The Malagueta is the busiest beach in Malaga, it is a 10 minute walk from downtown. It is very near to Malaga Park, the Bullring and also has many bars in “Promenade Pablo Ruiz Picasso”. The beach is very large, so you will always find place for your towel and umbrella in summer. On the beach there are palm trees that offer little shade in summer, as well as lots of stalls to buy fresh water (€ 1 large bottle) and for tasting some tapas. This beach is known for how cold the water is, at least for the Mediterranean, and how fast the water begins to cover once entered it. Moreover, Malagueta is a beach city and very crowd, but quite nice.
Also, Malagueta is a great beach of Malaga considering some rocks on the left side of the beach. And have several good restaurants around to eat. It’s a place where you spend a great night and stroll along the shore and then move to the center which is located less than 1km to eat something. I recommend Trastevere a good pizza restaurant with reasonable prices and good food. And Antonio Martín restaurant, well known in the city for fine dining and excellent location.