Top 25+ Andalusia Beaches

Andalucia is Spain's southernmost region with gorgeous sandy beaches on which much of Spanish tourism is grounded. From east to west, this 621-mile-long coastline (1000km) runs along the Mediterranean coast taking in the Costas: Costa Almeria, Costa Tropical, Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz. Beaches range from endless stretches of golden sand to tiny rocky coves and sandy bays.

The most diverse and interesting beaches are found along the coast of Almeria. They are also the least crowded. Sandy coves line the rocky coast of Granada Province (Costa Tropical) before giving way to the iconic Costa del Sol. This highly developed area from Torremolinos to Marbella has endless sandy beaches lined with promenades, bars, cafés and high-rise apartments. Incidentally, it has more jet skis per capita than anywhere else in Europe!

From Easter to late September, sunbathing is the main occupation as Andalucia's beaches attract over 12 million sun-worshippers every year. The most popular playas are uniformly covered in sun loungers with colourful umbrellas. Beach activities include swimming, boating, banana boat rides, parasailing, fishing, and did we mention sunbathing?

In contrast, the peaceful Costa de la Luz stretching to Portugal's border has long sandy beaches backed by dunes and pine woods.

  • Bolonia // Costa de la Luz


    In the province of Cadiz in Andalucia are the white sands of Bolonia beach which stretch out far along the coastline. Untouched and secluded, the soft sandy beach is backed by the remains of the Roman city of Baelo Claudia, which are worth exploring.

    There is also a nudist section of the beach at the southern end of the bay.

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  • Playa de los Alemanes // Costa de la Luz

    Playa de los Alemanes

    Located next to the village of Zahara isPlaya de los Alemanes, a largely unspoilt stretch of golden sand. Reaching about 1,500 metres (a mile) in width, the beach would never get crowded, even if it was on the beaten track.

    Backed by a gently sloping hillside dotted with upmarket villas the wide bay still retains much of its natural appeal. There isn't much in the way… read more »

  • Playa de Caños de Meca // Costa de la Luz

    Playa de Caños de Meca

    The south facing beach of Caños de Meca (named after its nearest settlement) is a relatively narrow but exceptionally long stretch of golden sand running for close to three kilometres.

    Around 16 kilometres southwest of Vejer, it is located in a stunning area of natural beauty, situated between cliffs that climb to a height of 100 metres and the Trafalgar lighthouse. What's more, it's backed… read more »

  • Playa del Cañuelo

    Playa del Cañuelo

    Playa del Cañuelo is a shingle beach some 400 metres in length. Situated on the border between Malaga and Granada, it is within Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo nature reserve. It's location within this protected region of coastline ensures there's no rampant development. Instead, visitors to the beach will find a couple of well-regarded restaurants catering for all your food and drink needs, as well… read more »

  • Playa la Victoria // Costa de la Luz

    Playa la Victoria
    © joserpizarro/123RF

    Undoubtedly one of the most popular beaches in Cadiz, Playa la Victoria is a favourite with locals as well as visitors to the area. A beach sitting firmly within the city limits, its 2.8-kilometre length is matched by a promenade alongside it that hosts hotels, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

    The beach itself comprises a good width of near-white sands facing out into the Atlantic, with… read more »

  • Zahara de los Atunes // Costa de la Luz

    Zahara de los Atunes
    Luis Rogelio HM

    Also going by the name of Playa el Carmen, Zahara de los Atunes is never unduly over crowded, even during the peak summer months, thanks largely to its sheer size. Stretching for more than six kilometres, its dune-like landscape of fine sand is backed by low cliffs, coastal flora, and unobtrusive villas.

    Offering waters so clear they have been awarded a Blue Flag, Zahara de… read more »

  • Cabo de Gata (San Miguel) // Costa de Almería

    Cabo de Gata (San Miguel)
    José Antonio JG
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  • La Caleta // Costa del Sol

    La Caleta

    Facing roughly south into the bright waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Malaga's La Caleta beach is located in the upmarket area of the city that goes by the same name.

    Situated between Baños del Carmen and La Malagueta, its darker sands have a width averaging 25 metres, and a length stretching to a kilometre.

    Among the sands, visitors will find areas with… read more »

  • La Rijana // Costa Tropical

    La Rijana

    Accessed via a stepped path running down through coastal cliffs, Playa La Rijana is made up of a small stretch of dark – almost grey – sand and pebbles roughly 250 by 50 metres in size. Otherwise entirely enclosed by the cliffs that surround it and hold the road, its attractive situation among rocky coastline offers a feeling of seclusion.

    Located between the small towns… read more »

  • Malagueta Beach // Costa del Sol

    Malagueta Beach

    One of the closest beaches to Malaga, Malagueta Beach sits comfortably within the city limits, just five minutes by car, or a 20-minute walk from the centre of the city. Buses also regularly ply the route, although there's a good amount of parking nearby.

    Running parallel to the promenade named after Malaga native Pablo Picasso, Malagueta lies east of the port, and boasts an area… read more »

  • Playa Burriana // Costa del Sol

    Playa Burriana
    © Manfred Zajac

    Playa Burriana is a large sandy beach in Nerja that stretches for around 800 metres in length, and averages 40 metres in width. It has been awarded the European Union's Blue Flag for cleanliness and facilities on multiple occasions, as well as being a repeat recipient of Spain's equivalent Q for quality award.

    Seeing thousands of local and foreign visitors each year, Playa Burriana has excellent… read more »

  • Playa Calahonda // Costa Tropical

    Playa Calahonda
    © Rober Martinez

    The last beach on the Costa Tropical before it turns into the Costa Almeria, Playa Calahonda lies south of Granada around a small village of the same name that manages to maintain an authentic regional air and lacks the large hotel developments of elsewhere on the Andalusian coast.

    Protected by a headland on its eastern side, and with cliffs to its rear, the beach is a… read more »

  • Playa Cantarriján // Costa Tropical

    Playa Cantarriján

    Situated just west of La Herradura, Playa Cantarriján is comprised of two areas of sand divided by a large formation of rock that looks almost as if it has tumbled from the surround of stunning tree-covered cliffs.

    One of Andalusia's more virgin beaches, Playa Cantarriján lies within the boundaries of the Paraje Natural de los Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo nature reserve, limiting the amount of… read more »

  • Playa de Artola // Costa del Sol

    Playa de Artola
    Olaf Tausch

    Playa de Artola lies at the eastern end of Marbella, running west away from the elegant Cabopino Marina on an area of coast known as the Punta Ladrones (Thieves' Point). However, unlike most beaches in Marbella, Playa de Artola is not surrounded by large hotel complexes. Instead, it sits among rolling dunes that have been a protected Spanish national space since 2001.

    Though quite narrow,… read more »

  • Playa de Castilla // Costa de la Luz

    Playa de Castilla

    Laying claim to the record as one of the longest continuous beaches to be found anywhere in Spain, Playa de Castilla runs for an impressive 20 kilometres of near-untouched seafront. Backed by attractive cliffs and the sand dunes of Doñana National Park, it is only accessible by vehicle from a couple of specific points. These are via the facilities-rich Playa de Matalascañas,… read more »