The map and key to facilities above are a quick guide to just some of the beaches at the western end of the Province of Malaga where it borders with Cadiz. Below we fill in some gaps plus give additional information. From west to east, beginning at Punta Chullera heading eastwards for Del Salladillo.
Punta Chullera is a rocky promotory where Moors and Spaniards built watchtowers to monitor the Straits of Gibraltar and the African and Spanish coastlines, the views of which remain uninterrupted. The coastline consists of small sandy coves 10 metres wide, and the largest 100 metres in length, with rocky outcrops and is popular for scuba-diving and fishing.
A small cove in a quiet spot, bordered by rocky outcrops either side and about 100 metres long. The beach is a mix of sand and shingle from shells.
Manilva: Playa del Gobernador – Las Arenas (The Sands)
This sandy beach is 850 metres in length and 30 metres wide, accessed from the Playa Paraiso Urbanisation or from the Venta de Asfalto just before the Paraiso roundabout.
Manilva: Cala de la Sardinia (Sardine Cove)
Cala de la Sardinia is a small beach just 150 metres in length nestled between two groups of rocks and running adjacent to the ‘Playa Paraiso’ urbanisation between Playa del Gobernador and Playa de Tubalitas.
Manilva: Playa de Tubalitas
This beach is 650 metres long, stretching from the Cala de la Sardina to the Arroyo Negro. It is bordered by hills and is well known as a passage for tuna fish.
Manilva: El Negro
The longest beach in Manilva, only half of which is flanked by buildings. The beach runs from the Aroyo Negro up to the Arroyo del Indiano just to the west of El Castillo. (An arroyo is a river which is dry other than during winter rains).
Manilva: El Castillo – La Duquesa
Extending from the Arroyo del Indiano to the the Arroyo de la Penuela, this 1.2 kilometre long includes the village of Castillo and the Blue Flag marina of Puerto de La Duquesa. It ranges from rocky outcrops at the Castillo end to wide sandy bays either side of the Marina. Facilities include bars, restaurants and, in summer, various water sports and activities are available on the Sabinillas side of the Marina.
La Colonia – Sabinillas
This beach stretches between the Port of Duquesa and the Rio Manilva. It is 1.7 kilometres long and 40 metres wide running in front of the entire town of Sabinillas. The beach is a popular recreation area and is also used by local fisherman.
A continuation of Sabinillas Beach ending at the Point of Torre de Sal. A sandy beach 2.1 kilometres long and 50 metres wide.
A quiet and sandy beach, located in the Bay of Casares, 1 kilometre long and 30 metres wide.
A tranquil, natural, sandy beach with some rocks on the shoreline. Ideal for fishing. Flanked by natural vegetation. Steps from the Bahía Dorada Urbanisation lead down to the beach.
Estepona: Quadalobon – Arroyo Vaquero
Off the Arena Beach Urbanisation in Estepona, composed of dark sand and pebbles. 3.1 kilometres long, 850 metres of which is reserved for naturists, and 30 metres wide.
Estepona: Del Cristo
A relatively small and quiet beach, 600 metres long and 30 metres wide. It has coarse gravelly sand and facilities including a Red Cross post and pedalo hire.
Estepona: De la Rada
Situated in central Estepona, a fine sandy beach 2.4 kilomtres long and 25 metres wide, with a palm-lined promenade and all facilities.
Punta de la Plata
A narrow beach of dark sand, just 200 metres in length and 8 metres wide. Located just outside of Estepona.
Quadalmansa – Bella
A sandy beach with rocky outcrops, located beside the N-340 at kilometre 163.
At 6 kilometres in length this is one of the longest beaches in the area. Composed of sand, 20 metres wide, and flanked by sand dunes and pine trees. Located off the N-340 at kilometre 168.