Whilst visiting the Costa del Sol, you are simply spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the best beach in Malaga. The Spanish Mediterranean coast is blessed with miles upon miles of golden sandy beaches, tepid waters and yummy chiringuitos where you can eat and drink the day away. This article looks at the best beaches surrounding the cultural hub of Malaga City. The province of Malaga itself is home to many more, however, all beaches on this list are no more than a few minutes’ walk from the bustling city streets.

According to the town hall, Malaga City has 15 beaches in its local vicinity, each beach has its own style and features. The list we have compiled includes the best of the best, leaving you with a choice  depending on your preference or mood.

Playa de la Misericordia
The Playa de la Misericordia, or Misericordia beach, is a dark-sand beach measuring approximately 2m deep and 30m wide. It sits between Guadalhorce and Huelin along the coast, is regularly cleaned and offers a good range of amenities. This is a great place to experience the summer phenomenon of Ola del Melillero, the famed summertime waves that hit the Malaga City coast. These occur around 7.30pm each evening and often take visitors (and their belongings) by surprise. The unusual waves are caused by the approach of the high-speed Malaga to Melilla Ferry that arrives in port each evening. You will know when it´s coming, as crowds of local children grab their surfboards and descend to enjoy the fun.

Playa de la Malagueta
Although one of the man-made beaches along the coast of Malaga City, the Playa de la Malagueta is a thought of as one of the best beaches in Malaga. This stretch is surrounded with bars, restaurants, playgrounds and shops, so you can easily whittle away the day whilst soaking in the sun and sights.  The beach is around 1.2km long and approximately 45m wide, but does become very popular in the summer months with Spanish locals.

Playa de la Caleta
This large beach is about 1km long and sits between Playa de la Malagueta and Banos del Carmen on the Pablo Picasso promenade. It is popular with locals and includes activities such as beach volleyball, cycling, running and outdoor workout equipment. The beach is famed for being one of the cleanest in the area and also offers good wheelchair access.

Banos del Carmen
The Banos del Carmen is one of the smaller beaches in the Malaga area and seems to attract a younger cosmopolitan crowd. The small sandy cove only measures 55m by 15m offering a more secluded feel. However, be warned the waters here are quite deep, so it isn´t the most suitable beach for families. This is a great destination to enjoy an evening drink whilst watching the sun go down.

Palya del Campo de Golf – San Julian
Located directly behind the golf course of the Parador Malaga Golf Hotel, you will find the Playa del Campo de Golf. It is a long beach that extends approximately 2.2Km along the coast from Los Alamos to the Guadalhorce river and is a popular spot for those who enjoy a bit of water sports action. When the weather conditions are right, you will find kite and windsurfers enjoying the waters.

Playa de Guadalmar
The Guadalmar beach is located between the San Julian beach and the Guadalhorce river estuary. It is approximately 500m long and is also the only official nudist beach in Malaga City. It is also a great place for aviation enthusiasts, as the beach is located right on the flight path into Malaga Airport. It also provides access to services such as toilet, shower and beach chiringuitos.

Palya el Candado
The Playa el Candado is a smaller beach, measuring only 200m by 30m. It is considered to be for a more exclusive crowd and is linked to the Club Nautico el Candado. We highly recommend sampling the food and drinks on offer at the restaurant Candado Beach, which serves traditional gourmet dishes, with the picturesque coastline as the backdrop.

Penon del Cuervo
The Malaga landmark, the Penon (the rock), which can be seen from numerous spots in Malaga is located along this stretch of beach. It is a popular spot for younger crowds, hosting regular summer beach parties and barbecues. It is a little tricky to find and does not offer much in the way of amenities so we suggest you come prepared, but it is definitely well worth a visit.


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