Off the Beaten Track – Beaches without Crowds

Publication: 25 Jun. 2024
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The Costa del Sol is famed for its bustling resorts and popular beaches, but there are still less frequented beaches along the Costa del Sol coast that offer tranquillity and natural beauty. These secluded spots provide a more peaceful escape, and some even welcome your furry friends. Many hold prestigious Blue Flag status, indicating high environmental and quality standards. Read on to discover where to plant your umbrella this summer to escape the crowds.

Playa de Artola (Cabo Pino)
Playa de Artola, also known as Cabopino Beach, is part of the Dunas de Artola nature reserve. This beach is known for its natural sand dunes and picturesque setting. Unlike the busier beaches of Marbella, Artola offers a more peaceful environment. The beach is clothing-optional and offers clear, shallow waters perfect for swimming. The dunes are protected, with a lovely wooden boardwalk that provides a beautiful view and a chance to appreciate the protected natural area. Playa de Artola has been awarded Blue Flag status, ensuring its clean and safe environment​​.

Playa del Padrón
Just east of Estepona lies Playa del Padrón, a wide beach that is often less crowded than its neighbouring shores. This beach offers a mix of pebbles and sand, with crystal-clear waters ideal for swimming and snorkelling. The beach is flanked by lush greenery and a small stream that flows into the sea, adding to its secluded charm. Several beach bars and restaurants nearby serve delicious local cuisine, making it a great spot for a relaxed day by the sea. Playa del Padrón is also recognized with a Blue Flag for its excellent facilities and water quality​​.

Playa de Guadalmina
Located near the town of San Pedro de Alcántara, Playa de Guadalmina is another tranquil spot that often goes unnoticed. This beach is known for its archaeological significance, with the ruins of a Roman villa located nearby. The beach itself is quiet, with clean sand and gentle waves. It’s a perfect spot for those interested in combining a beach day with a fascinating glimpse of history and culture​​.

Playa de Casasola
Playa de Casasola, situated between Estepona and San Pedro de Alcántara, offers a quiet retreat away from the more popular beaches. This beach is characterised by its fine sand and clear waters, making it ideal for swimming and sunbathing. The surrounding area is residential, adding to the secluded feel of the beach. There are no major facilities, so it’s a good idea to bring your own supplies and enjoy a peaceful day in the sun​​.

Playa del Saladillo
Playa del Saladillo is another overlooked beach near Estepona. This long stretch of sandy beach is relatively undeveloped, providing a quiet and natural setting. The beach is perfect for long walks, with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the sun. It’s also a great spot for water sports such as windsurfing and paddleboarding due to its gentle waves. A few chiringuitos (beach bars) offer refreshments and local dishes, enhancing the relaxed atmosphere. Playa del Saladillo is also a Blue Flag beach, ensuring top-notch environmental standards​ ​.

Dog-Friendly Beaches
For those not wanting to leave their pets at home, the Costa del Sol also offers several dog-friendly beaches. Playa de Piedra Paloma near Estepona, offers a peaceful environment where dogs can enjoy the water and sand without restrictions. Additionally, Playa de Ventura del Mar, located in Nueva Andalucía next to Puerto Banús, is a designated dog beach that even boasts a dog-washing station, making it ideal for pets to enjoy themselves without taking the beach home with them in the car!

These off-the-beaten-track beaches offer a delightful escape from the more populous beaches of the Costa del Sol. From the natural beauty of Playa de Artola to the tranquil sands of Playa del Saladillo, each one provides the perfect setting for a perfect beach day. Dog-friendly beaches ensure that your canine companions can also enjoy the seaside fun. So, next time you’re in the area, venture off the beaten path and discover the peaceful charm of these less frequented beaches.
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