It is clear that what most attracts the vast majority of tourists who come to visit the Costa del Sol, are mainly its beaches during the summer months. Which is all very well, but anyone who has ventured to come to Malaga outside the high season months will inevitably return!
It is then, when we can really discover the charms and magic of a coast bathed in light and sunshine, its culture and savoir-faire, at a more leisurely pace and without crowds.
Without further ado, today we present the viewpoints along the more than 160 km of our Costa del Sol, charming places from which to enjoy unique views, open spaces and new horizons, join us!
This blog entry combines perfectly with the previous one on a unique journey along the Costa del Sol, the Coastal Path. Whether you like to walk along the Mediterranean coastline or simply like to be in one place and enjoy natural balconies overlooking the coast or historical sites, you will surely find some inspiration here about the charming places to see on your next visit.
Viewpoints along the Costa del Sol
Viewpoints in Nerja
Balcón de Europa
The Balcony of Europe is Nerja’s famous viewpoint. Not only for that reason, it is very beautiful, looking out from the south of Europe towards the Mediterranean Sea and the distant African coast.
Built with care on the typical Nerja cliffs, it exudes a special charm. Next to the statue of King Alfonso XIII, tourists and locals can look out over the coast, be, breathe and let themselves be impregnated by the active life of the town, as this square is highly sought after for concerts and other activities throughout the year. A hit at all hours and any time of the year.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/dYkxi8uwSco6aeKc9
Viewpoints in Torrox
Mirador del Faro
This modern viewpoint looks like the bow of a ship. Next to the lighthouse are situated Roman ruins that are considered to be the most important archaeological sites in the province of Malaga. So, we can not only enjoy magnificent views over the sea, but also combine it with a visit to this ancient Roman villa.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/2WqSyR6e9LWiKoYw5
Viewpoints in Torre del Mar
Torre de Calaceite
If you like to see the coast from the same perspective as in the 16th century, come to the Calaceite beacon tower. There are no chiringuitos (beach bars) or services nearby, so don’t forget to bring at least a bottle of water.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/iomPbszPUFoKCf9K9
Viewpoints in Vélez-Málaga
Torre de Lagos
The Tower of Lagos is a 17th-century beacon tower erected to defend the population from attacks by North African and Turkish pirates.
From it there can be enjoyed a wide panorama, and very close by are the remains of an old mill press.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/hqngeRWe6uErKyw87
Viewpoints in Rincón de la Victoria
Torre Vigía de El Cantal
Located on the cliffs between Cala del Moral and Rincón de la Victoria, this beautiful viewpoint of Nasrid origin offers a view of the long beach of Rincón de la Victoria. Within the karstic rocks is also hidden the famous Cave of the Treasure of underwater origin that can also be visited.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/FU32XBqLbeYUNbJK9
Viewpoints in Málaga
Mirador de El Morlaco
Located in the Cerrado de Calderón neighbourhood, it is a large urban park with forest paths and viewpoints over the city and the Mediterranean. It is also very close to the Baños del Carmen and the Paseo Marítimo Pablo Ruiz Picasso. If you are staying in the city, it is worth approaching it and discovering something very different a few metres from the historical centre where you can breathe pure air.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/kpU2v2Y3wVMtuEhL8
Mirador de Gibralfaro
From this popular viewpoint we can enjoy views of the bay of Malaga, the city, the port and the bullring. It is especially recommended to see the sunsets from there. A few metres away is situated the medieval castle of Gibralfaro which you should visit if you have time.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/gvoTPQdPAMYEDN5A6
Viewpoints in Torremolinos
Torre Mirador Parque de la Batería
We include this viewpoint with magnificent views of the sea, although it is not by the sea. The tower and the viewpoint are located in the Parque de la Batería, a few metres from the beaches of the famous old fishing quarter, La Carihuela. It is a small park with activities for children.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/VETYfwPLw5xZgqvWA
Punta Gatuna or El Morro is a beautiful cliff that stands out between the beaches of La Carihuela and El Bajondillo and can be seen from almost anywhere on the Costa del Sol. Therefore, you can enjoy from there great views that cover almost the entire coast of Malaga. Today, a pleasant and very popular promenade passes through there, where there is no lack of bars of all kinds on the beach where you can have a drink.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/UoqLSiZFcSYrTiSA7
Viewpoints in Benalmádena
Faro de Levante
If you are in Benalmádena, don’t miss a visit to the award-winning Puerto Marina and its beautiful aesthetics, artificial islets with yacht moorings, its shopping centre, restaurants and bars. It is worth the walk to the end of the port where is located the Faro de Levante, from where you have magnificent views over the whole of the Bay of Málaga.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/VTV2CYoFZu38rbex8
Near the golf course of Torrequebrada and the hotel Sunset Beach Club is located this small and beautiful breakwater that goes into the sea.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/wnYtwyKKgu4Xc6EfA
Viewpoints in Fuengirola
Espigón de Torreblanca
This artificial breakwater allows us to get away from the busy Fuengirola promenade and feel the strength of the sea close to a breakwater.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/4V7gckV5QyFtihiaA
Next to the Mediterranean Sea and the Fuengirola River, this small Arabian fortress stands on a hill. From the Sohail Castle Park you have magnificent “elevated” views of the Mediterranean, and there are many activities throughout the year, such as concerts, a medieval market and even a zip line over the river. The castle can be visited.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/mLrd445rbxDwkp7F7
Viewpoints in Mijas
Torre Vigía de Cala de Mijas
Next to the beach in the lively centre of Cala de Mijas is situated this old watchtower from the 18th century to warn people of the frequent pirate raids. An ideal place to discover the history of the place and enjoy the present. The Tower can be visited.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/bcauHZZyCKhuQ31k8
Viewpoints in Marbella
Embarcadero Hotel Marbella Club
In Marbella, everything is a delight to the eye. Our favourite spot, El Juanar, however, is located quite far from the coast and so does not enter this post of coastal viewpoints. (Don’t worry, we prepare another post with magnificent viewpoints a little further away from the coast!)
This picturesque pier is located in the heart of Marbella, between the historic centre and Puerto Banús to the west, a magnificent promenade with exquisite hotels and one of the best areas of Marbella.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/6VS9gnytrmGu6j2x9
Viewpoints in Estepona
Faro Punta Doncella
The 20th century Punta Doncella lighthouse is located just a few metres from the beautiful marina of Estepona, where you can walk and have a drink in its many restaurants and bars. The area around the lighthouse has been remodelled in recent years and now you can enjoy a leisure area with a viewpoint and a great variety of Mediterranean flora.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/VBpx8MADfgqmxzEo7
Playa del Cristo
Playa del Cristo, located a few metres from the Marina, is not only the most popular beach in Estepona, but also offers spectacular views of the Rock of Gibraltar and the African coast on clear days. A perfect place to watch the sunset from a chiringuito (beach bar).
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/myLZ9soB1c8a4iTU6
Viewpoints in Manilva
As in the case of Estepona, it is a popular natural beach with coves and rocks of great ecological value and scenic interest and the remains of a watchtower from the Nasrid era, with magnificent views from the westernmost point of the Costa del Sol towards the nearby Rock of Gibraltar, the Straits and the African coast.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/whqLycgfytwJSTmXA
Viewpoints of the White Villages
There are many more beautiful viewpoints and we are very aware that we have not included them here, simply because the article would be too long!
We promise you soon another succulent post on these beautiful viewpoints in the most beautiful white villages of Málaga, such as Frigiliana, Mijas Pueblo or Casares, only a few kilometres from the Costa del Sol!