Watching the sunset in Malaga is one of those intangible souvenirs that are a must during a holiday to the Costa del Sol. By the sea, the city offers some privileged spots to enjoy a sunset as a couple, with friends or family, that will remain etched in your mind forever.
However, beyond the capital, there are also other special places to watch the sunset with some spectacular views. That’s why, in this post, we list ten places to enjoy the best sunset in the province of Malaga, and you can hire a car at Malaga airport and travel around the different areas to say goodbye to the King of the sky every day of your holiday.
Sunset in Malaga City
The capital of the Costa del Sol is one of the key points to enjoy one of the best sunsets Malaga has to offer with the sea in the background while the sky changes from blues to pinks in its journey to turning black. Some of these spots are easily accessible on foot, while others will require transport to reach them.
The Port of Malaga, better known by locals as Muelle Uno, is one of the most popular parts of the city to see the sunset, whether sat by the edge of the pier or at one of its numerous bars and restaurants, enjoying a drink or meal with views. You can see the sunset from the Palmeral de las Sorpresas, seeing the line of the port, the pier and its lighthouse in the background, or from Muelle Uno itself, enjoying the best image of Malaga’s skyline, with the Alcazaba and Cathedral of the Incarnation (Catedral de la Encarnación) as the protagonists.
Gibralfaro Castle (Castillo de Gibralfaro)
On top of the hill of the same name, you can find Gibralfaro Castle (Castillo de Gibralfaro), a monument of Arabic origin built with a defensive purpose in order to survey the city from above. Visitors will be able to enter this fortress for a reasonable price of less than 4 euros and enjoy a walk along its wall while the sun sets.
Closing times extend to 6pm in winter and 8pm in summer so you can enjoy Malaga’s sunset from its battlements. However, for those wanting to wave goodbye to the sun until it disappears completely, or preferring to enjoy these views free of charge, you will be able to go to the viewpoint which is at the foot of the castle. It is free to access and offers one of the most iconic images of the city.
Malaga’s Alcazaba is another of the monuments from which you can enjoy an incredible sunset in Malaga. It forms part of a historic-artistic site which is joined to Gibralfaro Castle (Castillo de Gibralfaro) via a passageway which is not accessible to the public. The entrance is from the heart of the historic quarter and is priced at a similar rate to the Castle. This monument is perfectly preserved and offers a panoramic view of the coast to enjoy a beautiful sunset.
Baños del Carmen
For those wanting a sunset by the sea, Baños del Carmen is one of the best and most charming places to enjoy watching the sun go down. At the end of La Malagueta beach, one of Malaga’s busiest beaches, you can find this restaurant where you can enjoy the sunset with views of the city, trying some of the most traditional local dishes and ending the evening with a few cocktails while you allow yourself to be swayed by the sounds of the waves.
Terrace at the Alcazaba
Visitors arriving at the capital with a more cosmopolitan plan in mind will find a plethora of terraces in Malaga where they can enjoy a fantastic sunset paired with a cocktail and the best modern music. One of these places is the Terrace at the Alcazaba, a chillout rooftop terrace from which you can watch the evening open up with views of The Alcazaba and the heart of the city as a setting.
On the other hand, for visitors looking to experience a breathtaking sunset in Malaga out at sea, the best option is to book a boat trip around the bay, taking in the sunset with a panoramic view of the city on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other. Boat or catamaran trips usually take place from the start of spring and go on until almost the end of winter. Lots of companies offer this type of tourist itinerary, whether for a relaxing sail or an unforgettable boat party.
Sunset in Malaga province
Although sunsets in Malaga capital are memorable and offer great spots for everyone to enjoy watching the sun go down, whatever their tastes, Malaga province offers other tourist areas to enjoy postcard-worthy sunsets.
Tajo de Ronda viewpoint
Ronda is one of the province’s most beautiful towns, forming part of the route of white villages of Malaga. Nestled in the heart of the mountains, it boasts one of Andalusia’s landmark monuments, the Tajo of Ronda, a gorge which has been excavated into the rocks by the river and is crowned by a majestic Roman bridge. Visitors will be able to enjoy an unforgettable sunset from its viewpoint, and can also admire these views from some of the restaurants located around it.
To the east of Malaga is the small village of Maro, which is home to one of Nerja’s most beautiful beaches. In the natural landscape with its hidden cliffs, you can enjoy a wonderful sunset with the sway of the sea breeze and surrounded by a natural setting of wild beauty. Visitors will be able to choose between watching the sunset from the beach or from the viewpoint located in its cliffs.
Following the Costa del Sol in a westerly direction, you come across the town of Mijas, a municipality located high in the mountains with the sea at its feet. This white town, known for its burro-taxi (donkey taxi) and its white streets filled with colourful flowers, has walls of Arabic origin which have been perfectly preserved and with a landscaped setting offering a stunning panoramic view of the coast. In addition, bordering the wall, you can also enjoy some stunning views of the town nestled in the mountain, with the sea and mountainside below.
Map of the places to watch the sunset in Malaga
In a region with a mild climate and sunny afternoons practically all year round, any traveller that decides to visit Malaga simply must enjoy one of its memorable sunsets which take place in some of the most beautiful natural or monumental settings of the province.