the more secluded beaches you’ll find in the area, and is somewhat off the beaten track compared to its bigger neighbours up the coast, like Playa Grande. It’s also a pretty snug spot, which is great when it’s quiet, but as a result, it doesn’t take huge numbers to make it fill up pretty quickly.

That said, it’s popular with families, due to the crystal clear, calm and shallow waters,and it’s a firm favourite with snorkellers too, thanks to the abundance of colourful fish that swim in the area. There’s a dive school at the beach as well, if you fancy being taken out by qualified instructors, or you can try out a number of watersports, including jet-skiing and parasailing from the watersports centre on the beachfront.

In terms of facilities, there’s a beach bar and grill place on the water’s edge, and a couple of restaurants nearby, but if you’re looking for a beach with lots of food and drink options then you’re better off heading along the coast to one of the bigger resorts.

Nearest town/city

Puerto del Carmen

Also known as:

Playa Pila de la Barrilla

Type of beach



  • Swimming/bathing


  • Cafe/restaurant

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