Andalucía and the Costa Del Sol is famous for its 800 km of sandy beaches and visiting them is the most popular recreational activity for its tourists and residents alike. The Costa Del Sol has some fantastic and cleanest beaches and water in the whole of Europe and many beaches get awarded each year with the Blue Flag.
The Costa Del Sol provides both bustle and tranquillity. There are beaches to suit all tastes whether you require entertainment for the kids or an all over tan with no strap marks. Some beach clubs provide access to a swimming pool and most have a shower. On many beaches even have exclusive restaurants overlooking the sea and most beaches have amazing Churinguitos (beach restaurants) cooking fantastic food that the sea breeze carries the aroma of barbequed sardines cooked in old fishing boats.
With 300 days of sunshine a year and the long Andalucían summers, means there will be plenty of time to explore many of the local beaches and find the one which will become your family's favourite.
Wide, open, white, sandy, dune backed beaches are typical of the Costa de la Luz in Cadiz Province, the most popular being the beach at Tarifa. Strong winds make it a mecca for surfers and many travel from afar to ride its white-crested waves. Sun seekers should take a windbreak to avoid being stung by wind-whipped sand.
If you are happier under the waves, the hidden coves of the Costa Tropical in Granada province will provide you with diving and snorkelling opportunities. If its peace and solitude you desire, the Costa de Almeria has deserted beaches where the only company you will find is that of the sea gulls.
In the winter months, even the busiest beaches are quiet and although the sea may be a tad chilly for most, it is often warm enough for a lazy snooze in the sun.
Beaches in Spain