Beach Resorts within easy reach of Jimena de la FronteraThere are a variety of beach resorts within easy reach of Jimena each with a different character
Estepona (45 mins)
Estepona has a long sandy beach and is a relatively low-key resort with plenty of parking in an underground park under the seafront, There are numerous chiringuitos (beach bar/restaurants) offering good value. Behind the front there are bars and cafes and a small square with traditional Spanish restaurants. At the Western-end of Estepona (towards Gibraltar) there is a small marina with bars and restaurants.
Bolonia (1 hr 15 mins)
West of Tarifa, Bolonia has Roman ruins (with visitor centre), and is a remote beautiful sweeping sandy beach. There are few facilities at Bolonia but a range of beach bars and restaurants. A visit to Bolonia should be combined with a visit to historic Tarifa, a haven for windsurfing and extreme sports and a trendy resort at night. Avoid Bolonia beach when windy.
Puerto de la Duquesa (40 mins)
As it name implies Duquesa is more of a port than a beach resort, but it does have sandy beaches either side with beach restaurants. In the marina there are a range of restaurants: Chinese, Indian, Italian, as well as plenty of bars serving food, many with non-stop music and televised sporting events. By the Castillo (castle) , only 500 metres from the marina, there are some excellent fish restaurants largely frequented by the Spanish.
Sotogrande (30 mins)
Sotogrande has a small, but good beach at the Torreguadiaro entrance to Sotogrande. It beach bars are lively and trendy but relatively expensive. On the other side of the marina there is a beach restaurant, El Octógono: Tel 956 616 963. There are also a range of bars and restaurants in the marina itself.
Marbella (1 hr)
Marbella has excellent beaches and an array of bars and restaurants although they can be very busy in the summer. Any visit to Marbella should be combined with a visit to the old town which is a good venue for dinner. Puerto Banus also has a small beach to the left as you enter the complex.