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Costa del Sol Beach Guide

The Costa del Sol stretches along just over 150 kilometres of Málaga province and is one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations. With long hot summers merging into the mildest of winters it is possible to enjoy the beaches and a wide variety of outdoor activities such as sailing, fishing, scuba diving, windsurfing, and boating all year round. With its plentiful sunshine and sheltered coastline the Costa del Sol is a perfect family destination.

The Costa del Sol has numerous well-kept beaches and many of them have been awarded the European Blue Flag award for high standards of water and sand hygiene.

On the popular bathing beaches you will be able to hire shade and sun-beds as well as having shower facilities. Don’t forget to visit a 'Chiringuito', bars on the beach or sea front, they serve cold drinks and delicious food including fresh fish, try the char-grilled sardines they are fantastic.

Whether you are looking for a small, private cove or miles and miles of soft golden sand, the Costa del Sol has something for everyone.

Estepona town beaches

La Rada Beach

Info & Reviews » (Estepona Town) This is a large popular beach (2.4km long) with golden sand, it has a lovely promenade with gardens and children's play areas. All kinds of sports are enjoyed here such as windsurfing and kayaking.

There are many Chiringuitos serving a wide variety of traditional food such as paella and fresh fish to fast-food such as burgers & french fries. Facilities include water-sports, life guards, restaurants, cafes, toilets, showers and deck chairs. (The Marina is located at the western end of La Rada beach).

Beaches west of Estepona

El Cristo Beach

Info & Reviews » (West of Estepona) - just outside town. Perfect for families with children .... the beach is in a delightful sheltered cove, gently sloping into the sea.

There are two great beach chiringuitos that serve mouth-watering snacks and seafood.

Costa Natura Beach

Info & Reviews » (West of Estepona) Playa Costa Natura is a popular public nudist beach, open to everyone. Summer beach bar with sunbeds and parasols for hire, plus beach-side shower.

Easy walk along the beach all the way from the Estepona town or at km 151 on the A7/N340. Behind the public beach there is a members-only nudist village with swimming pool and restaurant ... day-membership available through a reception facility accessed from the A7/N340 public car park.

Sabinillas Beach

Info & Reviews » (West of Estepona) A Spanish fishing village where you can see the daily catch of the local fishermen as they pull their boats up the beach.

Long sandy beaches that are popular with the locals.

Duquesa Beach

Info & Reviews » (West of Estepona) Probably my favourite beach in this area, with several really good beach bars (Chiringuitos) that as well as serving great food & drink hire out sunbeds & umbrellas.

Sotogrande Beach

Info & Reviews » (West of Estepona) On El Cucurucho beach you may find well known personalities taking a stroll along the beach.

There are two beach clubs: El Octógono and El Cucurucho, both offer a wide range of beach-side facilities, including swimming pools, restaurants, activities for youngsters.

Costa de la Luz

Info & Reviews » Costa de la Luz beaches between Cadiz and Tarifa, have wide, remote golden sand beaches backed by sand dunes.

The winds make it a wind & kite surfers paradise. East of the Costa del Sol is the "Costa Tropical" with pretty coves, reached by paths and tracks down cliffs. The water here is clearer making it the best area for snorkelling and diving.

Beaches east of Estepona

El Padron Beach

Info & Reviews » (East of Estepona at Km 159.5 on the coast road), near the Kempinski Resort Hotel. There is a car park and a few chiringuitos. This is a lovely small beach, but is often very busy in the summer.

This is also home to the Purobeach Club - a hang out by the sea, with a lifestyle concept including food & drinks, a lounge, terrace, pool & yoga – in short, everything to satisfy body, mind and soul.

Playa el Saladillo

Info & Reviews » (East of Estepona) This is a lovely long, wide beach that doesn't get to over crowded in the high season.

Situated next to the Costalita apartment development, take the Cancelada exit off the coast road.

There are two great beach restaurants 'La Antigua' (fantastic mussels with chopped leeks in a cream sauce!) and 'Pepe's Beach' which serves excellent paellas; both also hire sun beds & parasols.

San Pedro Beach

Info & Reviews » (East of Estepona) Long pretty promenade with many beach bars that serve fried pescadito (fish) ... delicious! Jet ski hire & ski-pull.

Playa Puerto Banus

Info & Reviews » (Puerto Banus). Situated to the East of the marina and is protected by a jetty. This is a popular beach and a luxurious cosmopolitan resort that is the place to be seen, if your lucky you may get the chance to rub shoulders with the rich and famous!

The beach offers great views of the ocean and Gibraltar, with a backdrop of La Concha mountain range. There are many international bars and restaurants for all budgets close by, as well as art galleries, designer boutiques, beauty centers and department stores.

Funny Beach

Info & Reviews » (East of Marbella) is located on the coast-side of the entrance arch to Marbella, Km 184. This beach does have the regular sea, sand, deckchairs and a snack-bar, but for the more energetic ones there are jet skis, banana boat, canoes, wind surfing, go-karts, trampolines, miniature golf, pinball machines, video games, darts and even a mechanical bull!

Open Hours: Summer: 11.00 am - 03.00am, Winter: 4pm-8pm. Admission: Free, but you will have to pay separately for each attraction.

Chiringuito guide

Pepe's Chiringuito

Info & Reviews » Pepe's - (East of Estepona) Perfectly situated for our properties at Bel Air & Costalita on Playa el Saladillo a lovely wide beach that doesn't get too over crowded in the Summer.

Pepe's is a family run beach bar with indoor & outdoor eating. Mediterranean menu the Paella is well worth a try.

La Antigua Beach Restaurant

Info & Reviews » Antigua - (East of Estepona). Perfectly situated for our properties at Bel Air & Costalita on Playa el Salodillo a lovely wide beach that doesn't get too over crowded in the summer.

La Antigua is an excellent upmarket beach bar. My favourite has to be the mussels with chopped leeks in a cream sauce! You can also hire sun beds & parasols.

The Blue Dolphin Beach Club

Info & Reviews » Blue Dolphin - (Estepona Town - La Rada Beach). Located just on the outskirts of Estepona town on the far end of La Rada beach.

Lovely atmosphere offering a Mediterranean and International menu. Dolphin trips & water sports are available.

Parking available at Carrefore or across the road

Bikini Beach Lounge Bar

Info & Reviews » Bikini Beach - (Estepona Town - La Rada Beach)

Sofas on the Beach - you can really chill out at this stunning, modern beach restaurant which has funky single & double loungers, and should you want it plenty of shade too. The restaurant is top class with an interesting & varied menu - from Lebanese mezzes to pasta & of course a good choice of fish. You can either dine inside or out on the attractive wooden decking that overlooks the beach.

Highly recommended for all the family, sun beds / chill beds from 10 to 30 euros per day.

Popular with the locals and holidaymakers alike, Bikini Beach offers a chilled-out ambience in the evening with live DJs and entertainment at weekends.

Rossi Chiringuito

Info & Reviews » Rossi - (Estepona Town - La Rada Beach).

A very pleasant & relaxed beach bar serving a Mediterranean menu of fresh fish, seafood, paella & meat dishes. The fish croquettes and fresh tuna get a thumbs up by me.

El Madero Chiringuito

Info & Reviews » El Madero - (Estepona Town - La Rada Beach). A family run Argentinian bar serving fresh fish, meat & Tapas. The meat from the grill is excellent, but be prepared for a wait!

At the weekends in the Summer the family cook a paella which you can order by the portion starts at 3pm, very popular - be early or reserve! On Tuesday & Friday nights in the summer they host a live flamenco show.

Barloto Chiringuito

Info & Reviews » Barloto - (West of Estepona - Playa del Cristo). Perfectly located for our properties at Puerto Paraiso and the Belgravia Club. Also conveniently positioned for Lobon Beach, Villa Blanca and Chantry House.

A popular beach bar serving a Mediterranean menu of Paella, fish, salads & meat dishes.

Easy parking.

Lolailo Beach Bar

Info & Reviews » Lolailo - (West of Estepona - Playa del Cristo). Perfectly located for our properties at Puerto Paraiso and the Belgravia Club. Also conveniently positioned for Lobon Beach, Villa Blanca and Chantry House.

A laid back relaxing beach bar serving pasta, salads, meat & fish dishes. Often live music is played in the summer months. This is a perfect place to watch the sun go down while enjoying an early evening cocktail.

Easy parking

La Sal Beach Restaurant

Info & Reviews » La Sal - (West of Estepona - Sabanillas). Ideally located for Vista del Mar, Paraiso de la Bahia, Bay View & La Perla Beach apartments.

Another of my favourites -this is an excellent upmarket beach bar and very popular with tourists and locals. The clams cooked in brandy are interesting but the paella and fish kebabs are excellent. To avoid disappointment reserving a table and paella is recommended, especially at the weekends.

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