Spain in general is a good bet with kids, and the friendly, vibrant resort of Malaga is a great choice of destination to take the little ones. They will love the gorgeous sandy beaches and warm, shallow waters, the castles and the water and adventure parks. There’s heaps to do here to keep children of all ages entertained, and many hotels that give families a warm welcome, together with organising child-friendly activities and kids’ clubs.
Malaga has several museums which are suitable for kids, including the fun Automobile Museum and the MIMMA music museum, an interactive museum with over 400 musical instruments. There are also plenty of playgrounds in the city centre, and further afield you can find a water park, a marine park and a zoo.
One of the best activities of all, though, has to be the beach. Malaga has over eight miles of gorgeous beaches, ranging in character from the livelier La Malagueta and Pedregalejo to quieter Guadalmar or picturesque Baños del Carmen. Many beaches are fronted by elegant promenades and well-serviced in terms of facilities, including beach cafes, sunbeds and umbrellas, and showers and toilets. You can reach many of them by walking, though others are a little further out and you may need to use public transport. Although a preferred option of many is a car hire from Malaga Airport.
One of the best beaches for families is Las Acacias-Pedralejo. This Blue Flag beach has a children’s play area and numerous facilities, including sunbeds and showers; there are lifeguards in attendance and a first aid point. La Malagueta is a centrally located beach that also caters to children with a play area, as well as showers, toilets and parking. The beach is manmade, but the fine sand is ideal for constructing sandcastles! Set just off the promenade, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to grab a quick bite, drink or a lazier meal, and there are views of the marina where you can watch fishermen working on their boats and nets.
Another good option for families is El Palo, which also has many standard facilities together with some excellent seafood restaurants. La Caleta is a long, central stretch, with clean water and facilities including sunbeds, first aid and showers; there is also parking available.
Baños del Carmen and Peñón del Cuervo are two of the pretty bays to be found by venturing out of town a little. It’s worth exploring around Malaga and getting out of the city – lovely as it is – as the countryside and surrounding area is beautifully scenic. Beaches out of the city are likely to be quieter, especially at weekends and during peak periods, so if you want a sanctuary away from the crowds there are plenty of options.
Whichever beach, or beaches, you decide upon, you can be sure of a fantastic time. With over 300 sunny days a year and gentle sea breezes keeping the heat to a pleasant level, Malaga was just made for lazy days on the sands.