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Hidden Gems: Malaga's Countryside Villages

Nerja. Credit: Pixabay/Ralf Kronenberger

City life has its thrills, but there is nothing more scenic and peaceful than a quiet countryside village overlooking the mountains or the coast. And Malaga has some unbeatable views of both of them! When you are planning a holiday, especially during the summer season, we recommend spending a day or two renting a car and exploring the local villages around Malaga. Not only is this a great way to spend time, but you also get to see unique attractions that are not crowded with tourists! Happy travels!


Nerja is a beautiful small village in Malaga that is towards the east of the city centre. Idyllic and scenic, this place is where you are most likely to feel as if in a film setting. A fun fact is that the TV series "Verano Azul" was also shot here! Spend an hour driving 58 km (36 miles) outside Malaga for a trip to remember!


To make the most of your 1-hour drive outside Malaga, try exploring Nerja and Frigiliana in one go! The two villages are located just a few kilometres away from each other and the village is also near Almijara Natural Park. This all-white village will get you feeling like you're in a whole different world. Don't forget to take pictures when you visit. Enjoy!


Manilva is roughly 100 km (62 miles) away from Malaga which will take you around 1 hr 15 mins to travel. While there are plenty of beaches in Malaga itself, Manilva is a beautiful small village to the southwest of the Spanish city. From sandy beaches to rocky roads, it's the perfect place for a quick weekend getaway; especially if you want to see something new. Enjoy!


El Torcal de Antequera
El Torcal de Antequera. Credit: Unsplash/Jordi Vich Navarro

If you prefer driving inland, then Antequera should be on the top of your list if you're travelling to Malaga. This beautiful village located 58 km (36 miles) from Malaga city centre is a must-see, especially for history lovers. Towards the south of the city of Antequera, you can visit El Torcal de Antequera, a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range.  Besides the collegiate church of Santa María la Mayor, there is also the UNESCO World Heritage classified Menga, Viera and Romeral Dolmens. Interested? It's only 1 hour away!


Mijas offers you the same beautiful coastal views but less of the tourist crowds compared to the Malaga. It takes a short 30 minutes to travel by car, making it perfect to spend most of your holiday alongside the heritage villages and ancient castles. It should be on your list for being among the most idyllic spots to spend your partner!

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