Spain Guide


Málaga Beaches

The beaches in and around Málaga offer a wealth of year round activities there are fabulous seafront restaurants, modern promenades, impromptu flamenco performers and every kind of water sport imaginable.

The beaches begin at the Morro de Levante, a pier marking the entrance to Malaga port. Towards the east of the pier you'll find the Malagueta beaches, 2,500 metres in length and bordered by the Pablo Ruiz Picasso promenade.

The promenade runs alongside one of the main beaches serving the city, Playa Caleta it's clean, well maintained and equipped and within easy walking distance of the town centre. From here you can see the seawalls of the nearby port and the seemingly endless coastline of the Costa del Sol.

On the far side of the port, off Calle Larios, you'll find another popular beach Playa de la Malagueta which also has good facilities including showers. This is where the closing ceremonies of the city's annual fiesta takes place. If you can, try to plan your holiday around this spectacular fair which takes place in the first two weeks of August. It's one of the biggest fiestas in Andalucia, attracting some three million visitors with a noisy, chaotic and fun filled street party which continues round the clock. One of the best ways to enjoy the city lights, garlands and fireworks at this time of year is from a boat in the port area.

Adjacent to Playa de la Malagueta is a strip of bars and restaurants which buzz with nightlife when the sun goes down.

All along this stretch of coast you'll find good seafront restaurants with local fresh fish specialties. Try one of the many "chiringuitos" the beach bars where you can enjoy a cold drink and some local tapas.

If you're a seafood fan head east of the town to the beaches of Pedregalejo and El Palo, both of which have a unique character quite distinct from Malaga's main seafront promenade. Each summer, the locals from this traditional fishing community celebrate the feast of the Virgin del Carmen (on July 16th) by taking a statue of the virgin from the church out to sea in a boat, followed by a procession of fishing vessels.

El Palo is a traditional fishing village where you'll get the best "fresh from the sea" fried fish on the Costa del Sol.

The local passion for good seafood is reflected in the tapas trails designated by the Malagan Hostelry Association. Tour the chiringuitos along the "Anchovy Route" in El Pal, the Sardine Route in Pedregalejo and the Squid Route to the west of the city.

At the eastern end of Málaga province you'll find the Velez Malaga inlet and the Caleta de Velez marina the biggest port for recreational craft in the eastern part of the Costa del Sol. The marina has 200 berths and offers sailing and a variety of other watersports.

Close to the village of Velez Malaga is La Vinuela lake a huge recreational lake with various non motorised watersports including sailing, swimming, wind surfing and canoeing.

Venture a short way along the coast from Malaga to the neighbouring resort of Benalmádena where you'll find three miles of white sandy beach, an aqua park and the Tivoli amusement park.

Nearby Fuengirola offers extensive shopping, beaches, nightlife and restaurants. Or visit swanky Puerto Banus to the west of Marbella to ogle the multi million pound yachts and enjoy a day's celebrity spotting.

Head along the coast to the southernmost tip of Spain and take a ferry from Algericas to Tangier for a weekend of exploring the Kasbah. If you're into windsurfing there's no better place to indulge your passion than in the windy city of Tarifa where you can see North Africa across the Straits of Gibraltar.