Costa del Sol is mainly known for its everlasting sun, but also for its wonderful beaches. Remember that the sun is in zenith at midday during the summer months.
Plenty of high factor sun bloc lotion is a needed, or do as the Spanish go to the beach later in the day. Between the hours 17-20 is a clearly underestimated time to be on the beach. Currently, the beaches are open from 15 May to 15 October, but the Marbella municipality has decided that the 24 official beaches in Marbella’s municipal boundaries shall be open 11 months a year. This means that now must chiringuitos, beach restaurants, sun bed rentals, cleaning staff, etc. keep beaches in tip top condition from 15 Th. January to 15 Th. December.
Below we have listed some of the beaches in Marbella, they are listed in geographical order, from Malaga in the east to Gibraltar in the west.
Caleta: In Velez-Malaga is a easy accessible well kept family beach. With its 1,5 km it got plenty of space. The beach consists of fine volcanic sand.
La Malagueta: In Malaga is suitable for those wishing to engage in water sports. Because not too big waves, it is also child friendly. The beach is about 1 km long and 45 m wide and consists of fine volcanic sand. The beach also has * FEE’s Blue Flag.
Torremolinos: Is one of Spain’s oldest and still most popular tourist destinations with its long, wide beach full of small bars and chiringuitos.
Benaldamena: The beaches of Benalmadena Costa are nice and the port of Marina Benalmadena is well known both for its nightlife and its award winning marina.
Fuengirola: There is plenty of sand on an 8 km long beach.
La Cala: The idyllic fishing village offers peace and quiet if you wish. The beach is 2 km long, 35 meters wide and is ideal for families with children, have * FEE’s Blue flag.
Calahonda: Is the longest of the beaches on the Mijas Costa over 4.5 km long and 25 meters wide. This beach has soft, clean sand and clear water. Since the beach is right at the foot of many of the major urbanizations it is well used. There are many beach bars and plenty of activities, but it also has some quieter corners for those who prefer some peace and quiet. This beach is perfect for the whole family and has plenty of deck chairs and umbrellas for hire and a good selection of lively bars for refreshments and entertainment. Located below N340/A7 coastal road between La Cala de Mijas and Calahonda.
Cabopino: Is a hidden pearl on the Costa del Sol. Many says that this is the best on the Costa del Sol. The beach of Cabopino is very well maintained, beautiful, and children friendly and there are lifeguards during the summer season. There are of course chiringuitos and beach restaurants, in the cozy marina next door you find more restaurants. The beach “supervised” by a old Moorish watchtower and it is the only beach that I know of that has palm trees on the beach. There is plenty parking space except on Sundays when Spanish go out to spend the day at the beach. The beach is well protected by sand dunes. If the white stripes after bikini and swimwear are a concern, there is also a nudist beach on the western edge of the area.
Nikki Beach: Is an exclusive beach with exotic bamboo beds, alcoves and gently swaying palm trees, this is where the rich and famous like to hang out. Even those who would like to be rich and famous you can find here. This ideal location offers a luxurious and relaxed place to sunbathe in secluded area from the busy beaches. During the day, the atmosphere is pure relaxation that is enhanced by the luxury that Nikki Beach has become famous for. When the sun starts to go away, the music volume increase and the party starts to get started. Be prepared to party until the early morning. Nikki Beach, beach club is located at the Don Carlos Beach Resort in Elviria, below the Hotel Don Carlos.
Bounty Beach: in Marbella is situated below the large white Marbella arch at the entrance to Marbella from Malaga direction. Bounty Beach a favorite for many made for the young and hip generation in Marbella. Bounty has good music, good food, and much of the good life. Enjoy tapas, paella and a great choice of drinks. In high season are the mandatory party on Sunday evening, just the thing that makes the rest of the week worth living for. One of the most popular beaches in Marbella, both for locals and visitors. Costa del Sol at its best.
Marbella: is a more exclusive and luxurious part of the Costa del Sol, Puerto Banus included. There is a fine pedestrian promenade along the lovely beach. An endless number of restaurants and bars all in different shapes. It is difficult to find parking on the street, therefore select one of several parking garages.
Puerto Banús: is without doubt the place to been seen. If you are famous, It is almost 100% chance to get caught up in a paparazzi picture. There is a good beach just east of the harbor, protected by a stone pier. If you fancy a relaxing day spa, you can get one or more treatments at the Marbella Club’s Beach Club. In case you want to show off your designer bikini, this is the beach for you. Come early when the front row of sun beds are occupied quickly. Parking garage below ground can be found right next door. Take a walk in the marina, if you manage to not see a Ferrari or Lamborghini in 60 seconds, you have had a bad day. The boardwalk and the beach is definitely the highlight of Puerto Banus with a long sandy beach. The entire stretch between Marbella and Puerto Banus are bound together by a beautiful promenade where people jog and walk.
San Pedro: Along the San Pedro’s waterfront promenade there are a number of cozy chiringuitos where you sit near the sea and are enjoyed at both lunch and dinner. The beaches are wide and kept very clean.
Guadalmina: Actually there are three beaches that go together and they are very child friendly and well kept. If you are tired of swimming and sunbathing, there are plenty of activities such as kitebording, windsurfing, jet skiing and sailing.
Estepona: Located near Gibraltar this is the beach where you can overlook North Africa and the Atlas Mountains in Morocco on a clear day!
* Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded approximately 3650 beaches and marinas in 46 countries around the world. Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria relating to water quality, environmental education and information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services.
Blue Flag concept is owned and operated by the non-governmental, non-profit organization Foundation for Environmental Education(FEE)