A Spanish city and province famous for its sunshine, Malaga is synonymous with great beaches. Come here and you’ll find gorgeous stretches of sand all along the coastline, but is there anywhere you can go if you want to escape the crowds? Actually, despite Malaga’s status as a prime holiday hotspot, there are plenty of beaches that have managed to retain a relatively authentic and undeveloped feel.
You’ll find these dotted throughout the province, which sits on the glorious Costa del Sol. Fortunately, the major destinations here are linked by the A-7 dual carriageway, which means it’s easy to go hunting for hidden beaches if you hire a car (which you can learn more about here). If not, there are some pretty decent public transport links in this part of the world – though of course you can’t always guarantee they’ll take you exactly where you want to go.
Now, let’s turn our attention to the beaches themselves. Hopefully, the below list will give you a splash of inspiration for your trip!
Located in the town of Maro, this 400 m long gravel beach is absolutely lovely. What makes it that little bit different from your average stretch of sand in Malaga is that it’s surrounded by lush vegetation – think fragrant pine trees and bushes. So, as you soak up the sun here you’ll also get to enjoy a pleasant perfume.
You’ll find our next suggestion, Las Misericordia, perched on the the outskirts of Malaga. Boasting black volcanic sand, this beach manages to avoid the crowds despite its many attractions. Thanks to the fact that it’s very wide (around 30 m) it’s an absolutely brilliant spot for anyone who enjoys beach sports, so make a beeline for it if you fancy a game or two of volleyball. Spanning 1,200 m, it’s also fairly long, so it’s a nice place for a quiet stroll, while the presence of the Espigon de la Termica means it’s good for fishing too.
Cala del Pino
Over in Naro, meanwhile, you’ll find the small rock beach of Cala del Pino. Just 10 m wide and 350 m long, it’s much more compact than many of the beaches you’ll typically come across in Malaga – but in this case small means perfectly formed. The charm of this slice of the coastline lies not only in the fact that it avoids the crowds, but also that it’s wonderfully tranquil and unspoilt. Plus, there’s some really impressive marine life here too for anyone who is keen to do a spot of snorkelling.
Our next suggestion is Chilches, which is in the village of Chilches-Xilxes. Contrasting Cala del Pino, this beach is very long, spanning almost 3,000 m. Its size and moderate winds make it a fantastic place for practising water sports like windsurfing away from the crowds. And, as an added bonus, the village it’s located in has a traditional feel with a relaxed way of life that really helps you get into the holiday spirit.
Last up we have the beach of Benajarafe-Valleniza in Benajarafe. At 4,400 m long and 33 m wide, it is the longest beach on our list today, as well as the most popular. In fact, if you’re hoping to escape the crowds we wouldn’t recommend coming here in July and August, but once these peak months have passed it’s much less crowded and regains a more relaxing ambience.