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When you think of Malaga you usually think of the Costa del Sol. The normal and easy thing to do is to imagine beaches and Mediterranean coastal towns. However, Malaga is much more than its coastline. Rather, it has many inland villages that are just as interesting, if not more so, than its seaside towns.
Now that autumn has begun and we are in the mood for weekend or long weekend plans to get out of the house and make the most of the good weather, we have prepared a route through inland villages in Malaga that we are sure you will be interested in discovering.
Do you need a car to move around Malaga and its surroundings with total autonomy and freedom? Take advantage of Record go Mobility’s car hire offers and book your car hire at Malaga airport or, if you prefer, book your car hire in Malaga María Zambrano. And get ready to make the route at your own pace, with the company of your choice and with the vehicle that best suits your needs.
Route by car to get to know inland Malaga
- Frigiliana: A picture-postcard village
Our adventure begins with all there is to see in Frigiliana, a picturesque white village that looks like something out of an Andalusian postcard. Its narrow cobbled streets and white houses adorned with flowers offer an authentic Andalusian village experience. Don’t miss the Moorish Quarter, with its labyrinthine alleyways and stunning panoramic views of the coast from the Mirador de Frigiliana.
- Júzcar: The village painted blue
The next destination on our route is Júzcar, known as the “Pueblo Pintado de Azul” (or the Smurf village of Malaga) thanks to a quirky marketing campaign for the Smurfs film. Although blue is the predominant colour, this charming village is still a quiet and peaceful place surrounded by mountains.
- Ronda: The impressive bridge
We continue on to Ronda, famous for its stunning Puente Nuevo bridge that crosses the deep canyon of the Tajo. In addition to this iconic monument, Ronda offers a rich history that is reflected in its old town, picturesque squares and wine cellars.
- Antequera: An archaeological treasure
Antequera is a perfect destination for history and archaeology lovers. Here you will find the impressive archaeological site of the Dolmens of Antequera, or the Torcal de Antequera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also explore the medieval castle and enjoy authentic Andalusian gastronomy in the local restaurants.
- Casares: A charming corner in the mountains
Casares, nestled in the mountains of Malaga, is a whitewashed village that rises above the surrounding landscape. Its narrow cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and the Moorish fortress of the village offer an unforgettable experience.
- Genalguacil: Art on every corner
Genalguacil is a village that has become an open-air museum. Its streets are adorned with contemporary sculptures and works of art that form part of its famous Encuentro de Artistas, which is held every two years. Fancy a stroll through the Copper Forest in autumn?
- Ojén: Nature and tradition
Ojén is a corner of natural beauty with a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. Here, you can enjoy hiking trails in the Sierra de las Nieves and taste the region’s traditional aguardiente.
- Casarabonela and Guaro: Treasures of the Sierra de las Nieves
Casarabonela and Guaro, located in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, offer stunning mountain scenery, hiking trails and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rural culture of Andalusia.
Each of these villages has its own charm and personality, making this route a diverse and exciting adventure for travellers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the coast and discover the true essence of Malaga. Don’t hesitate to walk this route and immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Malaga’s inland villages!