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Playa de Arroyo Hondo

Benalmadena Costa, Costa del Sol

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Playa de Arroya Hondo beach, near the popular holiday resort of Benalmádena on the Costa del Sol in Andalusia, is primarily visited by guests of a large hotel that stands right by the beach. However it has something to offer other holidaymakers as well: there are showers, toilets, a restaurant with a terrace, a beach kiosk, a pedal boat hire centre and plenty of loungers. The generous area of sand and pebble stones has an unobstructed view so there is plenty of space and yet parents can also keep an eye on their children.

Playa de Arroyo Hondo - sand and pebble bay protected by wavebreakers

Arroya Hondo beach is situated to the south-west of the popular tourist stronghold of Benalmádena in Andalusia on the Costa del Sol. It is made up of two sections: the larger section is a double bay protected by rocky wavebreakers and is also called Playa Bonita - the beautiful beach. The back of this part of the beach is almost completely enclosed by a large hotel which shares its name and which has been built right up next to the sandy and pebbly surface.

Lifeguards watch over the bathers here and there is a small chiringuito (beach kiosk) that sells snacks and drinks. There are also public showers. A set of steps leads up to a restaurant, which sits enthroned above this beach section. The terrace is covered with sun umbrellas and provides lots of shady spots. It mainly serves delicious fish dishes and paella. The toilets are also up here.

The beach's name actually comes from the other section of the beach - Arroya Hondo means "deep stream". However the torrent that ends here only has enough water to flow into the sea during the rainy season. In summer it dries up before it reaches the beach. Here you will find a pedal boat hire centre and a surface that consists mainly of pebbles. There are loungers and beach umbrellas for hire on both sections of the beach. There's always plenty of room for your towel on Playa de Arroya Hondo too, even in the height of summer when it gets cramped on the overcrowded beaches that lie a few kilometres further east.

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Playa de Arroyo Hondo is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 3/10 points
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Only a few facilities and services and little atmosphere. This beach is not very good for relaxation.
Family: 5/10 points
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Even though It is not ideal here, you will still see some families around.
Water sports: 1/10 points
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No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 1/10 points
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There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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6/10
Beauty
5/10
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5/10
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2/10
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Restaurante EL PARADOR II

Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

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geo coordinates: 36.577869, -4.563982
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