Dog Beaches


The first doggy beach in Andalucia; Playa de la Sal in Casares, at the western end of the Costa del Sol. In 2015 dog beaches nominated by town halls were La Sal en Casares, El Ejido en Mijas, El Castillo en Fuengirola, La Araña en Málaga, El Moral en Rincón de la Victoria, Playa de El Cable en Motril, la Playa de El Castillo de Mácenas en Mojácar.  In response the Junta de Andalucia decreed that town halls could not authorise dog beaches in the summer, this lead to some confusion.

In 2018 the following beaches, prepared by the town halls were authorised by the Junta de Andalucia as Dog Beaches:

Costa de la Luz

Playa del Espigon, Huelva (Huelva)
Playa de Camposto, San Fernando, (Cadiz) (opened 2017 closed 2018)

Costa del Sol

Playa Piedra Paloma, Casares (Malaga)
Playa de Ventura de Mar Marbella
Playa El Pinillo, Marbella
Playa Castillo, Fuengirola (Malaga)
Playa Arroyo Totalán, Rincon de la Victoria (Malaga)
Playa Canina, Torre del Mar (Malaga)  
Playa Canina (mouth of river Torrox) Torrox, (Malaga)

Costa Tropical

Playa El Cable, Motril, (Granada) 

Costa de Almeria

Playa de la Rana,  Adra (Almeria)


Download a useful PDF (956kB) guide in English to Pet Friendly Beaches in Andalucia 2018.  


In practice, thought tecnically illegal, many dog owners do walk dogs on beach when it is quiet in the early morning or the evenings or out of season.

Similarly horseriding is often enjoyed on quieter beaches (or in winter or evenings) on Costa de la Luz with local guides and, curiously photos of horse riding on the beach is often featured in DMO promotional material.

Coasts of Andalucia

The least well-known of the Costas, probably because the name is a recent creation for the coastline of Granada Province. Nevertheless it should not be overlooked. It is characterised by mountains… More →

Perhaps the most diverse of all the Costas. Everything from popular resorts to rocky coves which include some of the least visited beaches in Southern Spain.

Use our guide to explore the beaches along the Costa de la Luz from the furthest east next to the Portuguese border, to the furthest west at the Campo de Gibraltar. Beaches along the Costa de la… More →

Explore the beaches of the Costa del Sol from West to East using our comprehensive guide. Costa del Sol is the most developed part of the Coast. The Mediterranean water is warm and safe. Many… More →

About beaches in Andalucia

The first doggy beach in Andalucia; Playa de la Sal in Casares, at the western end of the Costa del Sol. In 2015 dog beaches nominated by town halls were La Sal en Casares, El Ejido en Mijas, El… More →

In 1982 the Direction General de Puertos y Costas (a national agency to oversee ports and coastline) ruled that all beaches in Spain should be public and removed the concept of a private beach.… More →

There are only very occasional reports of a shark sighting off the Malaga coast. Juan Jesus Martin, a biologist from the Aula del Mar museum in Malaga confirmed that there are 20 species of shark… More →

Large numbers of jellyfish (Medusas in Spanish) have been a problem from time to time on certain warm Mediterranean beaches in the early Summer in recent years.

Andalucia is world-famous - and justifiably so - for its 800km of coastline: countless spectacular beaches with white sands and crystalline turquoise waters. Whether you want a nudist hangout, a… More →

The Spanish Tourist Board estimates that around 1.5 million tourists visit Spain every summer with the express aim of practicing naturism. To this number can be added the estimated half a million… More →

The Blue Flag Campaign started in 1987 and is now is a voluntary eco-label awarded to over 4000 beaches and marinas in 48 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand,… More →

A beach bar or chiriniguito is was typically a wooden shack on the beach with an relaxed alternative atmosphere serving simple inexpensive food and drinks. Nowadays you have such a range, from… More →

Andalucia Map of provinces and costas
Andalucia Map of provinces and costas.

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