One of the main attractions of the Costa del Sol is the great variety of its beaches. Bathed by the incredibly blue waters of the Mediterranean sea, and enjoying more than 320 days of sun, each year, the area boasts a total of 161 kilometers of coast, running from Manilva to Nerja.
Beaches on the Western Costa del Sol
There are around 90 kilometres of beaches on the Western Costa del Sol. This area comprises the towns to the west of the capital of the area, Málaga. The city beaches stand out for the range of services on offer and are all fully equipped. You can find everything you need to enjoy the very best in sun and sea experiences. Particular highlights include Malapesquera, a regular Blue Flag winner, and Fuengirola.
With an area of 1,500 meters long and 60 meters wide, Los Álamos Beach in Torremolinos is extremely popular with young people looking for exciting nightlife, where you will find the most fashionable beach clubs, and days and nights of non-stop fun. It also hosts an annual beach festival in the beginning of August.
Beaches in Málaga
Málaga’s city beaches are generally easily accessible, and, being so close to the city centre, they have a wide range of services on offer. Malagueta Beach is right next to the city’s old quarter and there are others further away from the main tourist area such as Pedregalejo Beach, in the capital’s eastern district. The latter is located in a traditional fishing district, with a unique charm and some of the best beach bars on the Costa del Sol, where you can try Málaga’s legendary fried fish. A piece of advice: don’t leave without tasting the famous espeto de sardinas, char-grilled sardine skewers, in one of its beach bars.
Beaches on the Eastern Costa del Sol
The beaches of the eastern Costa del Sol, in the region of Axarquía, enjoy some unique features. Many of them offer marvellous views of mountain ranges, rugged cliffs typical of this area and beautiful coves. An absolute must if you come to the Costa del Sol. Amongst the beaches that are not to be missed are those of Torrox, whose particular terrain means it is known as having the best climate in Europe.
Nerja is another location with outstanding beaches, and especially the beach at Burriana is a great option if you want to chill out on a city beach.
Cover photo: East Málaga, via Wikipedia Commons