The sunny coast of Andalusia
Fancy travelling at high speed across the Mediterranean Sea? Spain’s “Sunny Coast” has the most jet-skis per inhabitant. On average there are fewer than 50 rainy days per year here and as the water temperature can reach up to 25 degrees, nearly every day is a perfect day at the beach. A few decades ago small fishing villages dominated the scenery here, but these days you will find all the amenities needed for water-sports and beach holidays. However, the Costa del Sol has much more to offer than large holiday resorts as advertised in the travel brochures. Seemingly never-ending beaches, distinctive Andalusian architecture and one of the most varied landscapes of southern Europe make the Costa del Sol a perfect, all-round holiday destination.
The Costa del Sol is situated between the less well-known Costa de la Luz and the Costa Tropical and stretches along the Mediterranean Coast of the Spanish province of Málaga. However, the 50 kilometres stretching from the province of Cádiz right up to Gibraltar are usually also seen as part of the Costa del Sol. Bustling towns, sleepy fishing villages and the whitewashed buildings of the mountain villages of Andalusia are examples of features of this region, but can only give you a limited idea of just how varied the region away from the towns and beaches is.
About the beaches
With its 320+ days of sunshine per year, Costa del Sol translates as the “Coast of the Sun” and it is this sunshine guarantee of the beaches in the province of Málaga which makes it very special as a popular beach holiday destination. The beaches of the Costa del Sol are as diverse as the region itself and here you will find lively town beaches, remote hidden bays and water-sports hotspots. Sun-lovers and swimming enthusiasts alike, everybody gets their money’s worth along this sunny coast of Spain.
Fine sand and small pebble bays - the Costa del Sol has a lot of variety
Most of the beaches of the „Costa del Sol“ consist of fine, grey sand, but in many of the smaller bays there are beaches with a mixture of sand and pebbles overlooked by rocks, making them especially picturesque. While the sea at the spacious, sandy beaches is mostly dark, the water in the pebble bays shimmers in the Spanish sun in a vibrant azure blue, creating a superb contrast to the rough Andalusian landscape and the whitewashed houses of the mountain villages.
Water-sports fan, swimming enthusiast or reveller – find the right beach for your lifestyle
The Costa del Sol has by far the best infrastructure on the Spanish Mediterranean coast and the hotels, holiday resorts and B&Bs here especially look after the needs of beach holidaymakers and water-sports enthusiasts. You will certainly find the dream beach to suit your lifestyle here. Beach-Inspector has therefore for you checked out the large family beaches around Málaga, as well as the exclusive “see and be seen” atmosphere of Marbella and also the hidden secret spots here for the nature-lovers among you.
The best beaches for families on the Costa del Sol
Examples of great destinations for a day at the beach with the family include Playa El Cristo near Estepona which is sheltered from the wind and also Playa del Cenicero which is only 20 minutes by car west of Nerja and which has the longest promenade on the Costa del Sol. East of Málaga, Playa del Dedo, which also caters for the disabled, is a perfect beach for a great family day with the children and grandparents.
Most of the town beaches of the Costa del Sol are also ideal beaches for the family. However, in contrast to the beaches outside the towns, here you will also find a lot of water-sports on offer as well as a bigger choice of restaurants. These beaches include the most popular town beach of Málaga, Playa de la Malagueta, together with Playa de Casablanca in Marbella and Playa de Burriana in the eastern part of Nerja.
Partying or desert island feeling – we know where to go!
For the revellers among you we can recommend one of the many all-round beaches which don't come alive until nightfall, such as Playa Los Álamos in the tourist stronghold of Torremolinos, or the so-called "Rainbow Beach“of Playa de Guadelmar which is near to the airport of Málaga.
However, if you are looking for some peace and quiet or would like to spend a romantic day at the beach, you will also find your dream beach here on the Costa del Sol where you can spend some time undisturbed. Fantastic beaches for this are, for example, Calas del Pino which is east of Málaga and Cala Arenas near Algeziras which is right next to the largest conservation area of Andalusia. Playa del Cañuelo which is surrounded by the Cliffs of Maro is another particular highlight because of its beautiful natural setting and its crystal clear water which is ideal for snorkelling. Here on the „Costa del Sol“ you will most certainly find your perfect beach!
"Large sandy beach east of Nerja"
"Packed with amenities, but packed with visitors too!"
"Idyllic palm beach with charming beach clubs"
"Feel-good beach with several beach clubs"
"Plain urban beach with convivial chiringuitos"
"Golf course and convivial chiringuitos"
"Sporty town beach for kids of all ages"
"Informal beach for relaxation"
"Town beach with a significant party ingredient"
"A beach for every sports and party enthusiast"
"Convivial town beach with a family atmosphere"
"A quiet family beach on the Costa del Sol"
"Mature hotel crowd and quiet setting"
"Sun, sand and beach clubs"
"Urban beach in a slightly languid area"
"Quiet sandy beach for a relaxing family holiday"
"City beach all-rounder"
"A beach paradise for children, families and older people"
"The Marbella feel"