Malaga Beaches, Andalucia, Spain

Malaga beach, La Malagueta, Costa del Sol, Spain

Fairly obviously this is La Malagueta beach, Malaga’s most popular strip of – as usual – grey sand. Photo by elfeffe.

Are Malaga beaches worthwhile?

The gray sand beaches and reasonably calm waters along the bay of Malaga are all well-maintained and well-provided with facilities, ideal for families.
The favourite is Playa de la Malagueta, a man-made, Blue Flag urban beach only 10 minutes from the Malaga city centre but parking is difficult, mostly along the roadside opposite, so a bike or bus would be a better way to get here.

Malaga city is seen by many foreign tourists as a transit point to other more interesting Andalusian cities such as Seville, Ronda, Cordoba and Granada but actually it’s not a bad place to hang out for two or three days, with some excellent museums, friendly local people, terrific dining and a lively nightlife, though a bit short in the interesting architecture department. It also has a colourful Semana Santa (Holy Week to you) before Easter with processions and varied happenings, though Seville’s Semana Santa is far more extreme and set in a gorgeous city.

Malagueta beach just out of season, bordered by Paseo Maritimo, Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain

Another view of Malagueta beach just out of season, bordered by Paseo Maritimo. Photo by Bogdan Migulski.

Malaga town beach of Playa Palo, Costa del Sol, Spain

For watersports try the town beach of Playa Palo. Photo by Tyk.

Malaga beach, La Caleta, Costa del Sol, Spain

Large Caleta beach looking back towards the centre of Malaga.

Playa de Pedregalejo housing in January, Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain

Playa de Pedregalejo housing in January. Photo by tyk.

The balneario spa resort of Baños del Carmen, Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain

The balneario spa resort of Baños del Carmen. Photo by tyk.

Playa de San Andres, malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain

You’d have to be quite desperate for a tan and staying close by to choose this beach near the port, Playa de San Andres. Photo by Quinn Comendant.