Whether you are looking for sun and beach fun, if you like city breaks to Malaga, discover beautiful corners of the province, if you enjoy adventure sports… This and much more we have prepared for you in your definitive Costa del Sol guide.
At MalagaCar.com we are proud to be able to offer one of the most complete guides to the Costa del Sol.
To our extensive library we add weekly new articles of interest to make the most of your stay on the Costa del Sol, with a wide range of ideas, suggestions and proposals.
Although we publish new articles with activities and events for every month, we want to bring you a resume in this Costa del Sol guide. Find below events, activities and places you will find on the Costa del Sol; start planning your visit to Malaga with us and do not forget to rent a car; most of the activities might require your own transportation means.
Beach Clubs & Beach Bars
¿What are the beach clubs and the beach bars? Those of you who already visited the Costa del Sol will know for sure.
Beach Clubs are exclusive places next to the sea, with their own pool and resting area, where you can eat or have a drink. Some of the best beach clubs are in Marbella, but you can find them along all the Costa del Sol. It is not hard to spot some rich and famous visiting one of those exclusive clubs where a big bottle of cava can cost around 3000 euro. Do not worry, there are prices for lower budgets, but take in consideration that the price for anything will be higher than in a beach bar.
Beach Bars are also in front of the beach but they do not have a pool. You can eat or have a drink there and the price will be higher than in a restaurant. They can offer seats or beds, depending on the beach bar and the menu is based on fish and seafood although their menu is more extense.
The best 50 Beach Bars on the Costa del Sol
Along the 160 km of the Costa del Sol in Malaga from Manilva to Nerja, there are about 300 Beach Bars. Enjoy the excellent local gastronomy next to the Mediterranean Sea.
Best Beach Clubs in Marbella
Without a doubt, you find the best and most sophisticated beach clubs on the Costa del Sol in Marbella.
Whether you like lush, late-night parties or a refined chill-out in an exclusive setting by the sea, Marbella’s Beach Clubs offer you all this and much more.
The best Beach Clubs on the Costa del Sol
While many enjoy a towel on the sand anywhere, many others indulge in the most sophisticated summer pleasures at some of the exquisite beach clubs we have here in Malaga.
Join us on this sybaritic journey through the best Beach Clubs on the Costa del Sol!
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The best beaches on the western Costa del Sol
The western coastline of Malaga, which stretches from Malaga to Manilva, has been perfecting the concept of tourism over the decades:
If you simply feel like dropping your bags in your hotel room and going straight to the sun lounger on the beach, enjoying cocktails, good food, an abundant nightlife, this is your place of choice!
The best beaches on the eastern Costa del Sol
Join us as we discover the beauty of the eastern Costa del Sol, with some of the most beautiful coves in the province.
The 11 most spectacular hidden coves on the Costa del Sol
We present you the most hidden and beautiful coves of the Costa del Sol, accessible on foot, by boat, paddle surf or kayak.
Blue Flag beaches on the Costa del Sol
The coastline of Malaga boasts every year of many Blue Flag beaches: Beaches with excellent water quality, waste collection and cleaning, in addition to qualified lifeguards, first aid posts, access ramps to the beach and toilets for people with disabilities and a very good maintenance in general.
The best nudist beaches in Malaga
In the province of Malaga we already have 8 fantastic nudist beaches that we are going to present to you below.
Dog friendly beaches in Malaga
Find out where you can take your four-legged friend for a refreshing bath at the dog friendly beaches on the Costa del Sol.
Find some of the best hotels in Malaga with our Costa del Sol guide:
5 Star Hotels in Marbella
Did you know that in Marbella there are more than a dozen five-star hotels, offering the best services, assuring their guests carefree enjoyment?
We take you on a tour of some of the most beautiful and sophisticated facilities on the Costa del Sol!
Adults Only Hotels on the Costa del Sol
There can be many reasons why we are inclined to book a room in an adults only hotel.
We present you more than a dozen of the best Adults Only Hotels on the Costa del Sol. Discover them with us!
The Best Family Hotels on the Costa del Sol
The sunny Costa del Sol is for many reasons probably the best European destination for a great family holiday. Discover with us the best family hotels on the Costa del Sol.
Festivals and Concerts
Costa del Sol Music Festivals
A mild and benevolent climate, the sea breeze, some truly impressive stages and a line-up full of artists.
The Costa el Sol also has all the necessary infrastructure, accommodation and hotels and with Malaga international airport just a few kilometres away.
We just have to decide which of the festivals we are going to visit.
Marenostrum Fuengirola Concerts
Discover the line-up for this season, with concerts, festivals and events at Marenostrum Fuengirola, one of the most spectacular open-air music venues.
Starlite Marbella – The best Boutique Festival
Without a doubt, one of the best venues is Starlite Marbella. Enjoy prestigious artists in small capacity boutique concerts in an unbeatable location in the Cantera de Nagüeles.
In its 11th edition, the boutique festival in Marbella will feature almost 50 days of concerts. During June, July, August and September we can enjoy a line-up that brings together the most important artists on the music scene.
Plaza Mayor – Shopping centre next to Malaga airport
Just 2 km from Malaga airport is situated the Plaza Mayor shopping centre. This large shopping and restaurant complex has a unique design recreating a typical Andalusian village in the open air, with beautifully decorated houses, squares and streets.
Calendar of Events in Malaga
Agenda with the big dates in the Events Calendar in Malaga for those who like to plan their next trip to the Costa del Sol taking into account the dates of these events.
Things to do in Malaga in June & July 2022
Holy Week in Malaga is considered one of the most important in Spain. Each year it attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists in a deeply moving spectacle.
Whether you want to come to Malaga at Easter to enjoy the good weather and perhaps take your first dip, or whether you are attracted by the magnificent processions in the centre of Malaga, here you will find everything you need to know.
Halloween in Malaga
If you are in the province and you want to celebrate Halloween in Malaga but don’t know where or what to wear, here is a quick guide to events and shops where you can buy a spooky costume.
Black Friday Malaga
Make the most of the Black Friday in Málaga to do your Christmas shopping now.
Christmas Lights Malaga
Every Christmas Malaga is transformed into a Christmas spectacle of light, colour and music for 40 nights in its central streets, attracting thousands of visitors.
Christmas Markets in Malaga
Christmas markets are becoming more and more popular in the province, discover dates and places.
The Lights of the Botanical Garden – La Concepción Christmas Forest Malaga
If you want to give joy to the child in you, you can’t miss this event that takes place in the wonderful historic botanical garden La Concepción.
Here we bring some interesting ideas in our Costa del Sol guide, for all of you who want to make something different this time.
The 12 best luxury campsites in Malaga
If you like to enjoy outdoor activities and stay in an idyllic and secluded place in nature, but at the same time you enjoy good comfort, glamping is an ideal alternative.
Camper Tour around Malaga and the Costa del Sol
The province of Malaga is not only worth a visit in the summer months, but especially in the winter months, the Costa del Sol is an ideal destination to spend the winter.
Visiting Estepona – The Garden of the Costa del Sol
Estepona is one of the most exclusive destinations on the Costa del Sol. If you are planning to spend your holidays in Estepona or nearby, here you will find everything you need to know.
Travelling to Malaga in May-June
Are you planning to travel to the Costa del Sol this year? We tell you why travelling to Malaga in May-June is an excellent idea!
Benalmádena – A great family destination on the Costa del Sol
With 320 days of sunshine a year and 8 km of coastline, Benalmadena is a great family destination with a huge variety of proposals to enjoy leisure time and family holidays.
When is the best time to travel to Malaga?
Although we, who live here, think that Malaga is almost paradise on earth and very visitable during the 12 months of the year. Your choice will be more specific depending on what you are looking for, here we go!
Travelling with children to the Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations for families, and is perfect for parents with young children and babies.
Travelling with your dog to the Costa del Sol
If you are thinking of taking your four-legged friend with you to Malaga for a great holiday, in this Costa del Sol guide you will find everything you need to know to prepare your trip to the Costa del Sol.
Malaga for digital nomads
In an increasingly digitalised world and with enormous freedom to choose where we want to telecommute from. The Costa del Sol is a perfect destination for digital nomads.
As we will present below, the province of Malaga offers a huge variety of advantages for those who choose the Costa del Sol for teleworking.
Mediterranean Motorway Malaga: A-7 versus AP-7
Driving by car from Malaga airport to any of the resorts on the western Costa del Sol, there are basically two ways to travel along the Autovía del Mediterráneo: Either on the toll-free motorway (A-7) or the toll motorway (AP-7).
We will look at the advantages and disadvantages of both, as well as the prices depending on the season.
Are there jellyfish on the beaches of Málaga? What to do and what to avoid
Useful advice if this summer there are jellyfish on the beach.
Places of interest in the province of Malaga
Let’s find some of the best places to visit in Malaga with our Costa del Sol guide. There are many places you would not want to miss.
The Dolmens of Antequera – Journey to the Andalusian Stonehenge
These huge megalithic stones will surprise you for many reasons! Everything you need to know to visit the Dolmens of Antequera, one hour from Malaga.
Visit a winery in Malaga – Wine tourism in Malaga
The fertile lands of Malaga have a long history of vine cultivation going back hundreds of years. There are currently 45 wineries and two designations of origin in the province of Malaga.
Viewpoints on the Costa del Sol
We present you the viewpoints along the more than 160 km of our Costa del Sol. Charming places from where you can enjoy unique views, open spaces and new horizons, come and join us!
Genalguacil, the open-air art museum village
This small white village stands out for its Art Encounters that take place every two years, during which international painters, sculptors, photographers or ceramists live together with the inhabitants of the village.
The pieces of art created during this time are permanently exhibited throughout the village, turning it into an open-air art museum.
The MalagaCar Top 10 archaeological sites in Malaga
The province of Malaga has a rich historical heritage thanks to its vast past; we do not forget about them in our Costa del Sol guide, continue reading our other articles to learn more about them and how to get there.
Many of our Top Ten archaeological sites were discovered by chance in recent years due to excavation and construction works and have seen the light of day again after being buried and forgotten for hundreds of years.
Route of the Buddhist Temples in Malaga
You don’t have to be a Buddhist to be inspired by this ancient culture based on compassion and marvel at the unique structures, the peace and the magic that surrounds them.
There are several Buddhist temples in the province of Malaga, some more remote and others on the coast that we can visit for free, as everyone is welcome.
Everything you need to know to visit Nerja Cave
The Nerja Cave is not only famous for its spectacular rock formations, archaeological sites and cave paintings. We can also enjoy its International Festival of Music and Dance, which takes place every year during July and August.
La Concepción Historical Botanical Garden in Malaga
The historic La Concepción estate, situated 5 km north of Malaga, is the most beautiful and important tropical and subtropical garden in Spain and one of the best in Europe.
Probably nobody suspects that, surrounded by dry mountains, there hides an enormous estate of 23 hectares where an exuberant and exquisite garden has been created. We can highly recommend a visit in any season of the year.
Travelling with your partner, Valentine’s Day & Weddings
11 things to do on Valentine’s Day in Malaga
Malaga is a top destination to spend romantic days here with your partner. We present you some attractive ideas to spend Valentine’s Day in Malaga.
The Costa del Sol for the wedding of your dreams
The sunny Costa del Sol is not only a popular destination during the summer months.
With over 300 days of sunshine, it offers a mild climate all year round, which makes it a very attractive destination for your dream wedding by the sea.
The 15 Best Spas on the Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol means rest, wellness and relaxation, and a mild climate close to the sea. This culture of wellness also includes the Spas.
We review not only the best Spas on the Costa del Sol but also some of the more accessible ones which are definitely worth a visit for their well-kept facilities.
Activities in Marbella
Marbella is undoubtedly one of the jewels of the Mediterranean. A beautiful city located in a spectacular setting and blessed with its own microclimate. Discover here 8 excellent activities in Marbella, without leaving the city.
12 reasons why you can’t help falling in love with Marbella
We won’t have to convince you. Marbella has it all – find out for yourself!
Things to do in Puerto Banús
Puerto Banús in Marbella is one of the major meeting points for the international jet set. Discover the huge range of activities and entertainment available.
The Best Terraces with Views in Malaga
Sipping a sunset drink on a rooftop terrace overlooking the city is another of the many pleasures that Malaga has to offer. We invite you to discover the best rooftop terraces with views in Malaga.
Your must-see in Malaga: La Bodega El Pimpi
You don’t necessarily have to be a wine lover eager to taste the rich Malaga wines with denomination of origin to stop by El Pimpi.
This unique place located in the heart of the historic centre of Malaga is also worth a visit if you prefer to have a coke or if you are vegetarian and organic. But be warned, its main dishes are its hams and wines.
Michelin Star Restaurants in Malaga
Malaga combines the best of the Mediterranean diet, with fresh produce from its market gardens and fish and seafood from the Alboran Sea.
This pleasure is taken to its maximum refinement in the hands of Michelin starred chefs in the province of Malaga. In short, if you want to dine divinely, stay with the following addresses of Michelin Star Restaurants in Malaga.
The Malaga Drive-In Cinema
Surely many of us have already seen the typical drive-in cinema in a Hollywood movie, with this classic 50’s aesthetics.
Now in Malaga we can also enjoy some of the great cinema classics in a unique atmosphere.
The most charming corners of Malaga
We’re going to make your mouth water with this alternative Insider tour. Local and visiting photographers show you some real gems of Malaga that you probably didn’t know about.
Best Kids attractions on the Costa del Sol
Malaga as a mature destination has a huge offer of leisure and entertainment. Discover with us the best kids attractions on the Costa del Sol.
Water parks on the Costa del Sol
Spend a day of refreshing fun in large freshwater pools, with plenty of water attractions for the whole family.
The best free activities in Malaga
For many of us, enjoying a well-deserved holiday includes a certain budget.
Between flight, hotel or holiday flat and your car hire at Malaga airport, this budget quickly shoots up and even more so if you are travelling with your family. So, having a few free activities on hand is not a bad idea, is it?
Selwo parks Malaga Costa del Sol
We present you the three Selwo parks on the Costa del Sol. Two of them are located in Benalmádena and the third one is located in Estepona, come and join us!
The best Escape Rooms in Malaga
We propose something quite different and a lot of fun: Did you know that in the province of Malaga and along the Costa del Sol there are some magnificent Escape Rooms?
And the best thing: There are even some outdoors, where during the game you can discover beautiful spots. Find out all about them in our article about the best Escape Rooms in Malaga!
World Tourism Day in Malaga 27th September
Every year on the same date, the 27th of September, Malaga celebrates the International Tourism Day.
During this day the city celebrates open doors and free guided tours of its museums and monuments. Find out more!
Pier One in the Port of Malaga
Located just a few metres from the historic centre of Malaga, Pier One (Muelle Uno) is ideal for strolling.
Discover a wide variety of bars and restaurants, as well as shops and boutiques. In addition, there are also many events, concerts and street markets throughout the year.
The 14 best museums in Malaga
Throughout the last decade Malaga has had an unstoppable cultural growth to become the Spanish city with the most museums in its old town.
Therefore it is a pleasure to walk through the streets and discover the culture and heritage that the city has to offer in its best Museums in Malaga. Discover them with us!
What to see in Malaga in a day – Our MalagaCar Top Tips
Whatever the reason you come to Malaga with limited time, we help you to make the most of your stay with us.
Gastronomic route through the old town of Malaga
In Malaga, as a good Mediterranean city, life goes on in the streets and one of the favourite pastimes of the Malagueños is undoubtedly “going for a drink”: going for a coffee, having a drink in a tapas bar, going for lunch, going for dinner….
It is not surprising therefore that there is an immense gastronomic offer in the city, from the most traditional Andalusian to international fusion cuisine.
The Most Impressive Views In Malaga
It’s no wonder that inland tourism in Malaga has grown so much, even in the winter months, as the province of Malaga boasts some of the most beautiful panoramas in Spain.
Here are some of the best views of Malaga.
Discover the 11 most beautiful villages of La Axarquía
The Axarquia, the easternmost region of the province of Malaga is still one of the great open secrets, with many corners, spectacular nature and white villages to discover.We show you some of the most beautiful.
Getaway to the 8 ‘magical villages’ of Málaga
An ideal plan for a getaway in Málaga! Continue reading to find out some of the top destinations with our Costa del Sol guide.
The White Villages of the Genal Valley
In the Serranía de Ronda we find another jewel of the province of Malaga, the beautiful Genal Valley.
This place is one of the few almost virgin places left in the province with great centenary forests. This emerald-coloured jewel is home to a total of 16 white villages of Moorish origin.
Best scenic routes in Malaga
Discover some of the best scenic routes in Malaga for taking advantage of your rental car during your holiday: great scenery, white villages, friendly people and inns with traditional food at affordable prices.
Active Tourism & Adventure Sports
Our Costa del Sol guide would not be complete with some active tourism tips and recommendations. Now that you are planning a visit and have your own car, what about discovering some of the best natural spots in our province?
Everything You Need to Know to Visit the Caminito del Rey
The Caminito del Rey is one of the most spectacular natural sites in Malaga and Spain. This magnificent natural site, after a year of renovation, has become one of the most visited natural areas in the province of Malaga. Everything you need to know to visit it.
Virtual tour of the Caminito del Rey
If you have always wanted to visit the Caminito del Rey, but you haven’t been there yet or you have vertigo, you will be delighted to know that now you can visit it virtually.
Recommendations for the Caminito del Rey in autumn and winter
Visit the spectacular Caminito del Rey during autumn and winter, the most ideal season in Malaga to enjoy beautiful nature walks.
Tandem Paragliding Malaga
Do you think that paragliding is only for the brave, the sporty, the adventurous? Well, no! Join us and discover everything you need to know to live this wonderful experience.
The Coastal Path of the Costa del Sol
Discover the Coastal Path. Along 14 municipalities of Malaga you can walk along the Mediterranean Sea for more than 160 km of coastline.
El Saltillo – The unknown Caminito del Rey of Malaga
The Axarquia region of Malaga has an attractive natural area: El Saltillo, with a wooden footbridge 50 metres long and 50 metres high over the Almanchares riverbed.
Surfing in Malaga
You don’t have to go all the way to Hawaii to surf. Along the more than 160 km of the Costa del Sol there are magnificent beaches to practice this increasingly popular sport, both for beginners and advanced levels. In short, here are waves for everyone!
And in case you didn’t know, Malaga is also home to many kitesurfing enthusiasts. Although the Mecca of kitesurfing is in Tarifa, the European capital of wind, here in Malaga there is also a very favoured area for winds. Find out all about it in our blog!
Active tourism and adventure sports in Malaga
The province of Malaga offers all year round such a wide range of possibilities for active tourism and adventure sports. Cerainly you will be surprised at what you can do.
Route of the 18 most spectacular caves in Malaga
You don’t necessarily have to be an experienced mountaineer or speleologist to delve into the depths of the earth. Firstly, we are going to introduce you to the tourist caves in Malaga, all of them within a stone’s throw from the coast, with easy access. You shouldn’t miss them if you are on the Costa del Sol.
Secondly, there is a section for active tourism lovers in Malaga, who wish to discover these wonders hidden in the bowels of the earth.
Discover Cordoba by car
Stroll through the intricate streets of its old town and feel the magic that still lingers in every corner. Visiting its great monuments or the famous courtyards of Cordoba is very easy, less than 2 hours from Malaga airport.
Discover Cordoba with us, you won’t be able to resist planning a visit!
Routes of Spanish Firs in Malaga
We have prepared this article of Routes through the Spanish Fir forests in Malaga, the oldest forests of the province. Sure that you will not be able to resist its magic, like coming out of a tale of a Nordic saga or a Tolkien’s book. Come with us!
Discover Ronda by car
From the Costa del Sol we can choose between several options of routes by car to get to Ronda. Drive through the beautiful landscapes of the interior of the province of Malaga.
Sierra de las Nieves National Park in Malaga
Sierra de las Nieves is the highest part of Serranía de Ronda. It has the highest mountains in western Andalusia, the Torrecilla Peak with 1,919 metres above sea level, where it usually snows in winter, hence its name.
Visit the spectacular Torcal de Antequera
If you are a nature lover, you definitely should not miss this visit: The spectacular rock formations of El Torcal in Antequera, a fantastic landscape 1,200 metres above sea level.
The best reservoirs in Malaga
The reservoirs of Malaga are ideal in any season of the year. We can enjoy multiple activities such as hiking, cycling or cooling off during the summer and practice water sports, away from the crowds on the coast, in a privileged environment. Discover with us the best reservoirs in Malaga!
10 things to do in Malaga in autumn
Malaga in autumn is a far cry from autumn in northern Europe. Here we still have excellent temperatures even in “the middle of winter”, the ideal time to enjoy active and adventure tourism, discover Malaga or white villages of Arabic origin… The choice is yours!
Discover Sierra Nevada by car
Less than 2 hours’ drive from Malaga and the Mediterranean Sea lie the highest peaks of the peninsula, the majestic Sierra Nevada.
Not only is it home to Europe’s most southerly ski resort, the Sierra Nevada National Park is also a great year-round destination. Discover it in our article!
Car hire at Malaga airport
Now that you know what to do and where to go with our the Costa del Sol guide, you might need a car. We can help you on that!
Rent a car at Malaga Airport – Avoid hidden extras!
Nobody wants to pay extra for a certain service. Above all, renting a car at Malaga airport has acquired a bit of a bad reputation. Customers are often surprised by charges that are not clearly specified beforehand or broken down in the supposed final price.
Campervan hire at Malaga Airport
Choosing the place and the views you want to wake up to the next morning is priceless.
In addition, its storage space allows you to carry everything you want, while maintaining the maximum freedom of movement characteristic of a motorhome.
Luxury car hire at Malaga Airport
You want to enjoy your holidays on the Costa del Sol in style, or show off a great car, enjoy the best quality with your family, partner or friends? At MalagaCar.com we are delighted to offer you some excellent models.
Electric Scooters Hire in Malaga
Precisely in Malaga, with its mild climate all year round, it is an ideal way to move around.
What documents do I need to hire a car in Malaga?
If you are thinking of hiring a car at Malaga airport, this is probably one of the questions you are asking yourself. At MalagaCar.com we are happy to answer you in detail with everything you need to know!
3 Easy Tips for your roadside assistance with Malagacar.com
Sometimes mishaps can occur that require roadside assistance.
It can be things as simple as a flat battery or a puncture, which can suddenly put you in a stressful situation. And even more so if you are abroad or in an unfamiliar city.
We have thought of you, to offer you the best and quickest solution for such a case!
Speed cameras in Malaga
It is worthwhile to take into account where the fixed radars, stretch radars and mobile hidden radars are located. Speed cameras in the province of Malaga.
Typical Summer fines driving in Spain – Myths and Facts
Every summer, when the heat swelters in Malaga, we ask ourselves the same questions again and again: Can I drive in flip-flops? Shirtless? In a Bikini? Can I drink water while driving? Or enjoy a refreshing ice cream at the wheel?
Find out what you shouldn’t do, if you prefer to spend your money in a Beach bar instead on a fine.
Curiosities of Malaga
There are many things of Malaga that not even the locals know. Discover some of the curiosities of Malaga with our Costa del Sol guide.
8 curiosities of Malaga that perhaps you did not know
We have prepared a post for you to go for a walk around Malaga on a slightly different tour. Find out more about some curiosities of Malaga.
A historic walk along Calle Larios at Christmas time
Delight yourself with a leisurely stroll along the most famous street in Malaga at Christmas time over the years.
What do you think of our extense Costa del Sol guide? We hope it will be useful for your holiday planning in Malaga.