The Costa del Sol is full of charming spots and places to discover, so let us suggest a road map which will allow you to travel around this sunny destination on four wheels. Those who enjoy driving will leave daily life behind while they cruise through enchanting landscapes, admiring the beauty of the villages that make up the Costa del Sol.
Discover the Eastern Costa del Sol
You can start your road trip in Frigiliana, one of the most beautiful villages on the Costa del Sol, and also one of the most photographed and visited in Spain. Park the car for a few hours and take a stroll down the streets called calle Zacatín or calle Amargura. You’ll be amazed by the narrow white streets and the cobblestones. Because of its altitude, you can find unparalleled views of the Mediterranean Sea in the distance here.
Follow the route until Maro, where you can stop at the Torre de Maro viewpoint and admire the Paraje Natural de los Acantilados (Natural Cliff Landscape) Unrivalled views blending the mountains and the coast with its steep cliffs and the hard-to-reach coves and beaches. In this area we also recommend that you make a stop at the Caves of Nerja, known as the “Prehistoric Cathedral”.
Following this road, your next stop is in Nerja, that idyllic spot where the well-known Spanish TV series “Verano Azul” was filmed. The coastal settlement of Nerja invites you to stroll along its large, circular balcony on the cliffs known as the “Balcón de Europa” and its historic quarter, allowing you to leave all else behind. Furthermore, you can’t drive through without trying some local gastronomy, with typical dishes from Malaga such as ajoblanco con uvas (almond and garlic soup with grapes).
Another good stop would be in Rincón de la Victoria, which adds something different to our route, with its wild scenery and its historical monuments, such as Bezmiliana Castle and The Cueva del Tesoro (Treasure Cave), where you will be able to admire some cave paintings. Don’t forget to try the boquerones, a typical tapa of marinated white anchovies, available at the beach bars dotted along the coast!
Discover the Western Costa del Sol
From Rincón de la Victoria let’s drive straight to the other side of the Costa del Sol, where Mijas awaits us. It is another of the most spectacular small towns in the region. This town, located in the foothills of a mountain range of the same name, has a historic quarter which is typically Andalusian. With its little white houses and narrow streets, Mijas gives one of the most beautiful picture-postcard images of the Mediterranean and, of course, it main touristic claim to fame: donkey-taxis. Leave the car for a few hours and discover one of the most authentic and fun ways to travel around its streets.
To finish off the route, we suggest you visit one of the most renowned places on the Costa del Sol: Marbella. This town in the Malaga region is famous on a national and international level, and has been visited by many celebrities. It is one of the most visited towns on the Costa del Sol thanks to the undeniable beauty of its old quarter, with delightful narrow streets, diminutive squares and whitewashed houses, making it a unique place to walk around both day and night.