In general, we assume that the beaches of Malaga on the Costa del Sol are crowded, with sand covered by multicoloured umbrellas and bodies on the sand taking sunbaths. However, we can find some less popular spots than the traditional Torremolinos or Fuengirola beaches. In my opinion, some of the best beaches of Malaga are not that easy to get to. Personally, it was a very pleasant surprise to discover not so long ago, the coves to the east of Malaga. In the main photo, for example, we see the Calahonda beach in Nerja.
The rocky profile gives a difficult to access the beaches, having steep stairways leading from the car park down to the beach. Nevertheless, although the return journey from the beach back to the car is tough, it is worthwhile checking out these little beaches in between rock formations. We especially recommend the Maro beach . A lot of beaches in Malaga are nudist beaches ( for example Las Alberquinas). The cliffs are rising until about 75 metres from sea level and continue submerged in caves and steep bottoms where you encounter the specific local fauna and flora. A protected paradise for diving. As well you can take a ride in kayak and enter into the caves from the seaside. Close by is the Acueducto del Águila, located over the Barranco de la Coladilla in Maro village (Nerja) and very close to the highway N-340, being without doubt one of the most beautiful aqueducts of the XIX century.
From the city of Malaga, to the west we have a succession of world famous places: Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas... A little bit before coming to Marbella, the first local beach we found is Cabopino; a not crowded beach and almost reserved to locals looking to escape the central beaches. Beachfront Cabopino is one of the largest campgrounds in the area which includes a series of family bungalows. This option is widely used by tourists from Northern Europe who arrive with their caravans and tents looking to spend their holidays in that place.
You can access this beach from a parallel road next to the port of Cabopino. This little port is well equipped with restaurants and there are as well some apartment complexes. The ambience is quite relaxed, familiar, distended and far of the buzz of other marbellíe beaches; this might be due to the fact that Cabopino is one of the few surfing points of this coast and because the half of its extensive beach is nudist.
Basically, the beach can be considered in two halves; from the stone pier towards the port, you find a wide beach with fine golden sand and all kinds of facilities, umbrellas, beach bars and a lot of families. From the pier onwards ( in direction towards Marbella), opens up an extended part of beach of about 3 km length. This beach is part of the "Monumento Natural Dunas de Artola/Cabopino" (Natural dune monument of Artola /cabopino): a system of fossil and mobile dunes that shape natural surroundings in an environment that has been profoundly transformed, such as the marbella coastline. As well you can find here one of the ancient Arabian watchtowers, the "Torre de los ladrones".