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Malaga offers visitors great restaurants, excellent museums and historic monuments. But the biggest magnet of the capital of the Costa del Sol are the nearby sandy beaches. You don’t even have to leave town to enjoy the beach. Whether you are looking to relax or party the night away, you’ll find everything you need within a 15-kilometre radius of Malaga.
There are 15 beaches within the city limits. The 2 most popular destinations, Malagueta and La Caleta, are within walking distance from the city centre. Both beaches are framed by a long boulevard, perfect for joggers and cyclists. To escape the crowds, take a car or bus and head east to the beaches near the village of Rincón de la Victoria. West of the city, things get a lot livelier around the tourist resort of Torremolinos.
The dark sand of Playa la Malagueta, Malaga’s best-know city beach, stretches from the port for more than a kilometre along the homonymous neighbourhood of La Malagueta. If the kids get bored building sand castles there are plenty of playgrounds, and adults can find culinary pleasure in the local tapas bars or the popular Japanese-Andalusian fusion restaurant ‘Ba Japonés’. After sunset, the action moves to Muelle Uno, a renovated pier packed with shops and eateries on the other side of the harbour.
The relaxing 2-kilometre-long beach of Rincón de la Victoria is just a 20 minute drive from downtown Malaga. For active travellers there are paddle boards, paddle bikes, table tennis tables, slides and even a climbing wall. You can also just relax on sun loungers or snooze in the soft grass in the shade underneath the palm trees that line the beach. You are never far from a ‘chiringuito’ (as the locals refer to the beach side restaurants): for example Chiringuito Marina Playa is popular for its outstanding dishes made with fresh fish.
Near the tourist resort of Torremolinos, just south of Malaga´s airport, lies Playa Los Álamos. In the daytime the beach attracts many young visitors, but it’s also sought after by families with children. The stiff wind that often blows here guarantees hours of kitesurfing or windsurfing fun. But things really get hopping after sunset. The many bars and night clubs throw a great party. Especially in July, when the region plays host to the Los Álamos Beach Festival.