Top 5 beaches in Malaga city and its surrounding areas
1. Playa de Huelin
The beach of Huelin is situated on the west coast of Malaga and 4 km away from the city centre, therefore it is rarely crowded, yet very easy and fast to reach.
Around this 700 metre long beach there are numerous areas for leisure activities, sports facilities and parks that can be visited by the whole family. Many of the beach bars also rent out sun loungers, so that you can relax here even on particularly hot days. In the high season you can rent water sports equipment such as pedal boats and stand up paddles.
Just as on Malagueta, you can experience the little phenomenon “La Ola del Melillero” on this beach: The approach and braking manoeuvre of the ferry from Melilla creates short and sudden strong waves and the sea level rises – which can be a very amusing spectacle, since many a beach visitor jumps up from his towel to escape the waves. One should therefore be careful not to relax too close to the water, as otherwise personal belongings might also go for a bath.
2. Playa de Pedregalejos
This beach is located in the beautiful district of Pedregalejos, the oldest fishing district of Malaga. It is 1200m long and very well known for its special beach promenade: You will not only find nice bars that invite you to linger and relax here, the food is also highly recommended! You will find one restaurant after the other, and at the end the chiringuitos with freshly caught fish and delicious paella of the highest quality await you – and at affordable prices.
We especially recommend the sardine skewers, which are smoked and cooked on the charcoal grills on the beach. The beach of Pedregalejos is particularly suitable for families with small children, because it is divided into many small bays, which hold off almost every wave and therefore also invite inexperienced swimmers to take a bath.
In the evening, the various beach bars turn into lounges with relaxed music along the promenade. Enjoy one of the most colourful sunsets of the Costa del sol!
3. Playa de la Malagueta
Between the port of Malaga and the beach of Caleta lies the wide beach of Malagueta, which is probably the most famous and therefore often well visited beach in the city. For a Spanish city beach, which is often considered overcrowded, it is absolutey worth a visit: on the 1.2 km long beach, locals and tourists alike spread out, so that a nice place can always be found. At the main entrance you will find the famous large lettering – probably one of the most photographed motifs of the city. The beach is lined with tropical palm trees, where small green parrots live, and also offers numerous cafés and restaurants, the so-called Chringuitos. The young ambience is what makes this beach so attractive. From Malagueta you can easily walk to the traffic-calmed city centre, where you can shop or eat and drink wonderfully.
4. Calahonda (Nerja)
A trip here is not only worthwhile because of the beach itself: The beach of Calahonda is located directly under the famous Balcón de Europa and offers an amazing view of the bay of Nerja. Here the horizon seems to merge with the sea, while below the fine grey sand waits for relaxation and the bay lures with turquoise water for refreshment. After a beautiful day on the 120 metre long beach with services such as deckchairs, hammocks and umbrellas, you should not miss the play of colours on the Balcón at dusk!
5. Playa de El Castillo (Fuengirola)
This long beach is located at the foot of the beautiful ancient castle ruin Castillo Sohail in the small suburb of Fuengirola. It is known for its quiet location, as it is not inm the middle of the Fuengirola city centre. However, Fuengirola can be easily reached from Málaga by train (Cercanías), which makes a day trip there quite comfortable. Every year, the coast of Fuengirola is awarded the Bandera Azul, a European Union premium, for its very high quality of water.
The beach of El Castillo not only offers a lot of space for people – there is also a separate dog area and a lot of parking spaces next to it, which you won’t find in the centre of Malaga.