Where to Go Hiking in and Around Málaga, Spain

Málaga is at the heart of Andalusias stunning landscapes
Málaga is at the heart of Andalusia's stunning landscapes | © Colors PhotoStock / Alamy Stock Photo
Claudia Glover

The Andalusian terrain is tropical, Jurassic and unforgettable. Whether you’re after daring views, walks along the river or want to experience a national park, Málaga is truly at the heart of it all. Rock formations and history tend to dominate these hikes. As you climb the Arab Stairway to spot the marble and limestone at the top, or feel the life of the river rushing over your feet, know that hundreds of years ago there were people experiencing exactly the same sensations, only without Gore-Tex hiking boots. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Raspón de los Moriscos

A regional favourite near Málaga is El Cerro Lucero, or the Raspón de los Moriscos, which begins with a steep trail through a classically Spanish rocky vista up the side of a medium-sized mountain. The range is made up of marble and classic limestone, which both become more visible towards the top. The best way to get here is a drive down the A7 from the airport.

Caminito del Rey

Walkways and dramatic cliffs of Caminito del Rey, Spain

While this hike is not hugely challenging, the views and the adrenaline will make for an unforgettable experience. Walk along wooden walkways, built against the sides of mountains as they drop into the sea, 100 metres (330ft) up the cliff face. From Málaga, you can catch the train to Seville, or it’s a 50-minute drive through the towns of Cártama, Pizarra, Carratraca and Ardales.

The Arab Stairway

La Isla el Chorro, Malaga Lakes, Ardales natural park

This is a medium difficulty trail, takes roughly six hours and is 11 kilometres (6.8mi) long. Starting at El Chorro near Málaga, the hike climbs a limestone staircase through beautiful scenery to the highest point of the hike, which rewards the visitor with panoramic access to the spectacular Andalusian landscape. El Chorro is a cheap, hour-long train from central Málaga.

Guadalmina Channel

This route follows the river Guadalmina and is perfect for anyone craving beautiful views and a bit of calm. Cross the wooden bridge over the rushing water at the beginning and follow the river next to the mountains. Before you turn back, make sure you take a dip in the basin. The best way to get there is by bus from María Zambrano station through Marbella onto paradise.

El Candado-Rincón de la Victoria

If you are after a waterfront view, then this hike should be in your itinerary. The walk goes along the coast and onto the beach, taking you from Málaga to nearby Rincón. This route passes by the unforgettable Peñón del Cuervo, and points at the beach, wonderful for swimming, and the Cantal promontory. Follow the path east from the port.

Guadalhorce Natural Park

The hiking trail through this natural park is fairly restful and flat, but do make sure you’re wearing boots, since the terrain, while beautiful, can get a little rugged. The landscape is prehistoric and dramatic, and the heights will show you mountains and green for miles. The bus takes two and a half hours from the port and will cost around 30 euros (£27).

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