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Costa del Sol, Spain

The Best Places to Run in Málaga, Marbella, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, and More

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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.

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Nerja Seafront Path

Costa del Sol, Spain

At the far eastern end of the Costa del Sol in Nerja, a scenic waterfront promenade head west to Playazo Beach. Includes the Balcón de Europa, a picturesque overlook offering panoramic views of the sea, beaches and distant mountains.
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The Costa del Sol is famous for its fantastic weather — more than 300 sunny days annually, and great temperatures. Summers can be hot, but the coastal location does moderate the temperatures some compared to inland areas like Seville. Average summer highs are in the 30C range (86F) with warm nights, and all but three months of the year feature average high temperatures of greater than 20C (68F). In winter, high temperatures average 17C (63F), and you might need a layer for nights that dip to the 9C (48F) range. It’s a dry climate with virtually no rain from June through September. Note that it can be dramatically hotter in summer as you move inland…and cooler in winter at elevation.climatemps.com

RUNNING STORES

There’s a great running culture on the Costa del Sol, with most of the major visitor spots hosting at least one store selling running gear. See our Overview Map for a list of running stores in key Costa del Sol locations.

 

This list  and this list feature some of the signature annual races on the Costa del Sol, with the December Malaga Marathon being among the most popular.