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While the Isle of Wight has its own beautiful beaches, it would be hard to say, hand on heart, that they can compete with the very best that the Costa del Sol has to offer. Some of the Spanish resorts are admittedly very crowded at high season but by heading along the coast you’ll soon find some really stunning locations. To help you in your search, here are our top six suggestions.

Calahonda, Mijas

Some of the very best beaches are quite a distance from the city, so if you want to escape to them from Malaga car hire is a good idea. The rates are very competitive and having a car really does open up the whole coastline. One of the first beaches to head for is Calahonda. near Mijas. Its 4km stretch of golden sand mean it’s peaceful even in high season.

Bil Bil Beach, Benalmadena

The beach gets its name from the iconic Castillo de Bil Bil, an imposing mini castle built in the Arabic style and location for many exhibitions all round the year. The beach itself is expansive and the warm, shallow waters are ideal for all ages. There’s also the fine Paseo Maritimo promenade and El Parque de la Paloma to enjoy when you’ve had your fill of sun worshipping.

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La Caleta, Malaga

Of the beaches within the city of Malaga itself, La Caleta is widely regarded as being the best by quite a margin. That’s because it’s superbly well-maintained with clean sand, no litter and great facilities. There’s a wide choice of beach bars as well as the chance to try out some water sports too. Plus, it’s all set against a dramatic, mountainous backdrop.

“Sunset over Malaga beach” (CC BY 2.0) by TeaMeister

Burriana, Nerja

An hour’s drive eastwards out of Malaga you’ll find this little gem. It’s the main beach for Nerja, the ex-fishing village that still manages to maintain its old-world charm despite the many tourists who descend on it every summer. You might have come for swimming and sunbathing but make sure you also check out some of the many chiringuitos eateries, which serve beautifully fresh fish and seafood.

Nikki Beach, Marbella

If you want to combine some celebrity spotting with a beach day, then Nikki Beach is definitely the place to head for. It’s where the well-heeled and famous of Marbella come to get their fun in the sun and everything is as up-market as you might imagine. For example, there are VIP areas of decking with white leather sun loungers that can set you back €300 for the day.

Pedragalejo Beach, Malaga

Located next to the oldest fishing neighbourhood in Malaga, this beach is great for swimming and it’s even more perfect for watching the sun slowly set before having your own beach barbecue over the grills provided. Once you’ve tasted the freshest of sardines grilled over charcoal, you’ll never go back to tinned again.

Of course, these are just a few of the many stunning beaches waiting to be discovered all along the Costa del Sol. So now’s the time to get booking that getaway – and don’t forget some SPF factor 30!

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