The Costa del Sol is one of the best coastlines in Europe, this would be just a list of the top 10 best beaches in Malaga. Andalusia will count around 300 days of sun per year, the opposite amount you have in London. That’s why you will call this part of Spain the Sun Coast. The Malaga coastline is blessed with some of the best beaches in Spain, with the finest sand and long beaches.
Take your drink and run to the beach, the temperature in Costa del Sol is really high especially in summer time. Do you know how ask for a beer in Spanish? Una Cerveza porfavor!
Here we go with the list of the top 10 beaches in Malaga, or close to one of the best cities in Andalusia. If you love Spain, you will also love our personal list of the best beaches in Ibiza and our list of the best nightclub in the Spanish Isla Bonita.
We are always talking with our friends about our best road trip in Spain, this one was absolutely epic and rich of memories. It has made us want to come back and why not to live in Spain for a bit, acting like local and stay on the beach.
We are always answering to question as “What are the best beaches in Malaga” or give away the map of the “best beach in Spain”, that’s why we are now getting out a complete and personal guide to the best beaches in Malaga or close to this amazing city.
The guide of the best beach in Andalusia could be the next step for us, but as always if you want to contribute to this guide, giving your personal reviews on some beach or upgrade this list, we are always open and also we are really happy to help you to plan your trip there.
The list is full of the 12 best beaches in Malaga for us, it has been really hard to select them. All the Costa del Sol is amazing and has some of the best beaches in the World for us.
1. PLAYA LA MALAGUETA – Top Ten beaches
Malagueta beach in Malaga is the main coastline of the city. La Malagueta is the most beloved Malaga beach where all the people going after work and it is really crowded in summer. Planning your Andalusia Itinerary you need to include this beach because it could be your first place to visit especially in the summertime when the temperatures go over the top.
Plan to travel even just for a weekend in Malaga or start from here your Tour of Andalucia visiting the best beaches in Andalucia.
La Malagueta is close to the city centre, in 10 minutes, going through the seaport and the harbour you will find the finest sand. The locals love this beach, a strip of sand of over 1Km length. If you don’t like to be too many hours under the sun, you can find a spot under the palm trees on the side of the beach. Malagueta is the first in our list of top 10 beaches in Malaga, it is looking like a South America beach and is the rich of beach bars, just one minute away from houses, restaurants and resorts.
If you rent a car and want park it close to the beach, try to go just in direction of the Gibralfaro and choice the street parallel to the main road. It is easy to understand the directions, just point yourself behind the buildings on the seaside. The parking doesn’t cost too much, even if the area behind Malagueta is one of the poshest in Malaga city. If you want to park your rental car there, it will cost you just 1 euro for an hour until 8 pm, after that time you can park for free everywhere.
2. PLAYA PUERTO BANÚS – Best beaches Spain
The beach of Puerto Banus in really close to Malaga, situated in the city of Marbella, is one of the reach parts of Andalusia. As the local call the beach, it is playa Puerto Banus. Here you will find a lot of yachts, and it seems to be the Montecarlo of Spain for the concentration of millionaires. Puerto Banus is amazing and needs to be on the list of the top 10 beaches in Malaga. The beaches are really organized with all kind of water sports. Stroll around the coastline and visit it at the sunset for the best landscape ever.
Stop by one of the dozens of chiringuitos on the promenade, be ready to pay a little more, the prices are a bit inflated due to the reputation of the area and the visitors.
In your Andalusia itinerary, you need to plan a visit in Puerto Banus because it has some of the best beaches in Andalucia.
It is easy to arrive in Puerto Banus from Malaga, by car it will take you just 15 minutes from the city centre. You can reach Marbella with the public transport as well, one way with the bus will cost you just 1 euro and 50 cents. If you are on a budget, we advise you to visit just Purto Banus for a fresh sweam and a nice walking on the promenade and come back to Malaga for the lunch or dinner, it could be really dangerous for your wallet.
3. PLAYA LA CALETA – Best Spain beaches
Between Baños del Carmen and La Malagueta, it is another beach awarded with the blue flag. It is not really away from the city center of Malaga and rich of beach bars and restaurants. This beach is also not that far from Malagueta, the first beach on our list. All around the sandy beach, there is the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Promenade, over the years it has been regenerated. It is a long beach of dark sand, around 1 Km long, but just 20 metres to the sea and it has often affected by tidal swell.
La Caleta beach Malaga is really close to the city centre, just a few minutes away from the old quarter of the city, the beach is equipped with sunbeds and some watersports. All around the beach you will find luxury villas and mansions and amazing resorts. It is on the list of the quiet beaches near Malaga and you will find a lot of families.
4. PLAYA MISERICORDIA – Malaga Spain Beaches
The Misericordia beach Malaga is 10 minutes away from the city centre, it is on the Carrettera de Cádiz in Malaga. If you follow Playa de Guadalhorce you will find it between the Playa de Huelin. Playa Misericordia is another blue flag beach in Spain, it is a really long beach with a small width, just 30 metres and has quite often swell tide. Because this beach is close to the Malaga Seaport, it has been known by locals for the big waves as “La ola del Melillero”.
Head at the Misericordia beach Malaga if you want to try the watersports and enjoy the rental services for hammocks and parasols.
5. PLAYA DE CHULLERA – Best Spanish beaches
This amazing beach is in Manilva municipality, in the provinces of Cadiz, just between this city and Malaga. It is not a long beach, mainly stony and amongst rocky outcrops.
This is in the list of the Top beaches Spain, because of the clear waters ideal for snorkelling and spearfishing. Really well known by locals because really quiet and without tourists. It is an ideal spot for relaxing especially during the weekdays, on the weekend, in summer, it could be loads of locals and families. Put this place on your Malaga beaches map and visit it as soon. It has just one chiringuito, serving as restaurants as well.
6. FUENGIROLA BEACH – Beaches near Malaga Spain
30 minutes away from Malaga there is the small town of Fuengirola. This little town becomes very popular during the summertime, on the planned holiday time in the months of July and August. Fuengirola has the best beaches in Southern Spain and has one of the best beach towns in Spain. Over 7 Kilometers of sand divided into 7 beaches. It has similar amenities to a South America beaches with a lot of Chiringuitos, shops and restaurants. You will find all kinds of water sports and do a lot of activities. The promenade of Fuengirola is one of the longest in Spain, and it has the best beach front of the region.
Try also to find the best beaches Marbella, are really nice and if Fuengirola beaches are crowded you can find your spot just a few minutes away.
7. CABOPINO – Best beach in Spain
The new five-star beach on the Malaga coastline. Cabopino beach is becoming one of the most popular destinations in Spain, in Summer it is overcrowded and the beach is just 1.5 Km long. Fine sand and awesome dunes give the sensation to be away from Spain. The dunes of Cabopino has been declared a national monument, and we suggest you check it out as soon. On the dune section, there is a nudist beach. Less than one hour divide Malaga to this beach, you can reach Cabopino from Marbella or Fuengirola in just 15 minutes, also by bus.
We know is really hard to find this beach on the touristic guide of Andalucia, plan carefully your Andalusia itinerary, this is in the list of the best beaches in Andalucia and not all the Tour Operator are working on this area because of the lowest amount of accommodations. Give a space to Cabopino on your Tour Andalusia bucket list.
8. TORREMOLINOS – Best beaches in Malaga
We invite you to visit Torremolinos, not just the beach, but also the town as well. It has one of the beautiful landscapes in the South of Spain. The beach in Torremolinos is a stretch of Sand of 7 Km divided into 6 beaches.
Torremolinos is a town-resort, it is also one of the oldest and really well-known towns favourite by Americans and English tourists. On the promenade of Torremolinos and all around the rocks there is a wide range of hotels and restaurants with a beautiful sea view. In the hottest months of July and August, it is overcrowded, the price is going up and find park space is really difficult. If you are planning to spend a day trip here, be ready. Torremolinos need to be on your list of day trips, walking through the paseo marítimo or take just a minute walk.
If you are renting a car and plan to head to Torremolinos driving, parking is really hard. Try to find a parking space on the top of the hill.
There are some small streets, close to the residential area where find parking is quite easy (not in summer, obviously), and somewhere you need to pay the ticket, just 1 euro for an hour until 9 pm. In some other streets, there are the white stripes on the surface where the parking is free of charge all the time.
Plan to go to Torremolinos by bus, it will take just a bit longer but you don’t need to think about parking space and ticket fee and you will enjoy all the amazing seaside landscape along the Malaga coastline.
The bus ticket will cost you just 1.50 euro and will pick you up from the main train station and bus station, close to Malaga city. The bus is running until 11 pm, with some changes just at the weekend where they will run until late at night.
9. MARO – The beaches in Spain
This amazing beach is close to the town of Nerja, is the favourite among locals. If you like to do snorkelling this is the place for you, but be careful, fishing in this area is banned, and thanks to this law the area is abounding of marine sea life, ideal for discovering the deep Mediterranean water.
If you want to dedicate your holiday to water sport, the beach of Maro has a lot of opportunities, like the Kayaks available to rent, ready to take you around the alluring craggy coastline. It is considered one of the best beaches in Malaga, even if it is as 1 hour away from Malaga city.
You can plan to visit Maro in a day trip from Malaga to the coastline in direction of Almeria. Maro beach is just a few minutes away from Nerja Malaga beaches. The tour Andalusia could have here a couple of days off because it is one of the quiet places on the Malaga side.
10. BURRIANA BEACH – Best beaches in South of Spain
Just a few minutes away from Maro beach there is Nerja, plan it in a day trip of the best beaches in South Spain. The little town of Nerja has some of the best beaches in the Malaga province. Burriana beach is one of the most popular and it is just less than 1 km long with an amazing landscape looking at the sea and at the back on a mountainous backdrop.
Burriana beach is also one of the most equipped Andalusia beaches, with a big range of watersports available. You can easily rent pedalos, Kayaks and also Jet skis. You can rent even boat visits and guided travel from here. There is a big range of choice on the promenade, where also you can find a wide selection of restaurants, bars and tapas places.
Stop here for a paella with Sangria and a relaxing hour on the sandy beach.
11. BIL-BIL – Malaga beaches photos
It is just 12 km away from Malaga city, it has a recognizable Arabic-style. That’s why the strange name of this beach. Bil-Bil has a dark sand beach and is really small. On the rock, you will find the Arabic Castle where the beach takes its name.
BIL- BIL is located in the town of Benalmádena, around 20 minutes away from Malaga and is the quietest even in summertime, where beaches as Torremolinos or Marbella are overcrowded. You have some good options of where to eat, there are a few many good restaurants with Spanish specialities.
This place is also not on the Tour Operator list, but you need to put it in your bucket list. It is inevitably on the list of best beaches in Andalucia and on your Tour Andalusia pathway.
12. ESTEPONA – Best beaches in Malaga
This place answers you the most common question about “which is the best beach in Malaga”. Estepona Beach is absolutely the best and most organized. Estepona Beach is a really long beach a few minutes away from Malaga city. It is a sandy beach with some part of it full of shingle. Estepona is not just an amazing beach, but also one of the prettiest towns on the Malaga Coast.
The wide range of fish and prepared seafood dishes make it the best option for fine palates. All the chiringuitos on the beach will cook fresh fish and seafood, the popular dish is the barbecued sardines, served fresh fished by locals fishermen.
Estepona beach is really popular among locals, it has been known by travel tourists as well as people coming from the internal area of Granada. You can get here by car from Malaga city in about an hour, or using the public transport with a direct bus from the city centre.
If you think this list is not complete enough, we are on the same vision, there are always new places can take their part in the list of the best beaches in Malaga. Cut some of the best beaches in Malaga was hard, but we have tried to give some direction to who is planning the first trip in Andalusia.
It could be really cheap if you don’t plan to rent a car, there is an efficient public transport, taking you just from Malaga city bus station. The price of the bus ticket is really cheap, some of it just cost 1,50 euro. The food is also really cheap, if you don’t plan to eat in an exclusive restaurant in Marbella or Torremolinos or more worst Puerto Banùs. Feel free to ask advice and suggestions about planning your road trip, and don’t forgot to read our guide on how to organize your road trip.