One of the main reasons to go to Malaga is for the beach. How to decide which is the best Malaga beach depends on how lazy you are feeling. Are you just after the nearest beach to your Malaga hotel? Do you mind a half-an-hour walk? Are you willing to take a bus to get to the very best beach near to Malaga?
Closest Malaga Beach
The nearest Malaga beach is the Playa de la Malagueta.
It is a twenty minute walk from Plaza de la Constitución. The beach is well served by bars and cafes but the sand is of mediocre quality and the view of the port is a bit of an eyesore.
- Best Nearby Hotel to Malaga Beach: Hotel Igh Eliseos (book direct)
- Nearest Hostel to Malaga Beach: Down Town Hostel Book with Hostelworld
On the way to Pedregalejo (see below) and very close to the sea (though not as close to the city center as other hostels) is Melting Pot Hostel. Book with Hostelworld
Closest Good Malaga Beach (Within Walking Distance)
Playa de las Acacias in the Malaga suburb of Pedregalejo is the nearest good beach to Malaga. It is approximately an hour's walk from Plaza de la Constitución or 40 minutes from Malagueta beach. At the time of writing, the number 11 bus from Alameda Principal would take you to Playa de las Acacias.
Best Malaga Beach Reachable by Public Transport
The beaches close to the town of Nerja are the best in the Malaga region.
ALSA runs a bus from Malaga bus station to Nerja every 30 to 45 minutes. The journey takes between one and one-and-a-half hours. Check times and book here: Bus Timetables and Tickets in Spain. Note that some buses go to the "cuevas" (caves).
The main bus to Nerja takes you to the center of the town.
There are numerous beaches along the coast here that are worth seeing, but the best way to find them would be to hire a car and drive along until you find what is appropriate for you: busy, quiet, nudist, etc. The most famous nudist beach near Nerja is near Harradura.
- Hotels in Nerja (book direct)
Other Popular Costa del Sol Beaches Near Malaga
Other popular beach towns near Malaga include:
- Marbella See How to Get from Malaga to Marbella