There’s a number of equally fascinating destinations that you could visit for a day trip from Marbella. Marbella has a privileged location. It is surrounded by culture and history there where you look. Andalusia is the region with more history of Spain.
You will discover the true soul of our region and take a little bit of culture from the south of Spain. Not many travellers are aware that from Marbella you can see the coast of Africa or that you can go skiing so close to the Mediterranean Sea. Or that some of the most spectacular monuments in Spain such as the Alhambra in Granada or the Giralda in Seville are nearby.
Here are a few suggestions of some of the places you might want to consider going to as a daily excursion.
Read on for our suggestions for great day trip from Marbella
Culture & History tours from Marbella
Although the Costa del Sol is not known for its culture, there are actually a number of theatres, art galleries and museums in the Marbella area. As well as, a packed cultural programme of concerts, dance, jazz and theatre.
The unusual Bonsai Museum features one of Europe’s most important collections of Bonsai Trees. The Museum of Spanish Contemporary Engravings exhibits works by Picasso, Miró, Tapies, Chillida and several other important Spanish artists. The best art gallery close to Marbella is the Sammer Gallery, Puerto Banús, which is one of the largest modern art galleries in Spain.
For yet more culture, a day trip from Marbella to Malaga town and a visit to the Picasso Museum is a must!
We recommend to you a visit to the capital of the Costa del Sol. The city where Pablo Picasso was born in 1881. More than 3,000 years of history make up the city of Málaga. From the first Phoenician settlement to the present day.
But to immerse and explore the Andalucian culture, no there is a better way than taking a tour of Andalucia white villages. Historically Andalusians chose to live in fortified hilltop towns to escape preying bandits. These white towns are whitewashed in the Moorish tradition.
Leave plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. Have a tapas at the local bar, visit castles and museums, eat a leisurely lunch, shop for souvenirs and take in the local culture.
Golden Triangle Jewels: Seville, Cordoba & Granada
Majestic Seville, intimate Cordoba and spectacular Granada. Each of these cities has its own perfectly preserved Mudejar gems, recognised by UNESCO, as well as many other delights for you to discover.
As the capital city of this beautiful region of Spain, Sevilla offers plenty for those seeking a cultural day out. Cathedrals, palaces and minarets are the first port of call for many visitors. Although you may also find the charming Jewish Quarter and the many museums on Spanish culture well worth an afternoon. It would be impossible to discover Seville in just one day. Even an entire lifetime would probably not be sufficient time to fully take in the atmospheric light and sounds of the streets with all their aromas.
For culture lovers, Cordoba is the perfect destination. The wealth of history and diversity has earned it a distinction as a World Heritage Site. The combination of Islamic, Jewish and Catholic influences can be seen in everything from the architecture to day-to-day life in the city. Only 2 hours from Marbella. We get to Cordoba between a sea of olive groves. This city will leave you speechless trapped in time from the Muslim era with the sheer splendour of The Mezquita of Cordoba.
Finally, Granada presents to the cultured traveller the best way, to sum up, an unforgettable experience as part of your trip to Marbella. The Alhambra palace offers plenty for any dedicated culture-seeker. But visitors mustn’t miss the medieval fortress and Moorish gardens across the city either. Granada is well worth a visit, especially if you’re looking for a good mix of sightseeing and winter sports.
Gastronomic tour and wine tasting
Ronda is just an hour’s drive from the vibrant town of Marbella. Up to a fabulous mountain road with breath-taking scenery. It is well known for its natural beauty. There are stunning views wherever you turn and the dramatic iconic gorge and bridge is incredible.
Ronda is also a mecca for gastrotourism, due to the Serranía de Ronda Wine Route. This route includes 18 wineries in the districts of Ronda and Arriate which you can visit, enjoy tastings and more. The area has a long and rich winemaking history and a visit to these bodegas gives you a real insight into this part of Spain. And, of course, the chance to try some amazing wines.
Ecotourism: Adventure tourism lovers
The widespread prevalence of mountains in the province of Malaga has favoured the existence of many natural areas. It well known for their remarkable landscape of ecological interest. Agrotourism and adventure tourism lovers will find many protected picturesque natural sites in this province.
Many years have passed since the routes that many of the climbers made from the Caminito del Rey. Restored in March 2015, now you can follow closely the route and features of the old pathway. Take delight in spectacular views and allowing the complete enjoyment of the remarkable surrounding scenery and history. The beautiful waters of the nearby reservoirs provide a cooling with a spot after the walk to take a swim in their blue waters.
Clinging to the cliff face of the Gaitanes Gorge. A 100 dizzying metres above the Guadalhorce River below. It was originally built between 1901 and 1905 to allow workers at nearby power plants to cross between them and transport materials. The Caminito del Rey has now become one of the main tourist destinations in the province of Malaga.
Luxury Yacht & Boat tours
Why not visit Morocco for a day trip from Marbella? Known as the door to Africa, Tangier has lots to offer. You can soak up the atmosphere and culture for just a few hours. Tangiers is an opportunity that must be lived. A truly unique experience during your getaway in Marbella. Markets are a must for tourists. So make sure you visit the Grand Souk, the Petit Souk or even the famous market ‘Casa Barata’ where you can find a whole host of goodies! Tangier is a safe city and you will not feel uncomfortable walking around alone.
But maybe you prefer a quiet crossing all inclusive. In this case, we highly recommend you a trip to Gibraltar by yacht. This small island at the entrance to the Mediterranean sea, promising both natural and historical wonders to discover. Once you are on the rock, explore the caves and the medieval castle. You will admire the magnificent views and spot the monkeys. During the boat ride you can stop for a swim, see dolphins or if you like, enjoy the sunset with a cold bottle of sparkling Champagne.
Get your camera ready and prepare yourself for a unique experience
Get in touch today and we will design your tailor-made experience to suit your dreams. From private tours to foodie tours or luxury tours. We will show you parts of each town and city you would never be able to find on your own.
Discover the sights and sounds, the views and hidden corners, the tastes and smells and the experiences of the real Andalucia!