If you head west from Malaga’s historic centre, you will arrive in Huelin, one of the old industrial areas of the city, not often frequented by tourists.
Huelin beach (Playa de Huelin) begins shortly after the end of the industrial part of the port, then continues west until it becomes Playa de la Misericordia (Misericordia beach).
Here especially you can still see the remains of its industrial past, with old chimneys dotted up and down the coastline, creating a unique and interesting look.
The beachfront promenade (called the Paseo Marítimo Antonio Banderas) has been improved over the last few years and is one of the longest in Malaga. Its windy cycle lane is used by many people for walking, jogging or rollerblading.
La Misericordia is quite a wide beach, so although it’s quite popular, especially with locals on the weekend, you shouldn’t have any problems finding a spot to place your towel or at one of the many excellent chiringuito beach bars.
“Ola del Melillero”
One reason that locals love this beach so much is because of the mythical Ola del Melillero (Wave of the ‘Melillero’).
This legendary wave, which seems to come out of nowhere, is actually caused by the Malaga-Melilla ferry (nicknamed El Melillero) that arrives in Malaga every night.
Daryl is the co-founder of Malaga Guru. He is a copywriter, editor and translator who moved to Malaga a decade ago having first fallen in love with the city on his Erasmus year. After working for many years at local expat newspaper SUR in English, Daryl gained expert knowledge in life from the perspective of foreign residents and decided to co-found this site in 2016.