A holiday in Málaga not only offers the opportunity to visit the city, but also to spend time on the beach. The most beautiful beach in Málaga, Playa La Malagueta, is very centrally located.
On the way to the beach, we first walked along the city’s harbour.
Paseo del Muelle Uno
The port promenade “Muelle Uno” was created after the port of Málaga was rebuilt. Today it is “the” promenade of the city. Smaller cruise ships or large luxury yachts can moor directly on the popular pedestrian zone. In the shops along the harbour promenade, there is something to discover for every price range, from “tourist kitsch” to boutiques. The numerous restaurants are particularly popular, although they are not among the inexpensive choices.
Those who would like to take a boat tour will also find the departure points of the providers here. The popular Maritime Museum and the Centre Pompidou art museum are also right on the harbour promenade.
La capilla del puerto de Málaga
A small chapel stands between the shops. It has a square floor plan of 8×8 metres and is built in two storeys in the Baroque style. The lower floor is the chapel, and the chaplain once lived on the upper floor.
When the construction work in the port of Málaga led to the restructuring of the area, the small chapel was carefully removed and rebuilt in its present location.
The Málaga Lighthouse (La Farola de Málaga)
At the end of the busy promenade stands “La Farola de Málaga”, the only lighthouse in Spain with a female name (otherwise lighthouses are called “el Faro”).
In the past, a wooden lighthouse stood at the entrance to the port of Málaga and showed sailors the way into the port with its beacon. Today’s lighthouse was built in 1817 and is a landmark of the city. It survived the earthquake of 1884, heavily damaged. After the technology was renewed, it went back into operation in 1885. Later, the lighthouse keeper’s house was extended and completed in 1913. The Spanish Civil War followed, and in 1936 the beacon was switched off so as not to provide an orientation point for the enemy navy.
In 1993, the last lighthouse keeper living in the lighthouse left the post. Since then, the lighthouse has been operated exclusively automatically.
Playa La Malagueta
If you cross a road behind the lighthouse, you will finally reach the most beautiful beach in Málaga.
The sandy beach is not only popular with tourists; many locals are also drawn to the coast. Of course, when you have 325 days of sunshine a year, it’s even nicer to jump into the sea to cool off or to jog directly along the water.
For the tourists, there is the large sign MALAGUETA in the middle of the beach. A popular photo motif and even in March, a time with relatively few tourists, it was almost impossible to take a photo without someone posing in front of it.
The beach is about 1.2 kilometres long and 45 metres wide on average. You can take a wonderful walk through the fine sand.
Above the beach are small beach restaurants called “chiringuitos”. Here you can eat one of the city’s specialities. Barbecue stations have been built into discarded boats.
Here you can find the famous sardines on the spit, which I think taste especially good right on the beach.
We chose one of the small beach restaurants and had excellent fish there. A large, varied fish platter, grilled sardines on a skewer and a huge plate of fresh calamari, plus a beer and a view of the sea – what more could you want on a holiday!