If you have in mind visiting Málaga during your next holidays, probably you’re reading about places not to be missed that may be focusing on the capital. But apart from the beautiful monuments, fancy restaurants, and interesting museums in the city, Málaga’s surroundings have much more to offer.
Keep reading this article to stay tuned about the best places to visit near Málaga.
Caminito del Rey
Caminito del Rey is located in between the towns Ardales, Álora and Antequera, just one hour driving apart from Málaga.
It’s a spectacular 3km hiking path, suspended more than 100 meters above the ground. What makes this path unforgettable is the astonishing views of the nature surrounding and the Mouth of the Guadalhorce Nature Reserve lying beneath our feet. Stopping for a moment to behold the beauty of the landscape, is simply a treasure and it’s what put Caminito del Rey in the top places to visit near Málaga, Spain.
For those afraid of heights, beware: this path is just one way. Once you’ve started hiking there’s no way back.
Cuevas de Nerja
If you’re seeking places to visit near Málaga, definitely Cuevas de Nerja should be on your list!
Located in Maro, a district of Nerja is just 50 minutes driving from Málaga. It was discovered on January 12th, 1959, and considered an Asset of Cultural and Natural Interest due to its archeological remains that include cave paintings, and for the stalactites and stalagmites that cover the walls and ceiling.
For those reasons, Cuevas de Nerja is such a great place for a family excursion. A guided tour lasts around 45 minutes but there are also audio guides available.
Our recommendation is to wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket. Inside the cave is a bit cold!
Río Chillar is a short coastal river in South Spain, located in the oriental side of Málaga región, between the municipal terms of Competa, Frigiliana, and Nerja.
When doing a list of places to visit near Málaga, Spain, if Cuevas de Nerja is already included, you shouldn’t miss Río Chillar. They’re quite close!
Río Chillar is a popular place for those who love nature and hiking routes. The river is just 17km long and its flow, unlike most Mediterranean rivers, is relatively constant.
The route is 3 hours and getting your feet wet is guaranteed!
El torcal de Antequera
Is a natural spot located between the towns Antequera and Villanueva de la Concepción and its quite famous for being a breathtaking karst landscape. Different erosive agents modeled the limestone rocks for 150 million years creating its characteristic shapes that make El Torcal unique not only in Spain but in Europe.
Since 1929 is a protected natural area of national interest. Apart from the geological interest, El Torcal also has an interesting range of flora and wild fauna such as mountain goats, foxes, and badgers. But of the rich fauna of El Torcal, its birdlife is especially noteworthy hosting species such as griffon vultures or golden eagles.
All of those characteristics listed before are perfect for a hiking route and make El Torcal a place to visit near Málaga not to be missed.