Contributor Review – Elizabeth E
Local Expert. Visited 2023
In September, I had the pleasure of revisiting Cabopino, that hidden gem nestled between Marbella and Benalmadena. It wasn’t my first time there, but I can happily say it won’t be my last!
Spanning a generous 1.2 kilometers, Playa de Artola, also known as Playa de Cabopino due to its proximity to the Cabopino marina, is a serene haven. The beach is adorned with the iconic Artola sand dunes on one side and the bustling Cabopino marina on the other. While the marina side is textile, as you wander westward, you’ll find the more relaxed nudist section. This far part of Artola is a particular favorite among the LGBTQ+ crowd. There’s a beach bar marking the end of the nudist area, but if you’re craving more variety, the marina side offers a plethora of bars and amenities.
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Upon arrival, you’re greeted by a delightful array of restaurants and bars. If you’re looking for recommendations, Albert´s on the Port dishes out some of the best steaks, while Portofino has the charm of a cozy family diner. I spent my entire day there, from 10 am until late afternoon. The weather was just perfect, and the best part? It wasn’t overcrowded, which is always a win in my book.
I kicked off my day early with a coffee at Portofino. By the time I was done, I was eager to hit the beach. And the best part? Playa de Artola was just a five-minute walk away! This beach stretches out impressively (around 1,200 meters, to be precise) and is situated right next to the Dunas de Artola nature preserve. Lounging there, with the backdrop of dunes and the occasional bunny hopping by, felt like a scene straight out of a movie.
I found a cozy spot near the Dunes and instantly fell in love with the vibe. Throughout the day, I saw a mix of couples, families, and singles, all enjoying their time. After all, it’s a public beach, and that inclusive vibe is just part of its charm. The water was crystal clear, and the waves were gentle, with barely any stones and a friendly low tide. My nude swim was nothing short of perfect.
I couldn’t help but notice folks lounging in the dunes with their picnics. That’s on my list for next time. While the nearby restaurants are tempting, the idea of a picnic amidst the dunes, with the vast ocean and mountains in view, is something I’m looking forward to.
But the absolute highlight? The sunset. It’s hard to put into words, but it was simply… wow.
If you’re plotting a getaway, Cabopino and Artola Beach, one of the notable nude beaches in Spain, should top your list. Pack some snacks, drinks, and a cozy blanket, and let the serene surroundings work their magic. I promise, you’ll leave longing for more. Until next time!
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Playa de Artola - Cabopino is conveniently located off the A7 coast road, near the Cabopino junction. With the CaboPino port in proximity and landmarks like Camping Cabo Pino and the Cabo Pino Golf Course just across the coast road, it's a well-situated beach destination. The nudity increases the further west you walk away from the marina and beach bar marks the end of the nude section.
By Car: Exit the A7 at the Cabopino junction and head towards Cabopino port. Before you reach the port, take a right and park near the pines where you'll see other vehicles. During the summer, it's advisable to park closer to the trees for easier access. There's also a road that leads to a small parking area near the watchtower, but it can get crowded quickly.
Public Transport: Buses run regularly from Marbella and other nearby towns to Cabopino. Once you arrive at the Cabopino bus stop, it's a short walk to the beach. Ensure you check local bus schedules and routes, especially the Marbella-Cabopino line, to plan your trip efficiently.