Walking - Senda Litoral de Malaga - Malaga Coastal Path

Boardwalk, Marbella, Malaga © Michelle Chaplow
The boardwalk in Marbella, one section of the partly-completed 163km-long Malaga Coastal Path along the Costa del Sol.

SENDA LITORAL DE MALAGA - MALAGA COASTAL PaTH

The Senda Litoral de Malaga (Malaga Coastal Path) is a projected 163km path following the entire coast of Malaga province from Manilva to Nerja. Once completed, this long-distance path will be a major tourist attraction for the Costa del Sol, and for Andalucia.  

The coastal path is being created by linking all the existing seafront town promenades; building new paved paths - each newly-built beachfront development must provide its own path; constructing wooden boardwalks where the terrain demands, or where seafront dwellings are close to the beach; and making use of out-of-town routes.  

The path reference will be GR92; it has its own logo and website (under construction). The Km 0 starting point will be the emblematic Balcon de Europa in Nerja and the finish will be Castillo de la Duquesa in Manilva.

In Spring 2015, the Diputacion de Malaga (Malaga provincial government) announced that the path was 75% complete; in April 2016 they said that 100km was complete. Since this is only 61% of the total distance, either progress went backwards or fishermen's measurements were used. The planned completion date is not until 2021, and this is probably optimistic as the more challenging sections still remain to be built: the Guadalhorce river estuary in Malaga and the Dunes of Artola in Marbella, complicated by environmental requirements and certain locations where houses and estates have been built very close to the high water line. The least complete area is Estepona's coastline. On 26th January 2017 the Diputacion de Malaga anounced that the path would be complete in 2019.

 

Andalucia.com Assesment Of MALAGA COaSTAL PATH (August 2016) 


From our own observations, we have plotted the path's progress on Google maps using a colour code (see below):

Completed Senda Litoral de Malaga: 87.5km (Green on map below)
Marinas  Sections that pass through ports, marinas, pavements: 9.4km (Orange on map below)
Uncompleted sections where you need to walk along town streets or the N-340 verge: 19.6km (Red on map below) 
Uncompleted sections where you need to walk along the beach: 27km (Blue on map below)

Total: 143 km

COMPLETED sections Of MALAGA COASTAL PATH

Several long sections are almost completed, except for a few minor link parts. 

  • Rincon and Malaga  - 22.6km
    Rincon de la Victoria promenade - La Malagueta promenade - Muelle Uno port - Playa San Andres promenade - River Guadalhorce
  • Torromolinos - 8.7km
    Los Alamos beach - La Carihuela - Sunset Beach Club
  • Fuengirola - 7.1km
    Entire length of Fuengirola promenade
  • Mijas Costa - 6.1km
    La Cala de Mijas to 500m short of Cabopino port board walk.
  • Marbella - 11.8km
    Bajadilla fishing port - Marbella town centre - El Ancon - Rio Verde - Puerto Banus - San Pedro
  • Estepona - 2.3km
    La Rada Beach: Avenida Litoral - Marina
  • Casares and Manilva - 5.7km
    Sabinillas promenade: Torre Sal headland - Castillo de la Duquesa


status OF MALAGA COASTAL PATH FROM EAST TO WEST

This is the status of the project in mid-2016, along the entire Malaga coast from east to west (Nerja to Manilva).

  • Nerja to Torre del Mar - few sections of path are completed
  • Torre del Mar - seafront promenade will form part of path
  • Torre del Mar to Rincon de La Victoria - very little of path completed
  • Rincon de la Victoria - seafront promenade will form part of the path
  • Rincon de la Victoria to El Palo district of Malaga - path almost complete
  • EL Palo to Malaga City -  path almost complete, with some gaps such as Baños de Carmen
  • Baños del Carmen to Malaga City Centre - existing seafront promenade and pavement will form part of path
  • Malaga City Centre to Playa San Andres - seafront promenade will form part of path
  • Guadalhorce river estuary to Parador del Golf - no path
  • Torremolinos - Los Alamos beach to La Carihuela - path complete
  • Benalmadena to Torrequebrada - only promenade and marina complete   
  • Torrequebrada to Fuengirola - path partially complete
  • Fuengirola to Castle promenade - path complete
  • Fuenjirola to La Cala de Mijas - no path
  • La Cala de Mijas to municipal boundary 500m from Cabopino - 6km of boardwalk opened in 2015
  • Cabopino to Marbella fishing port by Playa el Cable - some sections of path complete including Rio Real and Banana Beach to Funny Beach
  • Marbella fishing port to Marbella town centre, El Ancon, Rio Verde, Puerto Banus, Ventura del Mar - extensive section complete; short urban diversion leads to the San Pedro promenade
  • San Pedro Promenade - path complete
  • Estepona Hotel Atalaya Park to Avenida Litoral (Carrefour) - only isolated sections of path complete
  • Estepona La Rada -  path complete from Avenida Litoral to Marina
  • Estepona Marina to Buenas Noches - very little of path complete
  • Casares Costa - path partially complete 
  • Sabinillas Promenade from Rio Manilva to Castillo de la Duquesa - path complete

Andalucia.com Google map - Senda litOral de Malaga  

Since the project's official website - like the path itself - is currently under construction, we have traced the progress of the path's route along the coast, showing the current status of each section.

This map is a work in progress, so please advise us of any new sections completed or suggest improved alternative routes for the sections not yet complete.  

On the map below the path is marked in green where complete, orange where you can easily walk through a port, marina or other zone, blue where you need to walk on the beach, and red where you can make a safe diversion to link to the next section.  

 

MAP KEY

GREEN - the coastal path is complete

ORANGE - you can easily walk through a port, marina or other zone,

BLUE - you need to walk on the beach

RED - you can make a safe diversion to link to the next section.  

CYCLISTS

Rules for cyclists vary from section to section, according to each specific town's rules. In Estepona, cyclists are not allowed on the promenade. In Mijas Costa, cyclists are not allowed on the boardwalk at weekends. In Marbella, cyclists using the promenade must keep to a 10km/h speed limit and give way to pedestrians.

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