Best beaches near Andalucia

Top beaches in south Portugal

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1. Albufeira beaches – located around 90 kms from the Spanish border. One of the most popular beaches in Portugal located in the touristy Albufeira. The city boasts a number of restaurants, beach bars, kids facilities, shops and most importantly easily accessible wide beaches. This makes Albufeira a great choice for family holidays. The Albuferia beaches are well-known for fine golden sand and stunning coastline full dotted with fancy cliffs.

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2. Olhos de Agua beach – located around 85kms from the Spanish border. Stunning beach famous for amazing tall cliffs and spectacular sand. The beach is accessed by wooden steps. Olhos de Agua beach offers amazing views from the top of the cliffs – great spot for photographers.

3. Quarteira beaches – located around 78 kms from the Spanish border. Fantastic wide long beaches, with long promenade, located in the city of Quarteira which itself provides plenty of entertainment and shoreline accommodation to the tourists. The Quarteira beaches boast several breakwaters which make the water very safe for swimming. Another top spot for summer family holidays.

 

Top beaches on Costa Calida in Murcia

1. La Manga strip in Mar Menor – located around 95 kms from the Andalucia border. The Minor Sea is Europe’s largest lagoon and the La Manga beaches have been dubbed ‘a heaven between two seas.’La Manga boasts shallow and warm waters, perfect for young kids and older people. There is lots of restaurants around and a nice promenade. La Manga can get a bit busy in the summer in which case head for the nearby and much quieter Los Narejos beach.

2. Calblanque beach – located around 100kms from the Andalucia border. Situated in the nature reserve, Calblanque Natural Park, the beach stretches for more than 13 kms. The beach is quite popular among nudists and is characterised by wildlife, golden sand, sandbank sand rocky bays. If you are looking for a perfectly tranquil unspoiled beach, that’s one of the best places to go on Costa Calida. To access the beach take exit 800 on the A7 road between Alicante and Cartagena.In general, it is quite difficult to access.

3. Bolnuevo beach – located around 40kms from the Andalucia border. The 1,5 km long idyllic beach located in a small fishing village, just 6 kms from the town of Mazarron. Well-maintained, almost unspoilt. The Mazarron area boasts more than 30 km of amazing beaches full of small bays and cliffs, waiting to be explored.

 

Best beaches in Cabo de Gata

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Natural Park Cabo de Gata boasts several marvellous beaches.  Devoid of the massive tourist development, the spectacular Cabo de Gata park has managed to preserve it’s natural beauty and it’s virgin beaches are real pearls.

Amazing mountain views, colourful cliffs, volcanic rock formations, sub-desert lunar landscape, both pebbled and sandy beaches and crystal clear water. All this you will find on the Cabo de Gata coastline.

Most popular beaches in Cabo de Gata

1. Los Muertos beach – northernmost of the beaches in Cabo de Gata. The access to the beach is very difficult, definitely not suitable for elderly people. You need to park your car on the top of a hill (the fee in summer season is 4 Euros) and from the parking place there is a 1 kilometre long trail down the rocky slope which leads straight to the beach. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the beach.

The northern side of the beach is dominated by nudists, the southern part is for other beach goers. The water is crystal-clear, but the waves can be big sometimes. Because the beach is located in a very remote place it’s never overcrowded. In fact, off-season it is mostly empty.

There are no beach bars or any other facilities at the beach, so don’t forget to bring plenty of water as well some sun protection. There is no sand, only pebbles everywhere, which makes the water crystal-clear and very enjoyable.

Tip for photographers: the best view of the Los Muertos beach is available from the balcony viewpoint towering over the beach. There is a very steep path connecting the balcony with the beach, so if you are a fit, you can try reaching the beach this way.

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2. El Playazo beach – is located near the village of Rodalquilar. Unlike many beaches in Cabo de Gata, this beach can be accessed very easily by car which makes it a great family beach. The narrow half paved half dirt road (no stones) leads straight to the small parking place at the beach. In high season most people park their cars along the road. The beach features ruins of the eighteenth century San Ramon’s Castle.

The small northern part of the beach, divided from the main beach by big rocks, is popular among the nudists. The main beach is or the regular beach goers. The water is very peaceful and shallow everywhere, so the beach can be recommended to the families with kids. It’s a sandy beach, another argument to bring your kids here!

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3. Monsul beach – is located in the southern part of Cabo de Gata, past the village of San Jose. This sandy beach with nice shallow water has no beach facilities as it is located in the nature park.

Playa de Monsul is a volcanic beach boasting some amazing rock formations. On sunny days the oddly shaped rocks give plenty of shade to the beach goers. The unique beauty of the beach made it popular among film directors and producers of commercials. For example, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade by Steven Spielberg were filmed here.

To access Monsul beach you will have to drive a couple of kilometres on an uneven dirt road punctuated with small rocks. Drive very slowly, or else it will be a nightmare for you cars’ suspension, unless you are driving an SUV.

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4. Los Genoveses beach – the access road is the same as to the Monsul beach, luckily, however, much shorter. Turn left at the first fork in the dirt road to get to the Los Genoveses beach, the path on the right leads further to the Monsul.

Los Genoveses is a very long sandy beach, great for families with kids as the water is shallow and warm. No beach facilities are available. It’s often frequented by nudists. Playa Los Genoveses is located about 2 kilometres from the village of San Jose, so you can also get there by local bus (2 Euros), but you will still have to walk some distance from the bus stop.

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5. Cabo de Gata beach – nice beach located south of the small town Cabo de Gata, only 20 kilometres from Almeria. The beach is easily recognizable by a big fenced lighthouse, and it’s very easily accessible as there are no hills around. The parking is located almost on the beach itself. The town’s paseo maritimo with two or three restaurants is located some 200 metres form the beach. It’s a calm pleasant beach with very few people coming here even in high season.

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6. Las Salinas wetlands – it’s not exactly a beach, but the place deserves a closer look if you are nearby on the beach. If you are a birdwatcher this is a must stop. It’s located just next to Cabo de Gata local beach.

The place is a resting place for all kinds of birds, both migrating and resident, nearly 100 species. In summer, the lagoon swarms with migrating Greater Flamingos which can be quite a sight. There are a couple of observing points located around the reservoir and the whole place is fenced to make sure you do not disturb the birds.

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Los Canos de Meca

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Los Canos de Meca is a quiet little seaside village located between Barbate and Conil de la Frontera. Sandwiched between Atlantic and large pine forests and cliffs, the village seems a little secluded from the outside world. The name of the village – caños – comes from the fresh water springs that emerge from the nearby cliffs. Los Canos de Meca is also quite popular among nudists.

Western side of Los Canos

Los_Canos_Faro_de_Trafalgar_beach_630x400Once you are in Los Canos de Meca, you will quickly notice a tall white lighthouse that overlooks beaches in the western part of the village. It’s the landmark of the famous Cape Trafalgar, where the Battle of Trafalgar was fought in 1805. In the sea battle that lasted less than three hours, outnumbered and outgunned, Admiral Nelson defeated the combined forces of the French and Spanish Navies. Because of the defeat, Napoleon abandoned his plans to invade Great Britain which soon became the world’s dominant colonial power.

Los-Canos_de_meca_Lighthouse_at_Cape_Trafalgar_630x400Another reason to visit Cape Trafalgar are some nice seashore rock formations on  Playa del Faro de Trafalgar, popular among nudists. Cape Trafalgar provides a great view of the Zahora beach to the west .Zahora beach is a beautiful tranquil and wide beach with golden sand, shallow water, perfect for families and most importantly never overcrowded. The main beach in the western side of Los Canos is the long east-facing Marisucia beach, located along the way to the lighthouse. It is popular among both families and young people, however tends to get a bit dirty after seaweeds are washed onshore by strong Levante.

Eastern side of Los Canos

Los_canos_de_meca_Zahora_beach_630x400The eastern part of Los Canos boasts a small cosy beach closer to the centre and a wider beach backed by cliffs on the outskirts of the village. From here you can also go for a hiking route that leads up through the pine forest to the old watch tower Torre del Tajo nestled on a 100 metre tall cliff. Once you reach the top you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the sunny coast and sensational cliffs. From the top you can also hike down to Barbate.Los-Canos_de_meca-Local_beach_630x400

Best windsurfing in Andalucia

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Spain is definitely the best country in Europe for windsurfing. Thousands of kilometres of coastline, warm climate almost all year round and excellent winds statistics.  Have a look at our ranking of the best beaches for windsurfing in Spanish Andalucia.

Top windsurfing spots on Costa de La Luz

1. Tarifa windsurfingPlaya de los Lances is one of the favourite spots for windsurfing in the Andalusian capital of water sports. You will find here lots of kitesurfers and windsurfers all year round. Another very busy spot, bordering Los Lances beach, is Playa de Valdevaqueros. In Tarifa, you will find lots of windsurfing schools and renting shops. Recommended to everyone.surf_sport_320x200

2. El Palmar near Conil de la Frontera windsurfing – very long beach, nearly 5 kilometre long, with good surfing schools. It is directly exposed to the wind what makes it absolutely excellent for windsurfers and surfers.

3. Ayamonte windsurfing – located at the border between Spain and Portugal, the tranquil and peaceful Ayamonte offers excellent conditions for windsurfers. The sandy beaches of Isla Canela provide a beautiful backdrop for windsurfing. Because of the proximity of Atlantic Ocean the currents and winds tend to be much stronger here. Recommended to experienced windsurfers.

4. Valdelagrana windsurfing – in Puerto de Santa Maria, near Cadiz – large beach, nearly 2 kilometre long, very popular among windsurfers from Cadiz. There are some good chiringuitos and restaurants near the beach. There is a big parking available there as well.

5. Chiclana de la Frontera windsurfing – nearly 6 kilometre long Playa de la Barrosa is another great windsurfing spot. The winds are moderate here, so it might be a good sport for beginners.

6. Embalse de Bornos windsurfing – big reservoir near Arcos de la Frontera might be a good choice for beginners.

Top windsurfing spots on Costa Tropical

1. La Herradura windsurfing  – near Almuñécar on the Costa Tropical  – tropical vegetation, beautiful virgin landscape all around you, wide beaches and the blue Mediterranean sea. All this has helped La Herradura become the capital of water sports on Costa Tropical. You will find here windsurfing schools, shops with equipment quality chiringuitos and great atmosphere for windsurfers.

2. Roquetas de Mar windsurfing, near Almeria – this popular resort, boasting more than 10 kilometres of beaches, has become increasingly popular among windsurfers in the recent years. Recommended for beginners.

Fuengirola

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Fuengirola is a nice holiday resort located just 15 minutes drive from Malaga airport. It’a perfect summer desitnation for everyone: families, couples or singles. Funegoriola boasts some of the best beaches in the area, beautiful yacht-filled marina, good range of restaurants including many British and some good value for money hotels.

Fuengirola is a good choice if you want explore Costa del Sol. The town is conveniently located close both to motorway and coastal roads, so that you can get to the nearby Marbella, Mijas or Benalmadena in a matter of minutes. Popular coastal train service also runs from Malaga through Torremolinos and Benalmadena to Fuengirola. But there is no shortage of top-quality attractions in Fuengirola itself. Lovely Castle of Sohail on a hill overlooking the sea, Bioparc Fuengirola with wild animals, large water park and more.

If you are a keen golfer, Fuengirola can be a perfect starting point to discover and explore Costa del Golf. Fuengirola is surrounded by numeorus quality golf courses: inland from the town, in the direction of Marbella, and on the coastal road to Malaga.

Fuengirola – nearest destinations: Marbella, Benalmadena

Estepona

 

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Ship in the roundabout in Estepona

Estepona is a small idyllic town on Costa del Sol. It’s conveniently located half an hour drive both from Gibraltar and Marbella. This peaceful city is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja Mountains which guard Estepona from rough weather ensuring more than 320 sunny days per year.

Estepona boasts very pleaseant and well taken care of beachfront, quite close to the city centre. There is a pretty promenade lined wih palm trees and flowers, outdoor gym-fitness parks, a cycling alley, fountains and more attractions. The picturesque small bay of Playa el Christo is especially popular among families with small kids. This south facing beach with reallu shallow waters and golden sand enjoys sunshine nearly all day in summer months.

Popular El Cristo beach

Popular El Cristo beach

Estepona’s maze of streets, plazas and patios is filled with all the attractions of traditional Spanish town yet with a delicate modern international touch. One of the streets in the centre leads to the beautiful Orchidarium, a must see for flower enthuasiasts. The town also boasts an amazing collection of wall murals. Nice evening bars, restaurants with seafood, chirignuitos, clubs, or fish markets are abundand in Estepona, but you won’t find here commercial centres of colourful nighclubs.

Beachfront playground near the centre of Estepona

Beachfront playground near the centre of Estepona

Are you and your family looking for a quiet place for lazy summer holidays on Costa del Sol? If the answer is ‘Yes’, Estepona might be exactly what you are looking for. Booking accommodation in Estepona is a good choice, if you are planning golf holidays. There are a couple of courses near Estepona, or the nearby Sotogrande. Since Estepona is much closer to Gibraltar than to Malaga, flying to Gib might be the best choice.

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Selwo Aventura in Estepona


Located at the entrance of Estepona, close to the main Costa del Sol road, there is the spectacular Selwo Aventura safari park. Selwo Aventura boasts more than 2000 animals from every corner of the world that live on a one million square meters site.

This popular Estepona family attraction boasts a Bird Canyon, home to rare and endangered species of birds, which is the largest natural aviary in Europe. The attractions are plentiful and varied. There is a “monkey island”, the Central Village full of large animals such as giraffes, elephants, rhinoceros and a lion, large enclosure with beautiful flamingos, amazing cave cave full of bats, the camel ride, face-painting, hanging bridges, zip line and much more!

Unlike many others safari parks and zoos, in Selwo Aventura you can get really close to the wildlife. You will surely notice small goats or peacocks roaming freely in the park. Moreover, the enclosures are large and the viewpoints located in a such a way to allow visitors approaching and observing the animals from different angles, and sometimes even to touch them.

Make sure to arrive early at Selwo Aventura, as it can take a whole day to visit the park. Take something to eat with you or buy a snack or meal in one of the restaurants inside. Selwo Aventura is a great idea for a one-day family adventure. Avoid visiting in the peak of summer, as the heat can be difficult to bear!

Estepona – nearest destinations: Sotogrande, Marbella

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Conil de la Frontera

Spanish beach paradise

Conil de la Frontera is a popular beach resort located on Costa del la Luz, 35 kilometers east of Cadiz. Conil’s greatest appeal lies in more than 14 kilometres of magnificent vast beaches, characterised by beautiful sheltered coves, boasting crystal clear water and delicate golden sand. Other attractions of Conil include a lovely sea promenade, beautiful cobbled streets in the idyllic white town centre and the main square with some excellent restaurants and the nearby the Guzman tower.

Sunbathing, strolling, hiking, snorkelling, swimming, surfing – the versatile coastaline of Coast of the Light near Conil is perfect for anyone. The beaches of Conil are ideal for quiet summer family holidays, for beach & fun holidays with friends as well as for surfing holidays. Conil is very popular among Spanish holidaymakers. It remains very quiet most of the time, but as summer kicks into gear the town centre is bustling with activity. If sea, sun and sand is what you are looking for, book your holidays in Spanish Conil.

Best beaches in Conil de la Frontera

La Fontanilla – very close to the centre, very long beach, very popular among families, with some good beach bars and restaurants, well equipped with beach facilities (sun loungers, toilets, showers changing rooms etc.).

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Los Bateles beach – another popular beach, beautifully located where the Río Salado flows into the sea, loved by the locals, especially families with kids, abounds in bars and restaurants, lots of waterfront accommodation available.

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Roche beach – very clean, about 5 kms from the centre, northern-most beach in Conil, probably least-crowded beach, plenty of parking place in different parts of the beach, large waves make it also a great surfing beach, only a few bars close to the beach.

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Castilnovo beach – 2 kilometre long most southern rural beach, only a few people come here, no direct parking space so can be difficult to access, great for kitesurfers and windsurfers alike. PARKINH HINT: park the car on C/Boqueron and cross the bridge to access the beach quickly. Castilnovo beach borders with El Palmar beach which belongs to Vejer the la Frontera.

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Fuente del Gallo beach – located in northern parts of Conil, because of the strong winds recommended to windsurfers and surfers, no infrastructure. At high tide the Atlantic covers almost the whole beach, which you may enjoy or you may not. Great views from the cliffs that surround the beach and greta sunsets!

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Cala de Aceite – peaceful small beach near the Conil fishing port, located in a spectacular spot with cliff stairs leading down to the beach, probably the most beautiful beach in Conil, popular among nudists, no infrastructure. The northern stretch of coastline from Fuente del Gallo beach to Roche beach abounds in small naturist bays and coves. Cala de Aceite is the biggest and most spectacular of them all.

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Conil de la Frontera – nearest destinations: Cadiz, Vejer de la Frontera, Barbate.

Closest airport: Jerez de la Frontera.

Calahonda

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Sitio de Calahonda is a small popular tourist resort located along the coastal road from Marbella to Fuengirola. Calahonda is full of British and German tourists seeking excellent beaches, golf courses and active holidays. 

The quiet Puerto Cabopino is a popular attraction in Sitio de Calahonda. It’s one of the most beautiful marinas on Costa del Sol. The nearby blue flag sandy Cabopino beach is one the most picturesque beaches on Costa del Sol.  It’s a perfect family beach with many waterfront restaurants.

Tennis courts, squash courts, padel courts, lawn bowls, swimming pools. Calahonda is also an ideal destination for active holidays as well. Within a short distance from the resort there are some great golf courses including Miraflores Golf Club, Calanova Golf Club,or Club del Golf el Chaparral.

Sitio de Calahonda is full of pine trees which add to the town’s charm and provide plenty of shade on sunny days.

 Calahonda – nearest destinations: Marbella, Fuengirola.

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Bolonia

Top ranked Bolonia beach

Large bay with shallow warm water, perfect white sand, the opportunity to run down the sand dunes, one of the largest in Europe. Your kids will fall in love with the Bolonia beach!

There is something for adults as well. First of all, there is plenty of free parking space, a couple of nice restaurants with a splendid view of the beach. Roman Ruins of Baelo Claudio are in a walking distance from the beach .

Bolonia – nearest destinations: Tarifa, Zahara de los Atunes

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Cadiz

 

Cadiz, one of the oldest cities not only in Spain but also in Europe, is first of all a perfect choice for anyone seeking cultural pleasures. You would surprised to know the history written in the walls of Cadiz. It was from this ancient Atlantic port that Cristopher Colmbus set sail on his second voyage! Read More…