The beaches on the Costa del Sol are superb.
Most are very clean, the water is warm, and the restaurants along the beach front are superb for a leisurely lunch….bliss!
The town of Fuengirola has a long beachfront immediately adjacent to the paseo maritime that stretches
for over two kilometres. Incredibly busy in the summer months with huge amounts of noise and activity, not
the place to go for a quiet day in the sun!
But it is incredibly popular and has the main advantage of a large number of bars and restaurants only seconds away from the sand... and the activity goes on until late into the night.
Parking in the summer is almost impossible unless you get there very early.
Along from La Cala Beach is Butiplaya (sometimes referred to as Torrevieja Beach) at 35 meters wide and covering over 1,500 meters in length. Its orientation is southwest and like La Cala, has lifeguards during the summer months. This is a safe beach and is in a semi urban area, where there are usually holidaymakers or residents around during the whole year. This beach also has a high level of cleanliness and good facilities. There are showers for use all along the beach, as well as public toilets and changing facilities. The beach is accessible to the disabled and there is a parking area reserved for beach goers.
The usual beach beds and sunshades are available for rent, as well as lots of fun water sports from the humble ‘pedalo’ to the more exciting jet skis, water skiing and all the latest in water sports.
This is the longest of the Mijas Costa beaches at over 4,500 meters long and 25 meters wide. Since it is right at the foot of the large Sitio de Calahonda urbanization, it is a well used beach, with ramp access, many beach bars and lots of activity, but it also has some quieter corners for those who prefer a bit of piece and quiet. This beach is perfect for the whole family and caters for sunbathers, scuba divers and fishermen alike. It is a fairly straight line of beach with golden sand and plenty of beach beds and parasols for rent and a good choice of lively beach bars for refreshment and entertainment.
El Faro Beach
At the Calaburra point, El Faro beach has two steep rock face areas and over a 1,000 meter stretch of sandy beach. You can see most of the beach from the main road. It is popular with underwater swimming enthusiasts. There is a beach bar and sun beds for hire. This is also a favourite beach for people who like to fish from the shore and you will often see the long fishing rods set up late into the night and tents set up for an all night vigil, ensuring a fresh fish breakfast.
Like other beaches in along Mijas Costa, this one is kept as clean as possible with regular collection from the litter bins.
La Cala Beach (Las Doradas)
This 35 meter wide and almost 2,000 meter long beach, with south and south west orientation, won the E.U. Blue Flag award in 2002. Unlike some others on the coast La Cala maintains it's high standard and has kept a Blue Flag since 2002.
This is a lovely semi-urban beach in summer and winter alike, with a very nice promenade and plenty of good beach bars and restaurants along the way.
There are beach beds and parasols for hire, public toilets and changing facilities available and showers at various points along the beach, as well as numerous public telephones.
In the summer period there is a lifeguard service and the beach is accessible to the disabled. There is plenty of parking, but it can sometimes become difficult and congested at the peak of the high season in July and especially August. The hire of water sports gear is in abundance in summer, but less evident in from the end of October to Easter, when the beach is quieter. However, a warm December day sees many Christmas holidaymakers and residents soaking up the pleasant sunshine after a fine turkey lunch!