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Delicious food, friendly locals, and a rich culture are just a few of the things that the Costa del Sol is famous for, but with more than 320 days of glorious sunshine each year, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the region’s sun-drenched beaches are also a big draw.

The Costa del Sol is home to a picturesque coastline that stretches over 150 kilometres and has over 100 golden beaches, so there are plenty of options. If you book a stay at one of our Costa del Sol hotels, you will be a short distance away from some of the best beaches in the area.

From family-friendly beaches and tranquil bays to long stretches of sand, which are lined with vibrant bars and eateries, there is so much choice, making it difficult to pick one to visit. In this guide, we look at some of the stunning Costa del Sol beaches you should add to your bucket list.

Playa Malapesquera, Benalmádena

Beach day with perfect blue sky at Benalmadena beach, Costa del Sol Spain

Playa Malapesquera, also known as Playa Torrebermeja, is regularly awarded a Blue Flag, a world-renowned award given to beaches that are well-managed with excellent water quality and environmental education programmes.

The beach is around 700 metres long and 50 metres wide, and it is famous for its ideal swimming conditions, thanks to its clear waters and moderate swells.

This is a dreamy spot with sand dunes and laid-back beach bars where you can soak up the sun and sea views in style. Playa Malapesquera is a good bet if you want to try your hand at some water sports as you can learn to stand-up paddleboard and surf, hire pedalos and kayak.

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Los Boliches, Fuengirola

Palm trees and beach promenade at Fuengirola Los Boliches Costa del Sol Spain

Los Boliches is a small fishing town on Fuengirola’s eastern side. This fascinating town has roots that date back to Phoenician and Roman times, and whilst its facilities and infrastructure have been improved, it still retains much of its original charm and is not dominated by high apartment blocks.

Fuengirola beaches on the Costa del Sol are famed for their beauty, but the Los Boliches beach, which has been awarded the Blue Flag, is certainly one to put on your bucket list. The beach is around two kilometres long, and its extensive beachfront promenade is lined with restaurants and shops.

You can rent sunbeds, beach umbrellas and paddleboats, and there are many water activities you can try during your visit. If you want an escape by the sea, the Ramada Hotel & Suites on the Costa del Sol is a lively beachside resort that is not far away from the Los Boliches beach and is just moments from buzzy Fuengirola.

Playa de Burriana (Burriana Beach), Nerja

Old fishing boats on Burriana Beach, Nerja Costa del Sol Spain

Burriana Beach is one of the most popular and well-known beaches on the Costa del Sol. The beach boasts a large expanse of fine, golden sand and the promenade is jam-packed with vibrant restaurants and beach bars. If you are visiting the beach with your family, you’ll be delighted to see that there are plenty of useful facilities such as showers, toilets, volleyball courts and play areas.

If you are a bit of a thrill-seeker, you can also rent jet skis and kayaks. Sea kayaking is a great way to explore the nearby beaches, such as Maro Beach, and to see if you can spot any marine wildlife.

Foodies are spoilt for choice with paella and a variety of other dishes on offer at the nearby restaurants. Alternatively, you could head into the buzzing town of Nerja, where there are hundreds of restaurants that are sure to satisfy your cravings.

Playa Cabopino, Marbella

Sunset at Playa Cabopino, Marbella Costa del Sol Spain

Marbella might be famed for its glitz and glamour, but it is home to some stunning beaches. Playa Cabopino is known for its natural and rugged beauty as it is part of the Dunas de Artola Nature Preserve.

The golden sand is great for playing beach games, and if you want a bite to eat or a drink in between your sea swims, you can head to the restaurants and bars that are just a short walk away.

Cristina, the travel writer behind My Little World of Travelling, says Playa Cabopino is one of her favourite Costa del Sol beaches: “There are many fantastic things to do in Marbella, and one of them is relaxing on its beautiful beaches. My favourite beaches are Playa Puerto Banus and Playa Cabopino.

“Playa Cabopino isn’t central, but it is usually more peaceful. It is also a beach worth visiting in winter because of its lovely dunes. You can go on the short Dunas de Artola walk while admiring the dunes and sea.”

Playa Puerto Banus, Marbella

Puerto Banus beach promenade, Marbella Spain

Puerto Banus Beach is located between the Puerto Banús Marina and the mouth of the Río Verde, and this semi-urban beach is hugely popular. It is regarded as one of the most exclusive beaches along the Costa del Sol as it is within a stone’s throw of the luxurious designer outlets and shops that Marbella is so famous for.

The golden sands of the beach offer you and your family plenty of space to relax or play games, and with a never-ending list of restaurants regarded among the best in Marbella, foodies are spoilt for choice.

Puerto Banus Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag by the European Foundation for Environmental Education, so you know you are heading to a well-maintained beach. Cristina from My Little World of Travelling says she also loves this beach: “Puerto Banus Beach is perfect for all types of travellers. It has amazing facilities, and it is in an excellent location; you are a short walk from Puerto Banus, home to shops and restaurants. Plus, you can take a sunset cruise once you visit the beach. The sea and mountain views are stunning.

“Costa del Sol is more than sun and beaches. You can have many cultural experiences like exploring a nearby traditional white-painted Andalusian village like Mijas, learning about the local wines in Ronda, and visiting important museums and art galleries like the Picasso Museum in Malaga.”

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Playa La Carihuela, Torremolinos

Sunbeds on Playa La Carihuela at sunset, Torremolinos Costa del Sol

This is the largest beach in Torremolinos, and its perfect swimming conditions and clear waters make it one of the most popular destinations for beach holidays on the Costa del Sol.

The long, wide sandy beach means there is plenty of space to sunbathe and relax or to play games with the family. The promenade that runs along the beach is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat or to enjoy a drink, and it is also a popular spot for cyclists and runners.

The beach is within walking distance of Torremolinos, so you can easily do a spot of shopping during your visit. But that’s not all; there are so many restaurants near the beach, and if you walk around, you can see the different types of traditional Andalusian cuisine on offer.

Visiting Costa del Sol beaches yourself

Wyndham Grand Costa del Sol SBH apartment terrace with sea view

Hopefully, this guide has given you an insight into some of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol and what makes them so special. If you want to enjoy a holiday on the Costa del Sol, take a look at Wyndham Costa del Sol resort by IDILIQ Hotels & Resorts, where you can choose from a variety of suites and apartments to suit every taste and budget and make use of top-notch facilities.

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