A quick guide to the major beaches of Costa del Sol which should help you decide which beaches to visit

Playa Del Cristo, Estepona

This beautiful cove has recently been improved, with showers installed. There are two beach bars and parking. Great family atmosphere. Within walking distance of the marina and the town. One of the only beaches on this coast to face west ensuring maximum hours of sunshine.

El Saladillo Beach

El Sadillo is the beach area between Puerto Banus and the New Golden Mile which can be accessed via the Cancelada exit on the A7. and is about 19 KM from both Marbella and Estepona. It is slightly off the beaten track which means its not nearly as touristy as the beaches of Puerto Banus and Estepona. El Sadillo beach has two great restaurants which cater for their customers chilled-out needs with some excellent food and handy sun beds and parasols. One is called La Antigua, the other Pepes Beach. El Saladillo beach also has good shower facilities and toilets, and is great for families looking for an inexpensive trip to the sea-front in a venue that will keep the kids thoroughly entertained during the summer holiday period. We recommend a quick look at the Sol Channel video which describes the area so much better than words can.

San Pedro

The long ‘paseo maritimo’ makes it easy to find a space even on a summer Sunday. Numerous beach bars. Try Bora Bora and also Guayaba Beach at the west end.

To the east there are a number of trendy beach clubs to be seen in – Victor’s Beach and Babaloo Beach.

PLAYA NUEVA ANDALUCIA

Just to the west of Puerto Banus marina, Nueva Andalucia offers a number of trendy beach clubs in a picturesque setting. Those palm trees look like the south Pacific. Parking difficult at peak times. Here between San Pedro de Alcntara and Puerto Bans, Mistral Beach is perfectly situated. With panoramic views of much of the Costa del Sol, Mistral Beach is the ideal place in which to relax in the Andalusian sun. Mistral Beach also boasts one of the coast’s finest beach restaurants, which offers great food in a relaxed atmosphere.

PUERTO BANS

Without doubt the place to be seen. If you are famous then there is no risk of not getting caught by the Paparazzi. Good beach just to the east of the marina protected by a jetty. If you feel like treating yourself spend a day relaxing in the Marbella Club beach club.

EL ROSARIO TO ELVIRIA

This is without doubt the best beaches in Costa del sol where the sand is at its best and stretches from Cabopino to Bahia de Marbella and take in numerous high quality beach bars and clubs including the world famous Nikki Beach and also some great value for money Beach bars. Really don’t have to say much more if you want the best beaches in Cost del Sol this is where its at

CALAHONDA

This is the longest of the Mijas Costa beaches at over 4,500 meters long and 25 meters wide. Since it is right at the foot of the large Sitio de Calahonda urbanization, it is a well used beach, with ramp access, many beach bars and lots of activity, but it also has some quieter corners for those who prefer a bit of piece and quiet. This beach is perfect for the whole family and caters for sunbathers, scuba divers and fishermen alike. It is a fairly straight line of beach with golden sand and plenty of beach beds and parasols for rent and a good choice of lively beach bars for refreshment and entertainment.

El Cabo Rocoso Beach

This rocky beach is clearly defined by the ancient watchtower which marks natural border between Calahonda and La Cala. The beach is next to the Playa Marina urban complex and it is somewhat quieter than the other Mijas Costa beaches, probably due to the rocks at the water’s edge. This is a very pleasant beach for morning walks all year round and is also frequented by those who like to snorkel or go under water swimming and surfing. As well as the hire of such water sport equipment, there are beach beds for hire and there is a kiosk selling snacks and drinks.

EL BOMBO BEACH

This 320 meter beach is wide and curves round slightly into a large bay and forms the eastern corner of the Cala del Moral beaches. The beach ends in a small (130 meter) rocky cliff which is ideal for scuba, snorkeling and under water swimming. You can hire sun beds and there is a beach bar for snacks and drinks.

Butiplaya Beach

Along from La Cala Beach is Buiplaya (sometimes referred to as Torrevieja Beach) at 35 meters wide and covering over 1,500 meters in length. Its orientation of southwest and like La Cala, has lifeguard vigilance during the summer months. This is a safe beach and is in a semi urban area, where there are usually holidaymakers or residents around during the whole year. This beach was also awarded the E.U. Blue Flag in 2002, for its high level of cleanliness and good facilities. There are showers for use all along the beach, as well as public toilets and changing facilities. The beach is accessible to the disabled and there is a parking area reserved for beach goers. The usual beach beds and sunshades are available for rent, as well as lots of fun water sports from the humble ‘pedalo’ to the more exiting jet skis, water skiing and all the latest in water sports.

EL FARO BEACH

At the Calaburra point, El Faro beach has tow steep rock face areas and over 1,000 meters stretch of sandy beach. You can see most of the beach from the main road. It is popular with underwater swimming enthusiasts. There is a beach bar and sun beds for hire. This is also a favourite beach for people who like to fish from the shore and you will often see the long fishing rods set up late into the night and tents set up for an all night vigil, ensuring a fresh fish breakfast.

Like other beaches in along Mijas Costa, this one is kept as clean as possible with regular collection from the litter bins.

PIEDRA DEL CURA BEACH

This is a rugged, rocky part of the coastline and leads into the El Faro beach to the west. It is 195 meters long and is a very popular area for scuba divers and underwater swimming. The conditions are excellent for this type of sport, but it is always advisable to take safety precautions, using the correct apparatus and never swimming alone. The beach is well maintained and kept clean by regular rubbish collection from the litter bins available.

LA CARIHUELA, TORREMOLINOS

Torremolinos so much has been said about Torremolinos that it is difficult to add more. Don’t be prejudiced, head straight into the thick of it.

The prom has been recently modernised. Arrive early (9am) and observe that there is still a ‘village’ here that slowly wakes up and carries out its chores. By 11am it is hidden away.

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