Driving around Malaga: directions, excursions and tours

From the monumental town of Ronda, to chic Marbella and Puerto Banus, charming Estepona and international Fuengirola, Malaga has some stunning surroundings which include many picturesque villages, natural parks as Sierra de las Nieves or rich as the Guadalhorce valley.

Serrania de Ronda: We can start our tourin Ronda, one of the most monumental and romantic cities of Andalucia. We visit the gorge visit, a hundred metres deep, with the famous New Bridge, the Plaza de Toros, the Church of Santa Maria, the palaces of Mondragon and the Marquis of Salvatierra, the Arab baths…there is plenty to see. The Serrania de Ronda region is one of the more traditional White Villages Route including the localities of Atajate, Benadalid, Algatocin, Gaucin and many more.

The Sierra de la Nieves Natural Park preserves a relic of the coniferous forests of the Tertiary period with the world’s most unique fir: the Pinsapo.

Costa del Sol: Malaga’s coastline with internationally renowned tourist locations such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella and Estepona.

Here is concentrated the most comprehensive leisure offer in Europe with theme parks and water parks, casinos, golf courses and prestigious marinas such as Puerto Banus. A few kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea and protected by the mountain ranges of Sierra Bermeja, Blanca and Mijas, are located perfectly preserved the white villages of Casares, Ojen and Mijas.Axarquia: The eastern part of the coast of Malaga, less known but no less attractive, with the resorts of Cala del Moral and Rincon de la Victoria. Following the coastline you will find Torre del Mar, Velez-Malaga, Algarrobo, Torrox Costa and Nerja with the Balcon de Europa and the famous Nerja caves, discovered in 1959.

The thirty-one municipalities in this region have been integrated into five clearly marked theme routes: Avocado, wine, Mudejar, Raisin, Oil and Forestry.
Guadalhorce valley: Before flowing into Málaga, Guadalhorce River waters a valley rich in agriculture, especially lemon and orange trees.
Here you will find traditional villages such as Alhaurin de la Torre, Alhaurín el Grande, Cartama, Pizarra, Alora or Coin. Ardales Park is a must with the Conde de Guadalhorce reservoir, the Los Gaitanes or Chorro Gorge, 3 km long and 400 meters high.

Round out the tour with a visit to the ruins of the Mozarabic from the 10th century and the prehistoric cave in Ardales.
Antequera region: Antequera, the capital of the region, is a monumental city located in the heart of Andalusia. The Castle, the Arch of the Giants, the Church of San Sebastian, El Carmen, Santa Maria church, the Roman Museum are some of the must.

A few kilometers away are situated the dolmen of Menga, Viera and Romeral.

Nature lovers can discover in El Torcal one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe; and Fuente Piedra lagoon, north of the province of Malaga, is a unique place and the largest colony of Flamingos in Europe.

Archidona, Campillos, Alameda, Mollina, Humilladero … are other towns full history that complete our tour.

As you can see there are many places we can visit in Malaga, and probably not enough time. Malaga car hire will help us on getting the most from our visit to the Costa del Sol with our Malaga driving directions.