Why Malaga on the Costa Del Sol makes a great city for a family beach holiday

Why Malaga on the Costa Del Sol makes a great city for a family beach holiday

Malaga is well worth a family break with its parks, port, beaches and castles

The parks

Malaga is a very green city and its main park, called the Parque de Malaga, is an oblong oasis of huge trees, curving paths and children’s playgrounds.

It is situated between the port and the city and on a hot day is an ideal place to grab a bit of shade.

a panoramic view of Malaga

A view of the port and park area of Malaga

The new port

This recently-developed area has wide, open walkways and plenty of shops and restaurants.

There is a huge underground car park and a small version of Paris’ Pompidou Centre for modern art.

We ate a meal here at one of the small outside stalls and it was a great spot to people watch.

The Alcazaba

Malaga’s most famous historical site is child-friendly.

the alcazaba in Malaga in sunlight

The Alcazaba is child-friendly but watch little ones on the raised wall areas

There aren’t too many steps but you have to be careful when walking along some of the walls. This Moorish palace has great views of the sea and the city.

The tapas

There is no shortage of restaurants on squares to indulge in tapas. Our children liked the variety of the options and the Spanish cheeses.

Plaza de la Merced is one of the best squares with plenty of places to choose from.

Top tip: When in Spain with children, it is better to eat your main meal out at lunchtime as the Spanish eat their evening meal very late. Try to eat early evening and the best restaurants will be closed or very quiet. 

The beaches

Malaga’s beaches aren’t pure white sand but they are plenty good enough for an afternoon’s entertainment.

children on a sunny beach in Malaga

One of the many beaches in and around Malaga

The man-made Playa de la Malagueta is nearest the city centre and has a playground.

We also liked Playa San Andres near our hotel and the quieter Playa de la Caleta.

We visited at the end of October and found the temperature of the sand and sea to be perfect.

In conclusion

Often overlooked as an industrial gateway to the Costa Del Sol, Malaga is actually very child-friendly. Well worth a couple of days.