Along the 160 km that make up the Costa del Sol of Malaga from Manilva to Nerja, there are about 300 beach bars – Chiringuitos – where you can enjoy the excellent local cuisine by the Mediterranean Sea. Get ready, we are going to make your mouth water, we present you the best 50 beach bars on the Costa del Sol!
Yes, on average on the Costa del Sol there is a beach bar every 500 meters. But, in fact, in the tourist centres and cities we can find a Chiringuito every 150 meters.
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What is a Chiringuito?
Probably we all know that a chiringuito is a small place located on the beach where you can have a drink and where they usually serve fish and seafood too.
But what perhaps not many of us knew is that the chiringuito is a purely Malaga invention. Yes it is.
The first Chiringuito in Spain was born in 1882 in Malaga, in the fishermen’s neighbourhood of El Palo, which even today is a reference point among the locals for the best Chiringuitos where to eat “pescaito”(fried fish).
Did you know where the name Chiringuito comes from?
But it wasn’t called that until…
It´s name as such was not cradled until 1913 by a journalist from Madrid who named a small beach bar in Sitges, Barcelona, as a tribute to his visits to Cuba.
What do you eat at a Chiringuito?
The best thing about a Chiringuito is undoubtedly its menu. We can delight with the typical Espetos of sardines or fried fish, seafood and rice and salads, all this accompanied by a very cold beer (San Miguel or Victoria from Malaga) or a white wine or tinto de Verano (made with red wine and lemon soda).
Now that we know a little bit of history about these popular Costa del Sol Beach Bars that are intimately associated in our minds with summer, smelling of the sea, being relaxed and enjoying a good meal under its cool shade.
We just need to make a little differentiation:
Beach Bar is the same as Beach Club?
No. It’s not the same. Although they share its basic characteristics, a place outdoors in the sand by the sea where you can have a drink, let’s say its physiognomy is fundamentally different.
A Chiringuito (Beach Bar) is usually a simple restaurant equipped simply and without great luxuries in decoration or furniture, a few tables and chairs, often on the sand of the beach, where diners can expect fresh seafood.
A typical element that is not missing in any real Chiringuito is a boat, made of wood or metal, where the famous Sardine Spits are grilled. The aroma of these fish roasting slowly is typical and will make your mouth water. And it is an infallible indicator that you are in the approach of a real Chiringuito.
A Beach Club will get noticed first by sight instead of aroma. It’s a really cool place. With boho, Balinese or Ibizan decoration, these places are proliferating all over the coast and attracting a more international audience. Its menus are also very varied with fusion and international cuisine where we can also highlight a growing offer for vegetarians and vegans. Between chill-out and house music with DJ, drinks, cocktails and Balinese beds, we spent a day of luxury on the beach, as simple as that.
Summary: If you want to feel the authentic life and gastronomy of Malaga, drop into a typical chiringuito, you are not going to regret it. If you like a good beach chill out with good music, Beach Clubs are your thing!
The best 50 Costa del Sol Beach Bars
We have compiled these Costa del Sol beach bars according to the opinions in Google.
Beach Bars in Nerja
Paella with firewood and traditional Spanish cuisine on a terrace with cane roofs and by the sea. Large Chillout terrace, with ice-cold beer, cocktails and great service. Ideal for relaxing and enjoying cocktails.
Restaurante Playa & Sol Lounge
Bar-restaurant with covered terrace and international atmosphere serving cocktails and Mediterranean cuisine. A pleasant place, with good food and excellent service. It is not a cheap restaurant but it is worth it because of its location at Burriana beach.
Beach Bars in Torre del Mar
Berebere Oasis del Mar
White and bright restaurant with chill-out areas and varied menu of fish, meat and Mediterranean dishes. Space decorated with good taste, sea views and very rich food, with good atmosphere and music.
Beach Bars in Almayate
Chiringuito La Isla “Bar…Tolo”
An authentic beach bar and good fish at reasonable prices.
Beach Bars in Torre de Benalgabón
Chiringuito Al Rolo
Located on the beach of Torre de Benagalbón, this magnificent chiringuito offers us, in addition to magnificent views, a very complete menu, with photos of all the dishes, very reasonable prices and a top quality product.
Chiringuito La Inopia
On the beach sand, a more alternative site, with live music and good atmosphere. Vegetarian and vegan options.
Beach Bars in Málaga
Candado Beach Club
Beach club and sophisticated atmosphere premises with elaborated Andalusian cuisine, cocktails and night DJ session.
Fried fish and other seafood products are distributed as an auction in this modern bar without a menu. Its specialty is to sing the dishes that come out of the kitchen. They are paid when you eat them.
Rice, grilled seafood and fish skewers in a simple beach bar with a large terrace.
Very good place to eat, cheap prices and spectacular quality.
Modern chiringuito with luminous white panels specialized in grilled fish and sardine spits.
Chiringuito Litoral Pacífico
Seafood cuisine and homemade desserts in a bright chiringuito with family atmosphere and terrace on the beach.
Beach Bars in Torremolinos
Chiringuito and cocktail bar with elaborate cocktails and terrace on the beach with wooden beds and white canopy. At 5 pm the place is transformed, the tables are removed to turn the area into a dance floor.
La Palapa Beach Jazba
Avant-garde cuisine with Mediterranean flavours and seaside cocktails. Wide range of theme parties, events, music, children’s entertainment.
La Playa Surf House
Renovated Surfer Chiringuito on the beach with a menu of international dishes, smoothies, natural juices and cocktails.
Chiringuito Mari y Sergio
Glazed beach bar with a terrace, exposed goods, spike grill and hammock service.
Beachfront restaurant, specialising in spicy fish, pescaito, meat and paella, terrace with Balinese beds.
Chiringuito Casa Paco Playa
Family bar with tasty dishes at good prices.
Edén Beach Club
Relaxed bar with a varied menu of eclectic dishes, which hosts shows and humorous monologues.
Chiringuito Playa Miguel
Good atmosphere with Balinese beds and to have a drink after lunch.
Horno Beach Club
Wood-fired fish and Mediterranean dishes in a restaurant with white sofas on the beach and cocktails. Balinese beds and good atmosphere in the afternoon/evening.
La Mar Bonita
Great place to eat, good price and quality.
Beach Bars in Benalmadena
An excellent bar, varied menu of very good quality.
Family business with good food, good atmosphere, good prices. Also a good place to have a drink or a beer.
Classical Chiringuito, with much enchantment, right at the beach and with wonderful views to the sea.
Chiringuito La Cubana
Casual bar decorated in bright colours with a varied menu of wraps, hamburgers and international dishes.
Beach Bars in Fuengirola
Chiringuito Oasis Fuengirola
Cozy and formal place for lunch or dinner.
Chiringuito Juan playa
The best chiringuito in Fuengirola in terms of quality-price ratio.
Place with good location at the beginning of the board walk and next to the beach, good food and competitive prices.
Beach Bars in Mijas
Chiringuito Los Moreno
The tables are in the sand. Very good food and good service. Very good value for money.
La Familia Beach Club
Hammocks with food and drink service in modern chiringuito with cocktails, tapas and rice dishes.
Beachfront restaurant. Good food and value for money.
Max Beach Club
Exclusive beach club with restaurant with international cuisine, bar with billiards and terrace with viewpoint and gym.
Chiringuito Royal Beach Pirata
Spits, Mediterranean cuisine and cocktails in beachside premises with a pirate atmosphere, canoes and hammocks.
Beach Bars in Marbella
Chiringuito Las Dunas
Beach Bar with very good home-cooked food. Prices according to seafront in Marbella, somewhat high.
Magnificent beachfront chiringuito, with good sea views. Reasonable price for the area.
Chiringuito Guayaba Beach
A typical beach bar with the tables and chairs in the sand.
Kala Kalua Playa Chiringuito
Beachfront chiringuito with fish, Andalusian dishes and cocktails on wooden tables and wicker furniture.
Le Papilon Restaurant & Beach Club
Wide selection of fresh fish and meat, cocktails, chill-out bar and chill-out beds. A very nice place to have lunch or a drink while listening to good music.
In Marbella there are a large number of more select Chiringuitos and Beach Clubs:
Nikki Beach Marbella – Restaurant & Beach club
Luxury club to spend a good day at the beach, having a drink, listening to music and having fun. They have good cocktails, good food.
Elegant chic rustic premises with chill out garden and hammock area, serving cocktails and Mediterranean cuisine.
NOSSO Summer Club
Sophisticated open-air restaurant with seafood, paella, sushi, cocktail menu, DJ sessions and sea views.
La Cabane Beach Club
Panoramic views, swimming pools and hammocks in a club for events with VIP treatment located in a luxury resort.
Mediterranean recipes and cocktails in a colonial-style space with sea views and a terrace with Balinese beds.
Amare Beach Club Marbella
Elegant beachfront complex with hammock area, swimming pool, Mediterranean restaurant and live music.
Fish and rice in a venue provided with a terrace with palm trees, chill out area and beach environment with hammocks.
International cuisine, cocktails and champagne in a select terrace club in white and wood tones, with swimming pool.
Beach Bars in Estepona
Sonora Beach Bar
Beach bar with very good atmosphere, decoration and music. Excellent cocktails and very rich and varied food.
Nice casual bar with good food.
Chiringuito Palm Beach
Varied and creative food at good prices. Beach bar with sports broadcasts where they serve dishes like nachos or chicken satay, plus cocktails.
Chiringuito El Madero
Cocktails, sardine skewers and paella in a cheerful chiringuito with playground, hammocks and wifi area.
Restaurante La Escollera
A good place to eat rich portions of fish and assorted fried foods. Probably the best place to eat a wide variety of fresh fish in Estepona. You can’t book a table, so you have to queue up; but it doesn’t matter because you can have a good wine and some tapas at the bar in the meantime.