From Malaga to Marbella, the Spanish coastline has all kinds of beaches to choose from. Whether your idea of a perfect afternoon is sunning yourself on a lounger as the waves lap at the shoreline or you’re an adventure-seeker looking for the best scuba dive launch spots, the region of Mijas Costa has something for everyone.
Although they can get busy during peak season, even the most popular beaches quieten down over the months before and after, leaving them open to the offbeat travellers. The area boasts sheltered stretches of sand great for a relaxing day out to rockier areas with towering cliffs that make for great photo opportunities.
Discover the top beaches to choose from around the beautiful Spanish shore.
This one’s a crowd-pleaser. A relaxing 320-metre long sandy curve that leads into a calm bay, ending in a small rocky cliff. The combination of shelter and gradual sloping makes it a popular place for scuba divers, snorkelers and even underwater swimmers. Sunbeds are also available to hire, while the small beach bar is great for snacks and drinks.
Playa Peñon del Cura
If you are looking for some underwater fun and interested in trying your hand at scuba diving, Playa Peñon del Cura is the place to go. It might appear rugged and rocky, but conditions are excellent for this water sport. It also leads into the vast stretch of sandy shoreline, El Faro, meaning you can combine a morning of adventure with an afternoon of sunbathing. Best of both worlds!
As mentioned above, this part of the coast is a sun-seeker’s paradise. Boasting over 1,000 metres of well-maintained sand, it’s popular amongst tourists and locals alike. You’ll often see fishermen set up in the afternoon and fish long into the night: fresh fish for breakfast, anyone? There’s a lovely laidback atmosphere here and definitely a must-visit on your trip.
Playa Del Chaparal
It’s a good thing that this spot is a literal hidden gem. Playa Del Chaparal, otherwise known as Playa Naturista, is the area’s dedicated nudist beach. So, if you feel like letting it all go this holiday, make your way here where you can let it all hang out and enjoy the fresh sea air with like-minded holiday-makers! Of course, you don’t have to take your clothes off to have a good time here – it’s also perfect for snorkelling and there’s a welcoming beach bar that serves up tasty food and rents out sunbeds.
Playa La Cala de Mijas
Beautiful in both winter and summer, this 2,000 metre long beach is well-equipped for travellers of all types. Thanks to the pleasant promenade lined with bars and restaurants, there is a buzzing atmosphere around this part of the coastline, making a great choice for evening strolls (or swims, if you can brave the cold!).
This is also ideal for thrill-seekers in the summer when all sorts of water sports gear is available to hire in abundance.
Last, but by no means least, Calahonda is Mijas Costa’s longest beach, offering up over 4,500 metres of golden sand. By far the most popular of all the beaches mentioned, the central location right at the foot of the city makes it a hub of activity. It’s a great spot to mingle with the locals or get to know other visitors over a drink at one of the nearby beach bars. However, there are also a few quieter spots for those looking to get away from the crowds.
Where to Stay
Casa Luz del Faro – This guest house offers modest luxury with all rooms featuring either a sea or mountain view. Enjoy the views on the sun terrace and take a dip in the outdoor pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout this accommodation as well as parking space.
Costabonita – Excellently situated, this homestay is ideal for travellers in search of wonderful views and seclusion. There’s free Wi-Fi, a private terrace and even a private outdoor pool to be enjoyed on those hotter days. For active travellers, you’ll find options for cycling in the surrounding area.
How to Get There
Flights are frequent from the UK to Malaga Airport and there a numerous airlines to choose from, all offering affordable prices. You’ll reach your destination in under three hours. I recommend that following your flight you take a pre-booked shuttle ride to your accommodation to ensure a smooth start to your holiday.
- UK to AGP Flight Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
- AGP to Malaga Transfer Distance: 33 kilometres
- Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: 29 minutes
About Shuttle Direct
As the leading provider of airport transfer services operating throughout Europe and North Africa, Shuttle Direct is a reputable and reliable shuttle company that will ensure that your holiday starts and ends the best way possible. Our friendly drivers are dedicated to getting you to where you need to be on time and safely.