If you’re considering a holiday in the south of Spain, have you thought about heading to Malaga and its surroundings? Not only is Marbella a lovely town, it is situated near some of the most amazing spots in Spain, so it is a great starting point for your adventures. With plenty to do and see in the town and nearby, it could make for a memorable vacation. If you hire a car you could explore the region, stopping off to enjoy views of the mountains and visiting little villages on the way. Here’s a helpful guide to some of the best day trips from Malaga:
Malaga to Ronda
You won’t want to miss this magical spot. Ronda is a real gem, and it’s well worth spending some time there. Visit the famous “Puente Nuevo” (New Bridge), which was completed in 1793 and crosses the stunning deep El Tajo gorge, the famous historic bullring, and the Arabic baths. There are lots of fun little bars and restaurants to visit. If you want to get away from it all, head down the little paths either side of the bridge to enjoy scenic walks in peaceful countryside.
If you want to spend a bit longer relaxing in a pine forest setting, Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria is a comfortable and convenient choice. This wellness hotel has extensive, peaceful gardens, and a swimming pool.
Malaga to Granada
Another great place to go is the enchanting town of Granada. The world-famous Alhambra is, of course, a must-see site, where you can enjoy stunning architecture, and delightful gardens. As well as this unique fortress-palace, there are plenty of other treasures to discover, too. Wander round the UNESCO World Heritage site of Albaicín, with its narrow winding streets, and head to one of the many Moroccan-style tearooms. This town is also famous for its great food and music. You could go to the caves to see some Flamenco singers and dancers perform in an atmospheric setting.
Day trip to Marbella from Malaga
If you’re ready for some beach time after all your exploring, Marbella is the perfect place for your next day trip. This modern Costa del Sol town has all that you’d hope for from a day at the beach. The popular, clean stretches of sand are perfect for all the family and there’s an impressive selection of fresh seafood at the restaurants, as well as plenty of beach bars for a more casual snack. If you want a break from the sun, you can take a stroll through the attractive old town where you’ll find cobbled streets and picturesque squares, filled with orange trees. There are some great museums and galleries, so make sure you allow time in your schedule to see all that this town has to offer.
Gibraltar sightseeing day trip from Malaga
For a bit of a change of scene, how about taking a trip to Gibraltar? A total contrast from the surrounding area, this is a like a little taste of Britain, but with sunshine! This unique spot is small, but there is plenty to see and do. You can explore World War II tunnels, have some beach times, and enjoy the amazing views. There’s even a ruined Moorish castle to visit, and the southernmost mosque in mainland Europe, Ibrahim-Al-Ibrahim. A priority for your visit should be the Rock of Gibraltar. Visitors can drive or hike to the top, but for a more exciting journey, how about taking a cable car ride up to the top so you can really enjoy the experience. You’ll see the famous population of monkeys, too.