Day at the beach?
Here at the campo (countryside) we love a day at the beach, it's an hour's drive and the choices are tremendous. In summer months it is wise to avoid the weekends, or go early or during siesta hours because of traffic and parking. You can rent sunbeds and umbrellas on all beaches, and in the summer months it is advisable to book in advance.
Pedregalejo. Definitely one of my favorite beaches at the moment. Close to the (fantastic) city of Malaga and therefore an authentic Spanish experience. Visitors are both locals and tourists from all over the world. The beach is a mix of straight stretches and small coves, and along one of those small coves is a nice restaurant, La Chancla (with vegan and vegetarian options): one of the many food and beverage outlets, on the paseo. You can do all kinds of water sports there, like paddleboards, a super fun way to explore the coastline.
45 minutes drive from Todos y Tonya
Malagueta Is THE beach of the city of Malaga. An area that is very popular with the Malagueños. Chiringuitos (beach restaurants) abound and the beach is lovely with small coves and warm seas a short walk (or hire an electric bike or scooter) from the center of Malaga. Along the way you will walk pass the marina of Malaga (Muelle Uno), with even more bars, restaurants and shops.
48 minutes drive from Todos y Tonya.
El Palo Originally an old fishing barrió, or fishing village. The beach is lovely and includes a volleyball court. El Palo is a true Spanish beach experience and very popular with both locals and tourists. El Tintero is one of the many restaurants where you can go; staff wander around the tables with beautiful seafood dishes that you can order at the time. You pay the number of plates afterwards. (of different sizes)
El Palo is a 46-minute drive from Todos y Tonya.
These three beaches are also easily accessible by bicycle (e-bike) from the center of Malaga. Get a breath of fresh air while cycling along the sea and you can simply park your (rental) car in one of the many parking garages.
Torre del Mar is super fun! The paseo Maritimo along the beach has an abundance of restaurants. The chiringuitos that are really worth checking out are Casa San Miguel (great seafood, delicious sardines and even a vegan burger!) and Bloom, which specializes in modern tapas. The food here is fresh and tasty and reasonably priced. The beach is wide and there is always enough space for a great day at the beach.
Torre del Mar is a 58-minute drive from Todos y Tonya.
Benajarafe is a hidden gem between the larger resorts of Torre del Mar and Rincon de la Victoria. A lovely wide beach with almost always enough spacebut parking is limited, so get out early! There are some great restaurants, cafes and chiringuitos here. Things are changing quickly as the area is booming and new places are opening every year. Just up the beach road at the border with Chilches is a great Chiringuito called Playa Malaya.
Benajarafe is a 56-minute drive from Todos y Tonya.
Torremolinos is a large seaside resort with several beaches. Los Alomos is one of my favorites, close to the airport and shoppingcenter Plaza Mayor. You can almost pick the planes out of the sky, but the advantage is that you can almost always park here. The beach is wide, the boulevard is pleasant and you can walk to the cozy old center of Torremolinos with shops, cozy bars and restaurants. On the beach, you'll find family-run Chiringuitos with a no-nonsense approach and modern, stylish beach clubs (such as La Playa, popular with kite surfers).
Los Alomos Beach/Torremolinos is a 45-minute drive away.