Malaga sport

Malaga sport

Costa del Sol offers a range of different sports activities

In Malaga there is a wide range of sport activities to choose from. The mild climate of the province makes it an ideal spot for practising sports in the air, sea, mountains or countryside.

The area has lots of different installations for all kinds of sport where over the years important competitions and tournaments have been held on the year.

One of the most popular sports on the Costa del Sol is golf, with over 30 courses on the Mediterranean Coast it is no surprise that the area is often known as the ‘Costa del Golf’.

Costa del Golf

Costa del Golf - Photo by FatMandy

The Costa del Sol attracts golf enthusiasts from all over the world. This is mainly due to the mild climate of the area together with the wide range of courses make it an ideal location for golfers of all handicaps.

Over the years many important competitions and tournaments have taken place over the years such as, the Ryder Cup in 1997 which was held at the Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande.

If you are thinking of playing golf while visiting the Costa del Sol you may need to hire a car at Malaga airport.

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing

Tarifa is one of the best places to Kitesurf - Photo by digitalnoise

The western winds which are blown in the area ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing.

However, one of the most popular areas on the Mediterranean Coast for both windsurfing and kitesurfing has to be Tarifa which is a 1 hour 40 minute drive from Malaga Airport.

There are many schools in the Tarifa area which offer lessons for beginners or equipment hire for the more experienced of riders.



A combination of the eastern and western winds in the area together with the beautiful landscapes make the Abdalajís Valley, (located on the west of the Guadalhorce reservoir) a popular spot for paragliders.

Other popular spots for this sport include El Torcal and El Chorro.


One of the best places to climb in Spain is El Chorro - Photo by Arek Wiatrowski

One of the best places to climb in the whole of Spain is considered by many to be the area of El Chorro, which has lots of different climbs to adapt to the skill level of the climber.

There are also many schools within the Malaga province who can offer beginners a taste of what this sport has to offer.


Malaga has many cycle routes within the mountains of the province to suit all levels from beginners to advanced riders.

However if you don’t want to go to the mountains you can have a gentle bike ride using the cycle paths within the towns and cities of Malaga which go along the beach and seafront promenade like in Fuengirola or Marbella.

Canoeing and trekking

Sea Canoeing in Spain - Photo by Starbuck Powersurge

The calm waters of El Chorro reservoir is a nice place to go canoeing with canoes and kayaks for hire on the banks.

For those looking to learn this sport can do so as most of the places who hire kayaks have the option to book lessons with qualified teachers.

There are lots of routes for hiking and trekking within the province, these are available for walkers of all levels.

Most of the nature parks in the area like El Torcal or Sierra de las Nieves have lots of walks for people to enjoy and don’t forget your camera as some of the landscapes are beautiful in this area.

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving in Spain - Photo by antwelm

Scuba diving is a popular sport all of the world and Spain has its fair share of beauty spots along the Costa del Sol for diving trips such as; Nerja and Torreblanca.

For those looking to travel a bit more can go to dive sites in nearby Gibraltar or Tarifa.

Some schools offer night dives or diving to see a shipwreck just off from the coast.

For people wanting to learn this sport can enquire within at the Diving Schools which are located at the many marinas along the Costa del Sol.


Sailing in Marbella - Photo by Steve-h

With the Costa del Sol been on the Mediterranean Coast makes its location ideal for people who like to sail, it is also a good location for people who would like more about this sport.

There are over ten marinas dotted along the Costa del Sol most of which have sailing schools where you can learn more about this sport or hire a boat from.

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