Best towns to visit in Malaga province

Known for its long, sandy beaches, its mountainous inland regions and its diverse landscapes, Malaga province in southern Spain offers visitors a wide choice of great towns to visit.

Malaga´s coastal towns attract thousands of visitors every year and include: Marbella, Estepona, Sotogrande and Manilva on the western end of the Costa del Sol. Average summer temperatures on the Costa del Sol top 28ºC, and many beaches have been awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness and amenities.


Many of Sotogrande´s beaches are totally unspoilt, and sun seekers from all over Andalucia come here to top up their tans and make the most of the surrounding countryside. Although just half an hour from the Costa del Sol, Sotogrande is situated in Cadiz province, and the natural surroundings and easy road access make this an exceptional resort. Playa del Puerto is probably the most popular beach, but there are plenty more hidden gems to be found to the west of here.

Every imaginable facility and amenity can be found in and around Sotogrande and the Marina area, and the town is a mecca for sports enthusiasts. Visitors who want to explore the Costa del Sol can hop in their car, and visit nearby Marbella and Puerto Banus. Built on over 2000 hectares of land, Sotogrande boasts wide, tree lined avenues, two beach clubs, the best hotels in Andalucia, superb restaurants, an international college and one of the world´s finest golf courses –Valderrama.


Marbella is the most upmarket resort on the Costa del Sol, and is home to the rich kid´s playground of Puerto Banus. For a special treat, try the buffet lunch at the Marbella Club Hotel, or stroll along to the Ocean Club in Puerto Banus, with its elegant surroundings and luxurious sun loungers. Nikki Beach, situated at Elviria at the Don Carlos Hotel, attracts the jet set from all over the coast. Chill out by the beach with a champagne cocktail and enjoy the music, or enjoy lunch or dinner as the Mediterranean laps the shore.


Estepona is a quieter resort which has retained its Andalucian feel. Whitewashed houses nestle side by side in the narrow streets of the town, and the beaches are sandy and safe. Typical Spanish restaurants jostle for position next to English bars, street cafés and some fabulous tapas restaurants. The Marina is the place to go if you want some serious nightlife, or simply to sit and watch the word go by during the long, hot summer days.


Visitors to Manilva can enjoy a vast range of leisure facilities, including 8km of fine, sandy beaches and clear waters, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Several of the beaches have been awarded an EU Blue Flag.

La Duquesa Marina boasts over 300 berths and a wide choice of leisure facilities. Water sports are also available on the beaches plus dolphin-spotting boat trips and a fabulous 18-hole golf course, La Duquesa Golf and Country Club, situated between the mountains and the sea.

Self-contained storage facilities in Puerto Duquesa and Manilva offer excellent storage solutions for holidaymakers and residents who need to store household, leisure and commercial goods.