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Cabopino, Marbella, Costa del Sol, 29600

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Artola-Cabopino beach
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By George Prior, your Marbella expert

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#4 of 5
expert-rated things to do in Marbella
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Sporty types, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, Nature / wildlife, No fuss, Relaxation

Expert review of Artola-Cabopino

One of the most unspoilt stretches of coastline on the western Costa del Sol.

The reason why I love this long, sandy beach between Mijas Costa and the centre of Marbella is that it’s backed by a Mediterranean pine forest and protected sand dunes, giving it a wonderfully chilled, boho vibe. It feels more like a small Greek island than the Costa del Sol. There are only a few low-rise developments in the far distance and a spattering of funky timber beach bars serving drinks and light meals.

It’s kind of split into unofficial sections: families and mixed friends, nudists, and gay nudists.

Price advice: 

It’s totally free to sun yourself on the beach, but the parking attendant will expect a euro.

Expert tips: 
The western end (Marbella side) is mainly frequented by gay nudists.
If you can, park near on the cobbled road leading down to the beach, and not the lower dunes (which become a car park) – I’ve seen some drivers get their cars stuck in the sand.

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Price guide:
Cabopino, Marbella, Costa del Sol, 29600
Months open:
All year round

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