10 Best Beach Resorts Near Malaga Airport 🔥🔥🔥

Updated 16 August 2023 | by Lara McComish

Choose Malaga Airport as your gateway to the Costa del Sol. Here are some of the best seaside towns close to Malaga Airport. 

1. Torremolinos

10 minutes drive from Malaga Airport

Torremolinos, Costa del Sol, Spain

Torremolinos is a lively beach resort town, less than half an hour away from Malaga Airport. It's a vibrant holiday destination characterised by its golden beaches, watersports and proximity to great Spanish restaurants and bars.  By night, the adults in your party will enjoy the exciting nightlife on the busy promenade.

2. Benalmádena

14 minutes drive from Malaga Airport

Benalmadena, Costa del Sol, Spain

Benalmádena makes a brilliant base for exploring the Costa del Sol. It neighbours Torremolinos and benefits from the same buzz that comes with being a popular Spanish beach resort. Try the local beaches on for size, discover the enchanting Colomares Castle or go yacht spotting down at the famous Puerto Marina.  All within grabbing distance from Malaga Airport. 


3. Mijas

25 minutes drive from Malaga Airport

Mijas, Costa del Sol, Spain

Mijas is perched on the mountainside, with great accessibility to the coastal strip of Mijas Costa and Mijas Bay. Hailed as one of the most beautiful resorts in the Costa del Sol, Mijas is a great choice for luxury feeling holidays without the price tag. Expect pristine white architecture in town, mega sandy beaches and good road links to and from Malaga Airport. 


4. Fuengirola

25 minutes drive from Malaga Airport

Fuengirola, Costa del Sol, Spain

Once a fishing village, Fuengirola has grown into a metropolis built for family holidays that prioritise convenience. You will never be far from a beach, as this region boasts 7 km of sun-soaked beaches just 25 minutes from Malaga Airport. In town, you'll find great tapas plus all the shops you need for groceries and souvenirs. 


5. Malaga

28 minutes drive from Malaga Airport

Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain

Malaga is a cosmopolitan choice for the ultimate city break by the sea. Seen as the capital of the Costa del Sol, this beachy resort has a strong art history, as the former home of none other than Pablo Picasso. Malaga, which shares a name with nearby Malaga Airport, is lucky to get year-round sunshine which makes it easy to stay out exploring the diverse nightlife. 


6. Torre del Mar

41 minutes drive from Malaga Airport

Torre del Mar, Costa del Sol, Spain

Torre del Mar is a great destination near Malaga Airport for families looking for authentic Spanish holidays. Take in the charming whitewashed buildings, stop for lunch at one of the seafood restaurants in town or head down to the beach for a spot of people watching. Look out for the iconic 18th Century lighthouse, which proudly watches over the promenade right out to the Marina of Caleta de Velez. 


7. Marbella

47 minutes drive from Malaga Airport

Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain

Marbella is a place known for glitz and glamour, perfect for those who like the finer things in life. Its beaches see wonderful weather, world-class shopping and a variety of waterfront Michelin-starred restaurants and bars. Rub shoulders with other well-to-do holidaymakers, who'll also likely have landed at Malaga Airport. 


8. Nerja

52 minutes drive from Malaga Airport 

Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain

Nerja is a quaint Andalusian town brimming with character. Explore its beautiful dark sand beaches and stop to smell all the fantastic geraniums that carpet this holiday hotspot. Spend a day on a sculpture walk in town, before heading out with the other culture vultures in your group to the incredible Nerja Caves. Interested? 


9. Estepona

58 minutes drive from Malaga Airport

Estepona, Costa del Sol, Spain

Estepona is a quiet resort an hour from Malaga Airport, which is home to Blue Flag accredited El Cristo Beach. Take in the scenery on the fine sands or get down to the water for a spot of snorkelling or even beach cricket. Treat the family to a slap-up tapas dinner, before seeing red as traditional flamenco dancers decorate the narrow, cobbled streets. 


10. Ronda

1 hour 20 minutes drive from Malaga Airport

Ronda, Costa del Sol, Spain

Ronda is the more landlocked choice but still boasts great accessibility to beaches within an hour and a half of Malaga Airport. Familiarise yourself with the Moorish old town, before venturing to the modern side of town for dinner. The closest sandy stretch is Nagueles Beach back towards Marbella, so perhaps you could stop by on your journey back to Malaga Airport from your villa. Speaking of which...


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Resort near Malaga Airport 

Journey time by car

How far is Torremolinos from Malaga Airport?

10 minutes

How far is Benalmádena from Malaga Airport?

14 minutes

How far is Mijas from Malaga Airport?

25 minutes

How far is Fuengirola from Malaga Airport?

25 minutes

How far is Malaga from Malaga Airport?

28 minutes

How far is Torre del Mar from Malaga Airport?

41 minutes

How far is Marbella from Malaga Airport?

47 minutes

How far is Nerja from Malaga Airport?

52 minutes

How far is Estepona from Malaga Airport?

58 minutes

How far is Ronda from Malaga Airport?

1 hour 20 minutes