One week in Malaga province. What to see and do on the Costa del Sol

18/05/2022 | Category:

Discover what to do for a week in Malaga province. We have produced a guide to make sure you see all the essential sights during your holiday on the Costa del Sol

One week in Malaga province

The Costa del Sol offers a huge range of holiday options. If you’re thinking about a week-long holiday in Malaga, we have 7 destinations for you that will ensure you see all the essential sights on the Costa del Sol.

Malaga, the capital of the Costa del Sol

Malaga has everything you could ask for from a city: great weather, beaches, heritage, history, museums... For these reasons, spending one day of your week in Malaga should most definitely be part of your plan.

You can visit its oldest and most iconic monuments, such as the Alcazaba and the Roman Theatre. You can also explore two civilisations of great importance to the history of Malaga; the Moors and the Romans.

The Playa de la Malagueta beach is perfect for immersing yourself in the local vibe of Malaga. At over 1,200 metres long and with all the services you could need, this beach is a very special place for a daytime stroll with family and friends.

The museums of Malaga are another of the main attractions in this city. The Picasso Museum is home to a large number of pieces by Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous people to be born in Malaga.

If you want more information about what to do in Malaga, check out our recommendations to ensure you make the most of the capital of the Costa del Sol.


Benalmádena and Torremolinos, perfect for families

Not far along the coast from Malaga city itself are two other excellent towns on the Costa del Sol: Benalmádena and Torremolinos. This is where you will find the largest offer of hotels and one of the most idyllic parts of the coast for families coming to Malaga for a week.

Their large beaches with all the services you need, their typical local gastronomy and party options turn these towns into two perfect destinations for your holiday.

Benalmádena is home to Puerto Marina and its luxury boats, shops and restaurants. It is also home to such theme parks as Tivoli World, where you can spend a fun-filled day for all the family.

In Torremolinos, you can try all kinds of fried fish and the famous sardines on a stick, a common sight at all the beach bars in this location. If you’re looking for a fun and refreshing day out here, head over to its water park - Aqualand.


Nerja and Frigiliana, spectacular beaches and white towns

If you are considering what to do in Malaga province, Nerja and its surroundings simply have to be on your itinerary.

Its famous Balcón de Europa offers some spectacular panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, from which witnessing a sunset is a unique experience. Right next to this impressive location, you can find the Playa de Calahonda, one of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol.

Nearby, you can visit the Nerja Caves, a series of draw-dropping natural caverns containing archaeological remains dating back thousands of years.

Incidentally, Nerja was the town where they filmed the “Verano Azul” TV series so, if you’re a fan of this historic Spanish series, hundreds of memories will no doubt come flooding back as you stroll around its streets. Furthermore, you can find a life-sized model of Chanquete’s boat at Verano Azul Park.

Just 10 minutes from Nerja, you can find one of the prettiest towns on the Costa del Sol: Frigiliana. This enchanting white town is considered by many to be the prettiest town in Spain.


Marbella and Puerto Banús, luxury and exclusivity

Marbella is the most luxurious part of Malaga province. Its old town is the exception to this luxury and the atmosphere that fills this part of the Costa del Sol, where a stroll through its narrow streets will make you feel like you’re in a traditional Andalusian village.

Marbella also has a huge offer of hotels, restaurants, beaches and entertainment options, so any visit to this part of the world is full of things to do.

At its marina, Puerto Banús, you will find some of the most exclusive shops and night-time venues right next to a promenade surrounding the most luxurious yachts on the Costa del Sol.


Mijas, beach and mountain tranquillity

Mijas is split into two parts: Mijas Pueblo in the mountains and Mijas Costa. In the more tourist-focused part, Mijas Pueblo, you can explore white streets decorated with the iconic colourful flowerpots.

A stroll around the old town will reveal some lovely hidden corners and some rather curious taxis - the famous donkey taxis, a tourist attraction that lets you ride around the old town of Mijas on a donkey.


Ronda, the age-old historic city

In spectacular surroundings, Ronda has one of the best post card images in Malaga province: the Puente Nuevo. This is the main attraction in the city and one of the prettiest bridges in Spain.

This ancient city has a certain special charm. Various civilisations settled here throughout its history, including the Romans, the Greeks, the Byzantines and the Moors, meaning its streets are a mix of all sorts of cultures.


Maro, beaches and cliffs lapped by crystal-clear water

Maro is a small town near Nerja known for its beaches and incredible cliffs. This is the ideal destination for those who enjoy adventure sports, especially of the aquatic variety.

Seeing the Maro waterfall while kayaking or paddle surfing is one of the best things to do in Malaga province.


If you’re coming to Malaga for a week, the best thing is to book a rental car. This will help you get around the Costa del Sol and make sure you don’t miss out on any of these wonderful places. At Niza Cars, we offer a collection and delivery service anywhere to guarantee safe and affordable mobility.