10 great ideas for Day Trips in Malaga in autumn

We give you 10 great ideas for Day Trips in Malaga in autumn.

We know, everyone loves the summer months, sun, beach and that summerfeeling. But anyone who has ventured to Malaga outside the high season months will inevitably come back!

It is then that we can really discover the charms and magic of a coast bathed in light and sun, its culture and savoir-faire, at a more leisurely pace. And without the crowds.

Day Trips in Malaga, frigiliana
On the way to Frigiliana, Photo courtesy of a Malagacar.com customer.

Here in Malaga and the Costa del Sol, we have many months of summer and endlessly blue skies. Thus we always look forward to it when temperatures finally drop to more bearable values. The skies offer impressive chromatic tonalities thanks to the appearance of the first clouds.

Today we propose 10 day trips in Malaga in autumn. Which by the way is very far from the northern European autumn, as here we still have excellent temperatures even in the “middle of winter”. The ideal time to enjoy active and adventure tourism. Or discover Malaga or white villages of Arab origin … The choice is yours!

Malaga Day trips

Walk the Coastal Path

If you like to enjoy long walks by the sea, you’ll love this idea. A few years ago this project was launched and is almost finished: The coastal path.

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Bridge over the Guadalhorce river

Along 160 km of the Costa del Sol from Nerja to Manilva, we can walk (and in some sections cycle) by the sea, along boardwalks and wooden walkways. Discover beautiful natural areas with their fauna and flora, ancient Nasrid watchtowers and some of the most beautiful marinas in the Mediterranean.

The coastal path runs alongside the towns that make up the Costa del Sol: Rincón de la Victoria, Torre del Mar, Algarrobo and Torrox on the eastern Costa del Sol. And Estepona, Marbella, Mijas, Fuengirola and Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Málaga on the western Costa del Sol.

carvajal, fuengirola
Easternmost part of Fuengirola, bordering Benalmádena. Photo Wikiloc

As a footnote: Some people usually walk the part of the coastal path that corresponds to their locality. And others take it as their own personal Camino de Santiago and walk the entire path in 5 or 6 days.

Undoubtedly, a very interesting idea. Especially considering that we have excellent weather conditions to be able to do the route almost all year round. We tell you all the details and everything you need to know about the coastal path.

Discover the viewpoints along the Costa del Sol

Our article on Viewpoints along the Costa del Sol combines perfectly with our previous one about the the Coastal Path.

Balcón de Europa in Nerja
Balcón de Europa in Nerja Photo Hostal Doña Carmen

Whether you like to walk along the Mediterranean strip. Or you just like to be in one place and enjoy natural balconies overlooking the coast or historic sites. You’re sure to find some inspiration here about charming places to see on your next visit.

Oh, ¡Málaga!

A Malaga city break is always a good idea. Even with just a few days or a long weekend. A change of scenery and a visit to Malaga will do the trick.

Baños el Carmen
Baños el Carmen Photo Beleef Malaga

Combine breakfast on a terrace in the sun with a stroll through the old town. Discover charming corners, visit a museum. Or simply let yourself be carried away by the enormous shopping and cultural offer of this vibrant Mediterranean city.

We can also recommend going to some of the best roof top terraces in Malaga to eat or just have a drink and enjoy the views.

Roof Top Terrace Museum La Aduana
Roof Top Terrace La Aduana

And if you’re in the centre, stop by El Pimpi and try the best organic delicacies, hams and wines with designation of origin in this unique place in Malaga.

Iberian Chestnut Ham
Freshly-cut Iberian Chestnut Ham at El Pimpi

Whatever you choose to do in Malaga, if you’re bored, it’s because you want to!

Trips to the interior of the province

Genalguacil, the open-air museum village

Relatively close to Estepona is located this white village. It is quite peculiar because of its art, which is distributed all over the village in the most unexpected places.

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Fabulous contrasts and fun corners Photo: Amantes de Genalguacil

Every two years in Genalguacil there are artistic meetings. During 2 weeks the participating artists live together with the inhabitants of the village. And the works of art are permanently exhibited in the streets and squares.

Genalguacil is located 500 m above sea level in the Genal Valley in the heart of Serrania de Ronda. This means slow travel, as the secondary roads are winding through forests of pines, cork oaks and chestnut trees, which offer a spectacular play of colours in autumn.

Sierra Bermeja
Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja Photo: Rutas y fotos

The museum village is located 40 km from Estepona, driving through the Sierra Bermeja Natural Park, with its highest point at 1,400 metres above the sea. It offers spectacular views of the entire Costa del Sol, the Rock of Gibraltar and, on a clear day, the African coast.

We have been to Genalguacil, discover it in our article!

The Caminito del Rey

Since its reopening in 2015, the Caminito del Rey has become the most visited natural site in the province of Malaga.

It is a spectacular aerial path that has been rehabilitated along the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes.

day trips Malaga, Caminito del Rey
The aerial path called “Caminito del Rey” is built about 100 meters above the Gaitanes Gorge

Once it was one of the most dangerous trails in the world. Nowadays it´s an attractive route through this beautiful natural landscape. And even more so now in autumn, when temperatures drop and nature offers spectacular colours and contrasts.

This route is being touristically exploited nowadays, meaning that you have to buy a ticket and stick to a certain timetable.

Caminito del Rey
Photo Espacar

We have several extensive articles with everything you need to know to plan your excursion to the Caminito del Rey.

As a footnote: The most emblematic places such as the Caminito del Rey or El Torcal suffer some overcrowding during weekends and bank holidays. So we advise to enjoy these beautiful places during the week whenever you can.

El Saltillo, the unkown Caminito del Rey

The El Saltillo route runs along a gorge that links the villages of Sedella and Canillas de Aceituno in the upper Axarquia.

The route along the irrigation channels that bring water to the village from the river has existed for many years. Yet, it never had the fame of the Caminito del Rey (perhaps because there are not so many climbers who have killed themselves…), despite having many similarities due to the spectacular views and vertiginousness.

El Saltillo
Photo: Gps Málaga

However, although scenically it can be easily compared to the Caminito del Rey, in terms of difficulty it is much more difficult. We tell you all about it here to plan your visit to El Saltillo and its suspension bridge.

day trips in Malaga, El Saltillo

El Torcal de Antequera

Among the most visited places in the province of Malaga is undoubtedly El Torcal in Antequera.

el torcal antequera
Photo Paco Espadas

These curiously shaped limestone rock formations are located 1,200 metres above the sea. There are two well-signposted circular itineraries for all levels and are suitable for families.

There is also an interpretative centre that organises different activities for all ages, such as guided tours, visits during full moon or to see the Perseids. And there is as well as a small picnic area.

Everything you need to know to visit El Torcal, climate, parking, how to get there, etc.

el torcal antequera

Active tourism and adventure sports in Malaga

This section is for the more sporty among the visitors to our beautiful province, which not only has miles of beaches. There is also a huge range of inland activities: Hiking and trekking to the highest peaks of Malaga, climbing, rafting, ballooning, caving, zip lines, via ferrata or tandem paragliding, just to name a few.

day trips in Malaga, Atajate Via ferrata with Tibetan bridge
Atajate Via ferrata with Tibetan bridge Photo Yumping

Even we were surprised with all the things you can do in Malaga, find out more in our article!

day trip Malaga, Kayaking in Maro
Kayaking in Maro Photo Educate

The white villages of the Axarquía

For lovers of slow travel we have another charming proposal: Discover the white Moorish villages of the Axarquía, the easternmost region of the province of Malaga.

Sedella
Sedella

Nestled on the slopes of this mountainous area, the white villages bear witness to the many centuries of Moorish cultural presence.

We have put together an article with everything you need to know about the most beautiful white villages of the Axarquía. The region has highest mountain in the province, La Maroma, with more than 2,000 metres.

They are ideal villages to discover with slow travel or as starting points for hiking routes.

Sierra de las Nieves National Park

And last but not least, we present you the new jewel in the crown, Sierra de la Nieves. In 2021 it was declared the first national park in the province of Malaga.

Sierra de las Nieves
Sierra de las Nieves Photo David García Rogriguez

Sierra de las Nieves is the highest part of the Serranía de Ronda, with one of the highest mountains in the province: Torrecilla Peak with 1,919 metres above sea level, where it usually snows in winter, hence its name.

With this new status, the beautiful Sierra de las Nieves with its magnificent lush forests of Spanish fir has the maximum protection against urban development projects.

In Sierra de las Nieves there are twelve villages that still preserve the appearance of their Moorish past: Alozaina, Casarabonela, Tolox, El Burgo, Yunquera, Monda, Guaro, Istan and Ojen, Serrato, Ronda and Parauta.

Whether you like to go on one of the many hiking trails or spend a day in the villages, for example during the chestnut harvest, here we tell you more to plan your visit to Sierra de las Nieves.

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