The Costa del Sol is a famous holiday destination with it’s more than 325 sunny days per year.. Whether you are looking for a kids friendly family holiday or rather the craziest beach parties, the Costa del Sol caters for all tastes.
The south of spain is a great destination all year around and receives millions of international tourists year by year. It is no surprise that the Costa del sol is so popular, as the translation of the coast´s name is ¨The Coast of the Sun¨.
Apart from the tasty food, friendly Spanish people and rich culture, there is another important reason why the Costa del Sol is so popular amongst travellers all over the world: the beautiful beaches and the amazing Mediterranean sea. With more than 125 beaches on a coastline that stretches out over 161 kilometres, it is challenging to choose the perfect destination for your holiday in Spain.
This guide will show you all about the best Costa del Sol beaches. We selected the best Costa del Sol beaches to help with your selection process.
MARBELLA, CABOPINO BEACH (PLAYA DE CABOPINO)
The popularity of Cabopino Beach has been growing over the past years. It is the perfect family destination with it’s fine golden sand and the calm, clean water. The beach is 1,500 metres long and 25 metres wide.
You can rent sunbeds, parasols, boats, jet skis and even go on a dolphin-watching trip. There are also many restaurants and bars along the beach.
Reaching Playa Cabopino is very easy. There are bus stops near the beach and parking places for cars. There’s a good selection of bars and restaurants near the beach where you can enjoy a good lunch for a reasonable price.
In the area you can also visit places of great historical interest such as the Torre Ladrones, a defensive tower of Roman origin declared a Site of Cultural Interest.
There are nudist parts of Cabopino Beach and it’s popular amongst the gay community.
MALAGA, LA MALAGUETA
Don’t miss the ¨Malagueta¨ if you are visiting Malaga. It can be found at the beginning of the beach. Due to the central location (just a stone’s throw away from the city centre), this is a popular beach amongst the many tourists visiting Malaga city.
The beach is 1,200 metres long and 45 metres wide. There are various green areas with palm trees, so if you want to take a break from the sun you can find a nice place to chill. You can also rent sunbeds and parasols and there is a great selection of chiringuitos to eat or drink a refreshing sangria. A typical dish from Malaga is the espeto what is grilled fish on a skewer. Look for one of the grills that are usually shaped like a boat. Just follow the lovely smell! 😉
The beach has such a central location, it is easy to reach by walking or public transport by one of the many buses that stop at the Paseo del Parque, what is only a few minutes away from La Malagueta. You can walk through the park next to the Paseo what is always full with people. Finding a free parking spot is practically impossible, especially in the summer months, but you can easily find one of the huge parking.
The great thing about Malaga is that the city centre is very easy to reach. From Malaga airport, you can take the train that will take you to the centre in just 12 minutes or rent a car for a reasonable price.
BENALMADENA, PLAYA MALAPESQUERA (PLAYA TORRE BERMEJA)
Playa Malapesquera (also called Playa Torre Bermeja) is one of the most popular beaches in Benalmadena. It’s a regular winner of the Blue Flag award. A world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe that represents a commitment to both people and the environment. The central location and large green areas draw large amounts of people to this beach, especially during the summer months. Shaded areas are a great option, especially when you need a break from the burning Spanish sun.
The beach is 700 metres long and 50 metres wide and is popular amongst all age groups and families. It offers various spaces for sports activities such as volleyball and football. The neighbouring Puerto Marina offers services such as dolphin-watching tours and nice restaurants.
Playa Malapesquera is also a good option if you enjoy (water) sports; there are sports areas and you can rent equipment like kayaks and paddle boards. On the beach, you can also rent sun loungers and parasols and of course make use of the toilets and showers. Reaching the beach is easy, especially by foot and from Benalmadena centre, it is a 10-minute walk.
TORREMOLINOS, PLAYA DE LA CARIHUELA
Playa de la Carihuela is the largest beach of Torremolinos and definitely one of the most popular ones. The length of the beach is approximately 2,100 metres and the width is 40 metres. The beach is popular with families and couples. Swimming conditions are ideal as the water is clear and shallow.
The promenade running along the beach is a great spot for a drink or to grab a bite to eat but is also used for cycling or running. You can rent sunbeds, parasols and water sports equipment and there are also public toilets, showers, play areas and disabled access.
Access to the beach is very easy from the centre of Torremolinos, you can get there by foot, car or even bus. Parking, however, can be difficult in the summer months.
ESTEPONA, PLAYA DE LA RADA
Playa de la Rada is the centrally located and the most popular beach in Estepona. With a length of 2,630 metres, this long beach offers loads of space.
This beach has also received the Blue Flag award. With the many things there are to do in this area, you will not get bored easily. For example, have some typical fried fish (pescaíto frito) or take a stroll through the town of Estepona.
Showers, toilets, sunbeds and wheelchair access are all available. The beach has several leisure activities such as play areas and trampolines for children. Renting a pedal boat is also possible.
NERJA, PLAYA DE MARO (MARO BEACH)
Playa de Maro, also called Maro Beach, is a real gem on the Costa del Sol. Many people consider this beach their favourite, for good reasons. The incredibly clear water, idyllic scenery and marine life explain why this beach was chosen as the best beach of Andalucia in 2013 by Antena 3, a Spanish television channel.
The beach is approximately 500 metres in length and 20 metres in width. The beached has a wheelchair access, sunbed rentals and a kiosk.
As mentioned earlier in this article, Maro Beach is great for sea kayaking. The route between Maro and Burriana is perfect as it is not too difficult and gives you a great view of the coastal area. Due to the clear water and abundance of fish, the beach is also perfect for snorkelling and diving. The Mediterranean sea is perfect for these types of activities, as it is calm and clear.
We recommend getting to the beach by car, as there is parking available. In the summer months, it might be necessary to park a bit further away from the beach.