Malaga is certainly very well connected. That means there’s plenty to explore just round the corner.

Here are some daytrip (or half-day trip) ideas if you fancy getting out of the centre!

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Plaza Mayor / McArthurGlen Designer Outlet

Plaza Mayor was already enormous, but now thanks to the addition of the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, even the most serious shopaholic couldn’t ask for more. This out-of-town shopping and leisure complex is the biggest in Malaga city and is close to both the airport and Guadalmar. It’s a mostly outdoor complex, organised around a series of small plazas, creating the impression that it’s a small town of its own. It offers thousands of visitors every year an enormous selection of […]
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Playa de Guadalmar

Guadalmar Beach is located on the far western side of Malaga city, between the Guadalmar estate and golf course and the Guadalhorce river estuary. For this reason this is a protected area of high environmental value, inhabited by a number of species of birds migrating between Europe and Africa. Guadalmar beach is most well-known, however, for being the only authorised nudist beach in Malaga city. The area of the beach located at the foot of the golf course is designated […]
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Playa Peñón del Cuervo

On the eastern edge of Malaga, just before the boundary with La Cala del Moral, is one of the city’s hidden gems: Playa del Peñón del Cuervo. It’s a small, picturesque beach which stands out thanks to a large rock formation which divides it in two. Despite being relatively secluded and difficult to reach for those unfamiliar with the area, this is a very popular spot with locals, especially at weekends. After dark, too, it’s not uncommon to see groups […]
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La Concepción botanical gardens

Malaga’s Botanical Gardens, just a 15-minute drive from the historic centre, is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. When visiting this green oasis, spread across a magnificent three-hectare plot, you can scarcely believe you’re in a major city. You are immediately immersed into an almost tropical jungle, with soothing streams and an abundance of flowers. In fact, in 1990 when the estate became property of the city hall, a plant inventory was created: an impressive […]


On a sunny weekend afternoon, there is no better place to see how malagueños enjoy themselves than the charming fishing village of Pedregalejo. The seafront is jam packed with restaurants and bars, and attracts all types of people, from families with children enjoying a meal out to groups of young people gossiping over a beer. The beach itself is divided into small, charming coves and is generally far less crowded than La Malagueta. There are many sandy or grassy spots […]