Dunas de Artola Cabopino, Costa del Sol, Andalucia

The car park at Dunas de Artola Cabopino, Costa del Sol

Our travels have slowly brought us west along the Costa del Sol and we have been enjoying the tranquillity of Camping Cabopino; another ACSI site with excellent facilities and beautifully shaded spots that sprawl across a vast area. Ten minutes walk away lie the Dunas de Artola Cabopino (Cabopino beach); a place beset by dualities that delight and disgust in equal measure.

In this post I’ll focus on the good side of the beach and its lovely dunes that rise and fall, giving the landscape the look of sleeping camels at the water’s edge.

The eastern end of the beach is craggy and reef-like rocks protrude from the sea creating pools which catch lifeforms such a small crabs, spiny fish and on one occasion I even found a tiny Portuguese Man-of-War floating about with one huge tentacle draped beneath it.

The crumbling road down to the beach at Dunas de Artola Cabopino, Costa del Sol.

The crumbling road down to the beach at Dunas de Artola Cabopino, Costa del Sol.

Walking west beneath the Dunas de Artola Cabopino takes you past Andy’s Chiringuito where refreshing cold beers and snacks can be acquired on hotter days and the staff are vigilant against the ‘whack-a-mole’ homosexuals who pop up, stark naked, stroking themselves to partial ecstacy from behind grassy topped bunkers in the dunes, scanning for a potential mate to indulge in lurid public acts with.

Cabopino beach is supposedly not dog friendly but during our walks there with Sweep we met many other dog walkers who also showed a blatant disregard for the pathetic dog laws. I am still yet to see what possible harm dogs cause to beaches that can compare with the absolute disrespect shown by humans who wantonly litter and defile such treasures.

The soft sand of Dunas de Artola Cabopino can make walking difficult at times which is great for those looking to burn a few pounds off, much like the joggers who stick close to the water where the sand is firmer. A good walk here burns as many calories as a gentle jog on firm land.

At the western end of the beach lies Triana Taberna where two dogs live with their American owner. Ironically we weren’t allowed to take Sweep on the terrace so we didn’t stay there.

Dogs play a big part in our lives so taking them along the Dunas de Artola Cabopino was part of our ritual.

Dogs play a big part in our lives so taking them along the Dunas de Artola Cabopino was part of our ritual.

Cabopino is a dedicated naturist beach but you will generally only find men taking advantage of that fact.

Early morning the beach is alive with joggers and dog walkers but as the day progresses towards mid-morning the place becomes busy with gay couples disrobing for maximum tan (or exposure) while families dot along the shoreline.

On a clear day the views cast across the entire Costa del Sol and at the western extremities you can see Gibraltar and the North coast of Morocco.

Read about the dark side of Cabopino beach and its dunes here or learn more about Torre Ladrones, the thieves tower..

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