If sandy toes and salty kisses are a key element of your holiday, then head for the Costa del Sol with its miles of sandy beaches dotted with beach bars.
Some of the coast’s best beaches are waiting for you at Select Marina Park, where you can sunbathe, enjoy watersports and the fresh, healthy Andalusian cuisine.
The beach front in Fuengirola stretches for 7kms, separated into different beach names. Carvajal beach at the far end of the promenade has fine golden sand and there is plenty of space before the waves lap the shore, making it ideal for families with small children. There’s no need to go far though, all the beaches are family friendly. Beach bars (chiringuitos) are plentiful, so you can indulge in paella and sangria for your lunchtime treat.
El Faro Beach, Mijas
Walking distance from Select Marina Park, El Faro Beach is as the name suggests close to the lighthouse. Less crowded than many of the main beaches, there are great views along the coast. A great place to disconnect, there’s somewhere to eat and drink too!
Atrola-Cabopino Beach, Marbella
With sand dunes and close to the fishing port of Cabopino for delicious lunches and refreshing sundowners, there is also a nudist area. The protected natural area are the Artola dunes presents the opportunity to read a good book in the sun in a unique natural landscape. From Cabopino you can stroll along the boardwalk to La Cala and stop off at little coves along the way.
El Faro Beach, Marbella
A blue flag beach, El Faro is in the heart of Marbella and has a great summer atmosphere. It is petite but with a lot of beach front restaurants to choose from you can sample the local tapas before heading back to the old town and shade from the heat of the mid-afternoon sun in the beautiful Plaza de Naranjos.
Puerto Banus Beach, Marbella
Found by the most exclusive marina in the Mediterranean, Puerto Banus beach looks towards the beach of Rio Verde and La Concha mountain. This beach has great service with beach clubs and cafes. This is the glamour beach with the world’s celebrities passing through the port town.
For white sands and surf-loving winds, Tarifa is where it’s at. Around a 90 minute drive, Tarifa is nonetheless worth the distance if water sports and paradise-like beaches are for you.
Playa de los Lances is 10 km of white sand which is a Naturally Protected Area and well-equipped with public toilets, showers and changing rooms, lifeguards, first aid points, restaurants and beach bars. The relaxed vibe of Playa de Valdevaqueros is due to its predominantly young crowd there for the white sands, deep blue water, kite-surf zone and wind surf zone.