Playa del Peñón del Cuervo - Raven Rock, Málaga's secret spot
Eastward from Málaga a whole string of bays extends like a chain of pearls, offering a real alternative to the exclusive beaches of Marbella further west! Your relaxing family afternoon on a perfect bathing beach could be barely 25 minutes by bus or car from Málaga Centro. Playa del Peñón del Cuervo is an insider's tip that's just under 400 metres long. In addition to spacious picnic areas and a lifeguard, it has a unique panoramic view of the Mediterranean!
Although Playa del Peñón del Cuervo is a mere five kilometres east of the very popular Playa del Palo, it attracts little tourist attention. Of course, it does lie directly below the expressway feeder road for the MA-24 and a large cement factory. But if you can resist being put off by your first impression, you'll be rewarded with plenty of space for the whole family on a bathing beach with its own special character.
Playa del Peñón del Cuervo is distinguished by the huge limestone rock from which this unusual beach derives its name. The "Raven Rock" divides the sandy beach into two idyllic bathing coves sloping gently down to the water. Just at the edge the light grey sand typical of the Costa del Sol changes to a mixture of pebbles interspersed with some large chunks of rock which give this spot its individual appearance.
Close to the road the beach is fringed by an abundance of palms that provide visitors with a refuge from the heat of the midday sun. Even up here by the fixed picnic tables and barbecues you can hardly hear the expressway, and down below by the water the wind and waves drown out almost all the traffic noise.
The beach has showers, but no toilets. The wide paths around the car park make the beach easily accessible, even with a pushchair and all your beach kit. Although there's no walkway down to the water for wheelchairs, the path from the car park to the beach is reasonably smooth and not too steep, so that wheelchair users, too, can spend a companionable day on the beach with a view of the Raven Rock.
For cyclists and fit walkers the beach is an excellent destination for an easy hike followed by a relaxing day at the beach, because like Playa de la Cala del Moral two kilometres further east, Playa del Peñón del Cuervo lies directly on the coastal path. Along this trail it's a mere eight kilometres from La Malagueta, a town beach at Málaga, to Playa del Peñón del Cuervo. And if you're extra brave, you can end your day with a headlong dive from the Raven Rock straight into the Mediterranean waves!