The 4 first villages

you have to see around Málaga

Posted by Gabi

Today we wanted to talk about the places near Malaga with the most charm to visit and that is mandatory at some point in your lives. To all those who visit Malaga and have a few days left to move around, we recommend these villages that are, in our opinion, the most charming in the surroundings of the capital:


Artists, writers, and people of great sensitivity as Ernest Hemingway, Orson Wells, Rafael Alberti, or García Lorca have fallen in love with Ronda. And it is not that strange, because this town breathes beauty on all four sides. In fact, it is considered a Historic-Artistic Site and one of the most important towns in Malaga capital.

The architectural heritage of the city is so wide and diverse that we can consider Ronda as a real open-air museum. For starters, in the New Bridge that crosses the Tajo, you will find one of the most characteristic images of Ronda.

In its streets, you will find buildings of Arab influence such as the Palace of the Moorish King and spectacular palaces such as Mondragon or the Marquis of Salvatierra. It also highlights the modernist Casa de San Juan Bosco.

On the other hand, it is also worth visiting some of the most outstanding churches in the city. Those of Santa María la Mayor, La Caridad and Espíritu Santo are a must, as well as the convent of Santo Domingo, built by the Catholic Monarchs.

One last suggestion: you can not leave Ronda without visiting its Arab Baths, the best preserved in Spain, and its bullring built in the eighteenth century.


Start getting to know this coastal town of Malaga by visiting the Balcon de Europa, which offers incredible views of the Mediterranean from its privileged location between the beaches of Calahonda and El Salon.

Another experience that you can not miss in this picturesque village is the route through the Cahorros del río Chillar, which will allow you to enjoy the flora and fauna of this area. The best time to do it is from spring to autumn.

During your stay in this village, you can not miss the famous Caves of Nerja. They are 42 thousand years old and have the largest stalactite in the world. Here you will also find a museum where you will find all the information about them.

Finally, if Nerja is known for something is for the 10 beaches of its city center, and the 6 that go from this town to the nearby hamlet of Maro. The most visited is that of Burriana, but you can not miss some as idyllic as the Chorrillo.


Frigiliana is one of the most beautiful white villages in Malaga. Strolling through the winding streets full of whitewashed houses that make up its old town is an experience that will make you understand why it has the consideration of Historic-Artistic Site.

It is also worth visiting the Archaeological Museum of La Axarquia housed in this town. It contains 125 pieces found in the surroundings of the town, ranging from the Neolithic to the sixteenth century.

Finally, Frigiliana also has perfect spaces for nature lovers, such as the Botanical Garden of Santa Fiora and part of the Natural Park of the Sierras de Almijara, Tejeda, and Alhama.


Mijas is located very close to Malaga and is divided into 3 different urban centers: Mijas Pueblo (the typical white village of the area), Mijas Costa (the most industrial and commercial area), and the coastal nucleus of La Cala.

Start your walk through Mijas in the Plaza de la Constitución and visit the Plaza de Toros of the town, which will surprise you with its oval shape. It is also worth a visit to the church of the Immaculate Conception, built between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Another must is the Mirador located near the walls, which is one of the most beautiful in this area of the coast.

Finally, you can not leave this town without visiting the Cuevas de la Antigua Fragua, characteristic of this area. These are small constructions made by taking advantage of the terrain to maintain the temperature throughout the year.

And these are the 4 villages that we consider most interesting to visit and spend the whole day in them: good restaurants, history, beautiful squares, very good hosts and wonderful landscapes. There are many more charming villages in the surroundings of Malaga, but these are the ones that fill the top 4.

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