5 Best Beaches in Malaga

Which Malaga Beach is Right For You?

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    Malaga’s beaches in the Andalucia region of southern Spain are characterised by dark, long stretches of sand skirted by lofty palms. Set along the Costa del Sol (literally the ‘Sun Coast’), cosmopolitan beaches sit beside boarded promenades. Shorefronts are dressed in colourful parasols and locals laze in hammocks under the blazing summer sun.

    Each of Malaga’s beaches has its own special charm, from quiet family-friendly seafronts set among quaint fishing villages to those bordered by buzzing beach bars and overflowing with watersports. One of the main draws to the city, its beaches attract thousands of holidaymakers throughout the summer for good reason. Let’s take a look at the best beaches in Malaga and see which is right for you.

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    Playa La Malagueta

    Convenient for Malaga city centre

    Roughly 1,200 metres of dark sand stretch along the shore of La Malagueta Beach. Dotted with palm trees and housing the Malagueta sculpture, its proximity to the city centre makes it the most convenient Malaga beach to reach on foot. There are ample restaurants and bars along the Promenade of Pablo Ruiz Picasso.

    Families with children can enjoy the playground, while others can rent umbrellas and hammocks to spend their day on the beach. The sandy shores of Playa La Malagueta have plenty of modern conveniences within reach, making it incredibly popular throughout summer. 

    الموقع: Paseo Marítimo Pablo Ruiz Picasso, 29016, Málaga, Spain

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    Playa de La Caleta

    Take a dip in azure seas or laze across sandy shores

    Set along the affluent coastal neighbourhood of the same name, Playa de La Caleta is skirted by villas and mansions that were built by the Haute Bourgeoisie of the 19th century. The wide, palm-lined promenade leads to the neighbouring cosmopolitan beach of La Malagueta. There’s no natural border between them, but La Malagueta remains the busier of the 2 beaches.

    Beach bars stretch along the 1-km length of the shore, with a variety of water sports on offer and the benefit of lifeguards and green spaces. Graced with clean sands, you can laze under umbrellas and palms or cool off in the sea while taking in the view of the mountains that surround Malaga.

    الموقع: Paseo Marítimo Pablo Ruiz Picasso, 33, 29016 Málaga, Spain

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    Playa de el Palo

    Nestled among quaint fishing villages

    Continue east from the urban beaches of Playa La Malagueta and Playa de La Caleta and you’ll happen upon the quieter beach of El Palo. With a sandy waterfront and calm waters, the beach is smaller than others in Malaga but provides a welcome escape for anyone looking to relax. Fishing and diving are popular pastimes at Playa de el Palo.

    Renting a bike to follow the boulevarde along the coastline of Malaga is the best way to enjoy a day out to El Palo. Away from the bustling centre, you’ll discover quaint fishing villages where colourful houses line the beach and restaurants serve fresh seafood. Sardine skewers (espetos) cooked on a barbecue made from an old fishing boat on the beach are a favourite among locals that relax here.

    الموقع: Calle Quitapenas, 29017 Málaga, Spain

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    Playa Peñón del Cuervo

    For those looking to escape the beach bars

    If you’re looking to retreat somewhere a bit quieter, with fewer beach bars and a more relaxed vibe, Playa Peñón del Cuervo is ideal. It is famed for the peñon (the rock) that rises above the sea that divides the 450-metre beach in 2. You can enjoy a wide sandy beach peppered with shady palms for a family day out.

    Best reached by car, the beach’s distance from densely populated neighbourhoods makes it ideal for beach parties, concerts and barbecues with the younger crowds. Less urbanised than other Malaga beaches, Playa Peñón del Cuervo is perfect for those in search of a place to unwind.

    الموقع: Carretera de Almerìa la Araña, 29720 Málaga, Spain

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    Playa de la Misericordia

    Ideal for those looking for somewhere to surf

    Southwest of Malaga’s centre lies the 2-km-long Playa de la Misericordia, with its dark sandy shores that are characteristic of the region. Unlike other beaches in Malaga, Playa de la Misericordia still holds onto some of the city’s industrial past with a 19th-century chimney dominating the seaside promenade.

    On summer evenings, groups of children gather with their surfboards to make the most of the waves that seemingly appear from nowhere. The phenomenon, known as Ola del Melillero, is caused by the waves from the high-speed ferry that arrives into Malaga Port every night.

    الموقع: Paseo Marítimo Antonio Banderas, 29004 Málaga, Spain

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