Playa de la Malagueta - probably the best known beach in Málaga
Despite its central location and broad range of amenities, Playa de la Malagueta never gets hectic or overcrowded. A visit to the magnificent urban beach should be on the to-do list of every trip to Málaga. You should definitely use the bus to get here or make the 20 minute walk from the city centre because it's difficult to park at the beach.
A row of tall palm trees separates Playa de la Malagueta, which lies to the east, from Málaga's many high-rise buildings, and lines the attractive promenade, which stretches out along the 1200 metre long sandy beach. Popular with locals and tourists alike, this beach in the second largest city in Andalusia is appealing not only because of its proximity to Málaga's old town, with its numerous attractions, such as the Cathedral of Santa Iglesia, the Calle Larios shopping mile and the Picasso Museum, but also because of its wide range of amenities.
It has beautiful green areas of grass shaded with palms, several chiringuitos and beach bars, which entice you with cool drinks and tasty specialities from the grill, lots of play areas that provide the kids with plenty of variety and an alternative to paddling, and a few fitness trails, where you can exercise against a fantastic backdrop. In the mornings and evenings many local residents seize the opportunity to lace up their jogging shoes or climb onto their bike and get some exercise while enjoying the magnificent atmosphere along the beautiful promenade.
Playa de la Malagueta has soft, brown sand, free showers and toilets, wheelchair accessible entrances to the beach and lifeguards who keep an eye on your safety. To the west is Málaga’s large trading port. From the beach you can watch the cranes and the hustle and bustle of big and small ships coming and going. A broad jetty, graced by a large lighthouse, separates the beach from the port. Directly on the other side of it lies Muelle Uno, a modern promenade and shopping street with numerous restaurants, which is brought to life by the many beach visitors after sunset. To the east Playa de la Malagueta merges with the marginally smaller neighbouring beach of Playa de la Caleta.