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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 Literal de Málaga - Malaga Coastal Path

The Senda Litoral de Malaga (Malaga Coastal Path) is a projected 160 km 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 - for many year every newly-built beachfront development must construct its section of path; constructing wooden boardwalks where the terrain demands.   

The path reference will be GR92; it has its own logo and website (www.sendalitoral.es). The Km 0 starting point will be the emblematic Balcon de Europa in Nerja and the finish was Castillo de la Duquesa in Manilva but has been extended to Punta Chullera, the provincial border with Cadiz. One hopes, to be useful, that it will be extended to Sotogrande Marina.

 

 

Official Announcements

In Spring 2015, the Diputacion de Malaga (Malaga provincial government) announced that the path was 75% complete; in April 2016 they said that 100 km  (ie 61%) was complete; On 26th January 2017 the Diputacion de Malaga announced that the path would be complete in 2019; In Summer 2017 they declared 80% was complete. On 17 January 2019 they declared it was 85% complete (of 180km) and hoped it to be complete in 2020.

The cost of the path up to end of 2020 has been 11m € In most sections the Diputacion de Malaga finance the project and the local town halls manage the works. 

Andalucia.com updated (September 2022) visual assessment that 80% of the sections are complete and based on the progress over the last few years, the final completion date is not likely to be until 2025. The more challenging sections still remain to be built; the Dunes of Artola in Marbella with complicated environmental requirements, coves in the west of Benalmadena where landslides have proved a problem. The least complete areas are Estepona (east), Benalmadena, and Nerja coastlines. Since 2020 the project has lost momentum and very little progress has been made and new section opened have been minimal.   Francisco Salado of Malaga diputacion opening the Arroyo Vaquero section in Estepona on 4 July 2022, said the path was 85% open and he wanted to give the project an important push. At the same opening Estepona mayor said that the path was in use for over 90% of Estepona's 22km of coastline. Andalucia.com assesment is different 15.4 km (69%) complete, 1.3km (5%) walkable and 5.5km (24%) not started. 

Andalucia.com Assessment of Malaga Coastal Path

From our own observations and reader reports, we plot the path's progress on Google maps using a colour code (see below):

Completed Senda Litoral de Malaga: 105km (Green on map below)
Functioning Senda  Sections that pass through ports, marinas, pavements, decking: 25km (Orange on map below)
Uncompleted sections where you need to walk along streets: 8km (Red on map below) 
Uncompleted sections where you need to walk along the beach: 20km (Blue on map below)

Total complete or functioning path: 132 km   (80%)
Total incomplete sections: 35 km    (20%)
Total coastline 162km 

Completed long sections Of Malaga Coastal Path

Several long sections are completed.  

  • Rincon and Malaga city - 22.6km
    Rincon de la Victoria promenade - La Malagueta promenade - Muelle Uno port - Playa San Andres & Playa de la Misericordia promenades - River Guadalhorce estuary crossing - Playa Guadalmar.
  • 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.
  • Marbella - 11.8km
    Rio Real - Banana Beach - Bajadilla fishing port - Marbella town centre - El Ancon - Rio Verde - Puerto Banus - San Pedro promenade.
  • Estepona - 7.3km
    Marina - La Rada Beach - Avenida Litoral - to just past Rio Guadalmansa
  • Casares and Manilva - 7.7km
    Torre Sal headland - Sabinillas promenade - Castillo de la Duquesa - Urb. Playa Paraiso.

Detail Status of Malaga Coastal path from east to west

This is the status of the project in Summer 2022, along the entire Malaga coast from east to west (Nerja to Manilva).

  • Nerja to Torre del Mar - a few sections of path are completed western Nerja district.
  • Torrox Costa - seafront promenade forms path.
  • Torre del Mar - seafront promenade forms path.
  • Torre del Mar to Rincon de La Victoria - very little completed, below spec walkway adjacent to coast road or track at back of beach.
  • Rincon de la Victoria - seafront promenade forms the path, stops short at eastern end of town.
  • Rincon de la Victoria to El Palo district of Malaga - path almost complete.
  • EL Palo to Malaga City -  almost complete, with some gaps such as Baños de Carmen.
  • Baños del Carmen to Malaga City Centre - existing seafront promenade and pavement forms path.
  • Malaga City Centre to Guadalhorce river estuary seafront promenade forms path plus Rio Guadalhorce 270m wooden bridge.
  • Gaudalhorce river to Torremolinos Playa Guadalmar complete, Playa San Julian and Playa Campo de Golf yet to start.
  • Torremolinos  Los Alamos beach to La Carihuela - path complete.
  • Benalmadena to Torrequebrada - Promenade and Benalmadena marina complete.   
  • Torrequebrada to Fuengirola - path partly complete suffering from landslide damage.
  • Fuengirola to Castle promenade - path complete.
  • Fuengirola 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 - most sections of path complete including Rio Real and Banana Beach to Marbella fishing port.
  • Marbella fishing port to Marbella town centre, El Ancon, Rio Verde, Puerto Banus, Ventura del Mar - extensive section complete; a short inland diversion connects to the San Pedro promenade.
  • San Pedro Promenade - path complete.
  • Estepona Hotel Atalaya Park to Guadalmansa - only one small section of path complete.
  • Estepona -  path complete from east of River Guadalmansa to Estepona Marina.
  • Estepona Marina to Buenas Noches - walkable to Playa El Cristo then about half complete up to Buenas Noches. 
  • Casares Costa - path complete except Playa Piedra to Rio de la Jordana.
  • Sabinillas  / Duquesa - Promenade from Rio Manilva to Castillo de la Duquesa, then path almost complete but walkable to Urb Playa Paraiso. Does not continue to Malaga limit nor Torreguadiaro nor Sotogrande Marina. 

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 updated when we are aware of a new sectioned open, 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.  

 

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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

On all sections cyclists (or scaters, scooters riders etc) must give way to pedestrians. Other rules for cyclists vary from section to section, according to each specific town hall's rules. This is a little problematic on Paseo Maritimo (Seafront Promenade) sections. 

In Estepona, cyclists are not allowed on the promenade.
In Mijas Costa, cyclists are not allowed on the boardwalk Saturdays, Sundays nor holidays. On Monday to Friday cyclists not allowed from 11:00 to 14:00 hrs and from 16:00 to 19:00 hrs.
In Marbella, cyclists using the promenade must keep to a 10km/h speed limit. Special Marbella street route for cyclists created in summer.

Cadiz coastal Path

Dario Sur newspaper reported in October 2020 that Cristobal Ortega, a Diputado from Delegación de Medio Ambiente, of the Diputation de Malaga had mentioned that there had been meetings with the Diputacion de Cadiz to learn in depth about the project. Cristóbal Ortega was "optimistic" about this interest from Cadiz. This project has been silent since.

Granada coastal Path

Granada Hoy reported in October 2021 that the Gran Senda de Costa de Granada (Granada coastal path) is a step closer as the project had just been officially presented to European Next Generation in a request for EU grants of two million euros. An answer was hoped to be known by November, however by May 2022 there was no published news.

It can be said work on the project has already begun:

In Torrenueva Costa the 'Ruta de los Miradores' is a cliff top nature trail, which will include the construction of the first high level pedestrian bridge with a viewpoint over the sea to be built in Andalucia.

Motril started construction of a wooden boardwalk which will link all its beaches with Salobreña. In Albuñol, Dirección General de Costas, (national coastal agency) will lay down a path once their  regeneration work on La Rábita beach is complete. Work on the Varadero-Santa Adela promenade was tendered in March 2020 and due to start in the summer.

 

 

 

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