Discover the Most Charming Malaga Villages to Visit All Year Round

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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!

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Coastal Villages

    1. Nerja
    2. Mijas
    3. Torremolinos
    4. Fuengirola
    5. Maro
    6. Marbella
    7. Torre del Mar
    8. Benalmádena
    9. Rincón de La Victoria
    10. Manilva
    11. Estepona
    12. Algarrobo
    13. Vélez-Málaga

Inland Villages

  1. Frigiliana
  2. Júzcar
  3. Ronda
  4. Antequera
  5. Casares
  6. Genalguacil
  7. Ojén
  8. Casarabonela
  9. Guaro
  10. Yunquera
  11. Carratraca
  12. Igualeja
  13. Archidona
  14. Casabermeja
  15. Ardales
  16. Alfarnate and Alfarnatejo
  17. El Burgo
  18. Tolox
  19. Gaucin
  20. Canillas de Aceituno
  21. La Viñuela
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Discover the Best Malaga Villages to Visit All Year Round

Coastal Villages

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!

1. Nerja

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.

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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!

2. Mijas

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.

3. Torremolinos

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!

How to get to Torremolinos

Visiting Torremolinos from Malaga is easy, and if you opt for public transport, the train and bus combinations are very convenient. If you opt for the train, you can take the C1 at Malaga city centre station towards Fuengirola train station and get off at Torremolinos. A 22-minute, 8-stops-journey in total comfort. Conversely, the bus may take a little longer depending on traffic, but it is also a simple option. Go to the Muelle Heredia terminal and take the M-110 towards Torrenueva; after about 22 stops, usually half an hour, get off at Torremolinos Centro. On the other hand, if you prefer to go by car or taxi, you can choose between taking the MA-21 by the coast or the A-7 by the mountain. You will travel between 20 and 35 minutes in both cases, depending on the existing traffic.

4. Fuengirola

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.
How to get to Fuengirola

Fuengirola offers endless plans that locals and visitors love, and traveling from downtown Malaga is easy. By car, take the Autovía de Circunvalación de Málaga (Malaga Ring Road) from Avenida de Andalucía and continue on the AP-7 and A-7 motorways until exit 1014 from the A-7. In total, it will take you an average time of between 25 and 50 minutes to travel the distance of 35 km, depending on traffic. It is also an excellent option to choose public transport in this case. By train, for example, you only have to take the C1 line from Malaga city centre station and get off at Fuengirola train station; it is also the last stop, so you cannot miss it. On the other hand, you can choose the M-113 from the Muelle Heredia terminal to the Fuengirola terminal by bus. On both means of transport, the journey takes approximately one hour.

5. Maro

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.

pueblos de malaga playa maro cerro gordo

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.

6. Marbella

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.

Yates en puerto banus pueblos de malaga

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.

7. Torre del Mar

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.

How to get to Torre del Mar

Suppose you want to visit Torre del Mar and stay in downtown Malaga. In that case, we suggest you go to the Muelle Heredia terminal and take the ALSA bus in the direction of Vélez Málaga; after a journey of about an hour, you can get off at the Torre del Mar bus station. In addition, if you do not like this bus by schedule, you can also take the same route with the Malaga-Maro and Malaga-Motril buses. On the other hand, if you choose to go by taxi or car, take the A-7 motorway in the direction of Almeria and turn off at exit 953. The estimated duration of this trip is usually between 30 and 45 minutes.

8. Benalmádena

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.

playa de benalmadena pueblo de malaga

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.

9. Rincón de la Victoria

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!

rincon de la victoria malaga playa

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.

  1. Manilva

Surely you have heard of Manilva, another beautiful coastal town in Malaga that is 97 km from the capital of the Costa del Sol and only 35 km from Gibraltar. In addition to its beaches, this charming Malaga town has a lot of historical and cultural wealth, so if you come around, you will have many places to discover. One of the most famous monuments is the Duchess Castle, a fortress built in the eighteenth century and part of an ancient Roman villa. Its function was to protect the coast against pirate attacks.

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If you feel more like walking through the centre of the village, you should visit Casa Villa Matilde. This house belonged to Blas Infante, the author of the Andalusian anthem, where you can glimpse archaeological remains from the time of the Romans. Quite a wonder, don’t you think? Of course, there is so much more in this town. Let’s continue exploring!

Do you feel like diving? If you want to enjoy a real scenic and natural spectacle, do not miss the famous Punta Chullera Beach, surrounded by rocks and low cliffs. It is very suitable for underwater fishing due to its clean and transparent waters. Other options are also the sandy Duchess Beach and Castle Beach.

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You cannot miss this charming Malaga town, can you?

How to get to Manilva

There are different options to discover this impressive village of Malaga. If your idea is to make the journey as short as possible, you can choose to go by car or taxi. In both cases, the fastest route is to choose the AP-7 motorway, through which you will travel the 102 km distance in one hour and 15 minutes, but remember that there are tolls. If you want to avoid tolls, we suggest taking the A-7, which may take a little longer but will save you some money. On the other hand, if you prefer public transport, you can go to the bus station and take the Avanza L-605 bus in the direction of Estepona. After an hour and a half, you’ll be dropped off at Estepona’s terminal, where you’ll have to take the L-77 bus for half an hour.

  1. Estepona

Another wonder of Malaga is Estepona, a town in the southwestern area of the province and belonging to the Western Costa del Sol. This charming municipality of Malaga offers a lot to see, from beaches to mountains.

To begin with, if you take a tour around its historic centre, you will be enchanted by its white, narrow and labyrinthine alleys that are very sumptuous. In fact, the town is divided between the Ancient Quarter, where the most powerful families in the area live, and the Villa Quarter, home to the rest of the population. Continue wandering along the centre of this town of Malaga. You will discover Flowers Square (Plaza de las Flores), the most central and cheerful point decorated with endless colourful flowers.

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Undoubtedly, one of the main attractions of the town is the promenade and, of course, its beaches. You can enjoy the long summer days walking, running or cycling. Named Pedro Manrique, this promenade hides a surprise. At the end of the tour, you will find the incredible Lighthouse of Punta Doncella, which continues working with photovoltaic cells. In addition, it is an excellent place to take a photo and make your stay in Estepona unforgettable, magical, and charming.

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How to get to Estepona

If you are planning to visit Estepona, we explain how to do so. If you want to go by bus, it’s straightforward. From the Alameda Principal itself, you can take the bus that goes to the airport. Once there, from the arrivals terminal, you can take the L-610 bus of the Avanza company in the direction of La Línea. After 45 minutes, leave San Pedro’s terminal and take the L-79 bus toward Estepona. After 40 minutes, you will arrive at the Antigua Terminal (old terminal) stop, from which you will continue about 600 m on foot and, finally, you will have reached your destination: Estepona. On the other hand, if you choose to travel by car or taxi, we advise you to take the A-7 motorway. Depending on the existing traffic, you will cross the almost 92 km distance in an estimated one hour or an hour and a half.

  1. Algarrobo

The Malaga town of Algarrobo is well-known for its cakes (tortas). This charming town in Malaga is part of the region of La Axarquia. It is only 40 kilometres from the southern capital.

With a noticeable Arab influence on its architecture, one of the most outstanding monuments is the Church of Saint Ana, which dates from the early seventeenth century and features a construction combining Gothic and Mudejar style elements. Right next to it, you will find Escalerillas Park, a green area where you can rest, walk or sit. Furthermore, you can also visit the Ladeada Tower, which is of Muslim origin. In the past, it was used as a defensive and surveillance point.

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Finally, suppose you come to this charming town when the good weather approaches. In that case, you will surely want to dive into some of its beautiful beaches. Choose between Algarrobo Coast Beach or Mezquitilla Beach, which is less sandy.

How to get to Algarrobo

In this section, we will briefly explain how to get to Algarrobo. On this occasion, you will need to go by car or taxi, as there are no means of public transport to the town of Algarrobo. Either you choose the taxi or your car. It will take you between 35 and 50 minutes to travel the 40 km distance. We suggest you head towards E-15/A-7 from Paseo del Parque, then continue along this road for about 20 minutes to exit 948. Finally, follow the A-7206 and drive to San Sebastian Street in Algarrobo.

13. Vélez-Málaga: A town full of unique enclaves

37 kilometres from Malaga, in the heart of the mango and avocado groves, is the capital of the Axarquia region. Vélez-Málaga is one of those charming villages that stands out for the history and culture of its historical monuments. Climb to the Alcazaba or Castle of Vélez-Málaga, a fortress of Arab origin dating from the ninth century at the municipality’s highest point. From here, you can contemplate beautiful views.

Another place you can’t miss is the Hermitage of the Virgen de los Remedios. Located on the Cerro de San Cristóbal, inside, you will find the image of the patron saint of Vélez: Our Lady of Los Remedios. In the surroundings, there is an ample recreational space where you can stroll and enjoy gardens and landscapes as far as your eye can see. Its interior walls are painted with frescoes by the local painter Evaristo Guerra, representing landscapes of the town, hence why it is also called the “transparent Hermitage.”

Other attractions of the municipality are the Fountain of Felipe II or Fernando VI, the Camarín de la Virgen de la Piedad or the Casa Cervantes, the current headquarters of the Official School of Languages of Vélez-Málaga and once a place of accommodation. The illustrious playwright stayed there and took advantage of his visit to this oasis in Malaga to write part of Don Quixote. And finally, we cannot miss this opportunity to invite you to visit its historic centre with the Plaza de las Carmelitas as a backdrop, as well as to experience first-hand the charm of its Holy Week, one of the most beautiful festivals in the province of Malaga and the most anticipated of the year by tourists in which they can admire the processions of its 19 brotherhoods and take the opportunity to enjoy the culture and local cuisine.

Inland Villages

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!

1. Frigiliana

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.

How to get to Frigiliana

We will explain how to get to Frigiliana from downtown Malaga. If you choose the car or taxi, take the A-7 motorway in the direction of Almeria and turn off at exit 933; you will travel the 57 km distance in an estimated time of between 45 minutes and an hour. This time, there are no possible public transportation options.

2. Júzcar

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.

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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!

3. Ronda

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.

How to get to Ronda

This time, we’ll explain how to get to Ronda. First, if you take the bus, go to the bus station, and take the Avanza L-304 bus in the direction of Ronda, you will reach the destination in an estimated 2 hours and 45 minutes. If you choose to travel by car, we suggest taking the A-357 and A-367, which take between 1 hour and 10 minutes and 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach your destination.

4. Antequera

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!

How to get to Antequera

If you plan to visit Antequera, one of the most charming villages in Malaga, we briefly explain how to get there from the centre of Malaga. Are you travelling in your car or by taxi? Take the A-45, and you will arrive in an estimated time of between 40 minutes and 1 hour. Are you going by bus? Head to the Malaga bus station and choose the ALSA Malaga-Alameda Marquesina bus. You’ll arrive in Antequera in an hour.

5. Casares

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!

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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.

6. Genalguacil

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.

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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.

7. Ojén

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.

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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?

8. Casarabonela

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.

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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!

9. Guaro

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.

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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!

10. Yunquera: At the Very Heart of Nature

Is there anything way more powerful than water? Yunquera is a small white village located in the core of the Natural Park Sierra de las Nieves and it stands out because of the many rivers and springs. The natural surroundings of this town are exceptional for its extensive forest of Spanish firs, which extends up to 1050 hectares. If you are into organizing some outdoor activities, you are in the right area of inland Malaga.

However, if you prefer to walk around the town centre and visit the most iconic attractions, let us make a spoiler: one of the most famous places is the castle (also known as Torre Vigía). As its name shows, this building enabled the Spanish troops to be warned of the Napoleonic attacks during the Peninsular War. Will you dare to come here and feel that you are travelling to the past? Look at the opening hours and save the date, so you don’t miss anything.

The sun goes down, and the nightlife comes, but before returning to the apartment, there’s a surprise waiting for you: if you believe that sky is not the limit, it’s your lucky day. Get creative in the astronomical observation centre and stare at all the stars, planets, and satellites. There’s no better plan before going to sleep, isn’t it?

11. Carratraca: A Charming Inland Village

If when travelling to the inland region you are looking for a peaceful place, rest assured your desire will come true in Carratraca. If you plan a hiking adventure, it’s time to climb up Pico del Grajo. In this small village, which is crossed by the stream Las Cañas, you’ll find one of the maximum altitude points at 1200 meters.

As we have already mentioned, this small village in Malaga’s inland stands out for its tranquillity and peace, so if you still want to relax, even more, consider this ideal option: Carratraca Spa. It is one of the most popular in Andalusia, and it’s located in Calle Baños. Coincidence? Indoors, you’ll find a white ceramic plinth patio and a pool of thermal and curative water right in the middle. This is probably the most visited and attractive point in the village. In fact, in 2015, it was awarded the Medical Wellness & Spa prize for being the best health centre in Spain.

Don’t wait until somebody tells you about it!

Another of the most precious treasures of Carratraca, and closely related to the hot springs mentioned above, is the Church Virgen de la Salud, patron saint of the municipality. It’s notable above all for its white façade, a typical feature in almost all the inland of Malaga. Suppose you’re coming on the 15th of August. In that case, you’ll be able to enjoy the Carratraca fair, which is dedicated to the patron saint.

12. Igualeja: An Autumn Paradise

It’s a guarantee: in this inland town of Malaga, you’ll fall in love with the so-called Copper-coloured Forest. The name reflex the appearance of this chestnut forest between Pujerra and Igualeja in the autumn: a magical and incredible environment. It’s an easy track suitable for all levels. In addition, along the way, which crosses a vast chestnut grove, you can pick up chestnuts, a typical gastronomic product in the Genal Valley, just where this beautiful inland village is settled.

Don’t forget either to walk around the town. The first thing you will find is the Fountain La Alquería, located right at the town entrance. If you come during the rainy season, you will enjoy the water richness in its truest sense, a natural performance. Keep on walking towards the centre of the village. In the oldest area, there’s the Albaicín, a pretty charming neighborhood with zigzag streets and plenty of flower pots. From there, you’ll be able to gaze at the well-known chestnut forest.

We encourage you to walk around its streets with small white houses and discover this inland town’s unique charm and magic.

13. Archidona: A Pretty Historical Village

For those of you keen on history, we have prepared a visit to Archidona, a very charming town in the northeastern region of Nororma. In ancient times, the municipality was settled by Phoenicians, Romans, and Arabs. Proof of this is seen in the diverse styles of architecture and buildings.

Do you want us to start the tour so you can live it personally? We recommend you begin in the centre: The Plaza Ochavada, of baroque style, is one of the most emblematic points of interest in this Malaga village, along with the Puerta del Sol, a fortress that protected the city against attacks.

To round up the architectural tour, do not forget to visit the Convento de Las Mínimas, also baroque, and the Convento de Santo Domingo. Finally, to immerse yourself in the religious legacy of this charming village in Malaga, come and see the Church of la Victoria (16th century), built in the Mannerist style.

Afterward, if you feel like getting away from the centre and enjoying nature, consider going on a route: one of the best-known ones is Camino del Santuario. It is not difficult, and you will discover beautiful landscapes and trails to the Sanctuary of la Virgen de Gracia.

14. Casabermeja: A Village Nestled in the Mountains

You will not have to travel too far from Malaga if you want to relax in the heart of the mountains. Just 18 kilometers away is Casabermeja, a village surrounded by the Guadalmedina and Arroyo de Cauche rivers.

The historical heritage is also highly evident in this village, as seen in the remains of an ancient wall and Torre Zambra. Suppose you have time to do some sightseeing. In that case, the most important landmark that you can see from a distance is the parish church of Nuestra Señora del Socorro. Keep on walking, and on the outskirts, you will come across a unique cemetery due to the extravagance of its tombs. In fact, it was declared a National Monument in 1980.

Other great treasures in this charming village are its archaeological sites and cave paintings. If you are curious about knowing more, we recommend the route, Peñas de Cabrera. This not-very-long circular walk passes by several caves where you can see all the cave art of this inland area of Malaga. Along the way, there is also a path through the forest where you will find asparagus, lavender, holm oaks, and wild olive trees, the most typical vegetation of the area.

We invite you to explore this Malaga treasure. Are you in?

How to get to Casabermeja

If you want to visit this beautiful town of Malaga by public transport, go to the bus station of Malaga and take the ALSA bus in the direction of Alfarnate. Half an hour later, get off at the gas station stop in Casabermeja, and you will have reached your destination. On the other hand, if you choose to go by car, take the A-45, and you will reach your destination in an estimated time of between 22 and 35 minutes.

15. Ardales: The North Face of Sierra de Las Nieves

If something distinguishes this Malaga village, located in the Guadalteba region. In that case, it is a large number of tourist and natural attractions that it has. In particular, a very famous one probably rings a bell: Caminito del Rey and Desfiladero de los Gaitanes are some of Malaga’s most impressive natural landscapes with incredible panoramic views. If you are just passing through this inland village, this is an imperative visit, so don’t think twice about it.

As you can see, a mixture of styles and cultures is always present in this charming village of Malaga. However, if you have less time and want to see the most of the town, here are the buildings you should not miss: try to immerse yourself again in the Andalusian past with the Castillo de la Peña and the Castillo de Turón. The latter is the vestige of the defeat of Omar Ben Hafsun against the Emirate of Córdoba, by which he conquered Ardales. The castle’s name is because it is located on the river Turon, a beautiful crossing over the Roman Bridge of la Molina.

If you would like to learn more about this village’s history and traditions, come to the Museum of History and Traditions and the Prehistorical Interpretation Centre to discover all the legacy left by the different civilizations. Do you dare to come? Ardales and its secrets are waiting for you.

16. Alfarnate and Alfarnatejo: Two Close Villages

Alfarnate and Alfarnatejo are two small towns neighbouring the inland area of Malaga belonging to the region of La Axarquia. Both are surrounded by outstanding natural landscapes: Sierras de Enmedio, Palomera, and Jobo. Even though Alfarnate is somewhat bigger than Alfarnatejo, there is something that distinguishes these two nearby towns: olive and cherry trees found in the valley. Dare to discover and even try some of the best gastronomic products of this charming region.

Suppose your first stop is Alfarnate and you want to visit the downtown. In that case, there are monuments built in Arabic style, such as the old Venta de Alfarnate, which currently has become a museum, or the Church of Santa Ana: a pretty important work inspired by Mudejar art.

Alternatively, suppose you prefer to let everything go at ease. In that case, we suggest you wander through its beautiful narrow streets, resulting from Moorish heritage of the municipality. Each corner will surprise you with its magic!

It is just 6 minutes away by car and less than 4 kilometres from Alfarnatejo. Quite a walk, don’t you think? Still infused with Islamic culture, this inland village has charms such as the ruins of an Arabic castle located on the slope of the mountains and at almost 900 meters above sea level, which is why paying it a visit can be a good option if you are looking to mix hiking and sightseeing. Another option we suggest starting in this village of Malaga is the summit of Pico Chamizo, which sits at an altitude of almost 1,700 metres. Naturally, the hike requires specific technical skills, so if you want to bring out your adventurous side, go for it!

17. El Burgo, a Setting in the Sierra de Las Nieves

If there is something remarkable about this charming town in the province of Malaga, that’s its location. Nestled in the middle of nature, in the Sierra de las Nieves, between Costa del Sol and Ronda.

The most noteworthy attractions include the Miraflores Castle, a vast fortress that is now perfectly integrated into the town centre of the municipality and which served as a control point for the settlements in Roman times. Churches and hermitages are also part of the outstanding architecture of this charming Malaga town, such as San Agustín or Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación. You should not miss them to immerse yourself in their history and tradition.

Although a sightseeing tour is always a must, the main attraction of this town are the countless routes and trails, suitable for both walking and cycling. One of them is the so-called path El Burgo – Los Sauces – Yunquera tour (part of the Gran Senda route in Malaga), which will allow you to gaze at the olive groves, chestnut trees and some vineyards. A whole sportive, natural, and gastronomic experience. Are you in?

18. Tolox, a Village of Contrasts in the Bosom of Nature

Ever heard of Tolox? This charming town in Malaga is also found in the Sierra de las Nieves. One of the peculiarities of its architecture is the mixture of the light colours of the limestone with the darker hues of the peridotites. On top of this, the white houses remind us so much of the Malaga villages along the coast, yet they are in the mountains. Doesn’t that sound magic? Keep reading.

You may feel like relaxing in the narrow streets of this village while admiring the remains of castles and walls that are reminiscent of battles and historical moments. However, one of the most frequented places in this town is the Balneario de Fuente Amargosa, a centre for treating skin and respiratory problems, which has been in operation for centuries.

If you are keen on adventure and love to enjoy the wonders offered by Mother Earth, then we recommend the Sendero de las Cascadas, a circular route of barely 11 kilometres that is amazing, mainly during the rainy season.

19. Gaucín – The Most Charming Town According to The Telegraph

One of the most charming white villages in the Sierra de Málaga is Gaucín. So much so that the famous newspaper ‘The Telegraph’ described it in an article published in the summer of 2020 as “the prettiest village of Spain.”

The beauty of Gaucín has attracted thousands of visitors over the years. Some of them are well known, such as Victor Eldestein, one of Lady Di’s favourite designers, the actors Hugh Dancy -‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’— and Claire Dane, besides the authors Richard Ford, Francis Carter or Gerald Brenan, among others.

This Malaga village, with more than 1500 inhabitants, is in the Serranía de Ronda. It stands out for its pristine white-painted houses that still show vestiges of famous Moorish architecture, evidence of the years of Muslim occupation in the province. You will find your way to the El Águila Castle, built on the village’s highest point through its twisting streets, stairways, and steep slopes. A particular corner where you can lean out to enjoy breathtaking views of the African coast, Gibraltar or the river Genal.

Next to this architectural point, in Gaucín, it is possible to visit several historical buildings, such as the 16th-century Renaissance-style parish church of San Sebastián, the Carmelite convent, the old Vera Cruz hermitage (18th century), Fuente de los Seis Caños (18th century) and the current Casa de la Cultura.

In addition, if you will be around the province during summer and want to visit one of the most charming villages in Malaga, we recommend you check out the Gaucín fair, which is held in August. There you will be able to enjoy the typical local gastronomy, dances, popular music and the great company of its neighbours.

20. Canillas de Aceituno: Axarquias Highest Town

The geographical location of this beautiful village of Malaga makes it one of the most stunning places in the Axarquía. Those people visiting Canillas de Aceituno will be able to enjoy the views of the Vélez and Rubite Valleys, dotted with olive groves, vineyards, and fig trees.

Like most Malaga villages, Canillas de Aceituno also has a substantial Moorish presence that you can identify in its architecture, street layout, and most symbolic buildings. In fact, inside the village, two fountains get their water supply from a Moorish cistern in the town hall. It is also enjoyable walking along Calle Castillo, where you can still see the remains of an old Moorish fortress.

However, this village has not only had the presence of the Moors during its history; another of the most critical occupations that Canillas de Aceituno experienced was Roman. In fact, for more than six centuries, the entire territory of Malaga town provided a large part of the products and raw materials that were the basis of the Roman economy: wheat, oil, livestock, wine, medicinal plants, fruit trees, etc.

The prominent landmarks are the buildings in the Plaza de la Constitución, such as the Casa de los Diezmos and the town hall, or the Iglesia del Rosario, which belonged to the 16th century and was restored in the 19th one. Thanks to this cultural richness and a landscape that captivates the senses, Canillas de Aceituno is one of the charming villages in Malaga that is worth a visit.

21. La Viñuela – The Oasis

La Viñuela is a small village in Malaga. Visitors can enjoy one of the typical landscapes of the Axarquía: olive trees, vineyards, fruit orchards, and its most important touristic attraction, a large reservoir bearing the same name.

This locality arose in the 18th century around an inn where travellers used to stop. It was located on the road that connected Vélez with Granada. Today, you can still visit this typical place, La Plaza bar, right before the local church. Although this village is the newest one in the area of the Axarquía, in its surroundings, there have been found Palaeolithic remains and sites of villages dating from the Neolithic to the Roman period.

One of the most essential highlights of this beautiful Malaga village is its gastronomy. Visitors can enjoy an exquisite tomato soup, gazpachuelo (a typical Malaga soup based on fish broth and mayonnaise), stews, and migas with orange, among others. In addition, during December, the Tapa’s Route takes place, when local businesses prepare various traditional and cutting-edge dishes using local products.

How to get to Canillas de Aceituno

This section will briefly explain how to visit Canillas de Aceituno. Suppose you want to visit this beautiful village in Malaga. In that case, the only options are going by taxi or by car and, in both cases, we recommend taking the A-7 motorway and you will reach your destination in about an hour. Unfortunately, there are no public transport combinations.

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