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From the west to the east: a tour of Málaga's beaches



From the west to the east: a tour of Málaga's beaches

Fourteen kilometers of beaches are divided into more than a dozen areas and mostly located in the city.

This is what Malaga's beaches are like: with all services: seven accessible beaches, children's playgrounds, sports areas and separated from the city by a network of wide promenades. What more could you ask for?

In this post we suggest a different way to experience the beaches of Malaga. Take note!

The coastline of Malaga, from west to east

Starting the route in the westernmost area of Malaga we find the beach of Campo de Golf-San Julián, one of the favorite spots for kite surfers.

The next area we find is the Guadalmar beach. It is a nudist beach with an extension of just under a kilometer that reaches the estuary of the Guadalhorce river. In addition, the Paraje Natural de la Desembocadura del Guadalhorce is an area not to be missed.

Continuing towards the city center, and after passing the small beach of Sacaba, we find one of the best known areas of Malaga: the beach of La Misericordia. With dark sand and ending in the traditional neighborhood of Huelin, one of the curiosities of this place is the so-called "Melillero wave", which appears every afternoon to cause a brief but intense swell that the little ones - and not so little ones - take advantage of to have fun.

Located between La Misericordia and the Port of Málaga is the beach of San Andrés, a beach with history. This is where the execution of General Torrijos, Robert Boyd and their companions took place in 1831 - a scene later depicted by the painter Antonio Gisbert in one of the most representative works in the history of 19th century Spanish art. This beach is today one of the liveliest and most dynamic, with landscaped areas and a children's area.

La Malagueta beach is the next beach after the port. With its famous sign announcing the beginning of this beach, it became the first in the world to offer the life-saving device known as Punto Naranja, a structure with a motor and a rope attached to a harness that allows a bather to be rescued quickly.

Between La Malagueta and the Baños del Carmen, taking the distance from the Paseo Marítimo Pablo Picasso, is the beach of La Caleta. Here you can practice sports such as beach volleyball, cycling, jogging or take advantage of the exercise machines available along the entire stretch.

The Baños del Carmen, which was once a spa, is a meeting point for bathers and those who decide to come here to relax and have a drink. It is a small beach where young people tend to go. The sunsets from here are among the best in the city.

Pedregalejo-Las Acacias is the next beach, always with the traditional seabasses dotting the shore. This area is popular for its small coves, its nightlife and for being one of the areas with the most 'pescaíto' restaurants in the city.

El Palo and its beach with its seafaring tradition, accompanies us in the next station along the coastline of the capital. The smell of the sea and beached boats fill this beach, which is more than a kilometre long.

Further east, El Dedo beach, which stretches to the marina of El Candado for just over half a kilometre.

Within the El Candado Yacht Club and the port of the same name, one of the smallest beaches in the city opens out into a kind of cove and is ideal for getting away from it all and disconnecting.

El Peñón del Cuervo, one of the symbols of Malaga and one of the most popular areas with young people, overlooks the next beach of the same name from the middle of the sea. This spot is a meeting place in summer and has a large picnic area.

Just beyond is La Fábrica de Cemento Beach, so called because it is located right in front of the city's cement factory, a historic site that has been active since 1915.

Half a kilometer long, the last beach in the capital is La Araña, located in a traditional fishing neighborhood where fishermen still fish today.

Accessible and with Q of quality

The beaches of Caleta, El Dedo, El Palo, Malagueta, Misericordia, Pedregalejo and San Andrés in Malaga city have been distinguished this year with the Blue Flag 2022 and are Q quality beaches, according to the organisation Asociación de Educación Ambiental y del Consumidor (Adeac). In these areas, specific areas have been created to provide services for people with reduced mobility.

Among them, it is worth highlighting the Misericordia Beach, which is not only accessible to people with reduced mobility, but also to people with visual and hearing disabilities, with specific elements, such as a beach totem, information beacons in the sea and distress beacons, a watertight transmitter clock and rigid walkways that facilitate movement.

Reserved parking spaces and ramps for easy access, walkways to the shore, amphibious chairs, specially designed toilets and showers, cranes to enter the water, benches in the sea, special swimming channels or support staff are other features of these beaches.

You now have all the information you need to enjoy the beaches of Malaga. Enjoy!