Costa Tropical Beaches

Your guide to the best beaches

The Costa Tropical has 28 kilometres (18 miles) of beaches. The mountains run right down to the sea in this area, creating a series of coves and promontories along the coastline, and making this one of the most picturesque sections of the southern Spanish coast. It is also one of the least populated, as the beaches here are less known to foreign visitors than those of the Costa del Sol further along the coast to the west. For the time being, at least, the Costa Tropical is still off the beaten tourist track.

La Rabita

La Rábita 
A popular resort for Spanish people. La Playa de la Rábita is an extensive urban beach, nearly one kilometer long and with an average width of 30 meters, composed of gray gravel. It is the only beach in the area that offers various amenities. The beach has a children’s play area, public restrooms, Red Cross surveillance, showers, parking, recreational and sports areas, etc. Along the promenade you eill find tapas bars, restaurants, supermarkets and small shops. La Rábita has become increasingly popular in recent years.

El Ruso Naturist beach 
It’s a naturist beach emanating peace and tranquility, also known as Lance Nuevo Beach. This cove, nestled between cliffs only 800 meters from the center of La Rábita, features natural springs, which make it an area of high ecological value. Quiet with a low level of occupancy, its sands are dark and its waters crystal clear. A magnificent spot for diving. It can only be reached by walking along the trail that starts from the access road to La Rábita, in the high area, next to a villa. The effort is well worth it because the scenery is spectacular. El Ruso Beach is actually two coves connected by a narrow strip of shore, but most people camp in the second cove, which is much more sheltered. The beach was renamed El Ruso in honor of Basilio Lukianov, a Russian lieutenant who fled the Soviet Union in 1921 and settled there, living off the land and assisting both farmers and fishermen. The locals grew so fond of him that they still bring flowers to the place.

Cala Chilches
This beach is located between Melicena and La Rábita. It is an isolated gravel and sand beach that is 15 meters wide and 300 meters long. During the high season, this beach is usually not very crowded.
It is a beach with calm waters and dark sand.
Access must be done on foot, with the nearest road being the CN-340. It does not have access for people with disabilities. The beach has an unsupervised parking lot with fewer than 50 spaces.