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Beaches in Malaga

Coming to the Costa del Sol is not just spending your holidays on a beach in Spain, it means travelling to Andalucia, a historic and exotic region with great cultural heritage, which inspired many European tourists over the last century. With more than 300 sunny days a year!

Among the hundreds of beaches of the Costa del Sol you surely will find the perfect one for you. The average water temperature is around 18º C ;  at the end of July and the first days of August it can rise up to 25º C for some days, but most of the time the water is quite refreshing, which means a delight with temperatures reaching 45º C under the hot sun of August.

Favorite tourist destination

During the summer season millions of tourists choose the Costa del Sol as their favorite destination, but also the rest of the year, even in winter the visitors keep arriving, as the temperatures of this province never reach the low levels of the adjacent ones, which is due to its microclimate. The distance between Malaga and Manilva is about 70 km and includes almost the same number of beaches. Some are of very good quality with fine golden sand, and some others are not in that good shape. But mostly they are quite nice beaches.

For those tourists looking for luxury and comfort, we have included a review of the main beach clubs in Malaga

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Most of those beaches are totally equipped with toilets, lifeguards, water sport possibilities and offer long boardwalks for evening strolls and to enjoy great views.

Malaga's beaches are privileged to be located in the capital of the Costa del Sol, with all the amenities and services they represent. With a length of nine miles, they are only surpassed by other destinations like Estepona or Marbella; they are very well served by private and public transport, and isolated from the city traffic with wonderful promenades, becoming true havens of tranquillity.

The city boosts the great advantage of combining excellent infrastructure with a wealth of museums, monuments, gastronomy and culture, along with the option of walking along the beach, taking a sunbath or going for a swim. In Malaga you can appreciate the work of the city´s most famous resident, Pablo Picasso; visit the Moorish Alcazaba and the Roman theatre and enjoy at the same time beaches to relax and unwind.

The urban coast of the city of Malaga has a total of 16 beaches, among which the most popular are La Misericordia, La Malagueta, El Palo, Pedregalejo or San Andres, with facilities that make the beaches safe, accessible and comfortable.

You can choose from popular city beaches, like San Andres, La Malagueta or Pedregalejo; or other more remote ones as Campo de Golf (with an area for nude bathing) or Guadalmar, and even you can choose a charming corner as the Peña del Cuervo or the Baños del Carmen.

In addition, there are plenty of restaurants and bars along the promenades, where to taste the exquisite cuisine of Malaga, where the undisputed kings are the famous grilled sardines and fried fish.

Beaches near Malaga city centre

Huelín Beach

The highlight of this beach is its “Antonio Banderas Promenade“, which is rather new and broad, very frequented every evening by people walking, doing sports, …

The beach is quite wide and has plenty of bars where they serve the delicious and distinctive malagueño fried fish.

La Malagueta Beach

Among the beaches of Malaga the La Malaguetabeach stands out. A town beach located in the center of Malaga and very popular with its citizens. It’s 1.5 km long and consists of dark fine sand.

This beach is one of the most central and popular from Malaga. It is situated 10 minutes from the city center. Is very near by the park of Malaga, Plaza de Toros and also has several bars along their “Pablo Ruiz Picasso Promenade.” We can highlight the “Antonio Martin restaurant“, a well known place in town for its delicious dishes and excellent location.

El Palo Beach

It is located in an area full of shops of all kinds, parks and restaurants where you can taste typical cuisine of Malaga dishes such as fried fish, salads, soups stew ,…. The beaches are mostly coves , there are many pubs within its promenade. We can highlight the Marina, where one can practice water sports such as sailing, swimming, diving, … and “Tintero restaurant”, which serves salads and fish.

Rincón de la Victoria-Nerja Beach

Are characterized by several coves, the water is crystal clear, the beaches are quiet, even in summer, more than Torremolinos and Benalmadena beaches. Many athletes practice diving in the area for the clarity and calmness of its waters.

Nerja is well known because the “Balcony of Europe“, which is a square projection towards the sea, with a wonderful view. Moreover, in this town, you go by foot directly to coves, which are small, so it is not crowded and very quiet.

Mijas beaches

Playa del Cristo

The beach of La Cala (Las Doradas) boasts the Blue Flag of the C. E. E. and offers all kind of services.

Playas en Marbella

In Marbella, there is a contrast in its beaches. From golden sand beaches to beaches located within sand dunes in the Cabopino area, as well as some nudists beaches.

Cabopino Beach

Golden sand beach, with all kinds of services and nudist area. The landscape is dune. It is one of the wildest beaches on the Costa del Sol. There are areas where nudism is practiced.

Beach in Puerto Banús

A crowded beach with beachside cafes, showers and possibilities to rent jetskis, kayaks, pedal boats and other things, depending on the respective temporary fashion.

The beach of Puerto Banus consists of dark sand and lacks almost any type of stones which makes bathing there an even bigger pleasure.

Beach in San Pedro de Alcantara

Guayaba Beach

Semi-urban beach of San Pedro, which has all the services. Dark sand and rocks. It is next to the promenade.

Beaches in Estepona

Playa del Cristo

Semi-urban beach with dark sand and all services available.

Costa Natura

The only listed nude beach in Estepona. It’s the second of three almost identical beaches. Costa Natura is located between the beaches of Guadalobón and Arroyo Vaquero.

Manilva beaches

Playa de Punta Chullera

A beach of beautiful bays, surrounded by rocks and low cliffs. In some of the bays you can find nudists. Remarkable are the beach’s landscape and views as well as its ecological richness with clean and transparent waters especially suitable for underwater fishing.



Best beaches in Malaga

Come to Malaga's beaches for walking or sporting activities; sunbathe or sit in a beach bar, there are many ways to enjoy. Most importantly, Malaga beaches are great to visit year round and are another attraction of the city of Malaga.


The Costa del Sol offers 300 sunny days a year, average temperatures of 20º C, Hotel developments, all year long apartments for rent, all kind of beaches – urban and isolated ones, a varied offer of leisure, restaurants… What are you waiting for?

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