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Playa del Cenicero

Torrox, Costa del Sol

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Summary of the Beach Inspectors
Playa del Cenicero is a long sandy beach with plenty of facilities in the south of Andalusia between Nerja and Málaga. On the hot, grey sand, which is wheelchair accessible, you can hire loungers and beach umbrellas, indulge yourselves at the two excellent chiringuitos or make your kids' day with a ticket for the aquasplash water park. Restaurants, bars, ice cream parlours and shops are available on the promenade, along which you can get to the lively family beach of Playa de Ferrera to the east. A stroll to the west brings you to a quiet, unspoiled section of beach.

Playa del Cenicero - friendly, but not crowded, sandy beach on the Costa del Sol

Playa del Cenicero is located on the south coast of Andalusia, around 45 minutes from Málaga. It stretches out over more than a kilometre along the longest beach promenade on the Costa del Sol, which it shares with its neighbouring beach, Playa de Ferrara. Along the broad, colourfully paved promenade you will also find numerous restaurants, cafés, bars and shops here at Playa del Cenicero. The hotel and apartment complexes at the beach dominate the scenery, but less so than at Playa de Ferrara. The low buildings blend into the beach landscape much more harmoniously here. Lush green bushes, flowers and shrubs line the promenade, enhancing its beauty. The promenade ends around half way along Playa del Cenicero and at this point the beach continues with a natural, unspoiled section. If you want some time out and a bit more peace and quiet, you're sure to find it in this beautiful, natural dune landscape, which characterises the western section of Playa del Cenicero.

Cenicero means "ashtray" in English. However this name does not do the beach justice. It consists of clean, grey sand that can get very hot, so we recommend that you wear beach flip flops or sandals. Other than that, here - as at Playa de Ferrara – you will find a broad, long area of sand that is inviting for a good long session of sunbathing and relaxing. Numerous loungers and beach umbrellas are also available, as are lifeguards, showers and toilets. In comparison to Playa de Ferrara it's a bit quieter and more tranquil here on the whole.

At the east end of the beach you will find two chiringuitos. As well as paella and a selection of meat and fish dishes, both serve the well-known sardines on skewers. This regional speciality is prepared spectacularly on an open fire. Another feature of this beach is the water play park, Mega Splash, where kids can spend time sliding, climbing and messing about. Because of its barrier-free access, Playa del Cenicero is ideal for families and people with physical disabilities.

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Playa del Cenicero 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: 6/10 points
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At this well-equipped beach you can switch off and forget your day-to-day stress.
Family: 9/10 points
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At this beach you will find everything you need to spend an enjoyable day with the family.
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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Chiringuito Mambo Map icon
Chiringuito Mambo

Offer: Food, Sun-loungers, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

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Chiringuito Laguna

Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

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Mega Splash

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  • Chiringuito Mambo
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    Offer: Food, Sun-loungers, Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Normal

  • Chiringuito Laguna
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    Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Normal

  • Mega Splash
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geo coordinates: 36.73126, -3.973464
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