The best beaches in Malaga
We’ve spoken previously about how Malaga’s warm climate and city beaches are two great reasons to visit this Mediterranean city. But there are miles and miles of wonderful beaches within easy reach of the city, all along the Costa del Sol. And so, from the Gran Hotel Miramar here are our recommendations for some of the best beaches in Malaga province, all easily accessible from Malaga city for day trips.
– Playa del Cristo in Estepona – A beach popular with families thanks to its quiet waters, the close proximity to the town and its facilities, and for its impressive size (over a kilometer of sand, so plenty of space to spread out). This beach is well-staffed with regular lifeguards and access for those with reduced mobility. There are also lots of opportunities to take part in sporting activities including kayak and paddleboarding, as well as a number of beach bars to buy cold drinks. Estepona is 85km from Málaga, and the drive there will take you through the heart of the Costa del Sol.
– Dunas de Artola (Cabopinio) in Marbella – The popular resort of Marbella rose to fame in the 1970s and 80s as a playground for the international jet set, but the big attraction for us is this great natural monument of shifting sand dunes, one of the few wild areas of coast left in this part of the Mediterranean. The visitor is greeted by the Torre de los Ladrones (Tower of Thieves), a building with Roman origins. This beach is well known for its modern atmosphere, and nudism is accepted and largely ignored. Marbella is 60km from Malaga.
– Playa El Castillo-Ejido in Fuengirola – The Costa del Sol is one of the best places to enjoy the beach – not just in Malaga, but in the whole of Spain – given the fact that the beaches regularly receives blue flag awards to certify the quality of their sand and water. One of the quietest is the Playa de El Castillo-Ejido, thanks to its location a little further away from shops and restaurants. It is also bery close to the picturesque castle of Sohail, a 19th Century castle which harks back to the Moorish dominion of this part of Spain. It is currently used as a setting for concerts and other cultural activities.
– Playa de la Carihuela in Torremolinos – Lovers of modern history need to at least swing by Torremolinos, situated 19km from Malaga. Few places symbolize the great boom of Spanish tourism in the 60s and 70s to such an extent as does Torremolinos, which is swamped in architecture from this era. The seafront is a hive of activity, while the beach (2.1km long) is much loved by tourists.
Photo: Flickr / Lauren Tucker