Every town offers countless activities, places to visit, restaurants and establishments to eat in, etc., all to get to know and enjoy each place to the fullest. In cities like Malaga, the first thing we would think of would be its beaches, its port and its leisure… But there is much more, such as the viewpoints that can be found all over the city.
Each city has its own charm and in this article we will show you the best viewpoints to get the best views of the city of Malaga.
How not to start with the most famous and touristic of the city? The Gibralfaro Viewpoint is located in the heart of the city and is easily accessible. This is because it is next to the castle of the same name, which you can also visit. From this viewpoint you will have a wide view of the city and the coast, enjoying a clear panoramic view of the port of Malaga with great clarity thanks to its proximity.
At its feet are the English Cemetery of Malaga, the Bullring, the Malagueta Beach and the Gardens of Pedro Luis Alfonso. Also, just to the east is the Mirador de la Costa (Coast Viewpoint), to which we also recommended you visit.
In this section we recommend the 5 best rooftops in the city to enjoy the best urban views while having your favourite drink. These terraces are the following:
Located on Cortina del Muelle Street, this rooftop offers a great view of the port and park of Malaga, with the Museum of Malaga to the left. Here you will be able to enjoy a more sophisticated atmosphere of the city, accompanied by the pleasant views of the port of Malaga.
On Alcazabilla Street you will find a privileged terrace, as it is so close to the Alcazaba of Malaga that it can be seen in great detail. On the terrace of the Alcazaba Premium Hostel you can enjoy both the coastal and urban view of the city as well as its historical legacy.
As its name suggests, it is located right in front of the Gibralfaro Castle, offering a wider view of the city centre and coastline. This Parador surprises us with a restaurant with stunning views and a rustic bar with a terrace which views will leave you more than satisfied.
This terrace bar is located right in front of Malaga’s maritime station in the Poeta Alfonso Canales Square. Thanks to its extreme proximity to the coast you can enjoy the relaxing sea breeze of Malaga. Undoubtedly, the perfect option to enjoy a quiet and cosy atmosphere.
Slightly further away from the coast but still centrally located is the ‘Terraza Aurea’ (Golden Terrace) at the Salles Malaga Centre Hotel. This option offers more urban views of the city. We recommend visiting this terrace at night, as its design with lights creates a wonderful contrast with the night view of the city of Malaga.
To the southwest of the city is the Guadalhorce viewpoint, perfect for enjoying the immensity of the sea and the absence of overbuilding in the surrounding area. Therefore, you don’t have to worry so much about whether or not to visit it at peak times, as thanks to its size and location, there are no problems when it comes to avoiding crowds.
On one side of the viewpoint you will have the Guadalhorce Park, where the Laguna Grande Observatory is located. You will also have the Guadalhorce Beach to the left, where the river of the same name flows into the sea; while on the other side you will see the Guadalmar Beach.
Perhaps the name of the title doesn’t ring a bell, but I’m sure you have heard its name because it has been popularly known as the Balcony of Europe. Interestingly, this viewpoint allows us to learn about the history behind it. It is located where the old Lower Castle of Nerja once stood, which was totally destroyed in the Spanish War of Independence two centuries ago.
Between its modernised design and the marvellous views that this viewpoint offers, we find ourselves with the surprise of being able to see in the distance the beginning of African land, which gives the Nerja Viewpoint the well-known name of Balcony of Europe. This name was given by King Alfonso XII after a devastating earthquake struck the place.
The next option is located in Torremolinos, between Rincon del Sol Beach and Carihuela’s Beach. It is characterised by being at the highest point of a large park full of palm trees and planting throughout, with a lookout tower, as its name suggests. This is the Battery Park, which not only houses this lookout tower, but also the Canyons Viewpoint, characterised by the sculpture of cannons found at various points along the promenade.
The last two options are recommended for the more adventurous and nature lovers. As for the Antenna Viewpoint of Benalmadena, you’ll get breathtaking views from an altitude of almost a thousand metres.
Among its views you can see the coastlines of Benalmadena and Fuengirola in the distance. However, the real attraction of this viewpoint is the enjoyment of the panoramic views fused with the pleasant tranquillity of the mountain. It is recommended visiting it in good weather and taking part in guided tours to ensure greater enjoyment and safety on the route.
Taking the San Anton road away from the city you will reach the peak of the same name. Although it is not a viewpoint as such, it is one of the best spots in the province to enjoy the views of the city and the coast from the most authentic part of Malaga’s nature.
Reaching this “viewpoint” can take a little over half an hour, as the trail to the peak is not a fully defined path and can be more complicated to cross in some sections. We recommend that you go to this place prepared and accompanied by someone who has already visited or is familiar with the place. To the right of this point you can observe the Lagarillo Blanco Forest Park. On the coastline that marks the end of its panoramic land view you will find the Palo Beaches.
To conclude, we would like to recommend the best option for the lovers of this kind of trips among the guided tours that we offer in Oway Tours. This exclusive trip is the guided visit to the Caminito del Rey, hurry up and join us!
As you can see, Malaga has nothing to envy in terms of good views. Don’t hesitate any longer and enjoy the views of the centre and Costa del Sol from the best spots of the city.