Just a few kilometres down the road, the Costa del Sol looks exactly like most holidaymakers imagine it, with the large, touristy, sandy beaches at Benalmádena. But at Playa de la Viborilla and, to some extent, at its neighbouring bay, there is an alternative programme. Here peace and seclusion are the order of the day, the surface consists of at least as much stone as sand, and in the background, instead of a lively beach promenade, there is a little patch of woodland, which screens out the noise and the view of the road. You'll find it a good place to hide from the hustle and bustle, if it all gets too much on the turbulent neighbouring beaches.
Playa de la Viborilla - small, quiet bay made up of sand and stones
If you drive south-west along the coast from the popular tourist resort of Benalmádena on the Costa del Sol in the Spanish region of Andalusia, after a short while you will reach the small beach of Playa de la Viborilla. It’s sometimes more sandy and sometimes more stony, depending on how the weather and the currents have affected the surface in recent months.
The beach is situated below the road and is also screened from view by the surrounding trees and palms, and its sheltered position. There are two long-standing restaurants here, which are well-known for their paella and fish dishes. They also supply the loungers and sun umbrellas that are available for hire, and the toilets are here as well. There are showers on the beach, but no lifeguards on duty and no water sports on the agenda.
The western side of Playa de la Viborilla is bordered by a longer bay where there is more space, but this is not as nice because of the road's proximity and visibility. A concrete wall in the background also tarnishes the atmosphere. This section is called Playa de Malibú, but there's no risk of confusing it with the famous beach on Hawaii. In the east Playa de la Viborilla borders Playa Benalnatura, a nudist beach, which is also well hidden from view.