Don't Miss: La Malagueta & the Beaches

At the end of the Paseo del Parque lies the exclusive residential district of La Malagueta, situated on a spit of land protruding into the sea. Apartments here have frontline sea views, and some of Málaga’s best restaurants are found near the Playa de la Malagueta (the beach closest to the city centre). Head 2km east to reach the fabulous setting of seafood restaurant El Balneario de los Baños del Carmen.

East of Playa de la Malagueta, sandy beaches continue to line most of the waterfront for several kilometres. Next along are Playa de Pedregalejo and Playa el Palo, El Palo being the city’s original, salt-of-the-earth fishing neighbourhood. This is a great place to bring children and an even better place to while away an afternoon with a cold beer and a plate of sizzling seafood. To reach either beach, take bus 11 from Paseo del Parque.