The Costa del Sol Beaches Summer 2020

It is already the high season here in Malaga, and despite some uncertainty about the development of Covid-19, nevertheless, many people are enjoying the summer of 2020 on the beach.

In our article you will find at a glance all the information about the current state of the beaches on the Costa del Sol after Covid Summer 2020.

The Costa del Sol Beaches Summer 2020

Not only is seawater very beneficial to overall health, but there seems to be quite a bit of evidence that sodium chloride is an effective biocidal agent against SARS-CoV-2. So, everybody off into the sea!

However, we must take into account some safety measures on the beach:

As an important fact, there are some general recommendations from the Ministry of Health, but to make things a little more complicated, each town council on the Costa del Sol has its own procedure that can vary quite a bit from one to another, so it is always a good idea to look for additional information about the area you are going to visit.

Hydrogels & Photoprotectors

First, it should be noted that the use of hydrogels under the sun is not recommended, since hydroalcoholic gels can cause irritative dermatitis, for which it may be beneficial to use emollient products (sunscreen and moisturizer).

These on the one hand help to reduce possible inflammation of the skin, and on the other hand help to restore the skin barrier. It is recommended to apply them several times a day, especially after washing your hands, one of the measures of self-protection to avoid infections of coronavirus.

Pharmacists also recommend the use of photoprotection under the mask, as its fabric does not protect against solar radiation. Thus, sunscreen should be applied to the entire face half an hour before exposure to the sun, and reapplied every two hours, and also after bathing, on dry skin.

Cleaning & Disinfection

The municipalities of the Costa del Sol keep the access areas to the beaches disinfected, as well as the toilets and areas for common use among visitors. If you want to take a shower, don’t touch the buttons with your hands, but with your elbow.

In any case, if you tolerate the sensation of salt on your skin well, it is the best natural protector and then you can later shower comfortably at home. Keep in mind that the common areas, (dressing rooms, toilets etc.) are areas potentially prone to contamination, so try to touch and use the common areas only if necessary.

Safety distance

Costa del Sol summer 2020
Keeping to the minimum distances is very easy if you go to the beach during off-peak hours, which is highly recommended! Photo: Mari Cortés

Currently, during the writing of this article, the mask is mandatory where the minimum safety distance of 2 meters cannot be kept, but it is likely that during the next few days a new regulation of always wearing the mask will be approved. We will be updating it!

Update: The mask will be compulsory from 00.00 hours on Wednesday 15 July in all open and closed spaces in Andalusia.

On the beach, distances to other people must be respected, whether in the water or in the use of common areas such as showers or on the sand.


On the beaches of the Costa del Sol this summer there are almost a thousand beach guards

This summer the beaches of the Costa del Sol have hundreds of beach guards to ensure compliance with these regulations. These watchmen will also be responsible for supervising the limited maximum capacity of each beach and for closing it down if necessary.

This surveillance is closely linked to many apps and drones that also control maximum capacity.

However, although this sounds a bit extreme and may make many people back down to come to the beaches of the Costa del Sol, I personally have not seen this control during the week, when things are actually quite calm.

Capacity limitation

The beaches of Malaga city last weekend, July 2020. Photo Marilu Baéz

Yes, it’s true, there is a capacity limitation. But it is also true that there are some very specific days when town councils have to make use of this drastic measure:

If you can help it, don’t come to the beach on Sundays. At least not after 11:00 am. If you’re an early riser, you can enjoy wonderfully empty beaches 7 days a week, even in high season, enjoy your morning swim in pleasantly cool temperatures before the heat sets in – and the avalanches arrive.

This special year, due to the Covid-19 regulations, the beaches of the Costa del Sol have a maximum capacity to ensure that the minimum distance between bathers is respected.
And every Sunday, so far during the summer on the Costa del Sol 2020, the same dynamic has been repeated: Beaches at full capacity around 12:30 pm which has forced its closure for the remaining bathers, especially the smaller beaches that are the first to be full.

Our advice: If you come to enjoy this summer on the Costa del Sol here we have many hours of sun- and a lot of heat – more than 12 hours every day, so why would you want to squeeze into the crowd on the beach in the midday heat – which is also very harmful to your skin – if you can enjoy wonderful mornings and glorious afternoons?

Getting up early pays off!

Here is one of the last apps that have come out to see the capacity of the beaches of the Costa del Sol:

Masks on the beaches: is their use obligatory in the water or in the sun?

The mask must be worn when leaving home and until entering a beach area or for walking on the sand or going to a bar on the promenade, but not when sunbathing or swimming in the sea.

Did you know that…?

We here on site are quite up to date with the beach obligations this year, however, some of them also surprised us. For example: Don’t be surprised if you are at the beach shore, with your feet soaked in the sand and the waves, looking at the distant horizon where the sky and the sea merge and a watchman approaches you, interrupting your dreams and telling you that you cannot stay long on the shore.

The best way to avoid it: pssst… get up early friends, and the virgin beach is yours, no people, no noise, no guards… the paradise is still there!

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