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Playa de los Baños del Carmen

El Palo, Costa del Sol

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Summary of the Beach Inspectors
Playa de los Baños del Carmen beach isn't the top choice for bathing in and around Málaga, despite the fact that the small bay is quite centrally located and has a lifeguard and showers. The setting is not particularly idyllic and the bathing conditions aren't ideal. However we can recommend Los Baños del Carmen for the charming, impressive restaurant with its fantastic, large terrace, which stands in an exposed spot on the beach. And if you're here to enjoy a few drinks or the tasty cuisine, there's nothing to stop you having a little paddle in the sea.

Playa de los Baños del Carmen - the food is better than the bathing

Playa de los Baños del Carmen beach lies on the eastern edge of Málaga at the entrance to the suburb of Pedregalejo. The more popular front of the bay is the official part of the beach and consists mainly of pebble stones. A lifeguard is in situ and you have a great view of the port of Málaga, which lies some distance away on the other side of the bay, and of the beach of Malaguetta. The wall in the background, which is painted with graffiti, and the proximity to the adjacent beach makes lounging and bathing somewhat less idyllic here, but the palm trees along the road and the pale rocks that border the beach do at least create something of a holiday mood.

Right alongside, on an exposed spot, stands the traditional bathhouse of El Carmen. It was built in 1918 and appears quite run-down. This does, however, lend it a certain charm. Today it is home to El Balenario de los Baños del Carmen restaurant. The huge terrace, only just above sea level, is a wonderful place to sit, enjoy a drink and allow your gaze to sweep across the horizon. If you want to come here for dinner you should make a reservation, because despite the large number of tables, the well-known restaurant is so popular that it rarely has empty seats. Because of the charm of the location, the tall ceilings and the large windows, weddings are regularly held here too, as well as occasional parties, live music and other events.

Behind the building there is a small grove with a volleyball court and two tennis courts tucked away. The tennis courts can be reserved over the phone for a small fee, but these are also quite run-down. A little further on is the back of the beach, which is sadly very dirty. Only a few visitors come to this spot to bathe. Most of the people on the beach are dog owners, because unlike at the surrounding beaches, their four-legged friends are permitted here. If you walk further, you come to the popular beach of Playa de Pedregalejo with its beach promenade, large number of restaurants and bars, and better bathing conditions.

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Playa de los Baños del Carmen is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 5/10 points
Place 59 of 85
Although it can get a little busy, you will find a nice spot here where you can relax.
Family: 4/10 points
Place 78 of 85
Although this beach is not unsuitable for families, we can't recommend it for you and your loved ones.
Water sports: 1/10 points
Place 38 of 85
No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 45 of 85
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

Atmosphere at the beach
7/10
Ease
4/10
Beauty
5/10
Romance
3/10
Exclusivity
3/10
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Restaurante el Balneario de los Baños del Carmen Map icon
Restaurante el Balneario de los Baños del Carmen

Offer: Food, Drinks, Sun-loungers

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

www.elbalneariomalaga.com
Restaurants, Bars & Water sport providers
  • Restaurante el Balneario de los Baños del Carmen
    Restaurante el Balneario de los Baños del Carmen To map Map icon

    Offer: Food, Drinks, Sun-loungers

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Normal

    www.elbalneariomalaga.com
Location of the beach
geo coordinates: 36.721339, -4.380529
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  • Jellyfish
  • Sharp stones
  • Glass shards
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