No trip to the capital of the Costa del Sol is complete without paying a visit to at least one of the many nearby beaches!
With over 300 days of sun every year, that means that a visit to the beach visit could be on almost any vacation itinerary, regardless of the season. Whether you want to swim, find the best seafood, or simply just relax, there’s a great beach option for everyone! But how do you choose? Here’s our picks for the best beaches in Malaga to help you!
Photo Credit: Nick Kenrick
Playa de la Malagueta, Malaga
This is the closest beach to the city and the easiest to reach. You’ll find a mix of both locals and tourists here working on their suntans or playing beach volleyball. You can lay in the sand, take a dive in the water, or relax on the grass in the shade of the palm trees.
Take a great photo by the iconic Malagueta sign, or hit one of the chiringuitos (beach bars) for a refreshing drink. We love stopping by Chiringuito La Malagueta.
Playa de el Palo, Malaga
Feeling active? Hire a bike and follow the boulevard along the coastline of Malaga. You’ll end up in Malaga’s quaint fishermen villages, such as El Palo. Take a look at the tiny and colorful fishermen houses lined up side by side near the beach.
The beaches here are mainly filled with locals, both relaxing on the beach or enjoying fresh fish. The local favorite is espetos. These are sardine skewers cooked on a barbecue on the beach. The barbecue is usually made out of an old fishing boat! We personally love visiting El Tintero. There’s no menu, and the waiters run around with plates of food. When you see something you like the look of, flag down the waiter!
Our Tip: If cycling isn’t your thing, bus 11 from the city center takes you there as well.
Playa Peñon del Cuervo, Malaga
Keep on going past the old fishing villages and you’ll reach Playa Peñon del Cuervo. You won’t find beach bars and restaurants, but it’s still popular with locals, especially on weekends.
Public barbecue places next to the beach make this the perfect location for celebrations or get-togethers.
And the big rock close to the shoreline adds a spectacular backdrop.
Playa de la Misericordia, Malaga
Eastwards, the opposite direction of Malagueta, there are also beaches. This area used to be Malaga’s main industrial neighborhood. You can still see the remains of this time, with old chimneys creating an interesting look. It is one of the neighborhoods of Malaga that is not that known by tourists yet.
It’s less popular with tourists, but one reason that locals love this beach so much because of the Ola del Melillero. These are summertime waves that can take you by surprise because they seem to appear out of nowhere. They are caused by the Malaga-Melilla ferry (nicknamed Melillero) that arrives in Malaga every night. If your timing is right, you can even surf on these waves!
Playa El Salón, Nerja
If you love bright white beaches and crystal clear water, you have to visit Nerja! About an hour by bus from Malaga’s city center, this village is easy to reach. Playa El Salón is right near the city center and very popular among Spanish families. It has everything you need, such as toilets, showers, and a lifeguard.
There are no restaurants right at the beach, but the charming city center has plenty of them. Whitewashed houses and cobbled streets give Nerja a typical southern Spanish feeling. Don’t forget to go to Balcón de Europa. It’s one of one of the prettiest views in Malaga, and maybe even one of the prettiest views you have ever seen!
Playa de la Carvajal, Fuengirola
Take a train from Malaga’s city center and you’ll reach Fuengirola. Once a small fishing village, this town is now one of the most popular destinations of the Costa del Sol!
This means some of the beaches in Fuengirola can get very busy, but the most isolated beach of Fuengirola is Playa de la Carvajal. It has beautiful golden sand, the shallow shoreline means that it’s perfect for families with children.
Playa El Cristo, Estepona
Estepona is another city near Malaga with many nice beaches, though one of our favorites is Playa El Cristo. Located in a little cove, this beautiful and clean beach is easy to reach by car. Also, the water is always a bit warmer than at other beaches, and its location means you can enjoy the sunlight until well into the evening.
Not far from Playa El Cristo you’ll find the port of Estepona. It’s a nice area to explore with lots of restaurants, pretty boats, and an old lighthouse!
There are many places to discover and many beaches to soak up the sun near Malaga! Just make sure you bring your bathing suit and enough sunblock, so our Malaga heat does not get to you.
Aside from fabulous beaches, the Costa del Sol also has fabulous food! Join us on one of our Malaga tapas tours and we’ll show you the delicious side of Costa del Sol’s capital.
Featured Image Photo Credit: Nick Kenrick