Composition: Find grained sand. Length: 60 meters
Sand colour: golden Average with: 5 meters
Conditions for swimming: calm waters. Occupancy rate: high
In Playa Chica or Pila de la Barrilla is the best beach par excellent. It is a cove protected by the lava fields extended into the sea that gives a special characteristic to this beach with its calm waters. Playa Chica has become a must to visit not only to enjoy its water but also to its special seabeds. In this beach we keep the treasure of Puerto del Carmen… If you want new experience do not miss the opportunity to discover the Veril de La Tiñosa (the shelf of la Tiñosa). Under the calm and warm waters there are the most amazing seabeds of Europe, as lot of professional divers have let us know. The caves of the shelf of Puerto del Carmen have great peculiarities and wealth, being declared by Europe as Special Area of Conservation within the framework of Natura 2000.
The Playa chica highlights because it has hidden corner that you must visit, for example the caves las Gambas, that cave is the habitat of a swarm of narwhal shrimps, usually known as prawn. The groupers stalk the shrimps that are hidden in the dark and the groupers do not hesitate to pounce on them when they become visible by the light. In this cave lives the most famous character of Puerto del Carmen and the best friend of divers, it is the grouper called Felix. With surprising measures and about 50 kilos this grouper has become the most sought-after fish. Felix is friend of who visit him and always shows its more tender side to be photographed with his bes smile.
The name of Pila de la Barrilla to this beach came from the use that the inhabitant of the village did of the sharp rocks to crush the barilla. This plant was the main resource to make soap and get lye in the second half of the 18th century.
You can access to this beach by the Bajamar Street or by the Harimaguada Street.
Natural Protected Area
The area called Cagafrecho is situated in the southeast of Lanzarote. It covers a surface of 633.17 hectare and bathe the coast of the municipality of Tías.
This area is declared since September of 2001 as Special Are of Conservation (SAC), according to the framework Natura 2000. Its main goal is to assure the long term survival of the species and natural habitats more threatened of Europe, helping to stop the lost of biodiversity caused by the adverse impact of the human activity.
The SAC is managed with the aim to guarantee the protection and the conservation of the different kind of natural habitats and the species of the community interest that are in the area. iIf it is necessary they take preservation actions to achieve the sustainable balance between the use and the activities developed in the area and the natural values that it kept.