Beaches - 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.

About beaches in Andalucia

Blue flags

Blue Flag Campaign started in 1987. Here you'll find a list of the Blue Flag Beaches in Andalucia and the Blue Flag Marinas. More >

Beach Bars

Chiringuitos are bars on the beach. They serve drinks and food. Guide to the Beach Bars along the Costa del Sol.
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Beach Clubs

Beach Clubs are emerging as a new lifestyle concept in up-market resorts. More >

Naturist Beaches

A guide to naturist beaches in Andalucia.
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Beach Rules

A guide to beach rules in Andalucia.
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Dog Beaches

A guide to dog beaches in Andalucia.
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What to do if you see a jellyfish.
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WInformation on sharks in Andalucia.
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Andalucia Map of provinces and costas
Andalucia Map of provinces and costas.


Coasts of Andalucia

Costa de la Luz

The Costa del Luz (Huelva) beaches tend to be long and wide, with fine golden sand.
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Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is the most developed part of the Coast. The Mediterranean water is warm and safe. More >

Costa Tropical

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. More >

Costa Almeria

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. More >