On the eastern edge of Malaga, just before the boundary with La Cala del Moral, is one of the city’s hidden gems: Playa del Peñón del Cuervo.
It’s a small, picturesque beach which stands out thanks to a large rock formation which divides it in two.
Despite being relatively secluded and difficult to reach for those unfamiliar with the area, this is a very popular spot with locals, especially at weekends. After dark, too, it’s not uncommon to see groups of young adults around bonfires or barbecues.
There is a car park here, but if you come at a busy time it’s likely to be full. What’s more, you won’t find beach bars or restaurants here so it’s best to come prepared with a cool box.
If sitting on the sand is not your thing, there is an excellent walkway which runs from the El Candado nautical club to the cement factory, giving excellent views of the Mediterranean and the Bay of Malaga.
If walking (or cycling) from Malaga to La Cala del Moral (and beyond), don’t be put off by the motorway. It’s possible to join the walkway if approaching from El Dedo beach if you take the narrow footpath alongside the motorway for around 250 metres.
Likewise, at the end of the walkway, there is a stretch of pavement alongside the motorway which goes from the cement factory into La Cala del Moral.