We shan’t beat around the bush any longer. You’re in the Costa del Sol, you’re going to enjoy the vast cultural and historical monuments on display, but you’re also going to want to spend some quality time getting sand in your toes and paddling in the sea. What are the best beaches in the Costa del Sol? There are hundreds of options, but this is a small range of our favourites.
The number one beach in Málaga itself, you’ll know you’re in Malagueta by the presence of that whole massive ‘Malagueta’ sign thing. This part of the city has come a long way from a 19th century spent as an industrial area full of warehouses and factories, with the relaxation of the beach the only industry going on today. The beach is 1,200 metres long and 45 metres in width, but it still gets pretty busy. There is also a playground for kids.
You won’t see much surfing in the Mediterranean around Málaga, but every now and then the lucky adrenaline junkie will find some breaks thanks to the so-called La Ola del Melillero — The Melilla Wave. Playa de El Palo might be the best place to find this phenomenon, although we tend to visit this small beach for the fried sardines and laid-back atmosphere.
Located an hour of so east of La Malagueta, Playa del Peñón del Cuervo is one of our favourite beaches in the Costa del Sol. Why? Well it is a little less-tailored for one thing, and far quieter than some of the more popular options around the coast. It also has a massive rock in the water, which we’re always fond of. It makes for some pretty stunning Instagrammable sunrise pictures, to say the least.
This is where it all began. No, not life itself, we’re talking about beach tourism in Málaga, and Playa de La Caleta remains a popular sandy spot for locals and visitors alike. Sun loungers and sports equipment are available to hire throughout the summer, but all you really need is you towel and a good book (and plenty of sunscreen).
Pretty easy to find this one, especially once you’ve located the ferris wheel. Just follow the seafront from that whole ‘massive wheel’ thing ad you’ll eventually come to the sands of San Andrés, a pleasant little beach in its own right but arguably the best when it comes to views of Málaga’s famous port.