The nearly 25 km of seafront promenades accessible from Málaga are among the most popular places to run on the Costa del Sol. These are wide, multi-use paths, very festive, passing by beaches, parks, with great views to the Alboran Sea. We’ve divided this seaside run into three segments east of Málaga and one segment west — which can be run stand-alone or of course combined. Note: If you’d like to do a longer, one-way run, it’s possible to hop a bus back to Málaga.
Section 1: Málaga to Baños del Carmen. 4.6 km one-way. Starting from just across the main road to the tourist office, start with ~1 km around the paths of the port to the lighthouse, then get into the promenade passing by the Playa la Malagueta, then paralleling the N-340 road. It’s a wide, palm-lined path with great beach and water views. Pass a few exercise parks and numerous beaches, reaching the Playa Pedregalejo and Baños del Carmen.
Section 2: Baños del Carmen to Puerto del Candado (Paseo Marítimo el Pedregal). 3.5 km one-way. After a short section on Calle de Bolivia in Baños del Carmen, rejoin the seafront promenade called Paseo Marítimo el Pedregal, continuing east. The wide seaside path, passes several beaches, to the Estatua de “El Deo”.
Section 3: Playa Penon to Playa Benagalbón. 10.2 km one-way. This section is less commercially developed and is very scenic. The first part is a paved path right along Playa Penon, heading east. Then, the Carretera de Almerìa la Araña path runs alongside the MA-24 road for 3 km to the Playa de La Butibamba. The next section is in the Rincón de la Victoria area. This is a lovely, but a bit more rugged and hilly section with some stairs (Promenade Cantal), and some tunnel paths called the Acantilados y Túneles de El Cantal. Reach the Torre de Cantal at the ~5 km mark. A bit of a maze of tunnels and paths here. Pick up the promenade again at the Playa del Rincón de la Victoria. At the 7 km mark, the path becomes the Paseo Marítimo Virgen del Carmen, continuing for another 3 km to Playa Benagalbón.
Section 4: From Málaga West to the Guadalhorce River. 5.6 km one-way. This is a scenic seaside path along the lengthy Playa de La Misericordia. The paved path is right along the wide beach, which itself is runnable although the sand tends to be soft. The path ends at the Guadalhorce River, where there are some additional riverside paths that are pleasant for running. NOTE: Our route starts from the port in the center of Málaga. The Misericordia path starts just west of the Parque de Huelin (2 km from the start).