The coastal towns of Malaga They are perfect for you to spend a vacation or a few days off. They offer you wonderful white or dark sand beaches, turquoise blue waters and all the equipment. Although, if you prefer, you also have small semi-wild coves.
But, in addition, these localities have interesting and beautiful monuments and with a delicious cuisine based on seafood. If to all this you add a warm and sunny climate (it is not for nothing that this area is known as the Costa del Sol), you have all the ingredients to enjoy unforgettable days. However, in our proposal of coastal towns in Malaga that you must visit, we are going to go one step further than those most frequented by tourism such as Fuengirola, Marbella o Torremolinos. We prefer to tell you about others that are equally wonderful, but less popular.
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Nerja and its caves
Located in the region of the Axarquía, the origin of this town is lost in the mists of time, as evidenced by its caves, found in 1959. This impressive underground complex of almost forty thousand square meters and full of stalactites and stalagmites also has cave paintings.
But Nerja is much more than its caves. It also offers you fourteen kilometers of coastline, with wonderful beaches like those of El Chucho, la Caletilla, El Chorrillo, Calahonda or Burriana. And, in addition, with precious monuments.
Among these, we advise you to visit the church of the savior, which combines Baroque and Mudejar styles and was built in the XNUMXth century. Also, you should see the hermitage of Las Angustias and church of wondersboth from the same period.
Regarding the civil heritage of Nerja, it is interesting the Aguila aqueduct, built in the XNUMXth century, the sugar mill of San Antonio Abad, an old sugar factory and the Muse of history, which houses prehistoric pieces. But above all, get closer to the Balcony of europe, a viewpoint that gives you impressive views of the Costa del Sol.
without leaving the region of the Axarquía, you will find this other beautiful town in Malaga. As with others in the area such as Mijas (which we will tell you about), there is a Torrox on the coast and another inland. But, in any case, they are separated by a very small distance and we will describe them to you as a unitary whole.
This beautiful coastal town of Malaga offers you wonderful beaches such as Calaceite, El Cenicero, El Morche or El Peñoncillo. And also beautiful monuments like the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation, built in the fifteenth century, although restored in the seventeenth following the canons of the baroque. They complete the religious heritage of Torrox the precious convent of Our Lady of the Snows and Hermitage of San Roque, both from the XNUMXth century.
As for the civil monuments, you can visit in the town of Malaga the San Rafael sugar mill, La Granja aqueduct or the lighthouse, next to which there is a Roman site. But it is also recommended that you see the jewel palace, Mint and Aduana, these last two from the XNUMXth century.
Manilva, the westernmost of the coastal towns of Malaga
This town is located next to Sotogrande, which already belongs to the province of Cadiz. It is, therefore, the westernmost of the Malaga coast. Like the previous ones, it offers you beautiful beaches. Between them, the Sabinillas, the Duchess or the Bulls.
But, above all, we advise you to know the Punta Chullera for its landscape value, as it is surrounded by rocks and low cliffs. In addition, next to it is the chullera tower, a coastal surveillance bastion built in the XNUMXth century along with many other similar ones scattered along the Malaga coast.
More spectacular is the duchess castle, built in the XNUMXth century and next to which you will also find an archaeological site from Roman times. Precisely, many of the objects found in it can be seen in the municipal Museum. Finally, visit the church of Santa Ana, a beautiful neoclassical temple also built in the XNUMXth century, the Ingenuity Boy with its aqueduct and Villa Matilde, a beautiful restored house.
Mijas between the coast and the interior
As we said before, also Mijas it divides in two to reach the coast. But we will also treat it as a single town because there is practically no distance between one area and another. Among its beautiful beaches, you have those of El Charcón, La Luna, El Bombo or Las Doradas. But the best surprises in Mijas await you in the interior.
This beautiful village of whitewashed houses that stretches down a hillside has a lot to see. As for its religious monuments, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, built in the XNUMXth century on the ruins of an old mosque whose Mudejar tower was used. You should also visit the church of san sebastian, from the same period. More curious is the parish of San Miguel due to its octagonal base. And, perhaps, even more beautiful are the hermitages of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, San Antón or the Virgen de la Peña, the latter, moreover, with the peculiarity of being a cave hermitage.
Regarding the civil heritage of Mijas, the four beacon towers They were used to watch the coast. And also the Wall Gardens, which, as its name suggests, were built on the ruins of the old fortress that surrounded the town.
However, what is most surprising about this beautiful coastal town in Malaga is the number of museums it has. Some are as curious as the Mijas wagon, as it is dedicated to miniatures. To give you an idea, it has a piece that is a grain of rice where the painting is represented The Last Supper de Leonardo da Vinci.
We also advise you to visit the Historical Ethnographic Museum if you want to know the traditional life and crafts of the town, and the Center for Contemporary Art, with ceramics by Picasso.
Torre del Mar
We return to the region of the Axarquía to show you another of the coastal towns of Malaga that are of greater interest. In Torre del Mar you will find one of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol, with its almost three thousand five hundred meters long and an average width of almost one hundred meters.
But, in addition, this town has beautiful monuments. We'll start with your castle, a coastal bastion that was completed in the XNUMXth century. Also worth your visit is the modern church of san miguel, the remains of the hermitage of Las Angustias, Chapel of Our Lady of Carmen and old lighthouse of the promenade.
More curious will be the set of buildings linked to the sugar industry. Among them, the factory itself, the Virgin of Victory Home or the Recreation House. But, above all, Villa Mercedes and Larios House, two Andalusian regional style buildings.
Finally, at the foot of the homonymous mount, you have the Cortijada House of the Vineyard, an old farm with all its buildings that was abandoned in the XNUMXth century.
Rincón de la Victoria, at the foot of Malaga capital
We finish our tour of the coastal towns of Malaga in Rincón de la Victoria, the closest municipality to the capital. Among its beaches, you have that of the town itself, that of Torre de Benagalbón and that of Cala del Moral, by the way, two other very nice districts.
As for the monuments of Rincón de la Victoria, we recommend that you see the castle of bezmiliana, an XNUMXth-century fortress that today houses exhibitions. And, next to it, a site that shows an ancient Muslim city from the Middle Ages together with remains from the Roman era.
It is not the only attraction of its kind in the town. you also have the Mediterranean Archaeological Park, a space of almost one hundred thousand square meters intended to divulge the historical heritage of the municipality. And the Roman site of Torre de Benagalbón, declared a Site of Cultural Interest.
But the archaeological jewels of this coastal town of Malaga do not end there. You can also see the Higuerón and Victoria caves, which house cave art.
You will be more curious Benagalbón oil mill, since it is the only one preserved in the province of Malaga. And, in terms of religious heritage, you have the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria, built in the XNUMXth century, that of Our Lady of Mount Carmel y that of Our Lady of the Rosary, both from the XIX. Finally, the Church of Our Lady of Victory It is a sample of Andalusian popular architecture.
In conclusion, we have shown you some of the coastal towns of Malaga more beautiful. We wanted to run away, as we were saying, from the most typical and well-known tourist attractions such as Estepona, Torremolinos, Marbella o Benalmádena. But we could also mention other equally beautiful towns on the Costa del Sol. For example, Casares, which also has a coastal and inland town with a magnificent castle; the small Benajarafe, with the Moya tower, the largest surveillance bastion in the area, or San Pedro de Alcántara, with its Roman baths of Las Bóvedas. Don't you feel like enjoying these beautiful towns?