Playa La Carihuela - town beach with ample facilities for kids of all ages
The sandy beach of Playa la Carihuela is just over a kilometre long and is one of the town beaches at the Andalusian tourist stronghold, Torremolinos. Incidentally, the final 150 metre stretch of the beach belongs to the neighbouring town of Benalmádena and is called Playa de la Fuente de la Salud. The beach is bordered at both ends by breakwaters of large stones. The sand is grey, which is typical for this part of the Costa del Sol.
A promenade runs parallel to the beach, and here you will find restaurants to suit everyone's budget plus numerous shops selling beachwear and beach equipment. On the beach itself there is a further large selection of chiringuitos, restaurants and beach bars. In the evenings some of these metamorphose into trendy cocktail bars where you can burn the candle at both ends.
As might be expected of a town beach, Playa La Carihuela is very well equipped. The showers are surrounded by an oasis of plants and palms, and there are also public toilets. In summer lifeguards take care of your safety; they will ensure that no mishap befalls you despite the currents, which can sometimes be dangerous. What's more, in places the beach is wheelchair accessible, with its own access points for mobility-impaired visitors. The icing on the cake comes in the form of two children's playgrounds, where the kids can really let off steam. It's hardly surprising that this beach is a firm favourite with families.
Those of you who are a bit more active will be in clover here, as there are two water sports operators from whom you can rent jet skis on which to speed across the water. If you don't fancy taking the helm yourself, you can sit back on a sofa boat or a banana boat and let someone else tow you across the water. But watch out: neither of these is in any way relaxing - they're actually really strenuous! But the trade-off is a whole lot of fun.