The city beach of Malaga
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.
A paradise for kite surfers
Surfing and partying
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.