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COSTA DEL SOL
Sun and Beaches
In Málaga City, Misericordia and San Andrés have been turned into accessible beaches. They’re flanked by one of the most elegant areas in town: the new west seaside promenade. These shallow-water, fine-sand beaches are ideal for sea bathing, as there’s practically no swell. Eating the typical deep-fried fish (“pescaíto”) at the beach bars or “chiringuitos,” as they are called in Spanish, can be fun. In the summer, people get together to watch films on the beach in free screenings for all ages.
Malagueta beach, in downtown Málaga, is the most famous and popular beach in the area. This easily reached beach has been awarded a Blue Flag and, like all the beaches in Málaga City, it features disabled facilities, security service, and toilets. Just like Baños del Carmen or El Palo, is affords great views of the city skyline at dusk.
In the afternoon, visitors can head westward to Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Mijas or Fuengirola, whose beaches offer all kinds of leisure and eating options. Beaches like El Bajondillo, La Carihuela, Bil Bil or Los Boliches are wide and close to towns. They are very popular with tourists thanks to their amenities and proximity to the seaside promenade, by the residential area. They feature plenty of restaurants, bars and “chiringuitos” where tourists can taste the typical food of Málaga, including “pescaíto.” Nearby and easy-to-reach beaches are Las Yucas and Las Viborillas, less packed in the summer because they're wilder and not that close to urban centres.
Heading west along the Costa del Sol, you’ll reach Marbella, Estepona, Casares and Manilva and their beaches. Playa Bella, Bahía Dorada or La Galera represent the typical Mediterranean beaches in the natural landscape of Sierra Bermeja. Sun worshippers can be sure they'll have the best of sun and sand holidays. Tourists coming here go to beaches like Cabopino, Guadalmina, Los Monteros, Nagüeles or Puerto Banús, since they’re close to gorgeous beachfront properties, are easy to reach and feature all the amenities and services beachgoers can ask for, like beach chair or umbrella rentals, bars, toilets, showers, or security services.
Finally, some good places to watch the sunset on the Málaga coastline are Las Arenas or Los Toros, in Manilva. From east to west, and always beneath the sun, visitors can explore a wealth of beach resorts and surely find the one of their dreams.
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