From beautiful beaches and natural parks to dazzling white villages and grand, historic cities, there are plenty of great day trips from Marbella to keep you busy.
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1. CAMINITO DEL REY
Great day out for the family
El Caminito de Rey hike is spectacular all way long: from the Count of Guadalhorce Reservoir to its end at El Chorro Dam. Placed in unique natural surroundings, the path stretches between two gorges, canyons and a large valley, along pathways or boardwalks.
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Drive from Marbella around 1 hour
Ronda ranks as one of the most famous tourist attractions in Andalusia and the good news is that it’s an easy day trip from Malaga. Home to legendary bandits and the cradle of bullfighting, Ronda enjoys a spectacular hilltop position with some of possibly the best views in Spain.
How far is it from Malaga?
Ronda is 85km north-west of Malaga and situated in the Sierra de las Nieves mountainous natural park.
Settled first by the Phoenicians and then the Romans, Visigoths, Moors and finally the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, Malaga’s history is one of the most diverse and fascinating in all of Spain. These iconic civilizations have left their mark on the city’s architecture and culture, making Malaga an absolute must to spend a day.
Puerto Banus is located to the west of Marbella, before you reach the small town of San Pedro de Alcantara. A relatively new town on the scene, it was actually developed in the seventies in a beautiful setting within the town of Marbella, by the local developer Jose Banús. The area affords a beautiful setting, with an impressive mountain backdrop and ocean views.
Puerto Banus has fast become a mix of jet set playground, combined with hen and stag party hang out. Here you can while away hours sipping a cocktail in the port watching the super rich on their luxury yachts and the Ferraris and Lamborghinis drive by.
Although small, Puerto Banus offers an amazing wealth of facilities and attractions; including beautiful beaches on either side of the port, a myriad of restaurants and bars, water sports, golf, a casino, cinema and a amazing selection of upmarket and expensive fashion boutiques; there is also an El Corte Ingles department store here, the largest department store chain in Spain.
Every Saturday Puerto Banus and its urban area of Nueva Andalucia, hold an extensive market, probably the largest and most popular along this stretch of coastline. Here you can buy everything from handbags, to carpets, to clothes, music and furniture. Beware in the height of season it gets extremely busy and is very difficult to park close to the market itself.
Puerto Banus is definitely the place to come to if you are looking for a varied and busy nightlife scene. The town is packed with alfresco bars, piano clubs and discos, which all keep going until dawn. It’s important to mention that many of the boutique shops stay open during the summer months until midnight and do not then open until midday.