One of the main tourist attractions of the Costa del Sol are its beaches, although there is another way to enjoy the coast. From some of the best viewpoints in Malaga on natural balconies you can enjoy privileged views in Malaga of the coastline or of the interior of the province.
We are going to recommend some of the best viewpoints in Malaga. Essential places from where to take spectacular photographs of your holidays which you can upload to social networks and share with friends. A little healthy envy never hurts 😉
- 1. Viewpoints in Malaga
- 2. Viewpoints in Benalmadena
- 3. Viewpoints in Torremolinos
- 4. Viewpoints in Nerja
- 5. Viewpoint in Torrox Costa
- 6. Viewpoint in Rincon de la Victoria
- 7. Viewpoint in Ronda
- 8. Viewpoint in Marbella
- 9. Viewpoint in Estepona
- 10. Viewpoint in Mijas
- 11. Natural viewpoint in Almayate
- 12. Do you have a favourite viewpoint in Malaga?
Viewpoints in Malaga
In the city of Malaga there are many breathtaking viewpoints. Have you visited them all?
Gibralfaro: A viewpoint in Malaga with views of the city
Perhaps the most popular viewpoint in Malaga and from where you can take the most emblematic photo of the city are the Gibralfaro Castle and Alcazaba fortress in Malaga. A picture that captures the Paseo del Parque and the Port, as an addition while visiting a monument considered a landmark of the city.
No doubt you will have many opportunities to take photographs during the walk.
This landmark has different areas with amazing views of Malaga that you can get access to. From the Alcazaba to the viewpoint on the mountain of Gibralfaro: https://goo.gl/maps/NKShWu9nCSy
Viewpoint in Monte de San Anton
If you want to observe the bay of Malaga from a privileged place there is no better view than from the top of Monte de San Anton.
You can use the signposted path to reach the top; the photograph resulting from such an effort will undoubtedly be a great reward.
The location of this natural viewpoint is perfect for those who wish to spend a day hiking . The city is not incompatible with a natural environment as shown in the following map: https://goo.gl/maps/YqPeQ9XGQuq
Viewpoints in Benalmadena
Benalmadena has natural viewpoints that offer breath-taking views of the Costa del Sol. These viewpoints are very easily accessible and offer the visitor all kinds of services.
Calamorro: Viewpoint in Benalmadena
This viewpoint is at 800 meters above sea level and is easily accessible if you decide to ascend to the place using the cable car in Benalmadena. In addition to enjoying the breath-taking views of the coast from one of its viewpoints there are other recreational activities that might be of interest.
During the summer the cable car is open until midnight, so you can also enjoy the illuminated view of the coast.
To get there you can choose whether to use the cable car or take the hiking route. Monte Calamorro also connects with Cañada del Lobo in Torremolinos: https://goo.gl/maps/6T5rRkCJoiz
Mirador de la Estupa Budista
If you visit Benalmadena Pueblo from the A-7 motorway you will have to pass this viewpoint. It is next to the Buddhist Stupa and very close to the Mariposario (Butterfly Park).
You will have a privileged view of the entire western Costa del Sol and you can also visit both the Butterfly Park and this beautiful Buddhist temple of enlightenment.
Check the map to know how to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/n4CcRLpFueA2
Viewpoints in Torremolinos
If you are in Torremolinos you will also be able to enjoy the wonderful views offered by the best viewpoints in this municipality. Do you want to know them?
Cañada del Lobo
The Cañada del Lobo is connected to the top of Monte Calamorro in Benalmadena by a hiking route.
You can have a look at the following map to plan your visit: https://goo.gl/maps/deB64bowXcp
La Bateria Park
In the Parque de la Bateria in Montemar there is a viewpoint with sea views. Although at a lower height than others it offers the visitor some beautiful views of the coast.
From this strategic place the coast was defended with defensive batteries, hence the name.
The viewpoint tower is on this map: https://goo.gl/maps/BX34FAqLZi52
Viewpoints in Nerja
There will undoubtedly be other places from where you can enjoy the views and nature, but the Balcony of Europe is one of the most popular among those who visit Nerja.
Balcon de Europa
The Balcony of Europe is one of the most popular viewpoints of the Costa del Sol, not for its altitude but for the beauty of its views.
On this site there was an old fortress that was demolished by the French army during the War of Independence.
This is also a meeting place during special events that take place throughout the year. If you want to visit it, you can find it on this map: https://goo.gl/maps/vDbgVEE7MEz
A perfect place to take pictures of the cliffs of Maro. The tower that is on this site was built within the sixteenth century. There is no doubt this place was chosen as the result of the privileged views.
It is situated in a natural environment, you can find it in the following map:
Viewpoint in Torrox Costa
Near the lighthouse of Torrox is this viewpoint that simulates the bow of a boat. The floor is made of transparent metraquilate so you can observe the roman ruins below.
You can find it in this map: https://goo.gl/maps/Zpq7RLW2Dz92
Viewpoint in Rincon de la Victoria
From the Torre del Cantal you can enjoy beautiful views of the coast of Rincon de la Victoria.
Watchtower of El Cantal
This viewpoint is on the Playa del Cantal and offers a view of the Rincón de la Victoria beach, which is about 7 kilometres long. The tower, of Arabic construction, is at approximately 30 meters above the sea.
The Watchtower of El Cantal is on this map: https://goo.gl/maps/TygycJxjShK2
It is in this place where the legendary Cueva del Tesoro (Treasure Cave) is located, in addition to enjoying the views you might want to check the surroundings.
Viewpoint in Ronda
The city of Ronda is a viewpoint in itself. You just have to find the right place from where enjoying the wonderful views.
Ronda is one of my favourite destinations and has spectacular views of its surroundings thanks to the privileged position it occupies on the plateau, a plateau of between 500 and 1000 metres above sea level.
If you visit this viewpoint you can not miss the opportunity to see other of the many monuments of the place. In the following map you will find exactly where to find it: https://goo.gl/maps/WTTQJgwkhby
Torre de Lifa
Unique spot, this tower offers beautiful views of the Sierra de las Nieves. A watchtower with its history, it is said that it was part of an Arab castle.
It is between the towns of El Burgo and Ronda.
This viewpoint is especially suitable for those who enjoy hiking routes on foot. It is easily accessible from Ronda, if you feel up to it you can find it in the following map: https://goo.gl/maps/uYtFmjwePKv
Viewpoint in Marbella
From the Sierra de Istan in Marbella you will have a privileged view of the interior of the province and the Costa del Sol. On clear days you can even see the African coast and the Strait of Gibraltar, a true eye-catching spectacle.
As you can see in the photos the views are spectacular. In my opinion it is well worth the effort to get there.
It is an ideal place to spend the whole day, you can plan your visit in the following map of the area: https://goo.gl/maps/M6C7cr9tGD52.
Viewpoint in Estepona
In Estepona there are also natural spaces from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the coast.
Viewpoint of Estepona in Sierra Bermeja
From this viewpoint in Sierra Bermeja you can enjoy an impressive view that reaches the Rock of Gibraltar and the Bay of Algeciras. If the weather allows it you can see all the way to the African coast.
This viewpoint is perfect for those who want to spend a day hiking in Estepona. You can find the location on the following map: https://goo.gl/maps/4prpMTMovKL2
Viewpoint in Mijas
In Mijas Pueblo you will also find viewpoints with beautiful views of the Costa del Sol.
Viewpoint of the Paseo de la Muralla
Very close to the Bullring of Mijas is this viewpoint, surrounded by cliffs used for climbing.
The Mijas Wall is freely accessible 24 hours a day and is the remains of an ancient Arab fortress. The promenade has benches, fountains and also offers a botanical route with animals in freedom and gardens designed for blooming throughout the year.
If you want to visit, head to the park. Here you are the location map: https://goo.gl/maps/NmYygXTMLzgPxH7a7
Natural viewpoint in Almayate
The east coast also has to offer us impressive views, not only of the coastline:
Cerro de la Encina
If you go during the day you can enjoy beautiful views of the coastline, but it is at night when it wakes up in all its splendour. Enjoy the night sky without the city’s light pollution; you can even see the Milky Way.
It has a geodesic vertex which, together with others, is used to produce topographic maps to scale. These pillars on a concrete base, which you have probably seen before, are located in high places with good panoramic views.
It is located near Almayate, in the northern part of the highway. You can consult the following map to know its location: https://goo.gl/maps/qsQeTg9gafYWqMTB9
Do you have a favourite viewpoint in Malaga?
I can also recommend some viewpoints in Andalusia with spectacular views. Maybe in a next post.
As a last tip and to finish, if you want to enjoy in all their splendour the natural viewpoints the best time to visit them is during spring. February in Malaga is also a good month as commented in another article.