Best Beaches In & Around Málaga

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  • 1. Malagueta Beach

    Malagueta Beach

    Travel time from Málaga: approx 0.5 hrs

    One of the closest beaches to Malaga, Malagueta Beach sits comfortably within the city limits, just five minutes by car, or a 20-minute walk from the centre of the city. Buses also regularly ply the route, although there's a good amount of parking nearby.

    Running parallel to the promenade named after Malaga native Pablo Picasso, Malagueta lies east of the port, and boasts an area where visitors are able to… read more »

  • 2. La Caleta

    La Caleta

    Travel time from Málaga: approx 0.5 hrs

    Facing roughly south into the bright waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Malaga's La Caleta beach is located in the upmarket area of the city that goes by the same name.

    Situated between Baños del Carmen and La Malagueta, its darker sands have a width averaging 25 metres, and a length stretching to a kilometre.

    Among the sands, visitors will find areas with palms and grasses offering natural… read more »

  • 3. Playa de Pedregalejo

    Playa de Pedregalejo
    Erik Starck

    Travel time from Málaga: approx 0.5 hrs

    Located a few minutes' walk from Malaga's port, Playa de Pedregalejo is an urban beach that sits between Baños del Carmen and El Palo Beach. Though relatively narrow, with an average width of around 20 metres, it's dark - almost brown - sands stretch on for more than a kilometre, ensuring space for all its visitors. Awarded a Q Quality Seal in 2018 by the Spanish authorities as… read more »

  • 4. Playa de Artola

    Playa de Artola
    Olaf Tausch

    Travel time from Málaga: approx 1 hr

    Playa de Artola lies at the eastern end of Marbella, running west away from the elegant Cabopino Marina on an area of coast known as the Punta Ladrones (Thieves' Point). However, unlike most beaches in Marbella, Playa de Artola is not surrounded by large hotel complexes. Instead, it sits among rolling dunes that have been a protected Spanish national space since 2001.

    Though quite narrow, the gently-curving sands of Playa… read more »

  • 5. Playa del Cañuelo

    Playa del Cañuelo

    Travel time from Málaga: approx 1 hr

    Playa del Cañuelo is a shingle beach some 400 metres in length. Situated on the border between Malaga and Granada, it is within Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo nature reserve. It's location within this protected region of coastline ensures there's no rampant development. Instead, visitors to the beach will find a couple of well-regarded restaurants catering for all your food and drink needs, as well as an improving lot of… read more »

  • 6. Playa Calahonda

    Playa Calahonda
    © Rober Martinez

    Travel time from Málaga: approx 1 hr

    The last beach on the Costa Tropical before it turns into the Costa Almeria, Playa Calahonda lies south of Granada around a small village of the same name that manages to maintain an authentic regional air and lacks the large hotel developments of elsewhere on the Andalusian coast.

    Protected by a headland on its eastern side, and with cliffs to its rear, the beach is a sheltered one, with an ambience… read more »

  • 7. Playa Burriana

    Playa Burriana
    © Manfred Zajac

    Travel time from Málaga: approx 1 hr

    Playa Burriana is a large sandy beach in Nerja that stretches for around 800 metres in length, and averages 40 metres in width. It has been awarded the European Union's Blue Flag for cleanliness and facilities on multiple occasions, as well as being a repeat recipient of Spain's equivalent Q for quality award.

    Seeing thousands of local and foreign visitors each year, Playa Burriana has excellent facilities, including showers, children's play… read more »

  • 8. Playa de Maro

    Playa de Maro

    Travel time from Málaga: approx 1 hr

    Also known by its English name, Maro Beach, Playa de Maro is a Blue Flag beach lying within Acantilados del Mar Nature Reserve. Known for its seclusion, this 500 metre long stretch of deep greyish sand mixed with occasional pebbles is a virgin beach, meaning it has been all but untouched by development.

    Playa de Maro is therefore a fantastic area of coast for those seeking an escape from the mass… read more »

  • 9. Playa Cantarriján

    Playa Cantarriján

    Travel time from Málaga: approx 1 hr

    Situated just west of La Herradura, Playa Cantarriján is comprised of two areas of sand divided by a large formation of rock that looks almost as if it has tumbled from the surround of stunning tree-covered cliffs.

    One of Andalusia's more virgin beaches, Playa Cantarriján lies within the boundaries of the Paraje Natural de los Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo nature reserve, limiting the amount of development that can take place… read more »

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