Surfing is one of the sports that has gained more prominence in recent times throughout Andalusia, but especially in the province of Malaga. The beaches of the province of Malaga are bathed in the Mediterranean Sea, a place where, despite the fact that there are not as many waves as people who practice this sport would like, there is a great surfing tradition.
In the winter season the beaches of Malaga do not stop being used, on the contrary, they are still alive. The good temperature of this city means that many people enjoy its beaches to the maximum at any time of the year.
Although it may seem contradictory, if you ask yourself when is the best time to go surfing, we will tell you that the best waves are in summer. However, the season with the most waves is in winter, but these are usually seas where there is a lot of wind and with a low quality. In spite of this, surfers who enjoy the beaches of Malaga say that they are very fun hollow waves, not very long but enjoyable. Furthermore, on these beaches, you can surf from both the east and the west, which is lucky too, because if it’s not one way you’ll always have the alternative.
Along the Costa del Sol you can find several beaches where you can get started in the world of surfing or practice this sport for a more advanced level. The city has a total of 14 kilometres of beaches, all of which are very well connected and attractive for sightseeing.
Below you will find the most suitable beaches whether you are a beginner in this sport or if you already have a higher level.
If you want to continue to know everything that Malaga hides, apart from its wonderful beaches, here we leave you a link to get tickets to the Caminito del Rey, a natural passage worth enjoying.
Another very good option is to take a guided tour in Malaga, where they will tell you all its history and what is not visible to the naked eye.
The first of the beaches proposed for surfing on the Costa del Sol is in the capital, more specifically in the area of ‘El Palo’. We are referring to El Chanquete beach, also known among the locals as El Dedo beach.
It is a beach with a family atmosphere, 550 metres long. The colour of the sand is dark and the waves are moderate. As it is an urban beach, its occupancy rate is high. Its facilities are easy to access both on foot and by car, and there is also a bus stop just a few metres from the beach.
It is worth mentioning that this beach has been awarded the Blue Flag, a distinction awarded by the European Foundation for Environmental Education.
El Chanquete beach is one of the favourite beaches for surfers in the province. It is located next to the El Candado Yacht Club and offers all kinds of services: showers, car parks, toilets, etc. In this area, you will find both westerly and easterly winds, and it also has the advantage that after an intense surfing session, you can rest in any of the beach bars located along the long promenade.
This beach has been flying the Blue Flag since 2018, as well as having the Q for quality. It is 1600 metres long, making it the perfect beach to enjoy the different leisure options it offers, in the urban areas that are located next to the beach.
This stretch of coastline is one of the most complete in the Axarquia region. Its promenade is one of the most modern and visited on the coast of Malaga. In addition, you can find everything from traditional beach bars that have evolved over the years to children’s playgrounds where the little ones can have fun after a swim or a day at the beach.
In addition to all of the above, this beach is ideal for surfing in the province of Malaga. It has easily accessible entrances and ample parking spaces. We recommend that you go to this beach on days when the easterly wind is blowing, and a good trick to catch the best waves is to position yourself on the part of the beach where the village ends.
Artola-Cabopino beach is located in the municipality of Marbella, and is one of the best natural beaches you can find on the Costa del Sol. It has a surface area of 1,200 metres and is located within the natural area ‘Dunas de Artola’, which was declared a Natural Monument in 2001. The landscape of this beach is characterised by incredible dunes and abrupt autochthonous vegetation that allows the tourist to experience a sensation of peace and connection with nature.
It has fine golden sand, and is suitable for everyone, as it has both family areas and sun loungers and deckchairs for more privacy. Moreover, you can also find beach bars. Here you can also find beach bars and restaurants where you can cool off from the high summer temperatures.
In the area you can also visit places of great historical interest, such as the Torre Ladrones, a defensive tower of Roman origin declared an Asset of Cultural Interest.
Among the various leisure and adventure companies that we can find on the Costa del Sol, there are many that specialise in surfing as it is a sport that has gained special importance in recent times. Above all, there are many surf schools where they are dedicated to teaching and giving introductory courses to all those who want to practice this sport. One of these companies is called ‘La Mar de Bien’, and is located on the beach of Torrevigia (Benalmádena). It has the ideal conditions and orientations for surfing, including the fact that it is a comfortable and quiet beach for those who want to start in this world.
Another company with similar characteristics is located in Nerja, called ‘Life Adventure’. This school has expert surfing teachers and a wide experience in the practice of this sport. In addition, you will not only be able to surf, but also enjoy other sports such as hiking, horse riding, climbing, etc.
These schools offer their clients the possibility of hiring their classes or renting the necessary equipment for surfing, such as wetsuits, boards or accident insurance.