The big list of best activities in Malaga, Spain

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Dreaming of a getaway to a destination where you can live all sorts of different experiences? From the coast to the mountains and from culture to gastronomy, the Costa del Sol has got everything you could possibly imagine and more. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the very best activities that you can enjoy in the province of Malaga all year round. 


Soak up some vitamin D at the beach 

161km of coastline, 325 days of sunshine a year and over 120 beaches lapped by the Mediterranean. The Costa del Sol is a seaside destination par excellence. And there are all sorts of different beaches for you to experience. From the wilderness of Nerja to the tranquil bay of Manilva, you can explore picturesque stretches of the coastline in destinations such as Mijas and Estepona, and indulge in the exclusive lifestyle of glamourous spots such as Marbella. The beaches in the province of Malaga are as diverse as they are unique. 


Walk or cycle La Gran Senda de Malaga 

If you’re a keen hiker or cyclist, you’re going to love the idea of exploring the La Gran Senda de Malaga. The route is a series of interconnected trails that snake through the whole of the province of Malaga, passing through different towns and villages and immersing you in beauty spots. As you make your way around the route, you will come across some truly spectacular landscapes, such as Sierra de las Nieves national park and Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama


Go kayaking or paddle surfing in Nerja

El Cañuelo is one of the most tucked away and beautiful beaches in Nerja. Nestled in the heart of the Maro - Cerro Gordo natural landscape, the beach is quite tricky to reach. One of the best ways to get there is to hire a paddle board or kayak and paddle through the crystalline waters. You will be enveloped in a stunning landscape defined by impressive cliffs. The beach is also an ideal spot to enjoy other water sports, such as snorkelling and diving. 

water sports in malagaFuente: Educare Aventura


Whizz down the Comares zipline 

If you’re something of an adrenaline junkie, you’re going to love the Comares zipline. It is the longest zipline in Spain and will propel you through the most beautiful landscapes at heights of 115m and for a total of 463m. Life is all about thrills. 


Float over Ronda in a hot air balloon 

Staying with the theme of height, a hot air balloon flight is a truly unforgettable experience that combines the thrill of adventure with the silence of the skies. From this unique viewpoint, you will breathe in fantastic vistas over Ronda, with Serranía de Ronda and Sierra Nevada to the east and Grazalema to the west. 

group activities malagaFuente: Glovento Sur


Walk with butterflies 

If you’re looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary to do in Malaga, this is the perfect activity for you. The municipality of Benalmádena is home to Mariposario, a butterfly park that will envelop you in a world of fluttering wings. As you wander around, you will see over 1,500 exotic butterflies living in a beautiful landscape composed of waterfalls and flowers. 


Explore the museums 

The province of Malaga has over forty museums and galleries for you to explore. The birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Malaga city, offers many cultural spaces where you can immerse yourself in the life of the famous painter, including Museo Picasso and Museo Casa Natal de Pablo Picasso. And that’s not all. You can also visit great institutions such as Centre Pompidou, Museo Thyssen and much more.  


Travel back in time 

Alcazaba and Castillo de Gibralfaro are the main legacies of the Arab period in Malaga city. Built between the 11th and 14th centuries, they are some of the best preserved defence architecture from the period in Spain. Sitting atop a hill of the same name, Gibralfaro castle affords spectacular views over the city and the Mediterranean Sea. Alcazaba, meanwhile, combines defence and beauty, and is one of the most iconic monuments in the city. The union of Roman and Arab cultures, paired with extraordinary views, make it a must-visit during your time in the capital of the province. 


Unwind in the Arab baths

Hammam Al Andalus is one of the most popular romantic experiences in Malaga. The space has been done up to look like the Arab baths that once populated Al Ándalus. Here you can submerge yourself in five baths, steam rooms, relaxation areas and massage rooms where you will slowly find yourself unwinding in the embrace of the beautiful Nazari decor. 

couples activities malaga Fuente: Hammam Al Ándalus


The Costa del Sol has got a myriad of experiences for you to discover. However you enjoy spending your time, from exploring museums and lazing on the beach to roaming impressive natural landscapes, here you can do it all. The region also boasts quality hotels where you can enjoy an unforgettable stay with your loved one. 

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