With a climate that virtually guarantees 300+ days of sunshine every year and a peerless array of top quality beaches available on the Costa del Sol, it’s no wonder that hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers choose to come here every year.
The region was in the vanguard of commercial tourism in Spain and has a long history of providing wonderful, family-centred beach holidays. Dotted along the coast, from Nerja in the east, through Malaga, Benalmadena and Fuengirola down to Marbella and Estepona in the west, there are dozens of beaches, all with different characters and each offering a range of experiences and activities – from quiet, secluded coves to long, straight stretches of golden sand covered in sun-beds, sunshades and sizzling sun-worshippers.
Five minutes’ walk from the Club La Costa World resort is all it takes to find the nearest beach to your holiday accommodation – small, secluded and sandy with a handy beach bar at the western tip.
However, for a more lively day beside the sea, head for the nearby town of Fuengirola, which boasts over 7km of award-winning, blue-flag beaches and plenty of choice when it comes to chiringuito bars, seafood restaurants and water sports activities – including banana boats, ringo rides and jet skis.
You’ll find that most Costa del Sol beaches are well maintained with daily cleaning, and almost all have shower and toilet blocks as well as sunbeds and shades for hire – although you can always take your own!
Here are a few more of our favourite beaches that are well worth a day visit for lovers of sun, sea and sand:
El Bombo, Mijas Costa – just 10 minutes by car from the resort, this beach is long, wide and sandy and the water is ideal for swimming and playing games. Usually busy, especially at weekends, there are three popular bars, kids’ play equipment on the sand and parking nearby. The pretty village of La Cala is accessible on foot.
Andy’s Beach, Cabopino – a little further away from the resort, but well worth the effort! A great family-friendly beach with a very shallow bay protected on either side by breakwaters making it the perfect bathing spot for children or nervous swimmers. The beach bar is very lively at lunchtime and often has live music as the sun goes down – which does attract the crowds, although there is more than enough room to enjoy the sunshine. The delightful port of Cabopino is adjacent to the beach.
Santa Ana Beach, Benalmadena – a long, sandy beach close to the busy port and marina. Tons of activity on the sand and great for water sports and thrill ride enthusiasts. Running parallel to the long promenade, this is a good choice for those who enjoy an easy stroll off the sand, with plenty of choices on hand when it comes to fresh seafood, bars and souvenir stalls. Wonderfully atmospheric as the sun goes down.
La Carihuela, Torremolinos – loud and proud and ideal for younger holidaymakers! La Carihuela stretches between the high cliff at Bajondillo and the marina with a well patrolled swimming area and abundant space for sunbathing and relaxing. The entire area is alive with noisy beach bars, souvenir shops and popular restaurants serving the freshest seafood around. Try to catch it on July 16th for the festival of the Virgen del Carmen – featuring a boat procession and magnificent fireworks display.
In addition to the public beaches, the Costa del Sol is also home to a number of sophisticated, private beach clubs – most notably in Marbella and Puerto Banus – where celebrity-spotting and champagne parties are the order of the day. Open to the public, the clubs are a luxurious – albeit relatively expensive – way to enjoy the coast with a chilled out experience away from the daytime crowds. However, it all changes after dark when the DJs crank up the music and some serious partying goes on until long after the sun comes up again.