Baños del Carmen Malaga
Paseo Maritimo Pablo Ruiz Picasso
East of Malaga city centre and right by the sea are the ‘Baños del Carmen’, built at the beginning of the 20th century as a spa and bathing resort for the wealthy.
Nowadays, this historic site is sinking into decay and opinions of this once elite resort, with its tennis courts, luxury camping and beach pavilion, vary widely.
What some people consider an important cultural monument that should be left in its current state, others consider a dilapidated and badly neglected mess in desperate need of a coat of paint.
The municipality of Malaga has had plans for a major renovation and expansion for years, but these have been met with great resistance from the city’s residents who argue that the ‘Baños del Carmen’ should be preserved as cultural heritage.
The adjacent beach consists mostly of pebbles, stones and boulders. The pavilion of Baños del Carmen currently houses a restaurant with a terrace overlooking the sea and the old tennis courts are still in use too.
It’s a kind of magic
It is strange, but true, and really something you have to experience for yourself.
At the end of the day, take a seat on the terrace of the Baños del Carmen, just before the sun goes down. You’ll see it happen before your eyes… the atmosphere changes. The sun sets as a soft pink sphere behind the mountains in the West and the silhouette of Málaga is cast in a magical glow, reflected by the water of the sea.
Photographers call the hour before sunset ‘the golden hour’. Therefore it is not surprising that many wedding couples come to this special place to be photographed, bathed in this magical light.
It’s incredibly romantic, so take a seat, grab a glass of wine and let it unfold.