If there is a reason that drags tourists to Malaga, it is, undoubtedly, its beaches. The city boasts many stretches of sand within reach for any tourist hosted in the city center, all of them well – equipped and with a wide offer of chiringuitos (beach bars/restaurants). Also, in the surroundings, the province offers many other nice Malaga beaches from East to West that can be accessed by car or by public transport within just a few minutes.
If you are thinking of paying a visit to this amazing town soon, keep on reading. We are going to present to you our selection of Malaga beaches to enjoy your summer in Spain. But let’s start with the ones within town:
Urban beach La Malagueta is the most famous one in town. Located just ten minutes distance from the city center, it is accessible to anyone staying in Malaga. It offers 1,200 meters of dark sands beach with an average of 45 meters of width with calm and crystallin waters. Its always lively promenade offers a variety of beach bars known as ‘chiringuitos‘ where you can enjoy a cold drink with a dish of fried fish (‘pescaito frito’).
La Caleta is the natural continuation of La Malagueta on the Eastside. Also very lively and popular among tourists and locals. During the summer months, there is an inflatable water park set up in the sea in this beach, which makes it a perfect option for families with children.
The neighbourhood of Pedregalejo, an old fisherman’s quarter, is now one of the hippest quarters in the city. Located on the East part of Malaga, has one of the best beaches in town, and it is a favourite among the locals. The area is full of quaint little houses, lots of ‘chiringuitos’ and the traditional colourful wooden fishing boats- jábegas. There are also many chilled bars with a surfer’s vibe in which you can enjoy all sorts of food asides from fried fish: pokés, tuna tatakis, salads, avocado toasts, baos or samosas. Also unmissable is the terrace of El Balneario, in Los Baños del Carmen, where you can enjoy a cocktail while watching one of the most spectacular sunsets in Malaga. And if you are lucky, listening to some live flamenco too!
The promenade from Pedregalejo continues onto El Palo, a similar old fishing neighbourhood, but much more traditional. It is also the perfect place to try two of the local delicacies at a very reasonable price: espetos and fritura malagueña. Espetos are basically sardines skewered and cooked over a pit of coals by the sea. Just season them with sea salt and a bit of lemon! Fritura malagueña includes a wide variety of seafood from the area, such as squid or cuttlefish, but mainly little fish like anchovies, coated in flour and fried in very hot oil. Delicious!
Located on the west part of the city, these Malaga beaches are locally known as the beaches of Huelin, which is the name of one of the biggest neighborhoods and park in the area close to these beaches. Generally, there are more locals at these beaches than tourists, due to the dense population of the neighbouring areas.
These beaches areas are in front of the Paseo Marítimo Antonio Banderas, which is a relatively new promenade, very well equipped with a bike path, kids’ water park, solar panels and windmills. It is obviously a great option for families with children. There are plenty of authentic chiringuitos (beach bars) along the promenade where you can enjoy fresh seafood, espetos, and other local delicacies,
You will find them exiting Malaga from the Eastside. It is a very local area and not touristy at all, where you can find sandy beaches and lots of local bars to eat at. La Cala (as locals abbreviate it) is a small suburb just 12km from Malaga city. A bit further, we find the medium-sized town of Rincon de la Victoria. If you make a sharp right turn after the tunnels, the path will lead you to a lovely shrine in the rocks dedicated to the Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of the sailors.
Exiting the city from the Westside, you will find this only nudist/naturist beach, located on Málaga’s coastline in the nature reserve of the River Guadalhorce. Independently of its nudist condition, it is one of the best beaches Malaga area.
Within the same area, you will find the promenades and beaches of Los Alamos and Torremolinos. There are plenty of beach bars here, but they look more like cocktail bars, with a chill-out vibe to them, and some offering live music and DJ’s. Most of them have Indonesian or Balearic influences, in both the decor and in the food. This area is also a favourite among the kite and surf lovers. The good thing is that they are very well connected to Malaga town by the short-distance train (tren de cercanías) that will take you there in less than 20 minutes.