The short and sweet guide to some of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol

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The Costa del Sol, with its expansive coastline stretching along southern Spain, is famed for its sun-drenched beaches and crystal-clear waters. Torremolinos, located at the heart of this celebrated coast, serves as a perfect starting point for beach lovers looking to explore the variety of sandy retreats the region has to offer. From bustling beach clubs to serene shores, this guide helps you discover the top beaches along the Costa del Sol, each offering its own unique charm and attractions.

La Carihuela – Torremolinos

La Carihuela, once a traditional fishing quarter, is now renowned for its long stretch of sandy beach. The promenade is lined with an array of seafood restaurants and bars, where you can savor the famous ‘pescaito frito’ (fried fish) while enjoying views of the Mediterranean. The beach is also well-equipped with amenities including sunbeds, parasols, and water sports facilities, making it a favorite among both locals and tourists.

Playa de Burriana – Nerja

Further east, Nerja’s Playa de Burriana is a vibrant beach known for its lively atmosphere and picturesque setting. Surrounded by cliffs and lush vegetation, it offers a variety of water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding. The promenade, bustling with shops and restaurants, is perfect for those who want a bit more activity around their beach day.

El Cristo Beach – Estepona

In the quieter town of Estepona, El Cristo Beach is a small cove tucked away just west of the marina. Its sheltered position makes it ideal for families with young children. The calm waters here are perfect for swimming, and the beach itself faces west, providing spectacular sunsets that are not to be missed.

Cabopino Beach – Marbella

Cabopino Beach, situated near the chic town of Marbella, is known for its natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere. The beach is backed by a pine forest and flanked by a protected dune area, adding to its secluded feel. Nearby, the Cabopino marina offers a variety of dining options and the opportunity to rent boats or partake in water activities.

Playa de Las Yucas – Benalmadena

Close to Torremolinos, Benalmadena’s Playa de Las Yucas offers a mix of natural beauty and convenience. This beach is less crowded than others and features clear blue waters ideal for snorkeling. Nearby rock formations provide a beautiful backdrop and a sense of privacy, while the beach bars (chiringuitos) serve up delicious local fare.

Artola Beach – Cabopino

Another gem near Marbella is Artola Beach, a part of the Artola Dunes natural area. This beach is famous for its pristine natural environment, making it a great choice for those looking to escape the more commercial beaches. The wooden boardwalk through the dunes offers a scenic route to the beach, preserving its untouched feel.

These beaches represent just a taste of what the Costa del Sol has to offer. Each beach has its own personality and set of offerings, ensuring that every visitor can find their perfect spot under the Spanish sun. Whether you’re after a family-friendly beach with all the amenities, a quiet cove to relax in, or a lively shore with plenty of water sports, the Costa del Sol caters to all preferences and invites you to unwind along its beautiful coast.

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