Best things to do in Malaga and Costa del Sol

Here is a selection of more than 60 things to do in Costa del Sol between Malaga and Nerja. The outdoor, sport, cultural and family activities are all within a maximum of 50 km. Below you will find a photo for each activity, classified by theme. To find out more, just click on the photo.

The best things to do in Malaga in Costa del Sol

Outdoor things to do in Malaga Coast

Costa del Sol is an ideal place for hiking.
One of the best known and most spectacular hikes is the rio chillar hike (a hike with your feet in the water).

The El Saltillo hike offers the opportunity to cross the third longest suspension bridge in Spain.

Visiting villages around Malaga

There are many villages worth visiting, starting with the village of Frigiliana, without doubt the most beautiful in the whole province.

Horse riding

This type of ride in Andalusia is a must. Whether it’s a horseback riding on the beach or in the sierras. This activity, like many others, is possible all year round thanks to the climate of the Costa del Sol.

Water activities

On the 45km of coastline between Malaga and Nerja you will find several water sports activities


You will be able to practice or learn scuba diving.


Snorkeling is one of the most enjoyable water activities for the whole family.

Sea kayaking and paddle

There are also guided sea routes in kayak that take you to the famous freshwater waterfall at the bottom of the Maro cliffs in Nerja.

This activity can also be done by paddle.

Things to do in Malaga and the Costa del Sol

Unusual unique and fun things to do

Here are 4 suggestions of unusual activities to discover and do in the area around Velez Malaga

To reconnect with nature, the best family activity:
A day in the shoes of a shepherd

For the gastronomes :
Cooking workshop

For sportsmen and women who love the stars
Night hike and astrotourism

To discover the Costa del Sol in “Dolce Vita” mode

Vespa scooter ride


The nature in Costa del Sol allows you to practice sports activities in wonderful environments.


Hiking on the Rio Patamalara

Canyoning, one of the best adventure activities

Canyoning in the Rio Verde

Via Ferrata

Via ferrata in Zafarraya

Cultural things to do in Costa del Sol and Malaga are almost endless.

Among the must-sees are


Attend an authentic flamenco evening could be one of the best experience


Visit the Malaga Honey Museum in Colmenar, for example

Ferias and fiestas are among the best genuine attractions

You should try to attend some of the ferias that will take place during your stay

Visit the caves in Costa del Sol, one of the top and cool activities

The best known is the cave of Nerja. However, the Treasure Cave in Rincon de la Victoria is also a must.

Guided tours

In Axarquia Costa del Sol you will find guided tours such as the wine route, the avocado route, the route of the white Mudejar villages. You will discover everything that is typical and traditional.

Other things to do in Malaga and Costa del Sol :

Day trips and guided tours to Andalucia from Nerja

Visit Alhambra in Granada, Mezquita in Cordoba, Ronda with an English speaking guide in semi private group.

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