This Mediterranean city, ideally located on the beautiful south coast of Spain, should be on your bucket list whether you want sun, beaches, culture and history, big city vibes, or just need to check off another European country! What’s that, you already have it on there? Excellent!
That means that you’re ready to find out about all the exciting adventures and things to do, such as day trips, beach fun, physical challenges, and the white villages – white villages? What’s that? Well, keep on reading, and you will find out!
Pro Tip: There are a whole bunch of awesome things to do that we haven’t listed here, like paragliding, rafting, caving, and bungee jumping – it’s all just a quick Google search away!
Take a bike tour to see the city, rent a bike to do some sightseeing on your own, or go hardcore offroading on the hills and mountainsides – it’s rough, bumpy, and so much fun! It’s also an excellent way to explore the parks, villages, beaches, and fab nature that’s surrounding our port city. We weren’t joking with the hardcore bit, though: there will be hills, steeper hills, and the steepest hills your legs have ever encountered. So, bring some water to your two-wheeled adventures!
It doesn’t matter if you’re usually into spas or not, because this place is an experience in itself, even if you choose not to get into the water (although, that would be a bad choice, so don’t make it). Imagine being in the Palace of Agrabah, hanging out with Princess Jasmine, only to all of a sudden find yourself in the prefects’ bathroom at Hogwarts (without the moaning ghost). That’s what it’s like. In other words, it’s rather delightful, so do give it a visit!
Obviously. You knew there were going to be beaches. 15 of them, to be exact. Bring a ball or a frisbee, and you’ll have entertainment for hours (we’re more similar to dogs than we think, aren’t we), go surfing in the inviting water, or try to spot some dolphins playing around in said water. There’s also kite-surfing, jetskiing, windsurfing, and scuba diving – you can even try out the outdoor beach gyms, which are precisely what they sound like!
If walking for hours and hours through one of the most scenic landscapes around, the hot sun never taking a break, doesn’t discourage you, then this is one of the best hikes the area – perhaps even the country! – has to offer. Admire (and smell!) flowers and other greenery while walking through narrow cave walls – oh, and did we forget to mention you’ll be hiking on a riverbed, with water up to your ankles? Silly us! At the end of the hike, there’s an opportunity for some deeper water, so that you can cool down.
This is one of those mad pathways that pretty much consist of wooden planks attached to a mountainside. It used to be one of the most dangerous ones in the world, too. Are you mad enough to give it a go, knowing that bridges have fallen into the river below, along with concrete, and that the integrity of the cable for security is unknown? Luckily, you won’t have to decide: it’s been restored and is perfectly safe to cross now – all you need to do is book a time slot before you go!
If you’re gonna walk El Caminito del Rey (see above), you might as well stop by this charming city on your way back to your temporary home in Malaga. Why? Because it’s such a beautiful place, with a pretty river, and influences from both Jewish, Christian, and Islamic cultures – all held together with some Spanish soul, of course! If you’re there in May, you might see who wins the award for most beautiful courtyard. Imagine the scent of all those flowers!
You know, that place in the south of Spain that is the UK but it’s also not, and has lots of monkeys? Yeah, that’s Gibraltar. It pretty much combines British shops and food with the Spanish weather and a lot of its own history thrown into the mix. A fair bit of said history has to do with the military, seeing as it’s always been a spot that’s great as an outlook or for a little settlement – in fact, some of the many, many caves in the area used to be the Neanderthals’ top beach resort. Or at least their homes. Cool, right?
Did we mention that Gibraltar is close to Africa – and that the whole area is? Well, it is. And that goes for Malaga, too, so if you’d want to pop to Morocco for the day, that is very doable. The city of Tangier is an excellent choice for a day trip to another continent. Stroll down the winding streets, visit the Sultan’s palace, or get some cool things and tasty snacks at the lively souks – there’s also a beach!
Finally – the white villages! What are they, then? Technically, they’re just villages, but they’re white, and they’re crunched together, and you can find them scattered all over the south of Spain. The best thing about them is that they’ve managed not to attract too many tourists, meaning that you can catch a glimpse of the rural way of life that hasn’t changed much over the centuries. Well, it’s changed a little. Electricity and all that.
If not, you’d better hop to it so you won’t miss out on the fun that this Spanish port city has in store for you! Who knows, we might see you there!