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Do you know the most charming Malaga villages? As you already know, our city is the ideal destination to relax on the beach, discover its beautiful corners and enjoy exquisite cuisine. But Malaga offers so much more! That’s why, from Apartamentos Málaga Premium, we have prepared a complete guide to the best Malaga villages that you can visit throughout the year. Don’t miss out; you’ll fall in love with it!
Many villages in Malaga are widely known for their beautiful coasts, which invite visitors and locals to enjoy the good weather that Malaga enjoys practically all year round. For this reason, coastal villages are always a good choice, both in the summer season and in any other. Let’s meet them!
Nerja is one of the most visited villages in Malaga by locals and tourists alike. And it doesn’t surprise us! This town has an impressive cultural heritage, as it houses one of the most important geological monuments in Spain, the Caves of Nerja (Cuevas de Nerja). This visit is essential for those who are looking for adventures and want to know all the details of this unique natural phenomenon.
In addition, Nerja is famous for its beautiful beaches and coves, especially the Calahonda beach, one of the most photographed by its visitors, and the Maro cove, ideal for practising sports such as scuba diving or kayaking. And let’s not forget the spectacular Balcony of Europe (Balcón de Europa)! From here you will enjoy privileged views of the Malaga coast and even the African coast if the weather is good.
Finally, if you liked the popular series Verano Azul, you will not want to miss the opportunity to walk through the streets of Nerja and see Chanquete’s boat. A real cinema plan!
When we think of the typical white Andalusian village, Mijas will surely come to mind. One of the most beautiful villages in Malaga, no matter who you ask. This enclave has many attractions and singularities that make it a tourist attraction for visitors from all over the world and even locals from all corners of the province.
With its network of Arab alleys, perched high in the mountains, you will love getting lost among its craft shops, whitewashed houses and alleys full of flowers.
But the great protagonist of this town in Malaga is the donkey. When in the last century tourists wanted to reach this town, they resorted to day labourers to climb the mountain on the back of their donkeys. Or they would take pictures with them and their colourful ornaments. It was this that gave the idea to Julián Núñez to create Mijas’ famous donkey-taxi. The City Council had to take a stand to safeguard the welfare of the animals and for some years now the work shifts and the maximum weight of its travellers have been respected.
Among the other points of interest in Mijas, we can find the hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña, excavated in the rock, which houses the image of the patron saint of the town.
Without leaving the historic centre, you can climb to a panoramic viewpoint from which you can see the entire coast of the province of Malaga. Even, if the weather allows it, you can see the African coasts and the silhouette of Gibraltar. In this same place, you will find the church of the Immaculate Conception with its robust tower that served as a minaret of the mosque and as a defensive tower. In front of it, the Plaza de Toros (bull ring) is located, with its characteristic square shape.
Torremolinos is one of the best-known villages in Malaga and is also the ideal place for sun and beach lovers. With an enviable combination of green spaces, cultural attractions and sea views, Torremolinos is the ideal destination for a summer getaway. Here you can experience the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Mediterranean and make the most of your stay, as it offers countless activities for the whole family and a wide selection of places for nightlife.
When we think about Torremolinos, it is inevitable to consider the beach. Undoubtedly, one of the best known beaches is La Carihuela beach, as it is the longest sandy beach on the coast of Torremolinos and is perfect for the whole family. The shallow waters promise a refreshing dip, while the typical dark sand of the area is ideal for beach sports. After enjoying a pleasant time on the beach, we encourage you to discover La Carihuela promenade, flanked by the typical houses decorated with bougainvilleas and where remains of the old fishing district are still preserved.
Located very close to the coast, we find the lively old town of Torremolinos. Dare to walk along the Bajondillo promenade and go into the oldest part of the city to discover San Miguel street. This beautiful pedestrian street is full of shops of all kinds, from jewellery shops and fashion boutiques to gourmet and souvenirs shops. In addition, if you continue walking through the old town, you will find San Miguel Arcángel’s church, an Andalusian neoclassical style church of the eighteenth century, located in a small square near one of the ends of San Miguel street. Another place of historical interest not to be missed is the Pimentel Tower, previously known as Tower of the Mills, the only remaining defensive structure of the fourteenth century.
If you go a little far from the old town, you could visit the amazing Parque de la Batería. This wide park full of green spaces is an ideal oasis to relax and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and perfect for spending the day with your family. In addition, the little ones can play in the large recreational areas, enjoy the Venetian-style merry-go-round or participate in a historical tour around the old defensive artillery battery and its underground bunkers. Finally, do not miss the opportunity to navigate the huge artificial lake or climb the viewpoint to admire the magnificent views of the Mediterranean. You’ll love it!
Fuengirola is one of the most attractive coastal villages in Malaga and is a fantastic destination for the whole family. In addition to its wide sandy beaches that cover seven kilometres of coastline, Fuengirola also houses a zoo, a water park and a small theme park near the city centre.
If you have to choose a starting point to visit Fuengirola, go for its beautiful promenade. This tour connects all the beaches with the most emblematic points of interest, such as Sohail Castle. This extraordinary 10th-century castle sits on a wide hill by the sea. Its majestic walls and towers will be the first thing to catch your attention and you can visit them for free; however, beyond the castle, you will find a large multipurpose area that organizes outdoor concerts, a leisure area on the banks of the river and a beautiful suspension bridge that connects the beach promenades of the Castle and Santa Amalia.
If you are looking to relax in Fuengirola, we definitely recommend visiting the large white sandy beaches. However, if you prefer a quieter area, we recommend San Francisco beach. In front of Sohail Castle and continuing along the promenade, you will reach the beaches of San Francisco, Santa Amalia, los Boliches and Torreblanca. All of them are usually less crowded and have everything you need to have a perfect day by the beach.
If you still want to know more activities to do in this village of Malaga, you’re in luck. Fuengirola has countless places where you can live very authentic experiences. If you are looking for a relaxed and artistic plan, enjoy a play at the Salón Varietés Theatre, the English theatre in Fuengirola, or visit the marina and discover the impressive street artists found there. On the other hand, if you’re travelling with your family and want to make the most of your time, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Explore the wildlife at the Bioparc Fuengirola zoo, cool off on the slides of Aquamijas Water Park or enjoy the fun Sould Park Fuengirola playground. As you can see, options are endless.
At the foot of the Sierra de Almijara National Park, between fields of farmland and bordering the Mediterranean Sea, you will find one of those towns of Malaga where getting lost feels good. The beauty of the Malaga coast welcomes visitors to Maro giving them beaches of fine sand and crystal-clear waters, such as the coves of Cañuelo and Pino and, for the most naturalists, the nudist beach of Catarriján.
But that is not all, because if there is a mandatory stopping point for any visitor, it is the Natural Park of the Cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo. The vegetation of this park, full of exotic floral species, Mediterranean pines, carob trees and junipers is a dream for any lover of Mediterranean flora. In addition, this little seaside corner is surrounded by five Roman towers, located in strategic points on the dizzying cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo that reach up to almost 100 meters height. From this place, you can contemplate the beauty of its coasts and the vegetation that surrounds them in bird’s-eye view.
And, if you want to give your trip a bolder touch, do not miss its underwater trails, as well as routes you can take by kayak or by boat. This way, you can discover the beauty of its marine fauna, as well as admire the impressive Maro waterfall and caves that can only be accessed by water.
Among the best-known towns of Malaga, you cannot miss Marbella, the emblematic capital of the Costa del Sol whose fantastic climate and unparalleled leisure offer have turned what began as a humble fishing village in the 1950s into the preferred place of residence and summer holidays of national and international top celebrities and the popularly known as “jet set marbellí”.
If there is an emblematic place of the former coastal town, that is, undoubtedly, Puerto Banús. A glamorous marina that has nothing to do with Saint Tropez where you can visit exclusive boutiques and world-renowned nightclubs, and where you will find yourself surrounded by “typical” elements of the area such as high-end cars and yachts of several meters in length.
Anyhow, Marbella is more than a synonym of luxury and party — it also stands out for the beauty of its beaches, having 23 beaches of fine sand and crystal-clear waters on its 27 kilometres of coast. It is also known for its green areas, whose jewel in the crown is undoubtedly the Parque de la Alameda, a green lung for the city in its historic centre. Other interesting spots are the small but charming outdoor museum on the Avenida del Mar, and the Walls of the ancient Alcazaba, which take us to the Mozarabic past of the city.
Torre del Mar, formerly known as Atalaya de Vélez, is a beautiful town on the Malaga coast located in the municipality of Vélez-Málaga.
With its four kilometres of golden-sand beach, this town on the coast of Malaga offers visitors plenty of activities to enjoy with family or friends. And, although its long promenade is one of its great attractions, Torre del Mar enchants any visitors thanks to its cultural and historical wealth. For example, did you know that the name of this town originated from a defensive watchtower built around the 11th century, during Muslim occupation?Clearly, one of the great symbols of the town is its beautiful white and blue lighthouse. This building is almost 30 m high and was built in the 1970s next to the old lighthouse. Since then, it has become a main characteristic of the urban landscape in Torre del Mar.
If you visit the area, the Torre del Mar sugar factory (La Azucarera) is another outstanding monument that you should see. In addition to being an icon of the historical and industrial heritage of the coast of Malaga, the also called Fábrica Nuestra Señora del Carmen played a fundamental role in the socio-economic development of the town.
As you can see, Torre del Mar is a great choice if you are looking for a town on the coast of Malaga that brings together sun, beach and cultural activities.
Surely, Benalmádena is one of the most attractive towns on the Malaga coast to enjoy the historical wealth of this region, and have plenty of fun during the summer. This town has all that, and it has made it one of the main tourist choices here in the Costa del Sol.
If you are looking for a town on the coast of Malaga to enjoy with your family, Benalmádena surely meets all your requirements. In addition to countless restaurants, beach bars and clubs to enjoy the local gastronomy and drink something fresh, this town has a theme park, the Tivoli World Benalmádena, two aquariums to enjoy the marine fauna and the only cable car on the Costa del Sol.
In fact, if you like nature and you want to discover one of the most impressive panoramic views of the coast, we recommend getting to the top of Monte Calamorro in this cable car. The departure station is located in the centre of Benalmádena. During this route, 3 km long, you can admire the botanical richness of a typical Mediterranean environment, which has species of great ecological interest.
Another attraction of this town of Malaga is its historical heritage, especially the prehistoric and archaeological sites that are a must if you visit the area. The most important is the Cueva del Toro, a 18,000-year-old Palaeolithic sanctuary discovered in 1969 and located on Mount Calamorro.
Benalmádena is also a special place for those who love water sports, as it has one of the largest marinas in Andalusia.
Do not forget its shore. If what you are looking for is to relax on a deckchair, sunbathe and enjoy the sea breeze, in Benalmádena you have 17 beaches of sand and gravel flanked by palm trees along almost 20 km of coastline.
This town of Malaga is very close to the capital, right in the coastline, and is known for welcoming all visitors who come to visit.
Rincón de la Victoria offers a wide range of tourist activities and amazing beaches where you can relax. Like other towns on the coast of Malaga, this town treasures a rich historical, cultural and biological heritage. The cave paintings and the archaeological remains of the Palaeolithic found in the cave of the Treasure or the Figuerón are a good example of this. It is one of the only three caves of marine origin in the world (along with two others located in Asia and Central America). This cave is adapted to offer comfortable visits and one thing we can assure: it will not leave you indifferent!
Rincón de la Victoria is also a perfect town to enjoy outdoor activities. Thanks to the good weather that characterizes this area throughout the year, you can enjoy its almost 8 km of beach with cliffs, coves and routes that are great for hiking and cycling.
If we have to recommend an activity in Rincón de la Victoria, no doubt it would be underwater tourism. The coastline of Malaga hides unique and characteristic marine ecosystems of the Alboran Sea. Hidden deep in its waters you can find treasures of great value that you can enjoy while swimming, kayaking or diving.
Of course, to recharge your batteries after all these activities, the town has numerous restaurants and chiringuitos where you can enjoy Malaga cuisine and its famous sardine espetos throughout the year.
However, Malaga offers much more than its beautiful coasts. If you go into the interior of the province, you will discover some of the most beautiful villages of Malaga you have ever seen. Beautiful white houses, winding cobblestone streets and a wide range of delicious regional products await you in our inland villages. Let’s start our journey!
Our next proposal will leave you speechless. Located in the most eastern area of the Axarquía and next to the Natural Park of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama mountains, Frigiliana is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved villages of Malaga.
Its winding and narrow streets, whitewashed walls and houses of Morisco-Mudejar origin make Frigiliana a very special place, whose historic centre has been given the title of Historic-Artistic Complex. We invite you to explore its beautiful corners and discover the purest Morisco heritage of our city.
In addition, this town is home to the only cane honey factory that still exists in Europe. You won’t want to leave without trying this delicious honey and the fantastic typical products that are made with it, such as the arropía and the marcochas.
Widely known as “the smurf town“, this Malaga village has become one of the most photographed after being dyed blue to promote the film of these unique characters.
Thanks to its location in the heart of Serranía de Ronda, in the natural area of the Genal Valley, Júzcar is the ideal weekend destination for those who love practising sports, such as hiking or canyoning. In addition, it is part of the Fray Leopoldo Route, a rural tourist trail that runs through the villages of Alpandeire, Pujerra, Igualeja, Cartajima and Faraján. On this route, you will find many places that recall the most revered saint of Andalusia and you will see beautiful landscapes of almond trees, daffodils and white rockrose.
On the other hand, we invite you to know the peculiarities of this village. The historic Church of Santa Catalina, the old Tin Factory or the Mycological Museum are just some of the monuments that you can find here. And do not leave without trying some of their most typical products!
Some will be surprised when they see Ronda in this list of pretty villages in Malaga. Considering that Ronda is, for many, one of the most beautiful cities in Andalusia. However, we believe that it could not be missing from our list because of everything it can contribute and because it is the gateway to a region full of idyllic villages that will appear in future extensions of this post.
Ronda was home to Romans, Muslims, knights, clerics, bullfighters and bandits. The so-called Romantic City allows you, even today, to travel back in time while still stepping on its cobbled streets.
If you don’t know where to start your visit to the City of the Tajo, we recommend that you do it for the Paseo de Blas Infante and its surroundings. Here is the Plaza de Toros, Asset of Cultural Interest, Historic Heritage of Spain with the category of Monument. But, above all, one of the oldest in Spain with its characteristic stone seating area. Outside, the end of the garden is on a cliff spotted with viewpoints that will leave you speechless.
From there, it is logical to walk along the cliff to the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge). This is undoubtedly the emblem of Ronda and the most spectacular place to see in Ronda. We recommend that you admire it from all possible perspectives. Of course, our favourite is from below, in front of the city. Do you dare to try?
In addition, you should not miss the Puente Viejo (Old Bridge), the Palacio del Rey Moro (Moor King Palace) -and its water mine- or the Cuenca Gardens. But, in addition, Ronda hides many museums that will delight visitors. The Museo del Bandolero, the Centro de Interpretación del Vino, the Casa del gigante… Now you will understand why Ronda is not just another town in Malaga.
Antequera is another place to see in the province of Malaga. For many, a must-see. An example of its importance is that, due to its location in the geographical centre of Andalusia, it was a candidate for the capital of the autonomous community. Like Ronda, we cannot speak of a town as such. But there is no doubt, it will make everyone’s visit enjoyable.
History lovers will enjoy Antequera very much. We start with the Menga, Viera and Romeral Dolmens, which have recently received UNESCO World Heritage status. A visit to these prehistoric buildings will send a chill down your spine. Not only for how fresh you are inside them but for admiring a construction of such dimensions.
In addition, in Antequera, you will have to visit the Alcazaba and the collegiate church of Santa María la Mayor, from where you can admire the panorama of the city and the entire valley. You can buy a combined ticket that will allow you to enter both monuments and admire the Arab past of Antequera and its collegiate church: one of the most important buildings of the Spanish Renaissance. If you are looking for more pieces of art and archaeology, you must visit the Palacio de Nájera which houses the Antequera Museum.
Finally, no visit to Antequera is complete visiting the Torcal. This natural park offers a unique karst landscape and will allow you to discover marine fossils, traces of when this environment (more than 1000 meters above sea level) was submerged during the Jurassic period. It was not until the Tertiary Era, with the movements that originated the Alps, that this natural monument emerged from under the waters with its symbolic rock forms. A dream landscape that you should not miss on your visit to Antequera.
What do you think about this selection of Malaga villages? If you want to know all the charms that host our province, we advise you to stay tuned for future updates. However, if you prefer another kind of plan, you can also take a look at our guide to art exhibitions in Malaga. Take note and do not miss any plan!
Between the Serranía de Ronda and the Campo de Gibraltar, 435 meters above sea level, we find a town of Malaga that would look perfectly in a postcard: Casares. Characterized by its whitewashed white houses whose picturesque predisposition has given it the name of “hanging town”, Casares transfers you to another era. You can stroll calmly through the idyllic village. There is nothing better to leave behind the stress of everyday life! Well, apart from relaxing in the spa!
If you happen to be in Casares, you have to take a dip in the Baths of the Hedionda, a Roman spa that dates from the first century BC. Julius Caesar himself is said to have bathed there! This spa was built around a sulphurous water spring. Relaxing should be an easy task in these waters that remain at 18ºC all year round.
There is something that characterizes Casares and makes all its neighbours’ pride: this is the hometown of the father of the Andalusian homeland, it is the birthplace of Blas Infante. So, if you visit this little village of the interior of Malaga, you have to go through the birthplace of Blas Infante, which has been preserved and transformed into a museum where you can see a permanent exhibition with fragments and complete works of this illustrious resident. It is also one of the tourist information points in the village and has temporary exhibitions by local artists.
In the heart of the Serranía de Ronda in the centre of the Genal Valley, surrounded by Spanish fir forests and the summits of Sierra Bermeja, lies Genalguacil; a village of Malaga that you should visit at least once in your life.
Popularly known as the museum town, this idyllic corner of Malaga is characterized by its celebration of art, which can be felt everywhere and is reflected in its streets all year long through its permanent exhibition of local works of art in the middle of the street. Wall murals painted on the facades, sculptures, carved logs, ceramics and photographs are some examples of what you can find while strolling through the streets. However, not all works of art are at street level; you can also see those that are more prominent, or that require certain conservation conditions that cannot be guaranteed outdoors, in the Museum of Contemporary Art, which brings together numerous works from the Art Encounters (Encuentros de Arte), a biennial contest in which ten prestigious artists develop new works. Those works will become part of the heritage of Genalguacil, joining its outdoor exhibition or its museum catalogue.
This town is not only famous for its artistic spirit, but also for its beauty —it is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain to date. There is no better place to enjoy the charm of this white town than from on high! Do not miss the beauty of Genalguacil and check the views you from the Mirador de la Plaza, where you will also have access to a fairy-tale panoramic view of the Genal Valley, the Sierra Bermeja and the Sierra Crestellina.
In this beautiful village of Malaga, located between the sea and the Sierra de las Nieves, you can enjoy the beach, the mountains or the festivals, without giving up anything. Thanks to its proximity to the beaches and the city of Marbella, its fantastic location surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes and its active cultural life that reaches its highest point with the celebration of Ojeando, one of the nationwide independent music festivals, Ojén becomes the perfect town to develop all your plans.
This village of Moorish origin attracts lovers of History thanks to its long history, which dates back to the first human settlements of the Neolithic and reaches its highest point during the Muslim era when several conflicts between Muslims and Christians took place. In this line, Ojén has several historical settlements such as the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, built on an old mosque in the 16th century, the Fountain of los Chorros and the Ojén Caves, a natural monument of karst origin where concerts and events are currently held.
If you are a gastronomic lover, we recommend you visit the Oil Mill Museum and the Wine Museum, located in an old spirits distillery that attracted the attention of famous personalities such as Pablo Picasso and Camilo José Cela. As for local products, in Ojén the culinary use of food from the orchard and hunting stands out, which is why many of its best-known dishes have a large presence of fennel. Its most traditional dish is the famous Sopa Jervia, although it is also known for its gazpacho with grapes and almonds, as well as a wide variety of desserts among which the rosquetes, fritters, chestnut stew and churros soaked in salt water stand out. What are you waiting for to visit this amazing village in Malaga?
From our holiday apartments in Malaga, we invite you to discover Casarabonela’s village. Located on the slopes of Sierra Prieta and with stunning views of the Guadalhorce Valley and the sea, Casarabonela will guide you through a wide historical route marked by its Roman, Muslim and Christian heritage.
The narrow and whitewashed streets typical of the Moorish era, the Christian temples such as the church of Santiago or the hermitage of La Veracruz, as well as the Roman sites of Taivilla and Los Villares are combined in a fantastic mix of cultures and religions that constitutes the greatest claim of this village in Malaga. In addition, if you want to satisfy your tourist eagerness and enjoy the best views of the town, we recommend you visit the remains of the Arab castle of Casarabonela, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, and the Buenavista Square, also known as “Los Poyos”. Finally, do not leave without seeing the Mill of the Mizos, the Andalusian Garden or the Botanical Garden of Cactus “Mora i Bravard”, one of the best cactus cultivation centres in Europe.
As for the local gastronomy, Casarabonela is known for ingredients from the region such as olives, pickles, cold meats and honey. Its star dish is the Pipeo, a pot cooked with lettuce and bean pipes, although Casarabonela also highlights typical Malaga dishes such as tripes, arrope, goat and rabbit with garlic or gazpachuelo. Finally, sweet lovers can’t help but try the delicious oil or almond cakes, the wine bread rolls, sweet potato dumplings, mostachones, mantecados and polvorones. An authentic pleasure for the senses!
Guaro is a village located in the region of Sierra de las Nieves. The beautiful landscapes of white houses and steep streets, the privileged natural environment and the great tourist and cultural value that has developed thanks to its famous Moorish Moon Festival make it the ideal place to make an unforgettable visit.
In this village of Malaga, you cannot miss the parish church of San Miguel Arcángel, located in the historic centre, near the City Hall and the Fountain of San Isidro Labrador. Proof of the high religious value of the town is also the hermitages of La Cruz del Puerto and San Isidro, both with exceptional panoramic views.
To satisfy your cultural interest, we recommend the Al-Andalus Cultural Centre and the Ethnographic Oil Museum, where you can see an Arabic oil press from the 12th century, as well as the Marmolejo Oil Museum, which houses the old mills of Guaro.
Finally, as part of the local cuisine, the pots stand out as the rabbit pot with almond, the young goat stew or the Galipuche, a vegetable stew with tortilla typical of the village. Don’t forget the desert! Delight yourself with the almond cakes, bocaditos and Christmas bread rolls. They will leave you speechless!