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Playa del Cañuelo | © Por los caminos de Málaga/Flickr
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The Best Beaches In Malaga, Spain

Picture of Prema Chablani
Updated: 9 February 2017
Costa del Sol is one of the most popular holiday destinations for people from around the world. Malaga is getting more and more fashionable, and the city itself is culturally and historically rich. Being one of the most popular Costa locations to visit, the beaches are beautiful in Malaga, which draws in visitors. Here’s our guide to the best beaches in Malaga, a port city in southern Spain.

Peñon del Cuervo

Peñon del Cuervo is a famous Malaga landmark with the peñon (the rock) that stands out in the sea. The beach is incredibly popular with young crowds, beach parties and barbeques. There aren’t many restaurants, bars or facilities in the area but the beach is one of the most beautiful spots in Malaga. Behind the beach you’ll spot a cement factory that you’ll need to pass when getting to the beach. That should be your landmark so you know you aren’t getting lost.

Playa del peñon nocturna | © Javier Gutierrez Acedo/Flickr
Playa del peñon nocturna | © Javier Gutierrez Acedo/Flickr

Playa del Cañuelo

Sitting off the beaten track near Nerja, Playa del Cañuelo is more popular with a trendy crowd and the area is well known for it’s snorkeling. You can get here on a bus that winds down tree covered slopes of Maro hill and ends at the clear waters of Playa del Cañuelo. The beach has two bars that is good for snacks and a couple of drinks. Keep in mind that at this beach, swimwear is optional and the beach belongs to a natural park that stretches out all the way to Granada.

Playa de Pedregalejo

Set in one of the most exciting neighborhoods in Malaga, Playa de Pedregalego is an incredibly popular nightlife spot. The beach is busy during the day with students and locals as foreign language schools surround it, and the beach is renowned for being incredibly clean and relaxing. The 1.2 kilometer stretch is filled with bars, restaurants and nightclubs and are busiest on Monday nights as most establishments offer a ladies night. If you’re up for enjoying some good seafood from a fisherman’s village, check out this beach.

Playa de Pedregalejo | © molgar/Flickr
Playa de Pedregalejo | © molgar/Flickr

Playa de la Caleta

Playa de la Caleta sits on the Pablo Picasso promenade between the Playa de la Malagueta and Baños del Carmen. The beach is huge and wide and is a popular spot with all the locals. As you walk along the beach you’ll notice sports being played everywhere, from cycling to beach volleyball and running tracks and work out stations on the beach. Here, you can rent a bike or just stroll along enjoying the sights. This is known as one of the cleanest beaches and also the most accessible, as it’s well equipped for wheelchairs too.

Playa del Cristo

Just west of Estepona port, Playa del Cristo is a beautiful beach that’s great for paddling, relaxing and even getting a bite to eat. There are plenty of sun lounge areas and the beach is incredibly safe for families. The waters are incredibly calm and easy to swim in. The beach is full of chiringuitos, which are little restaurants serving typical Spanish food, so dig into a delectable seafood paella and watch the sea glitter in the sun. The beach has always got lifeguards on duty and all the amenities for a comfortable day out in the sun.