The Costa del Sol is a popular visitor destination, famous for its 300+ days of annual sunshine, beaches, bays, coves, and inland mountainous terrain. Our guide to running on the Costa del Sol is focused on the coastal areas. The best places to run on the Costa del Sol are along the seafront promenades — some of the most extensive in the world! We’ve mapped some 100 km of waterfront routes in Nerja, Málaga, Marbella, Benalmádena, and Fuengirola. We’ve also created several scenic running tours highlighting gorgeous marinas, ports, parks, and historic spots.
Trail runners should note that there is scenic (and challenging) terrain in the mountains just a few kilometers inland. For more running options on Spain’s southern coast, see our guides to Gibraltar and the Costa de la Luz.
Note that while the Costa Del Sol is famous for its great weather, summers can be hot, particularly inland, and most of the routes are open and exposed — so please take the right precautions! For getting around, most visitors have a car, although there is good bus service between the main towns. A train runs from the Málaga airport and then near the coast, west to Fuengirola.