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Beaches in Malaga: the best 5. Malagueta, Caleta, El Palo, Misericordia

Beaches in Malaga

Malaga is rightly considered the capital of the Costa del Sol. And, in a city that boasts nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, the sea is one of the most popular attractions. Along with museums, parks and numerous events.
The well-known Marbella is located about 60 kilometers from here. If you don’t want to go away, there is no shortage of alternatives. Even in the center.
Here is our personal ranking of the beaches in Malaga not to be missed during your vacation.



Malagueta Best Beaches in Malaga

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It is the beach par excellence in Malaga. One of the most famous of the entire Costa del Sol. The beach is located in the center, not far from the square of the same name. It offers a long stretch of sand, shaded by palm trees, lined with numerous bars, shops and chiringuitos. Lots of services in what is also a family beach. The large “Malagueta” sign at the entrance is its true symbol, photographed by anyone.
Famous beach but with some obvious flaws. The sea is not exceptional, being located near the commercial port. It is always super crowded (especially in high season) and it is almost impossible to park. A must see if you are staying in the center, reaching it on foot.


Malaga La Caleta

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Central beach, elegant and, above all, well equipped with umbrellas, sunbeds, showers and services for the disabled. It can be considered the natural continuation of Malagueta, as there is no natural border between the 2 beaches.
A very clean beach with palm trees and green corners, much loved for services and activities, including beach volleyball, cycling, running, gym.
Perfectly accessible even by people with reduced mobility thanks to the presence of access ramps for the disabled.


El Palo is also one of the must-see beaches in Malaga.
A much quieter and more relaxing place than the previous two beaches in Malaga.
The clean and shallow water makes it ideal for children.
It is one of the most loved beaches by the inhabitants.
El Palo, which gives the beach its name, is a picturesque fishing district with many small houses and fish restaurants. Be sure to place a good sardine skewer cooked on the grill, a local specialty.
Not far from here is the 29 bus stop.


It rises away from the center, halfway between Penon del Cuervo and the Butibamba.
A beach different from the usual, less chaotic and crowded, with many stones and pebbles that give clearer and more crystalline water.
Ideal for those looking for peace and quiet (not too much though).
You can arrive by car, along the MA-24 east of the center


Playa de la Misericordia Malaga

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This beautiful beach is located along the Paseo Maritimo Antonio Banderas, a short distance from the Parque del Oeste.
Much loved by citizens, it is also famous for the presence of the nineteenth-century chimney, already visible in the distance.
Also ideal for relaxing and pleasant walks. Naturally crowded like all the beaches in Malaga, but not comparable to the Malagueta.
Like the other beaches, it offers many services, bars, kiosks and restaurants with very fresh fish.
Reachable by bus line 40.

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