We all know and love Marbella, many of us have been up and down the Costa del Sol coast line many times, but how often do we veer off the road and take a little detour to the less famous places? I did by accident and stumbled upon a little gem! 13 km east of Marbella lies Cabopino which boasts one of the most beautiful beaches on the coast, and a very pretty little port. The port holds 169 moorings and is surrounded by a fine selection of cosy little restaurants, bars and cafes. All with surprisingly low prices considering how upmarket the standard of all the venues are.

The water in the port is exceptionally clean and full of schools of very fat fish.

There is ample parking behind the urbanisation in the back of the port but easy to get to also by bus. There are buses going regularly both from Fuengirola and Marbella.

Once you’ve walked around the port you come to the beach, which runs from the edge of the port about 500 meters, to the protective sand dunes in Artola on the other side of it. The beach really is spectacular. Fine golden sand, 50 meters wide, its definitely up there in the top 10 of the best beaches around Marbella.

Its very suitable for children seeing as the water is shallow and protected from wind due to its position in a bay.

Most beach bars and cafes provide showers and toilets and of course there are sunbeds and umbrellas but the beach is so big that you easily can find a little hidden corner for yourself if you wish. To the far side of the long beach, in the dunes, is a popular semi-nudist (optional) hang out for the gay community. There is something for everyone in Cabopino!

Oh, and if you would like a change from the exclusive holiday accommodations in Marbella, there is a very good camp-site on the other side of the main road.

Worth the detour!