Beaches - Sharks


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 in the Alboran Sea. This is the name for the part of the Mediterranean sea offshore Malaga. These sharks normally never come to the coast nor near humans. However when they do come near the coast is when they are injured or ill. Very occasionally, a blue shark comes to surface. So far there has never been an attack registered on Costa del Sol.

There have been about 60 attacks registered in the whole of Spanish mainland and islands including Canaries in the last 100 years.  

There was an attack on a windsurfer off Tarifa in the Atlantic in March 1986 and a shark bit the hand of a bather off Costa Blanca in 2016.  

There are white sharks or tiger sharks in the Strait of Gibraltar. These were thought not to exist in the Alboran Sea until one was fished off Manilva in 1991.  



The video above was taken in Fuengirola in May 2015.  

In the height of the summer season with the beaches and sea full one Sunday 21st August 2016 in Fuengirola, 3km of beach were closed for several hours. The red flag was raised and the lifeguards instructed everybody out of the water. The alarm had been raised after a shark sighting by lifeguards on an off-shore play centre.   

La Linea beach was also closed after a shark sighting on 10th August 2017.

Statistically the chances of there being an attacked on any one day on a 100m stretch of Andalucía beach are about one in 100 million. If the beach is crowded the odds of any one bather being attacked reduce considerably further.



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 >