Playa de Guadalmar - extensive natural beach near the airport
Playa de Guadalmar beach is situated on the Costa del Sol near the district of Guadalmar, next to Málaga airport's flight path. To the north-east it is bounded by the estuary of Rio Guadalhorce and in the south-west it merges with the neighbouring beach of Playa de Campo de Golf. A wasteland with little bits of woodland lies behind it, part of which is used as a large car park for the beach.
The beach itself consists of the pale, grey-brown, fine sand that is typical of the region and is mixed with pebble stones in places towards the water. The majority of the beach and the adjacent area is undeveloped. Two chiringuitos (beach bars) provide drinks and food and hire out loungers and sun umbrellas. Unfortunately though, the noise of the aircraft from the nearby Málaga airport has a negative impact on the atmosphere at Playa de Guadalmar beach. If that doesn't put you off, you'll get good value for money here.
There's also a water sports operator on site, who specialises in windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) and surfing. There are lifeguards on duty, which is a good thing, since the beach is well-known for its currents, which are dangerous in places. It's a good idea to find out about the currents before going into the water, and weak swimmers should not go out of their depth.
The beach is well-known and popular amongst the lesbian and gay community, which holds large parties several times a year in the chiringuitos. On the neighbouring beach of Playa de Campo de Golf you can bathe nude.