Andalusia has 600 miles of sun-drenched coastline and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in southern Spain, not to mention the Mediterranean. Andalusia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, from the rugged deserts of Almeria, which have been featured in many Western films, to the Atlantic coastline of Cadiz, in the west. All can be enjoyed from various hotels nestled along the coastline. Looking to book something right now? Check our hotel rooms in Marbella.

Playa de Los Genoveses (Almeria)

Almeria’s sun-baked landscape has been the setting for many Western films, including Clint Eastwood’s classics. Playa de los Genoveses, located on the eastern shore of the vast Cabo de Gata Natural Park in southern Spain, is one of its most beautiful and rugged provinces. Los Genoveses is an unspoiled beach, so bring all the necessary equipment if you plan to spend an entire day there. There are no bars, shops, boat rental companies or toilets. Just 1,200 metres of white sand and undulating dunes with cacti and eucalyptus.

Playa Zahara de los Atunes (Cadiz)

Cadiz has some of the most beautiful beaches on Andalusia’s coast. Zahara de los Atunes is the most popular and famous, stretching southwards over 6 km from the tuna-fishing village it was named after. This beach is fully equipped, unlike Los Genoveses. It has chiringuitos, restaurants, bathrooms, and flags that show the state of the ocean. Zahara is known for its crystal-clear waters, which are similar to those of the Caribbean. Its vast expanses and privacy make it a favourite among Spanish politicians and celebrities.

Playa La Malagueta (Malaga)

The proximity of several excellent beaches to Malaga is one of its best features, especially during a hot summer day. Playa Malagueta, the nearest beach to Malaga, is just a 10-minute walk from the beautiful promenade along the port’s east side. The 0.6-mile-long man-made stretch is ideal for cooling off and soaking up the Andalusian sunshine before enjoying a meal or a drink in one of the excellent restaurants and bars along the nearby Paseo del Muelle Dos.

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Playa La Caleta (Malaga)

Playa Caleta is a city beach located a little east of Playa Malagueta. It’s known as the best-maintained beach in the region. Caleta is a great city beach that feels open, clean and open. Its pristine sands offer a beautiful view of the rugged, mountainous terrain surrounding Malaga. Caleta provides a variety of watersports and cools little beach bars that run along the length of its shoreline.

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Playa La Victora (Cadiz)

La Victoria is the best urban beach in Andalusia for bathing and beautiful views. This busy and popular strip of sand is the main “city beach” in Cadiz. It runs 2,800 metres along Andalusia’s Atlantic Coast and borders Paseo Maritimo. The lively promenade offers a great place to walk or gaze at the ocean while enjoying some of the best fish in Cadiz.

Playa de los Muertos (Almeria)

The “Beach of the Dead”, protected on both sides by dramatic black cliffs, is another of Almeria’s top attractions. The name may sound morbid, but a day on this beautiful stretch of sand is anything but gloomy. This beach, like the Playa de los Genoveses nearby (see above), has been untouched by man. You’ll see this as you trek through the dunes and scrubland for 15 minutes from the parking lot. Once you have set up camp, you can enjoy the most crystal-clear waters on the Algerian coastline.

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La Burriana (Malaga)

After baggage reclaims, sun-seeking tourists will head to Nerja. This charming former fishing village is an hour’s drive east along the coast. Playa Burriana, which dominates the coastline, has maintained its fishing-oriented atmosphere despite its popularity among tourists. Burriana is only half a mile long, but it has everything you need for a great day or evening on the beach. A row of chiringuitos serves some of the finest seafood, stunning views and watersports. All this and more can be found within a 15-minute walk from the town centre.

Playa de Maro (Malaga)

Playa de Maro, near the charming fishing village of the same name, is an excellent place for sunbathers who enjoy rugged scenery while catching some rays. Dramatic rock formations surround this small cove from where the famous Maro Falls cascades down the lush cliffside above. Maro is also renowned for diving and snorkelling because of the equally stunning underwater scenery.

Puerto Banus (Malaga)

You’re in another world if you travel less than 20 miles along the coast to the east of the unspoiled oasis of Estepona. Marbella is known as the most loud, brash and blingy destination along the south coast of Spain. It’s a favourite among the world’s billionaires and millionaires. Playa Puerto Banus, located 5.5 miles south of Marbella (the city), is one of the most popular beaches in the area. It offers a quieter atmosphere than the noisy and crowded beaches of Marbella. This clean, spacious beach runs the length of Puerto Banus’ flashy marina and is lined with stylish bars and restaurants.

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Nikki Beach (Malaga)

This famous beach (and resort, beach club, and even brand name) is located eight and a half miles from a city now known for its vulgar displays of wealth. Nikki has some of those elements (it is the only beach in this list with its own website full of glamorous events listings, for instance) but also boasts a beautiful stretch of coastline known for its crystal clear waters. As you can imagine, a day trip to Nikki is costly. However, it’s well worth the extra cost if you are in the area. Bring your own sun lounger unless you are feeling wealthy. The white leather sun loungers on the elevated decking can cost up to 300 Euros per day and seat 4 to 8 people.

Costa de Mijas (Malaga)

The beaches of Mijas are some of the best in the Costa del Sol for sunbathing and swimming. Mijas is named after Malaga’s iconic whitewashed town. Calahonda is the longest and most famous of these beaches, with a 2-and-a-half-mile stretch of yellow sand that meets a deep blue sea. It ends close to Nikki Beach in Marbella. Calahonda is an urbanization that attracts ex-pats who love its beaches and the fact that it’s located almost exactly halfway between Marbella (a party town) and Fuengirola (a party town called “Fuengi” by locals in Mijas).

Torremolinos Beaches

Torremolinos is not a package holiday destination that rivals the infamous Benidorm. Travellers who want to experience Andalusia authentically would look elsewhere. It’s an excellent place for beach lovers. The six beaches of this region are connected by a four-and-a-half mile-long promenade lined with palm trees. It offers stunning views both on the coast and inland. Playa de Bajondillo, the closest beach to Torremolinos, can be very busy. However, heading west along the promenade will bring you to quieter areas near the charming fishing village of La Carihuela.

Playa de Bolonia (Cadiz)

Playa de Boonia has survived even though many sections of Andalusia’s beautiful coast are now dominated by high-rise hotels and resorts. This white-sanded, immaculate beach faces the turquoise waters of Cadiz and is backed by the Bolonia Dune. This is one of the best Andalusia beaches for those who want to escape the tourist horde that has taken over the south Spanish coast.

Playa Capobino (Malaga)

Playa Cabopino in Marbella is the perfect place for anyone who enjoys lounging on the beach wearing only their birthday suit. Capobino is located about halfway between Marbella and Fuengirola. It’s a place that has a sand stretch reserved for nudists. It is also close to the Artrola Dunes and has a beautiful landscape. But you will likely be focused on other things.