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Malaga Off the Beaten Path

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Malaga's port and historic center are lovely, but the city also has some wonderful hidden gems that most tourists miss. Follow these recommendations to go a bit farther afield and discover some memorable treasures.

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  • Solo
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Senior
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

6 Places

3 City Tips

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6 Places

Playas de Las Acacias

Beaches

El Tintero

Restaurants

Rio Guadalhorce Nature Reserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas

El Torcal Natural Park

Geologic Formations, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Meson La Bombonera

Restaurants

Cueva de Nerja

Caverns & Caves

Paul P's City Tips

  • A lot of places in the area do not accept credit cards, so make sure you bring cash.
  • You can get to most places by local bus, but it's better to drive to some of the more remote places, such as Rio Gualahorce.
  • When exploring Malaga's outdoor spots, be mindful of the heat, which can sneak up on you. Bring along plenty of water, and consider wearing a hat.
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    Playas de Las Acacias
    Beaches
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    Paul P Says:

    Along its stretch of coast, Playas de las Acacias is collection of beaches, divided into small coves. These quieter and less crowded stretches of sand are popular with the locals, and breakwaters make for calm waters. Meanwhile, situated on the edge of Malaga, the charming fishing village of Pedregalejo has preserved its local flavor, with small, pedestrian streets and pretty homes.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It takes just over an hour to walk from Plaza de la Merced, or about 20 minutes if you take the bus. Buses 3 and 11 depart from the Paseo del Parque.
    • There are lots of places to eat (many specializing in fish and seafood) along the beachfront promenade.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 222 things to do in Malaga
    • go to PALO area for fish after an afternoon on the beach! 27/06/2017
    • Playas de Las Acacias 28/02/2017
    • Playas de Las Acacias
    Address:
    Paseo Maritimo El Pedregal
    Malaga
    Spain
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    El Tintero
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    Paul P Says:

    El Tintero is a lively, fun place to eat. Instead of ordering from a menu, you wait for a server to come round with a set of plates, shouting out the name of the dish he is offering. You simply raise your hand for a dish that you want, and there you have your first plate of food, which could be grilled sardines, octopus, prawns, or myriad other delicacies from the sea. At the end of the meal, your bill is calculated by the number of plates on your table. The restaurant is highly recommended for the food and the loud, vibrant atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • You can walk from Plaza de la Merced in 1.5 hours, or take the number 11 or number 3 bus (about 45 minutes) or a taxi (about 15 minutes).
    • Do not expect to go to El Tintero for a quiet, romantic meal. It's more fiesta than siesta!
    • If you do not like seafood, then El Tintero is probably not for you.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #154 of 1,750 restaurants in Malaga
    • Fun and food on a Sunday afternoon 07/11/2017
    • Beach Side Experience 22/09/2017
    • El Tintero
    Address:
    Playa del Dedo, s/n
    29018 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 20 68 26
    Price range:
    US$ 7 - US$ 29
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Rio Guadalhorce Nature Reserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Paul P Says:

    Although it's flanked by the highway and the airport, Rio Guadalhorce Nature Reserve is both peaceful and an excellent place to see all sorts of wildlife, including waders, ducks and birds of prey. More than 250 species have been spotted here, and the marshlands and plant life make the area a great place for a stroll, even if you aren't a birder.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Walking to Rio Gualdahorce is not recommended, as part of the route would involve walking on a busy highway.
    • If you don't have a car, you can take the number 5 bus, which will take you to Guadalmar, a short walk from the river.
    • Make sure you bring a hat, plenty of water, and snacks, as there is no shade and not a lot of bars and shops around. Binoculars would also be a good idea.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 222 things to do in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular flowers and birds 07/04/2017
    • Rio Guadalhorca Nature Reserve / Malaga 27/02/2017
    • Rio Guadalhorce Nature Reserve
    Other:
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    El Torcal Natural Park
    Geologic Formations, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Paul P Says:

    Covering 17 square kilometers (about 10.5 miles) of wild and wondrous limestone rock formations, El Torcal is a fascinating place to explore, and home to wildlife such as deer, goats, eagles, and vultures.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Like a Local
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring sensible walking/hiking shoes, as the terrain can be uneven and rocky. If you choose to drive, beware of difficult, tight bends — it's not for the faint-hearted!
    • There is an Antequera taxi service available, and they can take you for a fixed price and wait while you explore. Inquire at the Malaga or Antequera tourist office.
    • There is a shop at the park that sells drinks and some lovely local food.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 56 things to do in Antequera
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting scenery in a quiet setting 20/11/2017
    • Accessible natural wonderment 15/11/2017
    • El Torcal Natural Park
    Address:
    Ctra. A-7075 km 42
    29200, Antequera
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 24 33 24
    Other:
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    Meson La Bombonera
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    Paul P Says:

    Located close to the main street in Antequera, Meson La Bombonera serves up absolutely delicious food along with a fantastic selection of wines and beer. The quality of the food is superb, from the grilled meats and seafood to the tapas, desserts, and even coffee.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • The grilled octopus is life-changing, and the tarta de turrón is out of this world.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 106 restaurants in Antequera
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Average restaurant 14/04/2017
    • Great lunch! 06/03/2016
    • Meson La Bombonera
    Address:
    Calle Bombeo 11 Bajo
    29200, Antequera
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 19 40 47
    Price range:
    US$ 8 - US$ 16
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Cueva de Nerja
    Caverns & Caves
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    Paul P Says:

    Located in the hills of Maro, about an hour-long bus ride from Malaga, the Caves of Nerja stretch some five kilometers (three miles) and are home to the world's widest naturally formed column, which measures 32 meters (105 feet) high and was formed by a stalactite and stalagmite merging. There are also some very interesting prehistoric cave paintings, which you can visit by guided tour only.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To reach Nerja by bus, take the 25 from Malaga. It takes two hours.
    • The ticket desk doesn't accept credit cards, so bring cash or book online in advance.
    • There is a free app available for iOS, Android, and Google, offering lots of interesting information about the caves.
    • Take the guided tour, which is included in the ticket price.
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 57 things to do in Nerja
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic walking area. 18/11/2017
    • Great place to visit 18/11/2017
    • Cueva de Nerja
    Address:
    urbanizacion Maro Club s/n
    29787 Nerja
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 52 95 20
    Price range:
    US$ 14 - US$ 14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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