Where we stayed last night was central and free. But was sandwiched between roads and a railway line. Supposedly had spaces for 50 vans but there must've been at least a hundred. Some looked like they were pretty much permanent with quite a few dilapidated caravans and vans.
We walked along the beach one last time in search of coffee and a toilet. The major downside to free camping is the lack of facilities.
We drove to 30 minutes or so down to the campsite just outside Marbella. Its very busy and the route into Marbella is a little converluted as there's a golf course and various housing and holiday developments one has to circumvent.
There is the beach about a 10 minute walk. Judging by the number of cafes and restaurants it must be very busy in the summer. Not a lot of beach for the number of people one would expect.
The campsites itself is reasonable not as nice as the one we left, facilities wise and location. We are both at the moment regretting moving to the Costa del Sol. Way too many Brits and assorted other nationalities predominantly north European for obvious reasons.
We had a walk about to orientate ourselves to the locality. There seems to be lots of walking behind us up in the hills. It's only a very thin strip of land next to the coast that everyone gets squeezed into which explains why it's so hectic. So hopefully if we explore inland it should be better.