There's lots to see and do in Malaga, but I'm sure you'll come to a point on your trip to this fabulous city, where you'll want to explore the surrounding area as well. If you're not sure where to head to, here are some of my favourite cities near Malaga.
Known for its glam and glitter, this town is the place to go to for browsing luxury boutiques and fine dining and drinking fancy cocktails in classy bars. Having said that, underneath its glamourous facade you'll find a lot of history in Marbs as well. The historic city centre is a lovely place to breathe in that true Andalusian atmosphere and put your feet up at one of the pavement cafes on the main square.
Velez-Malaga lies 4 km inland and is a lovely market town that was founded by the Moors and later taken over by the Christians in the 1400s. These events have left their marks on this authentic town and you'll still be able to visit the remains of a Moorish castle on the hill that lies north of Velez. The town centre is dotted with Christian churches that date back to the 1400 and 1500s. You can easily spend a few hours meandering through the narrow streets and the best thing is, there are hardly any tourist around.
Ronda is worth checking out for its dramatic setting alone. It's situated on a wide gaping gorge which separates the new town from the old town which are connected by a 15th century bridge. Standing right in the middle of it, you'll be treated to rather dazzling views.
Almunecar on the Costa Tropical is another day trip worth making.This lovely coastal town has a lovely historic centre dotted with relics dating back to Roman, Moorish and medieval times. The most obvious one is the Moorish castle that stands on top of a hill overlooking the entire town as well as the lovely sandy beaches along the coast.
This town is also knows as the balcony of Europe as it's set on a rocky and steep coast line offering dramatic views of the sea down below. It can get a bit touristy in the summer months, but out of the busy high season, its streets are very tranquil and the cafes near the town square are a wonderful spot for a bout of people watching and if you manage to find a seat at Puerta Del Mar or Anahi, the little cafe next door, you'll love the view that comes with your meal here.